More and more people are discovering that age is far more than just a number, and that while we all have to age, we do NOT have to settle for getting OLD. There are numerous treatments, natural remedies, and products available to help you look and feel your best, and it is the mission of Rejuvime Medical to help you to feel as good as you look, and look as good as you feel. Speaking of looking amazing, we’ve dedicated today’s blog post to the understanding of collagen and its role in your body as you age.
No One Wants Wrinkles
Think of a baby’s skin: soft, supple, radiant, plump, and wrinkle free. One of the main ingredients in skin that makes it elastic and soft is the collagen molecule. If you think about it, you still live in the same body that knew how to build your infant skin the way it was when you were little. So why doesn’t your body continue to produce that same amazing skin that it built on the baby version of you? And what if you could help it to do that again? The amazing answer is that medical breakthroughs can help to some extent. While we’re not yet to the point where everyone can get back that incredible infant skin, we can definitely help you to achieve your best possible skin. The answer to great skin is collagen! So let’s learn more about what collagen is and how it works.
Collagen is a protein that your body makes by chaining amino acids together into a shape that looks like a triple-helix. Imagine a rope or a piece of string that’s made by twisting three strands together and you have an approximate visual image of collagen. This makes collagen springy, somewhat elastic, flexible, and incredibly stable. There are 28 known types of collagen found throughout your body, and it is the most abundant protein in humans and other mammals. Did you know that even your bones are primarily composed of collagen? Other well-known substances made up of a high collagen content are skin, tendons, cartilage, and hair. Collagen is even important to your heart, as it forms what is known as the cardiac skeleton, the connective tissue that surrounds the heart muscle, divides it into partitions, and creates the valves between different parts of your heart.
Why Younger You Has Better Collagen Than Older You
Your body must make collagen. It is what holds you together! However, remember that collagen is composed of amino acids. Several of these amino acids are ones that your body can’t create, and several more are ones that your body doesn’t create in times of illness or stress, including the primary two amino acids that appear in collagen, glycine and proline. If your body doesn’t have the building blocks to produce collagen, then your collagen production will either be slowed down or it will have to strip nutrients from other body parts in order to continue. Therefore, it’s easy to see why stress has a negative effect on your body’s ability to build collagen properly, and therefore, stress contributes to wrinkles. Think about the amount of stress you carry now compared to how much stress a baby has. There’s a reason why collagen can’t always keep up.
However, there is another big factor in play for the proper formation of collagen: the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone released by your adrenals in response to stress, and it actually works against collagen to break it down into its amino acid parts. Therefore, if you’re experiencing stress, you’ll be getting a double-whammy, because not only do you have fewer of the building blocks in your cells to make more collagen, you have cortisol breaking it down.
How to Fix This
You might be wondering what you need to do to pamper your cells so that they can do the job they want to do of making the best possible collagen for your skin. The first and obvious answer is to reduce your stress. However, it’s easy to say “reduce your stress,” but not everyone has the luxury of doing this. Yes, you should reduce your stress, but when you run into the limits of how much stress you can turn off, there are other techniques that you can apply.
- Eat breakfast. This may sound surprising, but it’s true. Think about how many hours your body goes without eating while you’re asleep. During all those hours in the night, your blood glucose levels are steadily dropping. When you get up, your blood sugar is low, and your body needs you to eat, preferably a protein-rich breakfast, in order to continue to operate normally. If you don’t eat, your body will release cortisol instead, which will provide a substitute for that “get-up-and-go” ability. However, this will also tax your adrenals, leaving you feeling fatigued, and all that cortisol won’t do your skin any favors.
- Ask Rejuvime Medical about our wrinkle treatments. There are many ways that we can help you to achieve the wrinkle-free skin of your dreams, including our injectable Radiesse therapy, which stimulates your body’s own natural collagen production for up to one year.
No matter what anti-aging results you’re pursuing, count on Rejuvime Medical
to give you real outcomes that are also safe and natural. Our medical staff is here to assist men and women with the cutting-edge anti-aging treatments that will bring you results.