Today we’re gonna talk a little bit about poo and your acne, and also, a little bit about how to help your poo situation, so we can help your acne situation.
Ok, I’ll stop being a 10 year old now and let you know that I’m sharing details on the difference between Kefir and Probiotics – items that can both aid your digestion, and therefore your skin, in a huge way.
Kefir vs. probiotics (and/or what are you even talking about Jill?)
Back in this post I chatted with you about how bacteria in your belly could be causing your acne, and I wanted to share a bit more about that with you today.
So, let’s chat about two “supplements” that can help balance your belly bacteria in a natural way: Kefir and Probiotics.
What the #*&$ is kefir? (That’s often what I asked myself when I first started my clear skin journey):
Kefir is a fermented drink made using cow and/or goat’s milk.
Kefir “becomes” kefir when you add kefir “grains” to milk.
NOW, to get more convoluted, these grains aren’t “grains” in the traditional sense, they’re actually cultures of yeast and lactic acid.
After these “grains” are added, they sit for about 24 hours and multiply and ferment the sugars in the milk, which then turns it into “kefir”.
I’ve been doing more reading up on it lately, since two of my brilliant Clear Skin, My Way Members recently asked about it (Hi Ellie and Joanne!) and I’m really excited about what I’ve learned.
Here are some awesome details on kefir:
1. It’s more powerful than yoghurt in terms of probiotic content, so it’s much more potent. Sometimes the bottles can have more than 30 billion bacterial cultures, which is a lot! And really great for you. If you normally eat yoghurt for “digestion help”, try kefir instead, perhaps?
2. The bacteria Lactobacillus kefiri, only found in kefir, has been known to inhibit the growth of some seriously powerful bacteria (think Ecoli, etc.) so not only does it help your digestion, but it can protect you from some other heebie jeebies as well.
3. It has a ton of the vitamin K12, which plays a large role in calcium metabolism, so it may help your bones and prevent osteoporosis.
4. If you’re lactose intolerant, you still may be able to drink kefir, which is a really great thing. The lactic acid bacteria in fermented foods like kefir and yoghurt lowers the amount of lactose in the drink itself, so you may not have to worry at all about having a negative reaction. Also though, they make “non-dairy” forms as well, so check those out too:)
5. Coolest part: you can totally make this at home!! Would you like me to make a post on how to do this? I can! (Let me know in the comments below:)
But what the @#$#@ does kefir taste like, Jill?
Honestly, it’s kinda like…. a mix between yoghurt and milk. If you like yoghurt, you’ll be happy with kefir:) If you’re NOT into yoghurt, maybe give the following a try….
What are probiotics?
So, I talk about probiotics all the freaking time, so it’s not a huge surprise to me when I get a lot of questions!
Probiotics are kinda like the holy grail in terms of skin health. I take a probiotic every day to keep the bacteria balanced in my belly- and this balancing can have a major impact on your acne.
So what are they exactly? Probiotics are supplements you can take to help the growth of GOOD bacteria that helps maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in your intestines.
You want your probiotics to try to have at least these two things:
- At least 10 Billion live cultures
- Includes the two strains; Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium
A few brands that I like that I’ve tried are: Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Women, 90 Capsules (they have a vegetarian option), and I’ve heard great things about Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics (but have never personally used them), and Culterelle is a simple, cheaper brand.
Which option should should I use Jill? Kefir or Probiotics?
SO, herein lies the tricky question, and it’s really a personal choice.
I’m really into probiotics – I used them before I even knew kefir existed and found them to be really, really helpful (even life changing, because at the time, I was barely freaking going to the bathroom, so this was basically a godsend). So I’m a probiotics girl, for sure.
HOWEVER, the kefir route is great if you love a more “natural approach” that doesn’t involve “pills” and/or supplements.
You can pick up a few bottles at the store at the beginning of the week, drink it 2-3X a week and probably get your probiotic fix that way too.
ALSO of note, however, is that when you go to purchase kefir, make sure that you aren’t buying one with a ton of sugar and/or that is really processed.
That is no bueno. Grab one with a low sugar content, that’s all natural and organic if you can instead.
The same thing could be said for probiotics as well; do a little research beforehand, checking out reviews of the product AND making sure it has a high bacterial count.
Also, try to grab a probiotic that sits in the fridge, not just the shelf, because that usually indicates that it has a higher level of potency:)
I wish I had a more “clear cut” plan for you as to which one would be better for you, but all of our bodies are different/unique so it’s more about finding the best path for you. (Which I am all about, all of the time:).
Now that I know much more about kefir, I will probably continue to take my probiotics daily, and then have kefir every 2-3 days. And I’ll see how that makes my body feel.
What do you think about kefir? Have you tried it before? Do you prefer kefir or probiotics? Leave me your experience in the comments below because I would love to know!