“Beauty appreciates, not depreciates. It grows, not fades…Beauty is not just something you are born with. Beauty is something you grow into.”
(The Longevity Book, Cameron Diaz)
Do you have wrinkles like me?
One day you look in the mirror and you’re good.
Then. Wham! All of a sudden, they’re there! Not only on your face, but you look down and your knees have them too!
We all wrinkle
Some of us have more than others. But, generally speaking, the amount of wrinkling has to do with things like, sun exposure, what we eat, how much we drink (water, wine, coffee – all have different effects), and exposure to cold.
Even stress, which draws all the energy away from your beauty, brings them on.
And wrinkling is also tied to aging.
It happens because about the time your skin is the best it’s ever gonna be – around 20, things start to change. About that time the most important protein in your body… the one that holds you together and keeps your skin supple and tight and smooth, starts to slowly go away.
That protein would be COLLAGEN
Collagen is your structural protein. Skin, cartilage, bones, ligaments, and even the fascia that holds you together is mostly collagen. We’re a bundle of it and without it, things start to loosen up, fall apart, and hurt.
Want to rebuild your skin – and other parts too?
Have some daily collagen. It will help smooth out those wrinkles and strengthen all the other parts I just named.
It’s also good for your gut health (more on that to come) and can even help with weight loss since collagen is protein and protein fills you up and keep you full longer.
Studies show that as little as six weeks of daily collagen delivered fewer wrinkles, smoother skin, increased moisture content, and greater pliability and elasticity.
That’s all I needed to make this part of my daily routine.
There are several collagen options out there to make this all very confusing. So here’s my simple rule: look for collagen “peptides” (aka Collagen Hydrolysate) – that’s the form most easily absorbed by the body. Also make it “grass-fed” or “pastured” to avoid chemicals, antibiotics, and pesticides.
Marine collagen is another excellent choice and because of its tiny molecular weight, it’s considered best for wrinkles!
How to use it
I add it to my morning coffee, tea, smoothie, soups, and dressings. Use the gelatin form (same product as peptides but a slightly different chemical structure) to thicken sauces without flour.
Include it in your evening cup of tea. The glycine in collagen is believed to help deliver a better night’s sleep for you.
Word of caution
While you’re adding more collagen, be sure to keep your water intake high. Skin without water is a bad combo. Considering that your body is about 60% water, going without shows in saggy, and sallow-looking skin. And you definitely don’t want that!
Want some help? Need someone to assess your diet.. help with sleep… shift some of those bad habits? Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll work it out together!
With love, ♥