I’ve dedicated over a decade of my life to researching the connection between diet and the skin and I share so much of this work in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin. Nourishing and healing your skin from the inside out – through what you eat – is just as important as nourishing and healing your skin from the outside in through topical products and treatments! Your skin is a window into your overall health and one of the most accessible ways to take better care of your skin is through your diet.

Today, I’m going to share three of the ways that I incorporate collagen powder into my day to nourish my skin from the inside out and to help promote smooth, elastic, hydrated skin.  The brand of collagen powder I use at home and recommend to my patients is called Body Kitchen. I was so genuinely impressed with the quality and science behind the Body Kitchen products that I agreed to become their Physician Ambassador.

First, when I have my coffee, I add a scoop of the Youthful Beauty collagen powder right in and stir it up. It’s that simple. Now, I use almond milk in my coffee rather than skim milk because skim milk has been linked to acne. And, I don’t use artificial sweeteners, so if I want a hint of sweetness, I will add a bit of stevia and a pinch of cinnamon.

Second, if I’m making one of my favorite smoothies, I just add a scoop of collagen powder right into the smoothie. I call this one my dream smoothie because it’s so delicious and good for your skin.

Because I’m a blueberry fanatic and because they’re rich in antioxidants, I start with these. A handful of greens—baby spinach or baby arugula work here—adds a touch of collagen-friendly vitamin C while almond butter adds protein and skin friendly fats. I add frozen bananas for the thick and creamy texture they give. If your banana isn’t quite ripe, it’s a wonderful source of prebiotics, also known as the food for gut-friendly probiotics, however it won’t be as sweet. If you use an unripened banana and still crave a touch more sweetness, add a few dates, figs or even two stevia leaves from the garden! The plant is really easy to find at your local nursery and just as easy to grow.

Cacao, chocolate’s less processed cousin, is a treasure here. It’s derived from ground cacao nibs which are dried and fermented cacao beans. Sugar-free and loaded with special polyphenols that have been shown to reduce the signs of aging, cacao has a naturally bitter taste that is tempered by the smoothie’s other ingredients. It’s also been shown to put us in a better mood with its dopamine-releasing effects. I call that a win-win!

And – how simple is this? Just add one scoop of Body Kitchen collagen to optimize your body’s ability to help replenish the collagen your body needs to support your skin’s health.

Third, I love golden milk. If you haven’t tried it, you’re in for a treat! As I share in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Golden Milk is packed with skin friendly goodness.

You want to combine all of the ingredients except cinnamon in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Yes, you can heat up your collagen powder and it will still stay intact! Whisk until smooth. Then, bring your mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain the mixture into a mug and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Golden Milk with collagen is delicious for your skin because it includes cinnamon, which has been shown to boost your body’s natural collagen production, it helps stabilize blood sugar because it increases your cells’ ability to use glucose by stimulating insulin receptors, and it lowers your cellular inflammation to help combat skin aging Also, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient which helps to keep your skin soft and elastic while protecting it against the oxidative stress that accelerates skin aging. Top this off with your collagen powder and your skin will thank you!

I’d love to hear how you incorporate collagen supplements into your day! Drop a comment below and share your ideas!

Dr. Whitney

It’s not a substitute for wearing sunscreen, but this tasty meal plan can help protect you against the sun from the inside out. Skip the bagels, toast, croissants, muffins, and other carb-loaded breakfast items. These foods are high on the glycemic index, which means they’re rapidly digested and turned into blood sugar, says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. “High glycemic index foods are not skin-friendly,” she says. “They promote the release of an insulin-like hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1), which works to reproduce and regenerate cells. But if you have too much of it, it can work against you by fueling the biological cascades that ramp up inflammation and lead to certain diseases, such as cancer, and skin disorders, such as acne.” Steel-cut oats can be a healthier breakfast choice, because it’s a low-GI food, she says. Other studies have also shown that whole grains such as oats are cancer-fighting. Here are more proven foods to help prevent cancer.

Guest post by Amy Rains of Wholesomelicious.

