Collagen. A word so often used in the beauty and skin care industry, that some people do not actually understand and know what it really is altogether. But hey, the good thing about it is, when you hear it, it already spells health or something related to health.
Collagen is made of type 1 protein that acts like “glue” to our muscles, blood vessels, bones, digestive system, tendons and yes, our skin. Aside from keeping our tissues together, it also gives our skin the natural elasticity and strength it needs as we go about our daily routines, by replacing old dead cells of the skin with more vital, fresh and glowing new cells. The sad part is, as we age, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases, thereby allowing sagging skin, joint pains and wrinkles to come about. Aside from age, other factors that can contribute to a heightened depletion of collagen production earlier than expected are having a high sugar diet, increased exposure to the sun and smoking.
When collagen depletion is high, our skin takes the first toll. Skin will show signs of reduced elasticity and moisture by showing signs of transepidermal loss of water or dryness, more remarkable cellulite and stretch marks. All because the layer of the skin is becoming thinner as no new skin cell replacement is coming about.
So how do we help our bodies increase the production of collagen? By eating phytonutirent rich foods like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and raspberries; vitamin A and C rich dark green leafy foods like kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach; amino acid and proline rich foods like eggs, cheese, soy and caabage; Vitamin A rich veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes; and best of all Collagen oil rich foods like avocadoes. These foods work from the inside out. Good absorption of the foods above allot for an increase in the self production of collagen that has a more lasting effect to your body.
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