Are There Foods that Help to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
This question crosses gender, age, and opposing-lifestyle lines.
Body builders tend to get stretch marks on their chests, legs, arms and shoulders. What a price to have to pay for the labors of bulking up---especially since much of that bother is for the enhancement of male beauty.
And women feel just as betrayed by their skins when they swell and become the struggling vessels for the miracle of life.
Puberty shouldn’t be punishable, either. Only the mindset that allows fat to pile up seems deserving of those angry-looking slits. But the obese warrant sympathy also when they work hard to mend their ways...with an admirable effort that melts away pounds, but won’t make the scars disappear.
The answer to the question is yes.
Food alone won’t rid you of stretch marks, but the right foods can certainly help.
The Number One nutrient is water. Dry skin is never as elastic as skin that’s well-hydrated. Think of what happens when you try to pull apart a hard, stale piece of taffy: it snaps. But fresh, moist taffy is loopy. You pull it as wide as your outstretched arms, and it stays as smooth as silk.
You want your skin that elastic. Then you’re less likely to look like a road map.
Drink plenty of pure water, every day. Get it in your juices or your milk or by itself, and make sure it’s up to a gallon. Do not count anything caffeinated: not coffee, or tea, or cola. Those drinks are diuretics, and that means they go right through you…and out.
Eat lots of fresh produce, low fat foods, and foods that are full of protein. Avoid foods that are likely to cause weight gain from fat.
Get your skin-strengthening vitamins from everyday meals and snacks.
Make sure you eat foods high in biotin and niacin, which are two types of skin-strengthening vitamin B. Whole grains, legumes, brewer’s yeast, cauliflower, chocolate, meats, oysters and oatmeal are all rich in biotin. Meat, fish, prawns, pork dairy, almonds, seeds, leafy greens, celery, carrots, turnips, seeds, and rice bran are niacin-rich foods.
Vitamins C,E,A and K all play big roles in the production of collagen and elastin, and in the healing of scar tissue. For vitamin C eat plenty of fresh oranges, grapefruits, and sweet peppers. Almonds, eggs, whole grain cereals and sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E. Good Vitamin A sources are carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, oatmeal, peaches, apples, and lemons. Vitamin K-rich foods are asparagus, spinach, cucumbers, and almost everything you find in a “spring mix” bag of greens.
Get your skin-building minerals the same way.
The minerals zinc and copper are essential for healthy skin, and the ability of healthy skin to resist or repair scarring. Connective tissue disorders and zinc deficiencies are symptomatically almost identical. Foods rich in zinc are protein foods: beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, dairy foods, peanuts and pumpkin seeds. The foods the highest in copper are clams, mollusks, and beef.
Silica is proven to be a major mineral for the prevention of skin damage. In order to get enough silica from food, it’s important to do what your whole-earth foodie friends have always nagged you about: eat the outer skin of potatoes and cucumbers. Never pare them off. Bean sprouts and red and green peppers are also good silica sources.
In other words, eat the whole baked potato, cut your cukes fully green, use peppers in just about everything, and sprinkle bean sprouts on that salad.
A couple more things about eating and stretch marks.
Remember that collagen is protein, and collagen is the major component of skin. A protein-deficient diet may result in collagen deficiency.
Also remember that olive oil contains squalene, a sterol-precursor chemical often added to topical moisturizers. This aspect of olive oil is also good for skin when enjoyed in salad dressings and in cooking.
Lastly, remember that vitamins and minerals are most beneficial when ingested in their natural form, in food. Topical lotions with extractions of these supplements are fine to use on your skin, but when you nourish your skin from the inside, the real thing is better than pills.