Three months ago I introduced Collagen to my daily nutrition and the results have been amazing. I had used collagen here and there but not consistently up until three months ago.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is found in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, tendons and digestive system. Collagen is what allows us to bend, stretch and be more agile, which gives us the ability to move around freely. Collagen is what helps our skin stay strong and healthy. It gives us healthy hair by helping our hair grow and shine. Collagen also helps our nails to grow strong.
As we age our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally declines. This decline is why we notice more wrinkles, looser skin, even an increase in joint aches and pains as we age. Other factors that may lead to decreased collagen production are poor nutrition, smoking, and too much direct sunlight.
Consuming collagen rich foods, such as bone broth, wild caught salmon and green vegetables or supplementing with a collagen protein has several benefits:
- Improved skin health
- Improved hair health
- Improved nail health
- Improved bone and joint health
- Improved digestive health, helps heal leaky gut
- Supports hormone balance
- Increases metabolism
Personally, I have noticed a difference since adding it into my daily nutrition. The most noticeable benefits for me are with my skin, hair and nails. My hair and nails are growing so much faster and are stronger than ever before. As for my skin, it is not as dry and I would say my stretch marks and cellulite have become a little less noticeable.
I have tried both Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate and Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, I recommend both brands. I have also heard good things about Earthtone Collagen Peptides, but have not yet personally tried this brand.
After experiencing the benefits of consistently consuming collagen I know I will continue to keep it as a part of my daily routine. If you are interested in the benefits I recommend talking with a practitioner like myself or doing a little research on your own to see if collagen or any supplements are right for you.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the blog please let me know. My goal is to provide you with quality information on nutrition, fitness and overall wellness.
One of my favorite ways to consume my collagen is in my coffee, with this easy recipe:
Blend 10 oz of coffee with a half a tablespoon of MCT oil, a teaspoon of grass-fed butter and a serving of collagen.
It makes the coffee frothy like a latte. Enjoy!
*Make it sweeter by adding a little maple syrup.
Jamey Floreck, NTP, CTP
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