If you have been looking into anti-aging remedies, you have probably come across a lot of topical products, some expensive, and some you can make at home. There are a lot of things you can do during the aging process, but it really all comes down to 2 main areas – collagen and nutrients that reduce inflammation. This blog post will cover both areas of anti-aging.
Part One: Collagen
The first main area of anti-aging is by helping to produce more collagen in your skin. Collagen is an essential protein found naturally in the human body. It is found in our skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is responsible for keeping the skin elastic, replacing dead skin cells, as well as making your hair and nails shiny and strong.
There are two main ways you can try to combat collagen loss; topical creams and oral supplementation along with consuming collagen boosting foods. Targeting the problem from the inside has been proven to be most effective. Collagen supplements are easily accessible and can be found at many drugstores. The collagen in these supplements is solely derived from animals. Specifically, the skin, bone, and cartilage of cows, chickens, and fish. If you prefer a more vegan or natural route you can consume foods that naturally boost collagen production.
Natural “collagen boosters” have the ability to encourage the cells in your body to make more collagen. These plant-based foods contain the building blocks for collagen such as amino acids and Vitamin C. A few of these collagen boosters include blueberries, dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), garlic, eggs, mango, carrots, and white tea. Vitamin C is also necessary to enhance collagen production. You can take a vitamin c supplements or consume foods rich in vitamin c, such as broccoli and citrus fruit.
Taking Collagen Supplements
It is never too early to begin taking supplements. Many people will wait until they notice wrinkles and loss of elasticity in their skin to begin collagen supplementation, but it is a good idea to get a head start before this occurs in order to slow down any signs of aging.
Part Two: Controlling Inflammation
The next part of anti-aging has to do with reducing inflammation of your skin, which can lead to wrinkles, lines, and saggy skin. Here we are going to talk about changing your diet to add in healthy fats and other important nutrients for reducing inflammation.
Don’t Be Afraid of Healthy Fats in Your Diet
You might think that fats are bad for your body, but there are several types of fats, and some varieties help to fight the inflammation that leads to aging. If you want to maintain a youthful appearance and healthy brain, then begin to eat these foods that contain the best fats.
You may have heard that eggs are bad for your health, but eggs contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that can maintain the levels of your cholesterol to prevent cardiovascular disease. Dietitians recommend eating as many as three eggs each day, but you should discuss this with your physician first.
If you want to reduce the inflammation in your arthritic joints, then begin to consume fatty fish at least three times a week. Fatty fish such as mackerel and salmon have omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce pain in the body’s cartilage, bones and muscles.
There are many types of cheese, and each one has a different flavor. Cheese tends to have a lot of fat, but you can find reduced-fat types of cheese. Most cheese is an animal-sourced food, but there are also cheeses that are made from plants such as soybeans. If you want to consume a cheese that reduces inflammation, then choose Swiss cheese.
While nuts are high in calories, these foods also contain nutritious fats that help to eliminate inflammation. Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce the inflammation in your cardiovascular system and your joints.
Olive oil is a type of plant-sourced oil that you can use for cooking or pour on salads and other dishes. By consuming olive oil, you can reduce the inflammation that leads to arthritic pain or cardiovascular disease.
If you want to reduce the inflammation in your body’s lymph glands and bloodstream, then sprinkle chia seeds or flaxseeds on your salads or side dishes. Both of these types of seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocados contain antioxidants to eliminate dangerous free radicals from your body’s cells and unsaturated fat that helps to reduce your bloodstream’s cholesterol levels. An avocado is a large berry with a huge seed in the middle. You can scoop out the flesh of an avocado to eat it as a snack, or you can add avocado slices to sandwiches and salads.
Spinach is a dark leafy green vegetable that contains carotenoids that help to eliminate cancer cells. This vegetable also contains high levels of vitamin K that can reduce the inflammation in your bloodstream.