Health Benefits of Gelatin for the Skin, Hair, and Nails 0 1197

Gelatin is actually created from collagen, which is the soft protein that connects muscle tissue, bones, skin, and tendons. While many people might not be thrilled to find out that their favorite snack is made up of animal parts, that’s the main reason why it features such great health benefits.

Gelatin contains a moderate amount of protein, as well as two amino acids that are beneficial for our health. The amino acids are only found in parts of animals that are rarely consumed. These amino acids are great for healthy joints, as well as improving skin, hair, and nail quality.

Here are some of the known health benefits of consuming gelatin:

1. Gelatin helps to ease inflammation.

Gelatin features anti-inflammatory properties that help treat inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea. If you’re suffering from any of these conditions, simply applying medication topically may not be enough, especially if the cause of your inflammation is internal. Consuming gelatin regularly can help ease inflammation, reducing the appearance of redness and irritation on the surface of the skin.

2. Gelatin aids liver detoxification.

Glycine is essential for helping our bodies handle the natural detoxification process. This amino acid helps support your liver with flushing unwanted toxins out of the body. Your liver is limited in its potential based on the amount of glycine available in your body, therefore it makes sense to include more of it in your diet from sources like gelatin (1). Without sufficient glycine available, your body is incapable of producing enough glutathione, which is a vital part of the liver detoxification process. Toxin build-up will show up in the skin, hair, and nails because these three are the last to be supplied with nutrients.

3. Gelatin helps prevent UV damage to the skin.

Gelatin plays an important role in preventing damage to your skin from UV rays. This helps prevent skin cancer, free radical damage, and premature wrinkling. Our bodies gradually begin to lose collagen starting around our late 20s or early 30s. As a result of this, there’s an increase in the development of cellulite, age lines, and loose skin. Supplementing with gelatin and collagen is a well-known method of preventing this from occurring, and even plays a role in reducing visible signs of aging.

4. Gelatin promotes cell regeneration, helping the skin appear healthier.

Not only does collagen and gelatin help with cellular regeneration to keep your skin looking healthier, it’s also important in maintaining strong and healthy teeth, nails, and hair. The body is constantly turning over new cells, and it’s important that the skin has adequate nutrients from within to support this process.

5. Gelatin can help improve sleep quality.

Gelatin ingestion before bedtime has been shown to tremendously improve the overall quality of sleep, resulting in a more rested feeling the following day. Individuals who frequently have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep throughout the night, can dramatically shorten the time it takes to fall asleep while boosting the quality of their sleep thanks to the glycine found in gelatin. Without adequate sleep, your body doesn’t have time to repair itself, which could result in a dull, dreary complexion.

Other Health Benefits of Gelatin

1. Gelatin may enhance mood.

The glycine found in gelatin is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. What this means is that the amino acid acts very similarly to anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications. The main draw for gelatin is that as an all-natural food source, it doesn’t carry many of the common side effects associated with prescription medications.

2. Gelatin may boost cognitive function.

Gelatin has been shown to increase cognitive functioning in healthy adults, making it easier to learn and retain new information. In addition to ensuring you get a proper night’s rest which is important for healthy brain function, glycine also helps to calm excessive excitability within your brain, helping you to stay calm and focused. This calming effect is yet another reason why it also works so well in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

3. Gelatin promotes cardiovascular health.

While protein sources like animal meats and eggs can be quite healthy when consumed in moderation when you eat a lot of these products it can raise levels of the amino acid methionine in your body. Excessive levels of methionine raise the amount of homocysteine in your blood. Heightened levels of homocysteine put you at an increased risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart disease and stroke. Gelatin will help to balance out the methionine in your body, reducing the unwanted side effects.

4. Gelatin helps to improve your digestive system and gut health.

Gelatin is fantastic for balancing your gut health. It works to restore adequate mucosal lining in your stomach while also helping to balance out your stomach acid contents with digestive enzymes. With an improved intestinal lining, you can help prevent conditions such as leaky gut syndrome. It’s also capable of absorbing the fluids in your stomach, helping to improve symptoms such as constipation while preventing fluid retention.

5. Gelatin helps keep your bones strong and healthy.

Gelatin is extremely rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon, all of which help with the formation of bones and keeping them strong and healthy, preventing bone loss or fracturing. Not only does gelatin help maintain a healthy skeletal system, but it’s also effective in treating bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis and easing the pain suffered by individuals dealing with these diseases. It’s even possible that collagen is capable of increasing bone mass density, something post-menopausal women should take note of since bone mass density drops after menopause.

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 225

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

How to Pack Your Bathroom into Your Suitcase: Tips for Lightweight Traveling 0 6411

Suitcase Packing

Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.

TSA 3-1-1 Rule
TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.

Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.

Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart

Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.

Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.

Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer

One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel.  Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.

Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer
Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more

Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.

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