Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics are what is on our Spa Skin and Beauty episode today! We love having you on this skin care journey and health journey with us. We just wanted to begin by borrowing a quote I heard… It’s never too late to begin, but it is too late to quit. I relate this to skincare, for example… If you have never taken care of your skin before. Then begin today! Slap on some spf – listen to our past podcasts – Begin! If you haven’t taken care of your health – begin today – take a walk or eat a vegetable! If you want to begin your dream – whatever that looks like to you – a dream job, a dream home, heck – a dream purse – take a small step in that direction. And if you are going through a challenging time – then keep going! This too shall pass! 

Now on with the probiotics, prebiotics, and Synbiotics and what kind of gross thing do I need to drink or eat to keep me healthy? LOL 

Lin: I was so curious to learn about probiotics, prebiotics, and Synbiotics. I knew about kimchi from our California days because our best friend, Ros eats a bunch of kimchi. I didn’t know what it was good for, just knew it was a fun side dish. Same thing about kombucha – actually – I thought it was weird and this is because of my sis, Ash. Ashley started drinking this after she gave birth 10 years ago – kombucha wasn’t as mainstream as it is now. I remember she had her own kombucha mother growing in a huge container upstairs in her bedroom. I thought it was crazy!

Ash: Yeah, I was really into it – I was going through a phase or something – I even wanted some t shirts and sweatshirts that said Booch Girl – I think I was going through some hormonal changes – hahaha!

Lin – Aren’t we both still!! 

Ash: Let’s begin with why you want to know about probiotics, prebiotics and Synbiotics – what it can do for you! These are important because they promote a healthy gut microbiome, aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, boost immune function, reduce inflammation, and support your mental health! And by the way the word – gut microbiome – gets passed around a lot so let me simplify why this is important – The bacteria and microbes in your gut help you digest food. Your body is full of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. All of these are known as the microbiome. 

You need your gut microbiome to be healthy so your body can absorb the nutrients which will then help you with your immune system. So, it’s incredibly important that we are all eating this stuff! Esp if you have kids, grandkids, or have a job where you are working around children or sick people. My children are always bringing home some sickness from school and then they will end up spending the night with my mom – their grand mommy and without us even knowing it they were sick but didn’t show the symptoms until the next morning. So, my mom and I are always trying to stay on top of our health!  

Lin: Let’s break this down and begin with the function of Probiotics and some examples of how you can get this 

Probiotics are live microorganisms. 

These microorganisms, which are certain strains of bacteria and yeast, are naturally present in the human digestive system and are also found in many fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. 

For example, you may hear all the time about Greek yogurt being so good for you and has a lot of protein and get ones without the sugar. If you turn the container over, the yogurt will tell you what strains of bacteria are in them! 

Probiotics play an essential role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, which is the community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. And I am repeating what Ashley said because it is so important for us to really grasp this – A healthy gut microbiome is essential for proper digestion, absorption of nutrients, and immune function.

Ash: It really is! If we talk about digestion – you want probiotics because they help to break down food and extract nutrients from it! They also help to prevent digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. I mean, there is just nothing sexier than a big burp – just kidding! Wanted to make sure you are still with me! 

They help boost your immune system by producing substances that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Probiotics help reduce inflammation: This is a big one bc we are learning that diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease are caused by inflammation!

I keep reading research that says probiotics help reduce anxiety and depression symptoms and improve your overall mood.

Lin: You can get probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

Ash where do you buy yours and what is your favorite?

Ash: I buy mine at Earthfare. Probably kimchi is my favorite because I love food with spice! BUT!!! what I would really love to find is fermented pickles! I have never found fermented pickles! If you know of somewhere, please let me know in our community – you can find us at – we have a skincare community that is free for you to join! We have videos, skin school and a new database where we are constantly adding new products and ingredient research! Please message me in our community so I can find these fermented pickles! LOL!

Another thing I will do is make a smoothie with kefir because it is REALLY STRONG – but it has a high amount of probiotics! Oh! And I love coco bowls because it is a fun out to eat treat and it contains yogurt. Where do you buy yours Lindsey?

Now in relation to skin health – because that is our specialty – probiotics are important for your skin. 

  1. Improve the skin’s barrier function: The skin’s barrier function is important for preventing moisture loss and protecting the skin from environmental damage. Probiotics can help to strengthen the skin’s barrier function, which can lead to smoother, more hydrated skin.
  2. We mentioned how probiotics can Reduce inflammation- this also includes the skin! This can be a huge plus for people with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and rosacea.

Ash: Next up is Prebiotics – 

This one I just want to keep it super simple! 

I can always remember this because it is the food for the probiotics.

Examples are:

  • Bananas- if they are unripe they contain even more prebiotics! 
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Chicory root
  • Dandelion greens
  • Wheat bran
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • cooked and cooled potatoes, 
  • green peas, 
  • lentils, 

Lin: A special tip for you – keep listening for the rest of this information!

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Ashley and Lindsey

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