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Collagen - The word on everyones Lips

“I really wish I had more wrinkles” - Said no one ever.

The secret to ageing gracefully and as slowly as possible , is by including collagen.

By observing magazine articles, anti-aging products on the market and just personal experience, I think it is safe to say that very few people are in a rush to start ageing. Instead we are looking for the “fountain of youth”, a miracle product that will turn back the clock. We want to maintain that healthy, glowing plump skin.

The answer is Collagen.

What makes Collagen so important?

Collagen is right here within us, making up at least 70% of our skin and around 25-35% of the rest of us. Collagen is responsible for our well-oiled joints, healthy looking skin and strong bones. When it starts to deteriorate, that’s when we see the opposite effect happen, weakening of our bones and sagging skin that shows wrinkles. There is nothing wrong with aging gracefully & naturally, but why not assist your body to keep running at optimal capacity, naturally?

 

Our body naturally produces collagen. Sadly, like all good things, collagen production starts declining after the age of 25-30 years. Factors such as lifestyle & environment can reduce the production by up to 30%. As a result, your skin’s structure becomes weak and begins to sag and lose its youthful plump

Due to this inevitable loss in our collagen production, we thus use supplements & topical skincare products to assist with the stimulation and production of collagen.

Physical signs you need collagen:

The physical signs of collagen deficiency can prompt you to give your skin a needed collagen boost.

– DULL SKIN

The ability for the skin to reproduce healthy cells declines as we age. The decrease in collagen production affects the regeneration of healthy skin cells.

– FORMATION OF LINES & WRINKLES

As our collagen production decreases, our structure and elasticity gets affected leaving your skin with a unstable structure and weaker elasticity.

– SAGGING SKIN

The loss of skin structure is due to the decreasing supply and loss of collagen. The absence of the volume providing cells can turn plump skin into saggy skin.

Who do i naturally increase my collagen?

The short answer, fresh fruit and vegetables. There are millions of reasons to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, including them will keep you looking younger for longer. When our bodies produce more collagen, we will be rewarded with increased skin elasticity, quicker healing times, strong bones and healthy joints.

THE GUT-SKIN-COLLAGEN CONNECTION

Beauty begins in the belly. Nourishing your body with nutrient-dense wholefoods will improve your gut health and decrease inflammation.

Skin inflammation can be due to inflammation in your gut. The skin will be effected as a decline in  collagen and elastin production happens. This is why it is important to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants as it will help to combat the effects of free radicals, which attack your collagen.

 The ripple effect will give you skin that will glow from the inside, out.

Here is our favourite recommendations for stimulating your collagen with a healthy gut:

Collagen-Boosting Smoothie

[serves 1]

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet root
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 1 thumb-size piece of ginger
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 orange
  • Blend all the ingredients except the lemon juice and orange juice through a juicer. Squeeze in lemon and orange juice and stir through. Enjoy immediately for best nutrition benefits.

Pre & Pro Biotic – 12 Strain Supplement (available @ De la belle):

It will assist with:

Digestive enzymes, bloating, balancing flora, weight-loss, candida, good bacteria, IBS and ADD, leaky gut, energy boost, mood stabilizer, balancing appetite and detox.

Indications:

Microbial balance in the intestines will be improved when consumed on a regular basis. It will promote healthy functioning of the digestive tract.

Adult: Take 30 – 45ml daily.

Children: Take 1 – 5 ml daily.

Or as prescribed by your medical/healthcare practitioner.

In conclusion, we will age and our skin will deteriorate the production of our collagen and elastin. We can however help our body and skin stimulate the production of collagen by taking supplements orally, including collagen in our skincare or maintaining a healthy gut by including fresh fruit and vegetables into our daily diet. Remember to always consult with your GP before taking any new supplements or seek a professional dietitian regarding your diet.