As the weather cools and the winds pick up – and our space heater slowly works itself to death – our skin is starting to get the winter feels. Moisturizer can only help save dry, dull skin to a point; the real work begins on the inside. Lucky for us, bone broth benefits our skin as much as it does the rest of our body.
Known to boost immunity, balance hormones, and heal unhappy guts, drinking bone broth daily can have a major impact on our complexion too — in spite of seasonal stressors. Learn how bone broth benefits our skin and boosts our glow from functional medicine doctor, Josh Axe, whose own brand of the good stuff (in powdered form) is now one of our forever faves…
One of the top reasons that bone broth is so impressively helpful to the body is its rich collagen content. This is critically important because collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and it’s also a literal building block of the skin. Collagen helps skin maintain its integrity and elasticity while also playing a key role in skin cell turnover — both necessary when your skin starts to become dry and brittle in fall.
Unfortunately, collagen production decreases as we age, but consuming bone broth on a daily basis is an easy way to increase our collagen levels and help keep skin plump and supple while also smoothing unwanted fine lines and wrinkles.
Even if you choose organic at every meal, buy all-natural personal care products and fill your home with green plants, there’s really no way to live in our modern world without being exposed to some level of toxins. Regular bone broth consumption serves as an almost effortless way to detoxify the liver and digestive system while also boosting the body’s use of protective antioxidants.
Bone broth contains minerals like potassium and amino acids like glycine, which aid cellular detoxification. And with fewer toxins floating around in your body, you are less likely to experience inflammatory skin issues like acne, dermatitis, eczema and other unpleasant conditions that can often indicate a toxic overload in the body.
The entire endocrine system works together to regulate the amount of hormones circulating throughout your body, and if one or more of those hormones is even a little off, it can lead to various health problems including hormonal acne. And since hormonal imbalance can often stem from nutrient deficiencies, supplementing your diet with bone broth is a tasty way to fill in nutritional gaps. Bone broth’s healing components of collagen, gelatin and amino acids also help to repair a leaky gut, which is a common underlying cause of breakouts and other skin complaints.
Provides Healing Nutrients
I often refer to bone broth as ‘nature’s multivitamin’ because bone broth is full of the necessary nutrients – over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids – that speed the turnover and healing of skin cells. Not only does collagen production slow down as we age, but cell-turnover rate slows down as well and bone broth’s boost to skin’s cellular renewal means that new, more youthful cells are rising to the top layer of the skin, faster. This then equates to a less dull, more refreshed complexion.
Do bone broth benefits still count in waffle form?
Test it out for yourself with this bone broth waffle recipe.