These Avocado Truffles are decadent, delicious, and packed with nutrients! So easy to make with only a few ingredients, and sure to be loved by all. This Paleo and Vegan treat is also the perfect pick-me-up afternoon snack!

I’m pretty excited to share a recipe with 2 of my absolute FAVORITE foods: avocado and chocolate!!! Although they may seem like an unlikely pairing, these two foods combine to create truffles that are unapologetically rich, luxuriously chocolatey, and deliciously decadent.

I’m obsessed. Like, I made 3 batches in a week obsessed.

And unlike most chocolate truffles, these are made entirely from healthy ingredients. They are suited for most dietary restrictions and fall under the gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, dairy-free, and pretty much any other diet you can think of.

Best part? No one turns these down!! My 7 and 10 year old requested these every day last week in their lunch box, and they can be tough critics.

So now that we are officially in dessert-love territory, let’s explore the health benefits of these Avocado Truffles. I recently read the book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, written by my friend, Dr. Whitney Bowe. Dr. Whitney explains in the book, that your skin is a window to your overall health. Over the past 10 years she has been studying the relationship between diet and skin, and shares her evidence-based recommendations to heal skin from the inside out!

Dr. Whitney outlines a 21 day plan in her book that is centered around the alliance between your gut, brain, and skin, also known as the gut-brain-skin access (the soul of healthy skin). During week 1, the focus is on healing the gut through dietary changes, and easy recipes to follow. The Avocado Truffle recipe I’m sharing with you today is part of the plan!

Avocado TrufflesBesides avocados being plentiful in potassium, fiber, and several vitamins (A, D, E, K, folate to name a few), avocados are so important for healthy skin. They contain healthy fats that help your skin membranes by trapping moisture in and keeping toxins out!

Not all chocolate is created equal! Dark Chocolate, like the one used in these skin healthy truffles, have the highest flavonoid content which protects your skin from damage by free radicals.

Embracing healthy fats and a diet low in sugar is the focus of week 1. Healthy fats such as whole eggs, fatty fish like salmon and trout, grass-fed meat and poultry, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconuts and coconut oil, dark chocolate, avocados, full fat yogurt, cheese, seeds, nuts, and nut butters are all examples of healthy fats that keep our skin cells healthy. These are key to the appearance of plump, healthy skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most beneficial to skin health as they control the oil production, and delay the skin’s aging process by nourishing skin cell membranes and preventing wrinkles! This also boosts hydration and prevents acne.

What I love about Dr. Whitney’s approach to limiting sugar, is that she is realistic and has a self-proclaimed sweet tooth. She is all about balance and moderation. Dr. Whitney sprinkles some healthy treats and other recipes throughout the book that are workable and realistic for any person on tight budget or schedule. I’ve been finding that the recipes actually taste as good as they are for your skin!

Enjoy these delicious truffles!! And if you’re looking for many more ways to improve the health of your skin, and get the radiant glow, you’ll loveThe Beauty of Dirty Skin!

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This post was originally published on April 17th on wholesomelicious.com.

As soon as New York City dermatologist, Whitney Bowe, MD walks into a room, she can tell if someone is under stress and what their eating habits are like. “The skin is a window to your overall health,” she explains. It may come as a surprise to some of her patients when she asks about their eating and lifestyle habits, but this skin pro knows that the complexion truly reflects what’s going on inside.

In her new book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Dr. Bowe discusses the gut, brain, skin connection—but don’t let the name mislead you to skipping out on your cleanser. By “dirty” she’s referring to the plethora of wonderful bacteria that live on your skin, which are actually critical for keeping you beautiful, healthy, and glowing.

So, if your skin isn’t at it’s best, try taking a page (literally) out of her book. Keep reading on for some of her faves.

Glowing, healthy skin starts on the inside. On GMA, I’m sharing how nurturing your skin’s healthy natural barrier and “good bugs” will help to dial down the inflammation that contributes to skin conditions including acne, rosacea, eczema, sensitive skin, and even premature aging. My 21 Day Plan to healthy skin from the inside out and the outside in is everything you need to get started on the path to healthy, radiant skin. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have beautiful skin. You just have to be empowered with the right information.

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