The truth is we’re all getting older. Most people do not want to be reminded of this. But it’s a fact. And like I’ve said before, there’s a lot of good that comes with age – experiences, wisdom, and a greater appreciation for what life has to offer.
That’s the good part. But aging does have its downsides as well. And one of the most common drawbacks is the body’s ability to produce collagen.
Skin needs powerful nutrients to build healthy cells along with a strong supply of collagen. With age, collagen production slows and the cells structures weaken.
The skin gets thinner and is easier to damage, hair gets lifeless, tendons and ligaments become less elastic, joints get stiff. Increasing collagen levels in your diet can completely transform your body and give your skin the strengths and elasticity it has been missing for years!
Being the main structural protein found throughout the body, collagen is the “glue” that helps hold it together. It helps support healthy levels of inflammation within the body, helps support joints, helps having clear, beautiful and firm skin, it helps with your gut which relates to the entire body.
BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN
Collagen is rich in the amino acid proline and glycine which are essential “building blocks” of protein. Proline is an important compound responsible for tissue repair within the body and also combat sagging skin and ageing.
Glycine helps break down and transport nutrients and fat to be used by cells for energy, and in the process, it supports strong immune, digestive and nervous systems.
WHAT DESTROYS COLLAGEN?
Sun Exposure. Sun damage causes breakdown of the resilient fibers of collagen in the skin and over time, your skin loses elasticity. When chronically overexposed to the sun, the skin is in a constant state of inflammation.
TIP: Use sunscreen every day
Sugar. Sugar destroys nutrients found in vegetables, fruits, and protein. It attaches to collagen in skin and depletes it. Sugar also creates an inflammatory response that also breaks down collagen.
TIP: Replace with raw honey
Free Radicals. Free radicals in the body break down collagen and damage cells in the body. This leads to lost in elasticity and the skin begins to sag.
TIP: Eat foods rich in antioxidants
Bad Fats and Oils. Eating the wrong fats causes inflammation which leads to sagging skin. Avoid vegetable oil such as soy, corn, or canola oils.
TIP: Replace with healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil
You can reverse the damage to your skin with powerful nutrients found in anti-aging foods that supercharge skins healing ability and boosts resilience.
TOP 4 FOODS TO BOOST COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
Bone broth is one of the most healing foods and best source of natural collagen. It is packed with anti-aging nutrients that help form elastin, responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture and appearance; it supports the digestive track, which helps to prevent inflammation that often leads to aging; protects against sluggish thyroid which is the major cause of weight gain, thinning hair, and energy loss as you age.
Bone broth is also considered a powerful detoxification agent since it helps the digestive system expel waste and promotes the liver’s ability to remove toxins, helps maintain tissue integrity, and improves the body’s use of antioxidants.
VITAMIN C RICH FOODS
Good old vitamin C is a key anti-aging nutrient for a reason. It stimulates collagen production and destroys free radicals that can age you prematurely. By boosting your collagen levels, your skin will regain elasticity back and can prevent sagging.
Camu Camu is one of the top Vitamin C food source on the planet. The berry has powerful antioxidants which help with inflammation and help slow and improve the ageing process.
Other Vitamin C rich foods are dark greens like kale and broccoli, as well as orange, kiwi, and red bell peppers.
Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are cooling nutrients; they quench the fire of inflammation that is caused by sugar and high omega 6 refined carbohydrates. They are well-known for their ability to keep your skin soft and elastic.
The best sources of omega 3 fatty acids are: wild salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds, and if you’re feeling fancy black or red caviar.
Berries are super rich in antioxidants which promote cell health and can protect against disease. Darker berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries, tend to provide the best anti-aging benefits because they have the highest concentration of antioxidants.
By adding them to your diet, they can help protect the whole body from oxidative stress and inflammation caused by free radical damage, while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.
You can also use Collagen Supplement to get maximum benefits. I like to use the one shown below because it is high-quality from grass-fed and pastured humanely raised sources.
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