Did you know that when the stomach's natural flora gets out of whack because of stress, infection, or a course of antibiotics, you may experience digestive issues and skin problems? Skin issues such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as dullness and wrinkles can result from bad bacteria. If the bacteria in your body is out of balance and is unfavorable, the toxic bacteria can leak through microscopic holes in the wall of your gastrointestinal tract and travel throughout your body. It can reach your skin, causing inflammation that prevents the skin from functioning properly. Our skin is a reflection of our inner health, so that the more toxins we can eliminate, the better our skin will look.  Studies are showing that acne and other skin conditions may be linked to intestinal health, so the use of probiotic supplements could save time and money spent and eliminate the need for high cost skin treatments.  Probiotics can help stimulate the immune system and aid in the overall healthy of our body inside and out.  Just what is a probiotic? A probiotic is a living microorganism which, when administered in sufficient amounts, confers a health benefit to its host. Two of the most common probiotics, Lactobacillus acidophilus and the group known as bifidobacteria, are commonly found in the gut and assist the body with a number of functions. The digestive system is inhabited by billions of bacteria, collectively referred to as intestinal microflora. There is no doubt that a healthy digestive system is critical for proper nutrient absorption. Improving nutrient absorption can dramatically improve health. One of the easiest ways to increase and encourage the growth of helpful bacteria colonies is to take a high quality probiotic supplement. Though it is possible to increase beneficial bacteria by eating foods such as yogurt, most simply do not contain the quantity and quality of viable bacteria to increase populations at an acceptable rate. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist