How to achieve youthful looking skin

Collagen is an abundant, fibrous protein in the body that is responsible for support, strength, elasticity and hydration within the skin, bones, cartilage and tendons. Skin is the largest organ in the body and therefore requires high amounts of collagen to maintain its integrity. Collagen is responsible for the texture and appearance of our skin, providing us with a youthful appearance. As collagen production declines, signs of ageing begin to appear in the form of wrinkles, dry or sagging skin, stiff joints and brittle hair and nails.

There are many reasons for the decline in collagen production:

  • Ageing: As we age, collagen production naturally slows down and the collagen fibres become damaged. As a result, the skin becomes fragile, less elastic and lined with wrinkles- giving us an ‘older’ appearance.
  • Obesity: Obesity can cause the break down and disorganisation of collagen fibres due to the increased number of fat cells. As a result of this, structural changes in the skin occur, leading to cellulite, stretchmarks, sagging skin, thickened skin and wrinkles.
  • Diabetes: Those with diabetes have poor collagen production, contributing to the formation of diabetic ulcers and poor wound healing.
  • Caffeine: High consumption of caffeine can inhibit collagen synthesis and have a negative effect on wound healing and the ageing process.
  • Other causes: Stress, steroid creams, excessive sun exposure, low levels of oestrogen, free radicals, autoimmune disease and low protein diet.

What nutrients are needed for good collagen production?

  • Vitamin C: Required for the building of collagen and the constant repair of tissues and organs.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): Helps to maintain and enhance skin integrity and tissue pliability.
  • Silica: Helps to strengthen and support connective tissue, bones and skin.
  • Biotin: To help strengthen the hair and prevent hair loss. These nutrients are combined in Collagen Food powder.

What else can I do?

Ensure that you are eating enough protein in your diet, increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables and citrus fruit and drink at least 2 litres of water daily. Dr Cabot’s book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life is a fantastic reference for any ailment. In regards to ageing, this guide outlines juice recipes to improve the appearance of skin, varicose veins, reduce hair loss, arthritis, increase energy and reduce cholesterol. Incorporating some of these fresh juices into your routine could help you to feel like a spring chicken again!

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