Passing time isn’t always kind to your skin and bones. With each advancing year,the wrinkles on your face become more visible and your bones feel more tired.Collagen is the common factor here as it helps hold together all the connective tissue in our body.It plays an important role in how we look and feel. Our bodies produce collagen but as we approach our thirties our natural production begins to decline. Later years bring on other conditions like arthritis . However age is not the only culprit. Listed below are some other factors which speed up the loss of collagen and deplete our energy. They interfere with future collagen production and cause signs of early aging:
– Low vitamin and mineral levels in our body especially vitamin C, vitamin E,copper and zinc.
– Hormonal imbalances such as declining estrogen levels in menopausal women.
-Excess of sugar and refined carbohydrates increase inflammation in the gut which contributes to more damage.
– Alcohol makes it hard for liver to do its job of detoxification and also dehydrates the skin.
-Lack of exercise reduces blood flow,oxygen and nutrition to our skin and muscles.
– Inadequate sleep raises our stress levels and depletes our energy.
– Smoking and pollution should be avoided whenever possible and one should use air purifiers to clean your indoor air.
Some tweaks to your diet could do the job of minimizing collagen loss. Inclusion of the following foods could postpone your wrinkles and keep you feeling more energetic:
– Vitamin C combats oxidative stress that leads to collagen breakdown. Include plenty of citrus fruits in smoothies,salad dressing and homemade vitamin infused water using lime,lemon and orange.
– Garlic contains sulphur which helps in rebuilding damaged collagen fibers making our recovery from injuries quicker.
– Binge on broccoli. it is an alkalizing vegetable full of calcium and aids bone and skin health.
– Mushrooms are extremely bone healthy and a good source of zinc and vitamin D.
– Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and vitamin C. They protect our skin at a cellular level so include them in your diet.
– Pumpkin seeds have zinc which slows the rate of collagen breakdown.
– Chia seeds are a plant based source of omega-3 and provide moisture to our skin.
– Eggs help the liver eliminate environmental toxins.
– Bone broth release collagen on cooking which help the muscles and skin when we consume it. It also supports the gastrointestinal tract and reduces bodys inflammatory response.
The secret is in the diet. Along with regular physical activity you can postpone those wrinkles and achy joints from making an early entry.
Sapna Puri, a Delhi based Diet Coach is dedicated to helping people lose weight and in turn gain better health and confidence. She believes in a holistic approach keeping in mind the lifestyle, health concerns and emotional well being of her clients. She blends her knowledge with her inner calling to create awareness and deliver healthy solutions. She can be contacted at 9910204459