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Probiotics are a group of beneficial microorganisms, also known as “good” or “friendly” bacteria. They aid our bodies in warding off illness, supporting digestion, and protecting our gut health. According to Harvard Health Publishing, research has demonstrated that different strains of probiotics can offer potential benefits to the treatment or prevention of diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, urinary tract infections, eczema in children, and more.
While you can get your probiotics through healthy foods like kimchi, kefir, and yogurt or in supplement form, you’ll love adding probiotics to your routine in these three surprising ways.
1. Get Clean Hands Without Harsh Cleansers
Desert Essence Probiotic Hand Sanitizers kill 99.99% of the most common harmful germs while delivering good bacteria courtesy of probiotic-packed Kefir. Powerfully combined with botanical extracts like tea tree oil, thyme, elderberry, and echinacea, they help reduce bacteria while leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth without a drying effect. Keep this in your diaper bag for easy hand cleaning while on the go. (Starts at $9.99, desertessence.com)
2. Add It to Your Morning Coffee Routine
If remembering to take your probiotic supplement is a struggle, this is an excellent way to guarantee you’ll get what you need everyday—just add it to your coffee! Infused with probiotics, aloe vera, and vitamins, each VitaCup Probiotic Blend Infused Coffee Pod is 100% recyclable with BPA-free plastic and compatible with most single-serve brewers, including Keurig machines. (Starts at $24.99, amazon.com)
3. Restore Balance to Your Problem Skin
Oily, dry, breakout prone—whatever your skin issue is, MotherDirt AO+ Mist Live Probiotic Spray can help. Using Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), this mist works to harmonize the ecosystem of your skin and improve its microbiome. Without many of the harsh ingredients in other personal care products, the results are even skin tone and improved texture. (Starts at $49.95, amazon.com)