“Upon the altar of sunshine, what we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight.”
I love this quote by Nadine Artemis of Living Libations, an exquisite line of ultra pure botanical health + beauty products.
I believe it’s 100% true. Consume an excess amount of PUFAS (polyunsaturated-fatty-acids) found in processed foods and you’ll likely notice an early onset of wrinkles or even skin hyperpigmentation. Get rid of those, increase your intake of lycopene-rich tomatoes, and foods like watermelon, peppers, berries + dark leafy greens (to name just a few) and you’ll likely notice that you can stay out in the sun quite a bit longer than before. All of those foods help to build an internal SPF that reduces sun damage to the skin creating instead a dewy, glowing complexion.
All that being said, if it were up to me, I’d probably amend that statement to make it more all-encompassing by changing it to this:
“Upon the altar of good skin health, what we ingest determines how our skin responds to our internal and external environments.”
Which brings me to the main topic of this post: bone broth skin benefits.
If you’ve been following us for a while, then you’ve read our posts on just how amazing bone broth is for a healthy body and mind. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t be selling it for crying out loud! But it all goes a little deeper than that, especially when it comes to skin health. Beautiful, acne-free, glowing skin comes about when what we eat is properly digested so that the vital nutrients and minerals within those foods can be fully absorbed. You simply CANNOT accomplish all of that without a healthy gut lining. Plain and simple.
So, to make a long story short…
A Healthy Gut Lining
Proper Nutrient Absorption
Beautiful, Glowing Skin
In the words of Jasmine + Melissa Hemsley, authors of The Art of Eating Well
“At the heart of everything is homemade bone broth – one of the oldest and most affordable homemade foods – pure, easy-to-assimilate nutrition!”
And, we couldn’t agree more.
Why? Well, across the wide spectrum of bone broth skin benefits there are many reasons, but mainly:
Collagen (a protein)
Fat (in this case, saturated fat)
You can learn ALL about collagen in this post but as a quick recap, the most important thing you need to know about collagen is that it’s the most abundant protein found in the human body.
Skin, bones, tendons, ligaments…you name the connective tissue and trust me, collagen is there.
Collagen in and of itself is important for skin and bone health. In fact, it’s so important, that it’s sold in countless forms as a supplement and even in creams. It’s best known for improving skin elasticity and anti-aging properties, as well as, reducing skin roughness. Thankfully, grass-fed bone broth is both the most collagen-rich + wallet-friendly solution for all of these, which is one of the many reasons we’re so partial to it adding yet another point in favor of bone broth skin benefits.
In addition, proline, one of the many potent amino acids involved in collagen formation, is best known for making skin supple and reducing the dreaded cellulite.
Moving on to fat.
As I wrote above, a big player in the bone broth skin benefits connection is the fact that bone release a type of fat known as saturated fat into the broth. If you’ve ever made it yourself, you’ll notice the rings of oil that naturally form at the top of your brew. That’s the saturated fat I’m talking about. When solidified, it’s called tallow (providing it’s made from cow bones).
By the way, did you know that companies, like our friends over at FATCO skin care, are bottling this stuff up and making body butter and face creams?! Yeah, people are putting beef fat on their faces because it does wonders for your skin!
But again, if you’re taking in this healthy fat by consistently slurping down some bone broth, then covering your body with tallow is but an indulgent luxury.
In my opinion, the most important thing with which saturated fat (from bone broth) helps is vitamin assimilation. Especially, vitamin D assimilation. Which, brings us back full circle to the initial point about using what you eat to build up internal sunscreen and leveraging the sun as a skin health building and beautifying tool.
Summing up the bone broth skin benefits.
While I’ve pointed out some of the most important reasons that bone broth is integral for skin health, in particular, it’s important to look at all of this from a holistic perspective. At the end of the day collagen, the amino acids upon which it’s formed, as well as, saturated fat and all of the other nutrients that come from bone broth help to reduce inflammation, strengthen the gut lining, and enrich our digestive and immune systems
Ultimately, beautiful, glowing skin is a merry byproduct of all of those processes working in harmony.
Delfina is the spirited health coach, recipe developer and alternative health blogger behind Code to Wellness. She believes that REAL FOOD should taste good + do good for the body so that overcoming the struggle with weight, sugar cravings, and hormone imbalance is successful and sustainable. Her recipes are fun, easy, delicious and flippin’ awesome! When she’s not in “kitchen-experimenter” or “food-photographer” mode, she enjoys teaching Yoga Tune Up®, singing at the top of her lungs with the windows rolled down, and going barefoot. You can drop her a line on Facebook and get lots of #eatmovethink inspiration on Instagram + Pinterest. Reach out! She’s super friendly and wants to hear from you!