Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
There's no doubt that the food we eat can manifest via physical changes. While weight fluctuation is a common indication that our diet might be off-balance, Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, says your skin also offers subtle clues about your health.
"As we age, collagen production declines," he explains in a post on his website. "You’ll notice it physically: looser skin, more wrinkles and less elasticity." Other lifestyle factors, like eating a diet high in sugar, deplete your collagen stores, leaving your complexion looking dull.
It's not all bad news, though. Axe argues that adding a collagen supplement or nutrient-rich bone broth drink to your diet can return your skin to its former luminous state. He points to a study that found women who consumed more than 2.5 grams of collagen each day for eight weeks saw improved skin elasticity and moisture. "This makes collagen one of the best natural skin care ingredients available," he says.
Here are the changes you'll notice if you add collagen to your diet every day, says Axe:
- Your skin will look more luminous: "Increasing collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally," he says.
- You'll experience less joint pain: "With its gel-like, smooth structure that covers and holds our bones together, collagen allows us to glide and move without pain."
- Your gut health issues might improve: "It helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids."
- Your metabolism might be more efficient: "A boost in collagen may help increase your metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your frame and helping with the conversion of essential nutrients."
Do you take a collagen supplement or drink bone broth? Tell us if your skin improved.