C O L L A G E N
Collagen, an important protein that makes up a large portion of our skin, bones, muscles, and tendons.
But why is it so important? Here are reasons:
- Skin Health: Collagen is responsible for maintaining the structure of our skin, and its depletion can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consuming collagen through our diet or supplements can help improve skin elasticity, hydration, and overall appearance.
- Joint Health: Collagen is a major component of our joints and helps to maintain their strength and flexibility. As we age, our collagen levels decrease, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Supplementing with collagen can help reduce joint pain and improve mobility.
- Muscle Health: Collagen is important for maintaining muscle strength and mass. Consuming collagen supplements can help improve muscle function, especially in older individuals.
- Bone Health: Collagen is essential for maintaining bone density and strength. Supplementing with collagen can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve bone health.
- Gut Health: Collagen can help improve gut health by supporting the integrity of the gut lining and reducing inflammation.
- Wound Healing: Collagen is a crucial component of the wound healing process, as it helps to rebuild damaged tissues and cells.
Incorporating collagen-rich foods like bone broth, fish, and poultry, or taking collagen supplements can help maintain overall health and prevent age-related decline.
(Warning: The Greek nerd in me is now going to come out.) “Colla” literally means glue in Greek, very fitting, as essentially collagen is the glue that holds it all together in our bodies. Unfortunately, after the age of 25 we can start to say goodbye to collagen as we start to lose 1% every year.
So what does that mean?
• Dry brittle nails
• Hair loss
• Joint pain
• A loss in skins elasticity
• Shrinking, weakened muscles
• Less flexibility in our tendons and ligaments
• Digestive issues
What can you do?
Start by helping boost collagen production NATURALLY from within:
- load up on organic bone broth (make your own or buy some from our friends over @high_vibehealth )
- eat plenty of protein-rich foods like beef chicken, fish, beans, eggs, dairy products etc.
- include foods high in vitamin C like oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries + red peppers that help certain amino acids in our body to convert to collagen.
- load up on dark leafy greens like kale and spinach
- load up on foods high in antioxidants like watermelon, beets & tomatoes .
- exfoliate your skin
- and lastly add a collagen supplement. (Not mandatory but can definitely help.)