Natural Anti-Aging with Collagen
by: Marlene Pritchard, INHC, NCC
If you are looking for a way to age gracefully, while reducing your lines and wrinkles as much as possible, collagen will be your best bet. You already have collagen in your body, but over time the amount of collagen can reduce. Often this can lead to signs of aging you see on your face and other parts of your body.
How Collagen Can Help Erase Years from Your Skin
Anti-aging, or rather a healthy aging, doesn’t try to reverse the clock, but it allows you to age gracefully. You remain as healthy as you can as you get older and try to avoid premature signs of aging, like sun damage to your skin and lines and wrinkles. As you age, your skin loses its elasticity and can cause wrinkles and other issues. If you are looking for a way to boost your anti-aging efforts, collagen might be the solution.
Your Skin Becomes More Elastic
Perhaps this to the top reason, you should try using a collagen supplement to help with anti-aging and reduce the signs of aging on your skin. When you get older, the collagen breaks down in your skin, which can then lead to a reduction in the elasticity of your skin. Skin elasticity is the ability to stay tight and bounce back. Unfortunately, without much elasticity, your skin will loosen, which increases the risk of wrinkles and deep lines. Losing your elasticity can happen prematurely if you have a lot of sun exposure, don’t take care of your skin, are not eating nutritious foods, or just from the natural aging process. With collagen, you are replacing some of those amino acids, allowing you to tighten up your skin and possibly even smoothing out some lines and wrinkles.
Less UV Damage
The sun’s UV rays can be very damaging to your skin, not just with potential sunburn and sunspots, but overall unhealthy skin. Excessive sun exposure can cause the collagen in your skin to break down at a more rapid pace, leading to many other issues with signs of aging. One of the things collagen does for your skin is helps to protect it from adverse effects while reversing the damage the sun has already done to your skin.
You probably already know the primary way to use collagen for anti-aging, which is to use a collagen supplement. These come in powder form, and allow you to quickly add them to a hot or cold drink, which then dissolves so you can drink it. It won’t cause any flavor, smell, or color to your glass; the collagen dissolves instantly. Some masks have come out for your face that uses collagen, such as sheet masks and peel or wash-off masks. Serums and lotions are also available for daily use.
More Ways to Use Collagen for Health
As you might know, collagen is a structural protein that can help with connective tissues in your body. It is possible that due to the aging process, you have less collagen in your body. You may have therefore experienced increased joint pain, issues with aging lines on your skin or your hair falling out. Sometimes, collagen can make a big difference. Below are some ways to use collagen for your health.
Using Powder in Drinks
Using the powder in drinks is probably the easiest way to start using collagen every day for your health. Get some powdered collagen, such as collagen peptides or marine collagen, and add it to any of your cold or hot drinks. It dissolves almost instantly and won’t leave behind any weird odor or taste. Think of it like powdered creamer, which dissolves into liquids with just a stir; however, with collagen powder, it can also be added to your cold drinks. Try adding it to your daily cup of coffee or tea, a glass of water, or even a smoothie that you’re making for breakfast. Having a protein shake after a workout? A shake is a perfect drink to add your collagen too.
Try Food Sources of Collagen
It is also possible to boost the collagen in your body with food options. Boosting collagen in this manner is not only a good option if you can’t get your hands on powdered collagen supplements but also to get even more collagen into your body and to have a plant-based alternative. If you eat fish and eggs, that is the first way to get collagen through your food. You can also use bone broth, such as beef, chicken, or fishbone broth. For plant-based options, check out leafy greens like kale, carrots, and citrus fruit. Vegetables with the right amount of vitamin C may also boost your collagen, including bell peppers and broccoli. Eating a balanced diet ensures you are boosting collagen naturally.
Until next time…….
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