Have It All With The ‘Pause Nutrition Skin & Bone Supplement!
For my new book The New Menopause, I compiled a surprisingly long list of symptoms that can be experienced in menopause as a result of the loss of estrogen and other key hormones that occur during this time of change.
The good news is that in many cases, there are evidence-based strategies and solutions that you can implement to help address these symptoms. Some of these strategies can produce superficial improvements—I’m not ashamed to say, YES, I want to look better on the outside!—and internal upgrades that boost your overall health and longevity.
Of course, it’s critical to prioritize consistent exercise and anti-inflammatory nutrition. But research has shown that smart supplementation can help, too. Some of the strongest research to come out has shown that supplements can be especially supportive for skin and bone health, two areas that can be negatively affected by menopausal hormone changes.
The Impact of Diminishing Hormones on Your Skin and Bones
You’re not imagining things—perimenopause or menopause has produced changes to your skin. You may have noticed an increase in wrinkles, dry and/or thinning skin, slower wound healing, itchy skin, eczema, dermatitis, and perhaps an overall dullness to the skin.
These changes can occur alongside declining hormone levels that result in the loss of collagen, elastin, and water in our skin. Collagen supplies the skin with strength, elasticity, and shape; elastin provides elasticity that prevents wrinkling, and water exists in skin cells to help create a barrier that makes your skin moist and more tolerant of irritants.
Diminishing hormone levels during the menopausal transition can also lead to changes in your bones, which are more troubling because you don’t see them in the mirror and because the consequences can have a much bigger impact on your life. These changes can include a loss of bone mass and a deterioration of bone density, known as osteopenia, and may ultimately lead to osteoporosis, the bone disease associated with weak bones and increased risk of fracture. In many cases, people find out about menopausal-related loss of bone density only after they’ve broken a bone.
As with the changes to your skin health that occur near or around menopause, modifications to bone quality happen due to a chain of biochemical events—estrogen and testosterone levels plummet first and then the process that typically restores and rebuilds your bone tissue slows down.
Thankfully, your skin and bones have something else in common—they are both tissues built from collagen, the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen is critical when it comes to restoring the health of our skin and bones.
The Collagen Connection
The human body is efficient; when it finds something that works, it will put it to work again and again. Collagen is a protein molecule known for being tough, reliable, and resilient. It’s so good at its job of connecting, creating, and supporting that you will find it all over your body. Collagen provides structure and substance to cartilage, tendons, muscle tissue, connective tissue, and yes—skin and bones.
You know I am a big proponent of food first, supplementation second. But I personally felt that my efforts to support collagen production through my nutrition alone weren’t going to be enough. And, since you know I love “receipts,” I scoured the research to identify the most studied, clinically proven and effective form of collagen to take. For my skin, that’s Skin Boost Plus with VERISOL®, collagen peptides specially optimized for influencing the skin's collagen metabolism directly from the inside, and for my bones, that’s OsteoBoost with FORTIBONE®, a collagen peptide developed to stimulate bone cells to increase the synthesis of bone components such as collagen.
I had been mixing these two supplements with my Fiber GDX for months when it suddenly occurred to me that we could combine both VERISOL® and FORTIBONE® into one amazing tasting and affordable supplement.