Do you guys ever wonder why we always have to make things so complicated?
Most good things in life don’t have to require drama or endless scientific study and analysis. When we look to our past, its obvious our ancestors had little to no time for this. They just paid attention. They had too, they spent most of their time working so that they could stay alive.
What in the world does this have to do with great looking skin you ask? A few months ago, a very pretty, young colleague of mine told me I had very few wrinkles for someone on the cusp:) That would be a guy in his mid forties according to her, lol. Thanks Q if you’re reading this! My secret? Read on.
One of the things that people did intuitively back in the day was cook their meat on the bone. You know like for Thanksgiving? Only they ate it like that most of the time, and for good reason.
In her book, “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” Dr. Catherine Shanahan reveals what all past, healthy cultures had in common that allowed them to thrive, while their neighbors did not. She identified four pillars of health, only one of which I am going to briefly discuss today. All of the robust, super healthy cultures in history practiced these four pillars.
Ya that’s right, one of them was cooking meat on the bone. The more the entire animal stays together: bone, fat, skin, marrow and other connective tissue, the better. Not only does it taste WAY better, it’s also much more nutritious and delicious. As long as you don’t overcook it, all the nutrients and flavor compounds survive, and are gently released into the meats juices.
The connective tissue in skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bone are released including glycosaminoglycans. They include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid…all found in nutritional supplements for joints. However, there are many, many more members of this family of molecules. So much so, that joint supplements do not hold a candle to the real thing. Just yet another reason to JERF.
Everyone has heard of collagen right? Well eating meat this way is not only fantastic for supporting our joints, but for all of our connective tissue, including skin. That’s because we get a large dose of collagen every time we eat that bird on turkey day. Problem is once a year is not enough.
Collagen works wonders when it comes to skin health. It helps keep skin tight and elastic regardless of age. That means a lot less wrinkles. Collagen nourishes and supports, allowing skin to be soft and have that healthy glow. It’s one reason I always have a pot of bone broth in the fridge. I also use a grass-fed collagen protein powder in my smoothies and other drinks.
Collagen is also found in your bone, arteries, hair and many other places. Believe it or not eating meat on the bone and preparing bone broth on a regular basis is about the closest thing to the fountain of youth you will ever find. Bag the expensive, and chemically ridden creams and lotions, and instead apply the ancient wisdom of our fore bearers.
It will keep your skin looking awesome regardless of age, and you out of the doctors office for unnecessary prescriptions and surgeries.
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