Look Better by Eating Better

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Dr. Michael Hakimi

If you want to look good on the outside, you’d better pay close attention to what you’re putting inside.  The right diet can make all the difference between looking and feeling young, or looking and feeling your age.  While you can stop the appearance of aging through cosmetic surgery, this doesn’t address the core issue:  as your body ages it goes through permanent physical changes that affect the way you look and feel.  One of these changes is in the production of collagen. This protein is vital in helping your body to maintain healthy, supple skin. 

Non-surgical techniques, such as those offered at Liftique, reignite the body’s elastin and collagen production. This rejuvenates the skin, taking years off the patient’s appearance.  But there are ways you can help your body maintain healthy levels of collagen simply by eating certain foods. These foods are often recommended by doctors and dietitians for other health reasons. They can also benefit your beauty as well.

Here are a few key foods that will help you look and feel younger

Leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale contain lots of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has excellent antioxidant qualities, which protects the body from cellular damage. In addition, chlorophyll helps stimulate collagen production in the skin. So leafy greens not only help produce healthy skin, they also protect and preserve it.

Nuts are not only a handy snack, they also contain lots of zinc and copper, both of which stimulate the production of collagen. Zinc is also a powerful antioxidant, plus its anti-inflammatory effects combat acne and other skin problems.

The health benefits of this tasty spice have long been known. One of the reason for these  benefits is the high sulfur content in garlic. This mineral helps to both generate collagen and prevent its breakdown.

Egg whites have high proline content. Proline is one of the amino acids key in collagen production. So don’t be afraid to crack open a few more eggs when you’re making that omelet. 

Fish and shellfish are high in collagen content, their bones and ligaments in particular. While we tend to mostly consume the meaty parts of fish, the truly valuable collagen content lies in the head, skin, and eyes. 

Chicken meat has a great deal of collagen rich connective tissue. In fact, many collagen supplements are derived from chicken, including neck cartilage used in arthritis treatments.

Citrus fruits, berries, and tropical fruits are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is often used to prevent colds and other diseases. But it is also one of the chief factors in pro-collagen production. Pro-collagen is like the opening act for collagen… there’s no show without it. This makes fruits high in vitamin C content a vital part of any collagen-boosting diet.

 While there is no magic way to turn back the hands of time, a sensible and healthy diet can at least slow the clock down. It’s also important to avoid certain environmental concerns, such as smoking, sunbathing, and other activities that can have an adverse effect on your skin. Or at the very least, add antioxidants to your diet. That way your skin has extra protection against cell damage.

Work a few of these collagen-friendly foods into your daily diet. You’ll not only feel better, but you’ll look better too.

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