Skin Lab – what to eat to get collagen back
- Posted on: Dec 15 2021
Your skin is kept tight, firm, and youthful thanks to an element in the body called collagen. Collagen is found in the human body, specifically in the skin and connective tissues. It also makes up about 30% of the body’s protein. Patients who are dealing with thin, crepey, aging skin may be worried that they are not doing enough to maintain their youthful appearance. They may visit a plastic surgeon’s office to discuss the benefits of aesthetic procedures. However, for many patients with the early signs of aging from natural collagen loss, eating collagen-rich foods and considering collagen supplements may be enough to restore one’s healthy skin.
What foods are rich in collagen?
Some of the more common food sources known to provide the human body with more collagen include:
- Leafy greens
- Egg whites
- Citrus fruits
- Bell peppers
- White tea
Additionally, many patients will want to ask about collagen supplements that can be taken daily to help boost collagen levels in the body and thicken and firm the skin.
What else can collagen-boosting foods help with?
In addition to helping with the appearance of the skin, collagen-rich foods can also help with a host of other issues, including:
- Hair growth and thinning issues
- Joint paint
- Stiffer tendons and ligaments
- Shrinking or weakened muscles
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Poor sleep patterns
- Bone concerns (osteoarthritis, joints, etc.)
- Poor immune system
- Overall health and wellness
What if collagen-rich foods and supplements do not help?
If you have changed your nutritional needs and still have not seen an improvement in your skin’s health and appearance, it might be time to talk to a cosmetic surgeon about solutions for addressing aging skin. This may include cosmetic injectables or facial lift surgeries to restore one’s more youthful look.
Ready to learn more about caring for your skin and body with collagen-rich foods?
Speak to Dr. Kimberly Carpin and her team in Webster, TX to find out more about collagen-boosting foods and supplements to consider for healthier skin and to maintain a more youthful appearance. The office is located at 18201-B Gulf Freeway and accepts new and returning patients who call (281) 333-4600 for an appointment.