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4 Easy things you can do to improve your skin health

Gelatin- Gelatin contains 2 essential amino acids, glycine and proline.  Both are needed for collagen production.  Collagen comprises most of the skin’s structure, so providing the building blocks for this protein is important. A gelatin rich diet may provide more protection against the damaging effects of sunlight, which could lessen the risk of wrinkles. Wondering how to incorporate gelatin into your diet?  Purchase a high quality powder gelatin powder, mix with hot water and refrigerate. Adding fresh blended blueberries to the liquid gelatin adds another level of skin health, since the berries are a powerful anti-oxidant.

Eat the Rainbow- Beta-carotene is prevalent in red and orange hued vegetables. The body converts beta carotene to vitamin A, a fat soluble vitamin.  Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy in the deep layers of your skin.  Other great sources of vitamin A are spinach, kale and collard greens.

Take a daily probiotic-  A probiotic is comprised of yeast and bacteria that can improve your health and digestive system. Good bacteria in the gut can help eliminate toxins and free radicals that can be damaging to your complexion.

Increase your Omega 3s- One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3 fats. If the back of your hand isn’t baby smooth, chances are you need to up your omega 3 intake. Sadly, a large portion of our fish supply is riddled with heavy metals and toxins that outweigh the benefits.  As an alternative, look for a krill oil or high quality fish oil.

Strong Healthy Nails- Pointing your way to better nails during the winter months

Healthy hooves. Pointing your way to better nails during the winter months

It’s that time of year again.  The air is as cold and dry as a martini, and all you want to do is put your butt directly in the fireplace with some cozy socks and ratty sweatpants. Baby it’s cold outside! and each year you are faced with the same dry, cracked brittle nails. 

How to battle the effects of Jack frost on those sad little paws?  The winter climate has the same effect on your nails as it does on your skin.  Here are some tips to keep your nails healthy and strong during the dark days of winter. 

  1. Wear gloves- the solvents and chemicals that we use during our Sunday household chores can have a profound effect on our nail and skin health. Wear gloves when exposed to these chemicals.

  2. Your are what you eat. Nails included. Foods high in omega 3s and 6s will aid in moisturizing the nail beds and thicken nails. Eating foods like salmon, eggs, liver, and milk can all help fortify your nail health.

  3. Hydrate- it’s what nails need. The proper moisturizer can keep nails supple and prevent splitting. Rubbing cuticle oil on before bed (olive oil can work in a pinch) can stave of winter’s dry cold snaps.