By now you probably know that probiotics are a good idea. But maybe you don’t know what probiotics are, or what they do in our bodies. Sure maybe you knew that taking probiotics can help populate your gut with a healthy flora and keep your digestive and immune system in check. But did you know that probiotics are beneficial when used on your skin? Oh yes, my friends. Prepare to have your mind blown.
What Are Probiotics Anyway?
Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body!
Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotics benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin.
Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for:
- Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2
- Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast and fungi
- Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria
- Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T-cells
Probiotics have been in our systems right from the moment that we stepped into the world. When a newborn is in the birth canal of the mother during delivery, that’s when the baby is exposed to the bacteria of his or her mother for the first time. This event starts a chain of events inside the baby’s GI tract, and the infant’s GI tract starts to produce good bacteria.
Because of our modern diets, and food processing techniques, most folks these days just don’t get enough of these good bacteria in our diets. The results can be an overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause a whole slew of ruckus in our bodies.
I won’t get into all the ways we can improve our diets with probiotics, I’ll save that for another blog post, but its definitely something you should look into.
So what in the world does this have to do with my pits?
Pit stink is caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in our underarms. And what is the antidote for bad bacteria? GOOD BACTERIA! Our bodies are covered with micro-flora all over our skin. This is a wonderful system that works well to keep good stuff in, and bad stuff out.
If you’re using a conventional, chemical laden deodorant, then you’re not only killing bad bacteria, but you’re destroying all that wonderful micro-flora on your skin that keeps the balance in check.
Use a deodorant that…
#1- is free of harmful chemicals that disrupt your skin’s sensitive balance
#2- includes live active beneficial PRO-biotics can actually go to work to combat that stinky bacteria, virtually going to war with stank… and NATURALLY!
How can I make it?
Then add 1 capsule of live probiotic powder per tube of deodorant that you’re making in the batch. You’ll add this to the arrowroot dry mix portion of the recipe.
Because of the probiotic powder you likely won’t need any baking soda, so you can leave that out of the recipe, or just add MUCH less. This is an excellent alternative for those who have sensitive skin and don’t react well to baking soda based natural deodorant recipes.
<—– I like this one.
You can get the deodorant tubes I use at SKS-Bottle.com for super cheap!
Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!
Want to try it but don’t have the time or ingredients to make it? Buy it ready made in my store. Check out the new Noelle’s Naturals Probiotic Deodorant in my Etsy Shop.
Have you tried a probiotic deodorant? What was your experience? Did it help?