The hidden beauty benefits of that probiotic

Probiotics have certainly been enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Every yogurt commercial seems to sound the alarm about how your health starts in your gut.

But that’s not the only reason to take them…

It turns out, probiotics hold superpowers beyond what you see on the labels and in the headlines.

Probiotics—the live bacteria and yeast famously found in yogurt among other fermented foods—help cultivate healthy flora and balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut.

When the balance is in check, you notice the obvious perks of having a healthy digestive system—goodbye belly bloat, hello favorite skinny jeans!

Probiotics also help keep your intimate parts and bladder in tip top shape and better able to resist infections…keeping those romantic nights romantic, instead of clinical.

And, one of lesser known benefits to boosting your immune system—your body’s natural defense against illness—is probiotics can give you clear, healthy, radiant skin.

If you haven’t been taking probiotics, it’s time to start. After all, anything that can make you healthier and hotter is a “must-have” in my book.

I found 5 tasty and delightful ways to bump up daily probiotics—choose one or all of them:

Eat Yogurt One of the best-known probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt. Stick with organic dairy whenever possible and steer clear of sugar-laden fruit blends with artificial flavoring. Opt for plain traditional yogurt or creamy Greek yogurts and mix in your own fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup for sweetening.

Try Kefir Found alongside yogurt in most natural foods sections, Kefir is a creamy, tart drink that contains protein, calcium, B vitamins, and even more probiotics than yogurt. It’s made by fermenting milk with kefir grains comprised of yeast and gut-friendly bacteria.

Sip Miso Soup Next time you go out for sushi, make sure you don’t pass on the miso soup. It’s made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley (and often used in Asia as a digestive regulator), making it naturally rich in probiotics.

Try Kombucha Here’s one for the adventurist foodie. This increasingly popular, sharp-tasting fermented tea is high healthy gut bacteria and has been used for centuries to help increase energy and enhance wellbeing. Much like sushi (and scotch!), it’s an acquired taste worth getting used to.

Take a Probiotic Supplement If you’re not getting enough probiotics from food, a good quality supplement can help fill the gap. Most probiotic formulas include the most common strains, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, but there are many more, each offering unique benefits.

Enjoy your trimmer, flatter belly and healthier, happier you!