nutrients for skin health

Better-Than-Botox Sour Mango Collagen Gummies - Rebelle Nutrition

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YOU GUYS.

If you’ve been following along on my instagram stories, you know that living inside a 120 sq ft. “hut” has it’s culinary challenges. 

Don’t get my wrong, I love the minimalist maui life, but sometimes a girl just wants to bake something, ya know?

Well, don’t get too excited, since baking anything is completely off the table for now (#nooven). And I have to get pretty creative if I do want to make anything from scratch, other than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and calling it a meal. 

But I did it!!!! I crafted these incredibly simple-yet-delicious, all-you-need-is-a-blender-and-a-microwave, sour mango gelatin gummies. 

Anything too complicated would be TOATS off brand, am I right? 😉

Not to mention, these sour mango gelatin gummies are chock full of vitamin C and pasture-raised, 100% grass fed gelatin; two of the most important nutrients to help rebuild and repair collagen production in our skin (hence the name, better than botox). PLUS - this version is free of added sugar (another culprit for skin related issues like acne, and collagen breakdown).

As you are probably well aware, collagen production starts to decrease after the age of 25, which is why eating collagen-boosting foods containing things like gelatin and vitamin C are so important if we want to keep our skin looking youthful and acne-free

Grab my free e-book about healing acne naturally here!

Bone broth is another great option for a collagen-building superfood, but if you’re like me and limited on kitchen appliances (and semi-lazy), this might not be an option for you. 

This is why I recommend vital proteins collagen peptides and use them on a daily basis myself, as part of my skin-healing, gut-healing and beautiful hair - growing regimen (ok so i'm a little vain).  

Learn more about the benefits of collagen protein here!

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Here’s the recipe:

Better-Than-Botox Sour Mango Collagen Gummies

  • 1 cup water (could also sub 100% fruit juice or kombucha)
  • 1 cup organic frozen mango
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 scoops vital proteins gelatin
  • 1 dropper full of stevia (only use 100% pure stevia extract)

Directions:

Place water and mango chunks in a microwave safe dish, microwave until mango is thawed and water is hot but not boiling. 

Pour mixture into Vitamix or food processor. Add stevia. Blend until completely mixed.

Add 4 scoops of vital proteins gelatin and re-blend on low until completely mixed in. 

Quickly pour mixture into a glass dish or baking mold.

Refrigerate for 3 hours - enjoy!

If you try this recipe, let me know on Instagram! Tag me @rebellenutrition and use the hashtag #betterthanbotoxgummies !

XO,

Amie

7 Important Skin-Healing Nutrients Missing From Your Diet (Rebelle Nutrition)

Our skin cells regenerate every 27 days - which means that the foods we eat will determine whether the quality of our skin changes for better...or for worse.

Skin troubles have affected all of us at some point (except my husband, and he literally never washes his face - WTF) - so whether you have dry skin, acne, wrinkles, blackheads, or all of the above, this post is for you.

I personally have very finicky skin, which has caused me to become consistently more aware of how the foods I put into my body affect my skin. I am also not a big fan of wearing much makeup, so feeling confident without the use of heavy foundations or powders to cover up my acne is huge for me.

Maybe you’re already doing everything “right”; eating real food, drinking enough water, supporting your gut health and blood sugar- but you still have a weird combination of acne and premature aging. Although these are all great first steps towards glowing skin, some of the most powerful skin-healing nutrients are found in foods that we may only be eating once or twice a month - if that (grass-fed liver, anyone?)

If this is the case, looking into specific skin-supporting nutrients may be your best friend.

1. TRUE Vitamin A - when most of us think of vitamin A, we think of beta-carotene, the plant-source of the vitamin that gives things like sweet potatoes and carrots their orange hue. The problem with beta-carotene (or carotenoids) is that they are only a precursor to the true form of vitamin A that is needed by the body to support healthy skin; retinol. Of course, a small amount of carotenoids can be converted into retinol, but it is much easier and more efficient to get your vitamin A requirements from true retinol sources. True Vitamin A is important for cell turnover and androgen formation (both helpful in healing acne). It also helps prevent the skin from becoming dry, rough, and scaly. A lack of vitamin A is even known to cause keratosis pilaris (link). Get your true vitamin A from sources like: pasture-raised egg yolks, grass-fed dairy (if tolerated) pasture raised liver*, cod liver oil.

2. Vitamin D - Vitamin D helps to strengthen the immune system and prevent premature aging by destroying free radicals in the body. Get your sources from pasture-raised egg yolks, grass-fed dairy (if tolerated), fatty fish, and pasture raised liver*. Try to avoid “fortified” vitamin D products, as these usually contain Vitamin D2, a synthetic form of Vitamin D that can lead to toxicity in large amounts.

3. Zinc - zinc is an important mineral necessary for various types of healing to occur in the body. For example, sufficient zinc status is necessary for wound healing, UV protection, and immune system regulation. Zinc has been shown to work synergistically in transporting vitamin A (retinol) into the bloodstream, having an extremely healing effect on acne and prevention of wrinkles. Get your zinc from sources like red meat, seafood (oysters, scallops and shellfish) pumpkin seeds and other nuts.

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4. Vitamin C - Vitamin C regulates the production of collagen protein in the skin, which is essential for preventing skin wrinkling as well as protecting agains UV damage by acting as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C can also prevent dry skin, heal scar tissue, and modulate moisture loss in the skin. Get your vitamin C from local, organic and raw sources of fruits and vegetables, if possible.

5. Vitamin K2 - Vitamin K2 is one of the more unknown skin-improving nutrients. Dietary K2 helps to improve skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles and fine lines from forming. Vitamin K2 also works synergistically with vitamins A and D, meaning that without a sufficient combination of all 3 in the diet, it is likely for skin related issues to occur. Get your Vitamin K2 from sources like grass-fed dairy (if tolerates), pasture raised egg yolks, pasture raised liver*, and natto. It is important to note that conventionally raised animals will not provide significant levels of k2 due to the fact that these animals primarily eat grains, rather than grass.

6. Omega 3 Fats - Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in reducing inflammatory markers within the body. In the skin, these show up as redness, acne and psoriasis. Consuming adequate levels of omega-3 fats leads to improved skin elasticity, moisture levels, and even texture. Get your Omega-3 fats from food-sources like wild caught sardines, salmon, tuna, mackerel and other cold-water, fatty fish. Chia and flax seeds also contain omega-3s, but in a less bioavailable form than seafood.

7. Probiotic Rich Foods - Consuming probiotic foods are one of the quickest (and tastiest) ways to improve gut function. How does this relate to the skin, you ask? The gut microbiota is directly responsible for levels of inflammation in the body, which can often manifest outwardly via skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Also, having improper levels of “good” gut bacteria can lead to things like yeast overgrowth, SIBO (small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and parasites - often linked to acne. Get your probiotics from whole food-sources such as kimchi, kefir (if you tolerate dairy), sauerkraut and kombucha. Make sure to choose products that are "live", "raw", and kept in the refrigerated section.

* If the thought of cooking/eating liver is as repulsive to you as it is to me, try out these pasture raised liver capsules from Vital Proteins to get your recommended daily dose. Cooking and preparing it yourself is going to be a much more economical option though, as liver tends to be very inexpensive.

 

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