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Kombucha bars, probiotic skin care, fermented foods from the other side of the world being commonplace in every grocery store across America overnight. (And why is everyone talking about prebiotics all of a sudden?)

It seems that probiotics and gut bacteria are becoming more and more important in any conversation we have about health these days.

Marisel Salazar makes a reappearance on Just Ask David to give us the facts behind the probiotic craze. Is it just a fad? Or is it a shift in how we understand our overall health?

Marisel is a lifestyle writer from New York City who has contributed to the likes of PureWow, Martha Stewart Living, Well + Good, and NYC GO. With her background in investigating beauty trends, she’s the perfect person to help explain to us what the big deal is with probiotics.

Probiotics: The Bacteria Everyone Wants to Eat

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Probiotics aren’t magic pills or the latest diet.

Actually, probiotics are live bacteria that help keep our digestive systems healthy. When we eat junk food or foods high in preservatives, “bad” bacteria can accumulate in our guts over time, causing inflammation.

“Probiotics are really the health and wellness trend du jour,” Marisel says, and with good reason. “They’ve been extremely helpful in the wellness community when it comes to various disorders.”

Some of those conditions include constipation, leaky gut, and irritated bowels. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

Probiotics Break into the Beauty Industry

You don’t have to love the characteristically sour flavor of fermented foods to reap the benefits of probiotics.

In fact, research shows that the benefits of probiotics aren’t bound to just our stomachs. With new skin care technology that preserves probiotics without killing the bacteria, probiotic skin care is becoming noticed in the skin care industry.

“Topical probiotic skin care is really a wonderful, natural, and clinical way to calm and soothe aggravated or inflamed skin,” Marisel says.

“A lot of these topical probiotics… defend against pollution and other strong environmental factors, which is so helpful living in New York City myself,” Marisel adds. “I am in constant environmental pollution.”

Probiotics help us become more healthy from the inside out. And now, from the outside in.

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Interested in learning more about probiotics and other beauty trends?

Visit Marisel’s website and follow her on Twitter @MariselSalazar and Instagram @breadbutternyc to discover the newest beauty trends and technology.

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