Beauty is an outside and inside job. SO while using clean, natural products on the outside, it is super important to look on what you eat! coconut yogurt is one of your beauty foods for sure.
Your best skin starts in your gut – despite all the products I talk about, what matters more than anything else is the health of your digestive tract and your emotional wellbeing. Today we will talk about the former: gut health, your skin and coconut yogurt.
Dairy: The Ugly Truth
Yogurt is often touted as a great food for your digestion since it naturally contains probiotics. While that’s true, dairy from animals (especially cow) are acidic in nature and create mucous buildup in the intestinal walls. This creates a slower digestion, and in turn a slower elimination. Slower elimination equates to less healthy skin, since your body is detoxing in other ways you can notice things like acne. Further, dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to more clogged pores as well as inflammation from the IGF-1 growth hormone found in milk (good for baby cows, not good for you or acne).
Many people eat yogurt because they have been told that it’s a good source of “friendly bacteria.” What they don’t mention is the bacteria used to make most yogurt (L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus) are not the key “beneficial bacteria” and they pasteurize it, which kills off the good guys anyways! This is before the chance of added hormones and antibiotics that the animals may have been on.
Probiotics and Your Skin
Your gut and your skin care so closely linked: one of their core main functions is elimination and detoxification. When our gut flora is not healthy, problems such as chronic inflammation, aka acne and other skin problems can show up. Probitics help to naturally balance our gut flora (the good guys and the bad guys who live in our GI tract).
Coconut Yogurt Recipe:
- Large jar
- 2-3 cans of organic coconut milk (full fat)
- 2-3 probiotic capsules (that you can easily break apart and dump into the milk)
- A wooden spoon
- Cheese Cloth
- Elastic band
- Pour cans of coconut milk into clean glass jar (I used 3)
- Break apart 3 probiotic capsules with more than 20 billion live cultures
- Stir in with wooden spoon (this is improtant, don’t use metal as it reacts with the probiotics)
- Cover with cheese cloth and a rubber band
- Let sit on the counter for 24 – 48 hours
- Taste during the resting time to reach your desired tangy-ness
- When it has reached it, put it in the fridge overnight, it should thicken
The yogurt can last up to two weeks in the fridge.