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Make Your Skin Look and Feel Younger From One Simple Ingredient

By Sean Escaravage

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Whether you are 30 or 90, we all want to retain our youth as much as possible. Our looks, movement, laughter, energy and for many, even hobbies we love seem to shift towards unfavorable through natural aging. But, if by some magic, it was possible to revitalize some of that youth naturally that may seem lost, would you want to? Luckily for you, such a thing exists that will help you look and feel younger with one simple tip.

What's Going On Under the Skin?

Dr. Janice Lima-Maribona, a Miami Dermatologist, elaborates on how our skin shows aging due to a lack of collagen and elastin. They are responsible for the most visible signs of aging that we will try 101 different creams, serums, and medications to try and reverse.

  • Sagging Skin

  • Dulled Skin Tone (less natural glow)

  • Age/Sun Spots

  • Gained Wrinkles

  • Thin Looking Skin

  • Skin Ailment, Disease, Rashes

Slow the Aging Process Dead in it's Tracks

Dr. Lima-Maribona says the earlier you start taking care of your skin the better; but anytime to start is better than never! Being proactive versus reactive is the secret to actually maintaining healthy skin. Loading your face and body with anti-aging serums, anti-biotic creams, and "dermatologist recommended" chemical lab experiments can actually cause more harm than help. So what the heck are you supposed to do then? Well, have you ever heard of collagen before?

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Quick Science of Collagen in the Body

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There are 3 main components to our bodily tissues;

  • Collagen

  • Elastin

  • Reticulin

If you look at the image above, located in the dermis (below the outermost skin layer) is a boat load of intertwined collagen, elastin, water, and other structures. They are responsible for supporting the skin - keeping the young look of tight and bright, plus maintaining its internal health. Collagen alone is responsible for 75% of "us", meaning it is an abundant component of how your skin looks, feels and functions. Collagen is much more useful then to just plump up lips! As you can see, it plays a huge role in creating a strong and stable body far beneath what we can just see!

Toxins in the air, smoke, sun over-exposure, stress, crappy foods, and natural oxidative damage (from living and breathing) don't help us out either, since they all contribute to accelerate the process of collagen depletion. But around Age 35, your natural collagen production tapers off. That results in some of those skin signs above...but that does not mean you cannot call in reinforcements to help. So put down the anti-aging serum, and pick up a notepad; since the body has trouble creating it's own internal collagen, call some external assistance from foods, recipes, and supplements!

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6 Ways to Start Saving Your Skin

1. Fish/Seafood

Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Cod... nearly all forms of seafood contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane to protect them, so when the cells are healthy, they help support the structure of your skin.

Oysters are a special one, since they are a rich course of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12; making them a low-calorie, high-benefit addition.

2. Red Vegetables

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Peppers, Beets, and Tomatoes contain 'lycopene'. Lycopene is a natural UV protection to assist in warding off harmful rays, saving your precious collagen storage.

3. Organic Red Wine

Yes, you read that correctly, your fitness coach recommended drinking red wine. Organic red wine grapes are packed with flavonoids and resveratrol which are power-packed for overall skin health. They help protect your collagen and elastin (remember, those are the 2 big components of your skin and tissues) and also offset free radicals to deter the aging process.

"Red wine has more resveratrol than grape juice. Drinking one glass a day can effectively rejuvenate of the cells, lighten skin blemishes, promote glowing skin, and forestall the formation of wrinkles." -Rick Kaselj

My previous post (you should read that by clicking here) highlights the best time to drink alcohol to save your health and fitness; be sure to read that before guzzling down wine with your meals. So enjoy that 4oz of evening ORGANIC red wine, sip it slow, and enjoy the slight buzz while your skin repairs itself :)

4. Dark Fruits & Vegetables

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Darker colored fruits are associated with elevated levels of flavanoids; a type of antioxidant that helps combat UV light and free radical damage. The top sources can be from blueberries, elderberries, raspberries and black grapes, and their falavanoid profile supports the production of collagen.

Learn more about how the colors of veggies tell you their health benefits here

Dark vegetables like spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale contain CoEnzyme Q-10, Vitamin E & C, and folate, guarding against wrinkle development. Folate comes in handy especially to repair and maintain healthy DNA telomeres, boosting skin renewal and regeneration.

5. Collagen Supplements

It is tough to always have those ideal food choices stocked up. Plus, if you ever feel "on-the-go" (like, everyday) then it can be easily to try and convince yourself to pop into whatever drive-thru or deli is within sight. For that reason, having a collagen protein derived supplement can be a great addition to be prepared with. I recommend and have been exclusively taking Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for months (I have no financial affiliation with the company, it is the one I prefer based on quality). With 18g of collagen per serving, adding it to your version of milk with some cinnamon is a great alternative to an 'on-the-go' shake leaving you satiated, restored, and one step closer towards ideal health.

Follow this link for my Essential Tools for Travel to maintain your health while on the go

6. Bone Broth

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Using it as a soup base, part of a marinade, drinking it as is, or including it in a mega-smoothie, if you haven't been using bone broth, then you need to start! It is extremely easy to make, and is much, much healthier, cost effective, and nutritionally boosted version of packaged pre-made broths. Since you are using real bone and meat chicken, beef or fish, you are simply using the collagen they have directly into a broth! I won't dive too deeply here, but my favorite recipe to follow is from 'Wellness Mama'. Follow the link here

It is important to replenish the natural depletion of collagen through foods and supplementation. Don't think that you are ever stuck with the hand you are currently dealt. Through some mindful changes in habits, routines, and how you support your body, improving your quality of life and longevity can always happen!

If you want to find out more on how to be more mindful with your approach to nutrition, contact us to set up a free sit-down success session

Wishing You Great Health and Strength,

Coach Sean