Why Collagen is What You're body is Missing
It’s no secret how much we love The Beauty Chef (TBC) at PURE. They’re dedicated to inside out beauty just like us, so when they shared their wealth of knowledge about collagen, we knew we had to get this info into your hands!
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it plays an important role in the health and appearance of your hair, skin, and nails.
Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s ability to naturally produce collagen declines. When this happens, we lose elasticity in our skin, and signs of aging appear. Never fear, however, we are here to tell you not only how to slow the loss of collagen, but how to add it back into your diet, so you can slow down the aging process and enjoy healthy glowing skin.
1) Be Sun Savvy
Although we need some sunlight (hello vitamin D), prolonged sun exposure can lead to the breakdown of collagen, not to mention sun damage-yikes! Protect your skin by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen and limiting your exposure when UV light is the strongest.
2) Choose Your Diet With Collagen in Mind
A nutrient-rich diet that includes manganese (almonds, pecans), copper (liver, oysters, dark chocolate), vitamin C (kiwifruit, citrus fruits, berries), and zinc (red meat, shellfish, hemp seeds) will help to support collagen production and boost your skin’s immunity.
3) Fight Inflammation
Chronic, low-grade inflammation speeds up the rate of cellular aging, resulting in collagen breakdown. When collagen breaks down, the evidence is written all over your face with the appearance of more fine lines and wrinkles. To help safeguard your skin, and your health, eat a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in colorful fruits and vegetables and are powerful weapons against free radicals, the unstable molecules that cause inflammation.
4) Supplement Wisely
Your body makes collagen by combining amino acids (proteins found in lean meat, fish, dairy and eggs) with vitamins and minerals such a vitamin C, zinc and copper. Without these important nutrients, especially vitamin C, your body can’t synthesize collagen.
Want more information about collagen? Read The Beauty Chef’s full article here.
A simple way to boost your skin’s natural collagen production—and protect it from degradation—is by enjoying a tablespoon of COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost daily.