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(Photos: TheKitchn.com)

No, it’s not ProActiv or even your natural pink sulfur over-night skin savior—although it is great for preventing pimples. It’s your good ol’ fermented friends: kimchi and sauerkraut.

These jars of fermented vegetables are loaded with potent probiotics that help regulate digestion and prevent breakouts and acne, says Katrine van Wyk, a model turned holistic health coach who works alongside Frank Lipman, MD and wrote Best Green Drinks Ever.

Katrine Van Wyk
(Photo: Katrine van Wyk)

That’s because the foods are anti-inflammatory. “Inflammation in the gut is often caused by eating foods that aren’t good for us,” she says. And there’s a strong connection between the gut and the skin. “Inflammation can show up in different ways—for some people it shows up in headaches or joint pain and for others it shows up in the skin as acne or eczema,” explains van Wyk. It’s been proven with sugar and dairy.

You can find raw sauerkraut and kim chi in most healthy grocery stores now—look for it in the refrigerated section (van Wyk likes Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut).

But for a more affordable option, just make your own sauerkraut or kim chee. “Even a tablespoon a day will make a difference for your skin,” van Wyk says. And sauerkraut, she says, is great at a summer BBQ. Maybe share that beauty tidbit with your guests as you heap it on top of a veggie burger this weekend? —Molly Gallagher

Fore more information, visit www.katrinevanwyk.com