Considering our body is made up of nearly 60 per cent of the stuff, it seems common sense that drinking enough water could improve our life expectancy. “Drinking adequate water to stay hydrated helps assist in digestion by keeping our gut moist and lubricated, helping our bodies carry nutrition to our cells, as well as in the ridding of waste products,” says osteopath, Barbara Joy Jones. “Aesthetically, it helps keep our skin looking like a fresh grape versus a dehydrated raisin.”
“Probiotics are ‘good’ gut bacteria that provide many health benefits when part of a healthy diet and supplementation regimen, from immune system integrity to even producing certain vitamins,” explains nutritionist, Dr Roger Adams. “Research has also indicated that probiotics may help improve certain skin conditions like eczema, improve urinary tract health, and even lessen allergy symptoms,” says Adams. While you can get probiotics in many of the foods you eat, such as yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir, you can also up your daily dose with over-the-counter supplements.
You’ve probably noticed that collagen is an ingredient in numerous skin care products on the shelves today, but it’s also found in the body naturally – in joints, bones, muscles and tendons. “It’s the major protein in the body that binds tissues together, and is also known as the body’s scaffolding or supporting structure,” explains Dr Adams. The only issue is that, as we age, our body’s production of collagen starts to decline, which leads to physical signs of ageing such as wrinkles. Taking a collagen supplement, or consuming any protein source rich in proline and glycine, may help increase your body’s production. However, Dr Adams recommends ensuring that your collagen supplement comes from a reputable company.