Jello was something I learned about as a kid in New Jersey when I noticed that the Knox company stocked something curiously called a “beauty drink” in the local grocery store.
Nails, hair, skin…
From a young age I was drawn toward eating lots of jello. Juice jello, drinking jello… I even found gelatin vitamins in the late 80’s. Who knew that as an adult, jello would make a comeback – along with all things gelatin- as an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging superfood?!
Gelatin is a water-soluble protein formed from the collagen in animal bones and ligaments. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body.
Gelatin contains amino acids such as glycine, lysine and proline, which aid collagen to maintain the health of connective tissue and to regulate cellular functions throughout your body. As we age, we produce less collagen, which leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, joint stiffness, weaker nails, and brittle hair.
According to Dr. Axe, gelatin is integral for cell rejuvenation and can protect your skin from UV rays, which can cause skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.
Here are some cool facts about building beauty from the inside out by adding more gelatin to your diet.
- Progressive Heath reported that researchers from Shokuhin-To-Kaihatsu studied the effects of consuming gelatin on woman over 40. Each participant ate either 5 or 10 g of gelatin for the duration of 7 weeks. When surveyed after 7 weeks, “…74 percent of women taking 5 g of gelatin saw skin improvement and 81 percent of women taking 10 g had clearer, firmer skin.”
- Nautral Health 365 cites a University of Tokyo tested the effects of gelatin on skin exposed to repeated UV rays like sunshine. There was a 53% reduction of collagen found without gelatin supplementation, and 17% increase in the collagen in the group that had daily collagen in their diet.
Here are many to mix more gelatin into your wellness & beauty routines:
You can find the recipie HERE for bone broth. Drinking a cup or two a day can be life-changing and you can see and feel the difference in my experience!
HAIR & FACE MASKS
There are many versions of this hair mask with different proportions of the same basic ingredients: honey, apple cider vinegar, water & gelatin.
The results in before & after pictures were so profound on Mommypotamus, I’m linking her recipie HERE!
Or you can make your own fruit juice jello, HERE.
NOTE: You can also add powdered gelatin to smoothies or sprinkle it on your meals.
You can also add a sprinkle of gelatin to your regular shampoo and use daily. Be sure to shake/stir well before using.
Or, you can make your own treatment shampoo as advised by Good Morning Center:
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
Mix & leave on wet hair for 5 minutes or so and rinse.
While I tend to avoid animal products most of the time these days, gelatin is something I have kept as a part of my routine for anti-inflammatory wellness reasons that make a big difference in my life.
Always use responsibly-sourced gelatin that’s free of impurities. And… always use your own best judgement adding new things to your diet & your beauty routines. Make sure that it makes you feel good! Beauty & wellness start from the inside and radiate outward!
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