WHAT ARE AMINO ACIDS?
Amino acids are building blocks of protein that are essential for cell regeneration. Think of them as little boxcars of train that link together to create an entire protein train (with some other essentials).
The more you feed your skin amino acids (glycine,proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine), the more your body naturally produces collagen.
Without amino acids, you’ll see:
- Rough, thin skin
- An inability to retain hydration in skin
- A dull complexion
- Loss of elasticity in skin
- Increased body fat
- Digestive problems
- Low energy levels
- A slower rate of healing
- Lack of keratin (aka weaker hair)
WHY DO I CARE ABOUT AMINO ACIDS?
Made mostly in the liver, amino acids are crucial nutrients that the body makes into larger molecules to serve healthy healing of skin tissue, muscles bones and hair, as well as helping with collagen production.
As the skin is constantly repairing itself, it constantly needs more amino acids (the body doesn’t store amino acids / protein like it stores fats).
Amino acids are crucial for both healthy skin and a healthy body. They promote collagen production, fat burning and a healthy pH balance, increase hydration, reduce the effects of aging and keep the hair and nails healthy. Without amino acids, skin lacks nutrition and its tone and texture become rough and dull.
Because amino acids naturally diminish with age, it’s important to feed the body with them daily so that it can remain in a constant state of repair and replenishment.
HOW DO WE SOURCE AMINO ACIDS?
Although the body makes plenty of amino acids (~20), it also needs essential amino acids, which must be obtained through food or supplements. The 8 amino acids you need:
These 8 essential amino acids further assist in the stimulation of collagen and elastin production and other functions. Even if just one is missing, the body can’t repair itself and create new proteins.
Because it’s so difficult to source the necessary amounts daily from food (meats, nuts, beans, lentils, and dairy products) without worrying about all of the byproducts that come with those amino acids, it’s recommended that we also look to outside sources for these building blocks.
Source: NewBeauty Spring / Summer 2017