We all know collagen as the beauty-boosting protein that is most abundant in our younger years. It is responsible for supple, hydrated skin as well as strong, flexible joints and muscles.
While collagen levels in the body decrease as we get older, there are also ways to stimulate the body to create more collagen of its own. At Clearview MediSpa in Toronto, we offer Forma, a revolutionary skin treatment that targets fine lines and wrinkles by assisting the skin in collagen production and tightening problem areas of the face.
For those that opt for treatments like these in their beauty regime, it is important to also consider lifestyle changes that can help optimize results in the long-term. Below are some of the best sources of collagen that you can add to your diet today. Fighting those dreaded wrinkles and the first signs of aging doesn’t have to be difficult — it can actually be delicious!
Bone broth has long been recognized as a great way to boost collagen and add nutritious value to your meal. To make bone broth, you must simply simmer the bones — chicken, fish or beef — in water over the stove.
There are many recipes online that add different spices and ingredients to make it more flavourful, but bone broth is as simple as that. Some people choose to make bone broth periodically while others believe it is best if you drink it daily. For the best benefits, you can use organic bone broth or cook only from organically raised farm animals.
Bone broth is a great source of collagen because it comes directly from the bones of animals that contain it. Because you are extracting all the collagen and protein from the bones in a slow simmer, it is considered one of the best sources of collagen you can get.
If you’re still not convinced, here are some of the additional benefits of drinking bone broth:
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Protects the joints and tendons
- Improves gut health
- Strengthens hair and nails
Fruits and Veggies
In order to help your body stimulate more collagen, it is important to regularly eat a balanced, healthy diet. Whenever the body produces collagen, it uses amino acids, zinc, copper and vitamin C as well.
To make sure that your body is properly producing collagen you can eat foods that are high in those vitamins and minerals. Some foods that you can eat to boost collagen intake include:
- Tomatoes, broccoli and leafy greens
- Citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines
- Gelatin and protein-rich foods like meat, eggs and fish
- Nuts and whole grains
Remember that this is single-handedly the best and most surefire way to get more collagen into your body. Maintaining a nutritional, healthy diet filled with colourful fruits and veggies will ensure that your body has what it needs to make collagen. All else that you do will be a supplement to the nutrition and benefits that a good diet can bring.
While supplements surely won’t be your best source of collagen, they can help to make up for what you may not be getting from your diet. If you are going to take a collagen supplement make sure to use hydrolyzed collagen which is easier for your body to absorb.
Hydrolyzed collagen — otherwise known as “collagen peptides” — can usually be found in powder format. You can dissolve it in your drinks or smoothies daily for added benefits.
For topical treatments, there are skin creams on the market that offer synthetic collagen to improve the look of skin texture and wrinkles. There are also advanced collagen boosting treatments that use technology to stimulate collagen production and firming effects.
However, one of the best things you can do to protect your skin from collagen loss and damage is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. The sun and daily elements such as pollution can be damaging to our skin so it is best to be mindful of these environmental elements and use skincare that will protect us. In this sense, prevention is better than cure.
Now that you know where you should be getting your main source of collagen from, you can work on adding these foods to your diet.
Pills, creams and powders are great enhancers but collagen production really starts with the foods that you eat on a daily basis.
To learn more about the benefits of collagen, call Clearview MediSpa Toronto at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.