I talk about longevity quite a bit.
After all, I, like many of you, want to have a long, fulfilling and energetic life.
More time to enjoy the things I love… with the people I love.
But sometimes there’s a disconnect between how old you feel inside and how old you may look on the outside.
It’s a real wake-up call when you’re feeling like a 40-year-old and there’s a guy that looks to be in his 70s staring back at you from the bathroom mirror…
Just like most of your body, the health of your skin is largely driven by the foods you eat.
If you want to look more youthful, you have to feed your body with skin-nourishing foods.
Tops on my list is collagen.
Because nothing can impact your skin more than a drop in collagen levels.
You see, collagen production in your body stops in your mid-to-late 20s…
And by age 30, you lose 1-2% collagen per year.
Between ages 18-29 and 80, you could lose two-thirds of your collagen.
What happens when your collagen begins to decline?
Looser, sagging skin… and more wrinkles.
But the research shows you can reverse this drop by adding more collagen to your diet.
In one study, collagen was given to a group of women. After just 3 weeks, 79% of women reported reduced wrinkles.
Now, there are a TON of collagen products on the market, but the type I recommend is hydrolyzed collagen.
Hydrolyzed collagen delivers collagen molecules that are much smaller than regular collagen… which makes it much more absorbable.
Bone broth is the best food source of collagen I know of.
Karen and I make our own bone broth at home. But if that’s not for you, it can also be purchased in powder form.
Beyond collagen, you want to be sure your diet is filled with foods that are high in vitamin C and E.
A study found that eating a combination of these two potent vitamins can protect the skin against UV damage.
Sunflower seeds, spinach, and greens are all excellent sources of vitamin E.
Papaya, broccoli, and bell peppers are my favorite vitamin C-rich foods.
Mix up a spinach salad with slices of papaya and top it off with some sunflower seeds and you have a tasty salad your skin will love.
Even better, wash it down with some green tea.
Green tea is superfood drink for great skin because it’s loaded with polyphenols, a special type of antioxidants that can scavenge the free radicals that damage your skin.
Drinking green tea regularly has been linked with smoother skin and less sun damage.
And, of course, you want to be sure to drink plenty of water each day.
Dehydration can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to dry, flaky skin and wrinkles.
Look, I’m all for aging gracefully.
But no one wants to look older than they truly are.
Feed your body right, and your skin will reflect that.
After all, everyone knows health makes you “glow.”
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance