The Probiotic & Supplement Solution For Radiant Skin, And Vibrant Health
Mental health and nutrition expert Saps Uttam talks about how probiotics and supplements help take our skincare routines and wellbeing to the next level
Ever wonder why sometimes, no matter how diligent we are with our skincare routines, breakouts still occur, and our skin still appears dull and lifeless? Oftentimes we address the outside so much, we tweak our products, we invest a lot of money in creams, serums, and wonder formulas only to end up where we started—with skin that's in need of dire help.
What then could be the missing piece of the puzzle? Just recently, I was chatting with my good friend and skincare junkie, Mental/Emotional/Spiritual Inner Child Therapist and Integrative Nutritionist Saps Uttam, when I asked her what she thinks I should do to solve my acne issues. Yes, wearing a face mask has become a factor in this, but also—I had to come to terms with how I was doing stress-wise, diet-wise, and everything else in between. My skincare routine is pretty intact, and in fact, I don't ever skip out on doing the necessary, even extra steps to make sure my skin recuperates from the daily wear and tear. What she said struck me: she told me that I should be keeping my inflammation levels down, first by what I eat (avoid dairy, eggs, etc.), and by adding probiotics to my diet.
I had a basic knowledge of probiotics and avoiding inflammatory foods, but to help me on my journey to finding the right path to clear skin, I had to do more digging. Fortunately for me, Saps conducted an Instagram live with a supplement brand she swears by, Mary Ruth Organics Philippines. The session was filled to the brim with priceless knowledge about how supplements, probiotics, and other wellness practices directly affect our skin, and our overall health. To find out what I learned, scroll ahead!
Saps was joined in the session by Mary Ruth Organics Philippines' owner, and fellow skincare and wellness addict Cheryll Selda, and they opened the talk by introducing Mary Ruth the brand, to the audience. For the unfamiliar, Mary Ruth Organics hails from the US, founded by MaryRuth Ghiyam. It is a 100% vegan supplements brand that harnesses the power of nature to address a lot of our common health and skincare problems.
Saps and Cheryll both agree that in taking supplements, one must think about these things: why are you taking the supplements? What is it going to do for your body? Where is it going, and what is it for? What is the quality of the supplement that you are taking in? Truly, just because a supplement was advertised to be good, does not guarantee superb effects.
They then proceed to discuss liver health, which is at the heart of the matter. Saps shares that the liver and the kidneys filter out all the bad things from our blood, and that in Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM), the first thing a doctor is going to look at is the state of your liver. How? Through the eyes—if you have white, sparkly eyes, your hair and nail quality is good, and your skin is good, it is an indicator of how your liver is doing.
Saps goes on to explain that skin health is directly related to our liver's health. "The liver has a best friend called the lymphatic system. It is the body's trash can or the body's drainage system. When our pipes are working fine, there's the flow of energy, releasing the bad stuff, constant detoxing, and in turn, our flow, or our 'chi', is going to be good", she shares.
On Supplements for a Better Diet
Having a good diet is basic, yet for many of us, no matter how much veggies, fruits, or lean meats we consume, it seems like it's still not enough. What gives? Saps tells us that yes, while we may get the nutrients we need from the food that we eat, why do we still need supplements?
"The state of our food is not that of 20 years ago which was pure. There's so much pollution and pesticides that the liver has to filter out, giving it an even bigger job to do. Where will I get my zinc from? Where will I get my vitamin B12 from?", Saps shares. The simple answer? Supplements. Saps is also plant-based, so she needs to get a good source of B12. If she doesn't get enough of it, there is the risk of getting brain fog, and even dementia in the long run. She trusts Mary Ruth's Organic B Complex liquid drops to give her what her body needs. "When you wake up in the morning, take it without water, just put it under your tongue, as it's sublingual. In 10 seconds, it goes into your lymphatic system, and it cleans your system", she says.
It's so important to note that we live in a day and age where we are constantly bombarded by information overload, concerns left and right, and the stress of day to day life. "We need to calm the brain down", Saps says. "If you don't have something to calm that down, brain fog is real. There's something missing but you don't know it. Everything is coming to us in real time, but the brain can't process too many things in real time, especially during a pandemic. B12 calms us down. Methyl B12 is found in this spray."
On Inflammation & Probiotics
Because inflammation is real, our tendency is to lean towards foods that are not good for us. Saps tells us "It begins with a thought, an emotion, and you lean towards getting that kind of food". Think junk food, greasy food, alcohol, the works! "More often than not, we're not getting greasy food, sweets, and calorific food if we're not going through something", she says.
"The heart cannot have you being inflamed. What you want to do is bring down the inflammation, and this can be done by avoiding foods that aren't good for you, and adding a turmeric probiotic to bring down the inflammation of the gut." She also adds, "The body doesn’t lie. The body will show you what you’ve done and what you need to do. You will always need a good probiotic. We need a clean source supplement for the gut, because when the gut is working fine, everything is going to work fine."
Saps' expert tip: Take the probiotic first thing in the morning. Don't mix it with food, because you want it to go in there and let the body, while the stomach is empty, keep getting all that goodness out. As for the Turmeric probiotics, take it before bed, so you get a good cleansing overnight.
On Beauty and Probiotics
We now know that supplements are vital for our overall health, but what about the connection to skin and beauty, you ask. "Wellness and supplements must complement beauty", Saps says. Why do we need probiotics for our skin? "The skin is acidic. It needs to be acidic. Your inside needs to be alkaline. But when you wash your face with water, you mess up the natural pH of the skin. I advice that after cleansing, spray probiotics 1-2 times on your skin like a toner, as it makes sure the skin has good probiotics, helping you to not break out."
We're right smack in the middle of a pandemic, and immunity is of utmost importance these days. Oftentimes, your regular vitamin C supplement just won't cut it anymore, and you need a little more help from supplements like Zinc. "Zinc is like a shield around you, a veil of protection", Saps shares. "Zinc makes sure you don't fall sick." Apart from taking this, make sure you are eating well, sleeping well, and hydrating.
Saps' expert tip: Don't have Zinc on an empty stomach. Have it after you've had breakfast or fruits, as Zinc can make you feel nauseous.
As for Elderberry, it's a good supplement for immunity as well, as berries carry so much antioxidants, hence, your body does not oxidize. Elderberries are very tiny, made from blackberries, and you don't get it locally. It's very good for the common cold, and it boosts your immune system. Also, for a fact, Saps shares that it helps prevent cancer.