Stretch marks (striae) are a visible reminder of skin’s expansion due to sudden weight fluctuations or pregnancy. The majority of women (75%-90-%) will get some stretch marks during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, due to hormonal changes and the large amount of stretching your skin endures due to the growth of the baby. Together with your stretch mark treatment, you can help eliminating them if you also make some changes in your diet.
Zinc is a required mineral for collagen production, which is the connective tissue supporting your skin, as well as a component enhancing the proper functioning of enzymes that the body requires to repair skin wounds. Zinc is found in fish, walnuts and turkey.
Vitamins A, C and E are known to help fight off stretch marks and promote their healing. Vitamin C-rich foods help limit stretch mark formation, as vitamin C aids in skin collagen formation. Vitamin A aids in the development of skin cells, and vitamin E helps the body regenerate vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C include carrots, sweet potatoes and blueberries, while rich sources of vitamins A and E are dairy products, avocados and sunflower seeds.
Protein-rich foods can improve the quality of your skin and help prevent stretch mark formation. Soy beans are a high plant source of protein. Also rich in protein foods include turkey, tuna and chicken breast, as well as the eggs.
Many drinks, such as coffee, tea, but also soda, tend to dehydrate the skin and make you more vulnerable to the formation of stretch marks. Unlike these drinks, water keeps your skin healthy and hydrated, while it helps in maintaining normal production levels for collagen. You can boost your skin’s hydration by drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water a day. This keeps your skin elastic and helps maintain normal production levels for collagen.
Given that collagen is found in the animals’ connective tissue, bone broth is one of the best foods to reduce the possibility of stretch marks. Bones from herbivorous organically-grown animals are the best choice, especially during pregnancy, because they are free from antibiotics and hormones.
Increasing the intake of healthy fats offers additional elasticity and promotes healthy, shiny skin. There are a lot of options, including fish, such as salmon and herring, olive oil, cow's butter and coconut oil.
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