Skin Benefits of Turmeric
Troubled skin (think eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, etc.) is usually rooted in inflammation. Turmeric’s active component, curcumin, has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-neoplastic properties making it a very healing spice to add to your diet. Curcumin can also reduce wound healing time and improve collagen deposition in the skin.
Black Pepper Boost
Studies have shown that adding black pepper to turmeric increases the bioavailability of the curcumin by 2000%. That’s a lot! So don’t forget to add black pepper with turmeric whenever possible.
Skin Benefits of Collagen
Collagen is a protein naturally found throughout our bodies. It helps keep our skin plump and elastic. This in turn naturally helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite. Sounds like a dream, right?? As we get older our bodies produce less and less collagen. I know, very sad news. But on a positive note, we can get collagen from external food and supplement sources, which can help improve skin elasticity, skin texture and skin hydration. Added bonus – collagen also helps to improve joint health, gut health and promotes good quality sleep!
Great food sources of collagen include bone broth and organ meats. If that’s not your jam you can also take it as a supplement and add it to your drinks (coffee, lattes, smoothies, etc.).
If you’re buying collagen as a supplement, quality matters. Look for hydrolyzed collagen peptides as it is a more bioavailable source that is easier for the body to digest, break down and absorb. Also, make sure it comes from pasture-raised or grass-fed cows. If you only eat fish and no other meat, go for marine collagen, just make sure it comes from wild-caught fish.
Skin Boosting Turmeric Latte with Collagen
dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cracks black pepper
- small pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon raw coconut oil
- 1 serving hydrolyzed collagen powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons raw honey
If you have a milk frother:
Heat and froth almond milk.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients except honey. Whisk together over medium/high heat until very hot and fully combined.
Turn off heat, add honey and whisk once more. Pour into mug.
Top with frothed almond milk. Serve and enjoy.
If you don’t have a milk frother:
Combine all ingredients except honey in a saucepan. Place over medium high heat, whisking until fully combined.
Once hot, turn off heat, add honey, whisk and serve.