Probiotics for a Healthy Skin

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Our Monday green news brings you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:Yoghurt benefits, probiotics

  • Probiotics for a healthy skin: A growing research indicates that  probiotics, such as plain yogurt, can have a beneficial effect on our skin if applied directly. For example, research has shown a link between probiotic use and clearer skin in patients with acne. As Gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa explained: “The American Academy of Dermatoloy has called probiotics one of the new beauty breakthroughs as they’ve been shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness, and inflammation.” While topical probiotics are still being developed, homemade yogurt facials are nothing new. Yogurt masks have shown to have clinical benefits including improvement of skin moisture and elasticity. Yogurt is also very easy and inexpensive to make at home, so yogurt facial treatment does not require any increase in spending.
  • Double Up Food Bucks helps the environment and fights poverty too: The Michigan-based company has just celebrated their successful five years in operation, delivering results, changing lives and helping the environment at the same time. Their principle is rather simple: if you are receiving food stamps (or SNAP benefits), and you use them to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables, Double Up will match whatever you spend. So for example, if you spend $10 from SNAP, you can use it to buy $10 worth of canned food, or $20 worth of farmers’ market produce. As Oran Hesterman, CEO of the Fair Food Network, who started Double Up explained: “It gives low-income families more money to purchase local fruits and vegetables, and it also gives farmers more money in their pockets, and that money then recirculates in their communities.” According to their recent report, during the five years in existence the Double Up Food Bucks (or Double Up) incentive program has helped more than 200,000 low-income families, more than 1,000 farmers, and had an financial impact on the local economy greater than five million dollars. “There should not be a question of whether we support hungry families or local farmers—we can do both, and we can do it nationwide,” Mr. Hesterman proudly added. Double Up could be a role model for other states, especially the ones with highest rates of poverty and government assistance, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arizona or New Mexico, according to 2013 data from the United States Census Bureau.
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