Q & A with Dr Naomi Newman-Beinart + FREE probiotics offer for YOU.
This week we are talking all about the importance of good gut health and how supplementing your diet with probiotics (otherwise known as ‘good’ bacteria) can benefit your immune strength and vitality, plus help towards giving you more radiant skin.
Sound good so far? Then please continue to read our helpful interview with Dr Naomi Newman-Beinart, PhD, Nutritionist (MSc), about why she advocates a daily probiotic and collagen ritual for good gut wellness and glowing skin.
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Q. Dr Naomi, please tell us more about good bacteria and their benefits for our health and skin.
A. "It’s really important to have the right balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Good bacteria help your digestive system to work properly and keep high levels of bad bacteria at bay. The aim of the game is to have the right balance of good and bad bacteria to maintain good gut health. A healthy gut not only helps digestion but also benefits your immune system, mental health, weight and skin. So, it’s vital to try and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria to reduce the likelihood of being run down this Winter.
Q. How does poor gut health manifest internally and externally?
A. "Digestive problems are the first thing you might think of when you think about an imbalance of bacteria in your gut. But as poor gut health can affect so many parts of your body, it’s worth remembering that long-term poor gut health could lead to long-term conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In fact, chemicals related to poor gut health have been linked with a higher risk of some types of heart condition. Even your emotional state can be affected by the balance of bacteria in your gut! Obesity researchers also think that poor gut health might be linked with the pituitary gland, which produces hormones that let your brain know when you are hungry and full, and this might explain why some people continue to eat even though they should feel full”.
Q. What’s this got to do with blemished, sensitive and itchy skin?
A. “Many researchers have studied the relationship between poor gut health and skin health. This relationship has aptly been named the ‘gut-skin axis’ and has been linked with skin diseases like psoriasis and acne. An unhealthy gut has also been found to play a role in skin conditions, including rosacea, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions. We spend much of our life trying to improve the appearance of our skin, whether it’s too dry, too spotty, too oily or too red. As a nation, we spend millions on topical skin products each year, but the real culprit here is our gut health.”
Q. Do I need to take supplements to support my gut health?
A. "The short answer is yes! In this day and age, lifestyle choices and our environment can all affect our gut health. Smoking, travel, antibiotics, alcohol, sugar, stress and pollution are just a few examples of factors that can cause an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut.
I always recommend a good probiotic supplement such as Correxiko PROBIO+ These suit vegetarians and vegans and so can be taken by everyone. One day of supplements a day will give you 100 billion more good bacteria each day to add to your collection:
Collagen powder is another favourite of mine when it comes to supporting good gut health or healing from problems with bad gut health. The amino acids in collagen have been found to play a vital role in healing ‘leaky gut’. It has been found to both strengthen and rebuild the gut walls, so it’s a true superstar when it comes to rebuilding and maintaining good gut health. The collagen molecule size is really important for effectiveness and to ensure that it is easy to absorb for people who have poor gut health. Correxiko’s marine and bovine collagen powder is one that I highly recommend as it has been double hydrolysed, meaning that it comes in a micro-particle size for better absorption”.
Q. What are the gut-friendly foods you'd recommend to include in someone's diet?
A. "A couple of thousand years ago, Hippocrates famously said, “all disease begins in the gut”. It took modern medicine a few years to catch up and realise that he was absolutely right! So, what are the gut-friendly foods that you can eat to ensure that you have a healthy and happy gut?
Let’s start with probiotics. These are foods that give you more of the good bacteria you need to maintain the right balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Fermented foods are the best option if you wish to add some good bacteria to your daily diet. Some dairy products, for example, some cheeses and live yoghurts, include live cultures of bacteria. Fermented drinks such as Kefir and Kombucha are popular probiotic drinks. You can also try adding fermented vegetables to your meal, like kimchi or sauerkraut”.