Several products on the market claim to boost healthy hair. Customized shampoos and serums, as well as multivitamins and minerals, are all options. Probiotics, one of the most recent additions to this list, may surprise you. Let us first discuss probiotics and their connection to healthy hair.
To begin, exactly what are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that can be found in a wide range of meals and supplements. By balancing the good and harmful bacteria in your stomach, these microorganisms keep your digestive system healthy. The relationship between gut health and other areas of the body, including hair health, is becoming obvious as probiotic research improves.
While numerous studies on animals are being undertaken, a growing number of studies are linking probiotic use to microbial reinfection prevention, gastrointestinal comfort, and improved immune function. These findings on probiotics’ immune system benefits lend validity to their impact on hair health. How so? Skin and hair follicle health have long been linked to immune system function. Probiotics are also thought to promote hair development since they may help with inflammation, stress reduction, and hormone modulation.
Several probiotics have been shown in clinical trials to increase overall hair health. The first is Lactobacillus acidophilus. These “good” bacteria are in charge of bacterial proliferation and glucose breakdown. Lactobacillus acidophilus is naturally found in fermented foods, making it easy to consume.
Another common probiotic is Bifidobacterium animalis. This strain has been shown to improve digestion as well as large bowel function. It may benefit hair health by preventing yeast infections, which cause hair loss and dandruff. It is present in dairy products and supplements. While taking supplements is a convenient approach to boost your probiotic intake, you should first talk with your doctor. This can help determine the correct dosage as well as whether there are any potential adverse effects due to immune system issues.
Fermented foods can be substituted for probiotic supplements in your diet. These naturally occurring probiotics usually contain short-chain fatty acids and can aid in immune system stimulation. Probiotic-rich foods include miso, pickles, kimchi, tempeh, buttermilk, sauerkraut, and, of course, yogurt. To maximize their potential advantages, combine them with prebiotic-rich foods such as soy, garlic, wheat, asparagus, and onions. This combination helps probiotics survive and flourish in the stomach.
For more information on the benefits of probiotics and their relationship to hair health, please see the infographic below.