The Microbiome

Probiotics have been a hot topic of skincare for much of the last decade. You see the word at the grocery store, on baby food – at the pharmacy, in supplements and vitamins – but how much do you really know about probiotics and what they actually do? The microbiome is a subject of fascination for many healthcare professionals and researchers worldwide – and, while its spotlight in the public sphere has only grown recently, it has been the key to total health and wellness for a long time. Wether you know it or not, you’ve had an intimate relationship with bacteria since before you were born. We are first exposed to microorganisms in our mothers’ wombs and continue to be exposed more and more throughout our lives. What’s fascinating is that the results are in fact not random: the human microbiome is composed of specific microorganisms that compliment each other and their host, fulfilling functions that are essential to life. These microorganisms can have two types of relationships with us:

Symbiotic or Pathogenic

In a healthy body, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms coexist without issue. It’s only when the balance is disturbed that we experience illness, disease, pain and even sadness. Ethan Russo, a prominent researcher and former Senior Medical Advisor for GW Pharmaceuticals has been quoted saying, “The brain and the gut speak the same language” and while this idea of having a “second brain” in our gut has been antiquated and is somewhat of a joke nowadays – the concept couldn’t be closer to the truth. Think of all the times you’ve had a fight or flight response, or to a time someone gave you butterflies, or the last time your stomach flipped with anxiety – our minds and our gut are intimately connected through what’s known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and influence each other through their balance (or imbalance) of symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms. So what do probiotics do?

Probiotics, as you may have guessed, are living bacteria that will restore balance to your microbiome. Generally, probiotics are most effective at both ends of the age spectrum because that’s when your microbes are least harmonious. However, probiotics can be very beneficial for those taking antibiotics or anyone who has been exposed to high levels of pathogens. To put it simply, Probiotics will restore balance to your microbiome. and CBD will help maintain that balance through the Endocannabinoid System. The entirety of our health is not only influenced but dictated by our microbiome. It could be argued that it is the only real factor in determining if someone is healthy or un-healthy. There has never been a consensus on the best way to take care of your microbiome but the research is slowly coming forth. More and more, people are realizing the intimate connection between the ECS and the Microbiome – and more and more, CBD products are being paired with probiotics to create a total solution for restoring and maintaining your health.

Shalia offers a full-line of probiotic skincare and CBD formulations that work together to create total wellness, inside and out.

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