There is a lot of talk about hyaluronic acid these days. Its popularity grows as it plays a role in celebrities’ most recent beauty treatments.
However, what many people don’t know is that it’s an element found in our body and that our body can “produce” it given a healthy diet.
In this article, we’ll clue you in.
What is hyaluronic acid and what is it for?
Along with collagen, this acid is a big ally when we fight against wrinkles and loose our skin’s vitality over time.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our body and is present in the most tissues, organs, cartilage, and of course, the dermis.
As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid present in our body starts to decrease significantly.
Once we reach 35, the body’s hyaluronic acid production reduces sharply and it shows in the face and other areas of the body. The most obvious signs of the lack of this component are aging, face lines and sagging skin.
One of the main characteristics of this acid is it’s capacity to retain water and hydrate skin.
It gives the dermis a firmer look and it’s perfect for “filling in” wrinkles. Aesthetic medicines have used hyaluronic acid since the 90s as injections that help return volume and youthful looks to skin.
Women turn to it when they start to notice the first signs of aging as once the body starts losing it, it becomes more difficult to produce naturally.
The lack of hyaluronic acid impacts the following areas the most:
- Lip corners and outline
- Laugh lines (next to the nose)
- Crow’s feet (next to the eyes)
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How to naturally add in hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid, known as a “fountain of youth” is an important nutrient that doesn’t only reduce wrinkles and improve skin, but it also strengthens the defense system and repairs damaged tissue.
In order to reverse the loss of hyaluronic acid that happens over the course of time, we recommend that you consume these foods:
The lean cuts of meat contain a good amount of this nutrient. In addition, they help the body produce collagen without having to undergo surgeries or expensive treatments.
Lean meats provide hyaluronic acid that can aid in healing wounds and strengthening connective tissues.
Add these meats to your diet:
Gelatin (often called Jello) is a popular summer food, good for loosing pounds or pleasing kid’s palates. Gelatin contains lots of hyaluronic acid and it’s also refreshing, delicious and low in calories.
In order to improve tissue health, eat a portion of gelatin every day (you can pair it with fruits).
It’s good to keep in mind that when you eat gelatin, it’ll do more than just hydrate your skin as your metabolism will divide it and pass it out to your joints and synovial fluid.
It’s the perfect hyaluronic acid source that we need.
Cod liver oil
You can find cod liver oil in diet and natural food stores. Cod liver oil not only provides our body with hyaluronic acid, but vitamin A as well.
This nutrient duo prevents the skin from prematurely aging, aids in collagen production and wrinkle reduction. You don’t need a lot: just a teaspoon daily.
Vegetables make for the perfect source of vitamins and nutrients in addition to, of course, hyaluronic acid.
The vegetables richest in the acid are potatoes and chard (you can eat them together or separately). Don’t eat them fried as eating them fried will have the opposite effect for your health.
These vegetables have zinc as well, which is a nutrient that we need to produce collagen.
Don’t think twice about eating other kinds of vegetables rich in vitamins and beta-carotene such as tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beets.
Of course, we need to include fruit on the list of things that are good for healthier, younger skin and an overall healthier you.
Choose fruit that provides lots of vitamin C because, in addition to producing hyaluronic acid, it improves your vision, protects your skin from free radicals and helps wounds heal.
The fruit main sources of vitamin C are of the citric variety (oranges, grapefruits) and berries (strawberries, raspberries, cherries).
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Herbs add a delicious “touch” to your dishes. Meanwhile, at the same time, they provide nutrients for your body that translate into health and beauty. They’re perfect!
Choose to flavor your meals with parsley, cilantro, rosemary and basil if you want to help your dermis, reduce wrinkles and stimulate your metabolism.
On the final note, we’d like to highlight that our body needs a sufficient amount of magnesium in order to synthesize hyaluronic acid.
Where can you find it?
- Bananas, apricots and avocados
- Cashews, almonds, walnuts and chesnuts
- Peas and beans
- Sunflower seeds
- Soy flour
- Brown rice and millet
In addition to keeping a balanced diet and consuming foods that help your body produce hyaluronic acids, we suggest that you make sure to take in 2 liters of water every day and exercise.
Doing so will help you eliminate the built up toxins in the body that can harm skin health.
Of course, you shouldn’t smoke or consume alcohol or coffee if you want young and healthy skin.