Since collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, it provides structure to skin, muscles, bone and connective tissue. But it lessens in abundance as we age decreasing by 1% per year after the age of 20. The body’s ability to produce collagen starts decreasing at 2% per year after age 30. We know that collagen is used to help with wrinkle control, sagging skin, brittle nails and hair as well as joint problems, but did you know it also can help with leaky gut?
One of the results of collagen depletion as we age is leaky guy syndrome. This is where the lining of the gut weakens and allows food toxins to seep into the bloodstream where the body treats them as foreigners and attacks them. This causes inflammation, food intolerance, skin rashes and auto immune issues. Collagen supplements have been used to improve the condition of the stomach lining by tightening and firming the digestive tract.
Foods that can help with collagen production are proline amino acids found in egg whites, meat, cheese, fermented soy and cabbage. Vitamin C can also help support collagen as well as vitamin A. So can blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries because of their high anthocyanidin levels. Keeping your copper levels up such as found in 4 Easy Hydration, a liquid concentrate you can add to your water: ( www.EasyMenopauseSolutions.com ) can also help keep collagen levels boosted.
excerpted from: Collagen by Corinna Kaufman, Whole Foods Magazine Oct. 2017
To all our visitors we’d like to wish you a happy holiday season and great new year. We thought we’d touch on skin care in this post because as we age we always want to keep our face from showing it so will try most anything! There are some precautions you ought to know about.
Researchers have found that what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream and possible into the liver. Recent studies from the Univ. of California dermatologists confirm that skin absorption is the major route of entry into the body. This means that if there are toxins in your make-up or skin cream, they will end up being filtered by the liver in an effort to detoxify our blood. This means it can tire out the liver compromising its ability to remove other toxins from food and the environment.
So what can you do? Read labels. Ingredients thought to be toxic that are including in skin products appear in labels as mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, ceresin, toluene, benzene and parrafin to name a few of the 800 commonly used in skin care products. It is best to do some research on natural ingredients like aloe, bee products, coconut oil, herbs, jojoba, honey, witch hazel, olive oil.
Remember that if “you are what you eat” then you also are what you put on your skin. Even sunblock can have toxic ingredients. The safest we’ve found is Badger’s zinc oxide. Even many brands found in health food stores contain toxins not synergistic to health and longevity.
And especially during the winter, stay hydrated with a good multi-electrolyte concentrate added to water. Our skin dries out quickly and this contributes to wrinkles.. so drink up and keep that humidifier on!
Excerpted in part from Natural Skin Care by Alana Schwartz, www.OurBerkshireTimes.com
Resource: www.electroblast.com multi-electrolyte rehdyration concentrate
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