Prevent Stretch Marks Naturally by Eating the Right Foods
Nobody wants stretch marks, and they aren’t only caused by pregnancy but though they are natural and common, there are things you can do throughout your pregnancy to try and minimize them. Stretch marks are caused when the skin tears because it’s being pulled more tightly than it’s capable of stretching. It’s much like a rubber band. A new rubber band will stretch far and is difficult to break but over time, the rubber band loses its elasticity and becomes dry, brittle, and very easy to tear.
Skin becomes less elastic with age because it produces less collagen. Collagen is a protein that keeps skin soft, youthful, and flexible. Depleted levels of collagen in the body results in wrinkles, and it can also result in a significantly increased chance of developing stretch marks at times when your body is changing due to pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss.
What to Eat to Beat Stretch Marks
So though this is a natural process, what you eat can help encourage your body to produce more collagen and reduce your chance of stretch marks. Drinking enough water helps too. You should be drinking at least eight cups of water a day. What you should be eating are selected proteins, vegetables and fruits such as:
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Collagen is a protein and when you consume too much sugar, the excess sugar in your blood will attach to the protein and damage it. If you want to prevent damage to your collagen fibers, don’t eat too much sugar frequently over long periods of time.
You should always talk to your doctor first before you make any big changes to your diet. Remember the health and safety of your baby and your body are the most important thing. Every body is different and has different needs. So let your doctor help you do what’s best for yours.
Diet is only one method of trying to prevent stretch marks. There are creams, oils, and lotions available that, when applied regularly, will soften skin and encourage continued elasticity. Brands like Prenatal Ease have options made of a special blend of plant-based ingredients such as their Ultimate Oil, Ultra Nourishing Cream, or Hydrating Lotion. They repair and nourish the skin as the collagen and the elastin fibers in the dermis are rapidly thinned and stretched.
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