Aging is inevitable and I hope to always embrace it. I think of the beautiful women in past generations who aged gracefully without ever doing all that is at our exposure today. It does not mean I am not going to work at keeping my body looking and feeling it’s best, but I know the best way to do so is by eating a healthy diet and ridding excess toxins. The better our liver looks, the better our skin looks. The below foods/drinks and supplements are what I take to help boost collagen naturally.
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How To Boost Collagen Naturally
- Vitamin C
The #1 thing I do to help improve collagen production is get plenty of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps produce collagen naturally in the body and it also makes the skin brighter. This is why you see Vitamin C in a lot of skincare. I get my Vitamin C through foods and a supplement called Vimergy Micro-C.
Some foods rich in Vitamin C – citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit), kiwi, strawberries, red bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, rosehips (an ingredient in Micro-C that contains silica and vitamin C)
Besides my morning lemon water, lemon honey water, or lemon ginger honey water, depending on what I’m feeling like, I have also been enjoying a hot beverage in addition lately. This warm drink includes both fresh citrus and Micro-C. It is another great way to get in Vitamin C. I pour hot water in a large mug, add a splash of room temp water to make it a bit cooler, and then squeeze in 1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange. I open up and pour in 1 or 2 capsules of Vimergy Micro-C, and stir in 1 tsp of raw honey with it.
I have only recently started taking silica and I will be keeping it as a daily supplement (when I remember to take it). It is great for nails, hair, teeth, bones, joints, and skin health. The mineral based supplement is known to help with wrinkles, loose skin, and anti-aging as it helps support collagen and elastin production. The Orgono Living Silica brand I take is formulated for great absorption. If I’m going to take something, I want to make sure it’s pure and easily absorbable so I get the benefits. I keep it in the fridge.
Foods rich in silica – asparagus, celery juice, cucumbers/cucumber juice, melons, artichokes, and leafy greens
- L Lysine
L Lysine is another one that helps support skin, hair, and bones. It pairs well with Micro-C and “is essential in the production of collagen and elastin.” Our body does not naturally produce L Lysine, so we have to get it through a supplement or food.
Foods containing L Lysine – Potatoes are my #1 go to for L Lysine (& high in it), but there is also some in kiwis, apples, cherries, and pears.
- Dragon Fruit or Pitaya
It’s called the “fountain of youth fruit for the liver.” It’s high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. I usually buy it in dehydrated powder form, but you can also find it in frozen cubes at many groceries stores. Occasionally I will find it fresh at the grocery store and it’s so delicious. However, the powder form tastes great in smoothies and is the most reasonably priced.
- Wild Blueberries
“Wild blueberries have the highest proportion of antioxidants of any food on the planet” and antioxidants help stimulate collagen production. I usually add them in frozen form to my breakfast smoothies, but I will sometimes drink a shot of blueberry juice when I’m traveling or out of frozen blueberries. I get Wyman’s frozen wild blueberries from Costco.
- Anima Mundi “Plant-Based Collagen”
The name may be confusing as I normally stay away from collagen labeled supplements, but I double checked with a health guru to make sure I was not overlooking any ingredient. I was not, but I was also not surprised as I am a longtime fan of Anima Mundi Herbals. Maybe too much so if you saw my cupboard. HA. Anyways, the Dirty Rose Chai Collagen Booster powder helps boost collagen naturally and is a nice addition to teas or other powders of theirs when I’m feeling like a hot little elixir.
I hope you found this post helpful! Grateful you are following along, xx Riane
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