Build up defenses – how to care for your body’s collagen
Are you the type who tends to put things off, saying “I’ll do it later”? Some things can wait, but it’s advisable to start caring for the collagen in your body early. Starting from our mid to late twenties, the body’s production of collagen, which gives skin plumpness and elasticity, begins to decrease. This can give rise to ageing signs such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Collagen, a fragile protein, is also vulnerable to damage from free radicals and UV rays. Read on to find out how you can start taking care of your body’s collagen now.
Consume a balanced diet
A balanced and nutritious diet not only supports all-round health, ensuring that the body and its systems function properly, but is also beneficial for beauty. Make sure to consume sufficient protein in your diet, which will help with the growth and health of collagen, which is also a protein. Collagen is also rich in lysine and proline, which are amino acids that can be found in lean meat, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and egg whites.
Get sufficient vitamins
As we get older, the body’s antioxidative abilities decrease, making it more susceptible to damaging free radicals which are another cause of collagen damage. Some vitamins have antioxidant functions which can neutralise free radicals and extinguish inflammation within the body. Vitamin A, which can be found in leafy green vegetables, eggs and cod liver oil, is good for reducing inflammatory effects. Vitamin C, an essential component for collagen synthesis, is also an antioxidant which can protect newly formed collagen from free radicals. Citrus fruits and papayas are good sources of Vitamin C.
While it is generally known that UV damage can cause pigmentation, sun spots and wrinkles, it is also extremely detrimental to collagen. Long exposure to UV rays will overstimulate the body’s production of collagen-degrading enzymes, damaging them and further depleting the body’s supply. It is important to use sunscreen daily to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays.
Exercise can improve health and lower the risk of diseases. In addition, it can help to reduce visible ageing while protecting collagen and keeping skin, bones, and joints healthier for longer. Adopt a regular exercise regime that you can commit to for long-term wellbeing and skin with a youthful glow.
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