29 Aug Why You Need Collagen
This summer, I learned a whole, whole lot at the BlogFest/IDEAWorld Conference I attended in Los Angeles! One of those things I learned has absolutely revolutionized the way I look at protein. Today, I’m going to talk about the benefits of consuming collagen and why it’s so important, especially for active women! Also, I’m going to share with you the next challenge I’m participating in! Yeah!
Before I go into my little dissertation, let me remind you that I started this blog as an effort to share all the ways I strive for wellness. My hope is that my efforts inspire others to live well in all aspects of life–Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually. With that said, I am no expert or medical professional. These posts are simply a reflection of my own research, findings and results. However, if I post about it, I clearly believe in it, so if you feel so inclined, do some research for yourself!
Okay, let’s talk collagen.
What is Collagen?
When I first heard that we were going to learn about collagen at BlogFest, I thought a Botox doctor was going to come to a presentation on collagen injections… Before going to LA, I had heard about professional athletes receiving collagen injections for reasons outside of cosmetic needs and I knew that sometimes they were given to help people with arthritis… but I didn’t know why. What exactly is this collagen stuff?
Collagen is a type of protein. In fact, it’s the most common protein in your body, BUT it’s much different than the contractile protein that actually makes up your muscles. Collagen is a structural protein, so it’s actually a strong, elastic protein that is found mostly in your tissues [That’s your tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, bones, skin and hair]! Just a cool side note… some strands of collagen are actually stronger [gram for gram] than steel! Woah.
When the world first began [think cavemen], humans ate the WHOLE animal… not just the muscle and fat. They would eat the marrow out of the bone, the tendons and ligaments and even the hoofs! Even our grandparents would make gravies and broths that contained the natural collagen from the animals they ate! Nowadays, we Americans don’t eat the entire animal… we only eat certain cuts of the meat! Because the body needs collagen, missing out on these extra parts of the animal is actually to our detriment! We simply do not eat the amount of collagen we need.
Why is it important?
Collagen is beneficial in supporting our joints, our skin and hair [it’s anti-aging, so it helps prevent wrinkles and increase cellular regrowth]! It is unbelievable all the benefits of it! From hair, to nails, to skin, to joints, to bones, collagen is a protein that our bodies truly need and can benefit most from, and it’s sadly, one of the proteins we ingest the least! Not only can collagen support our joins, skin and bones, it’s great for our digestive tracts, it protects our organs and can help balance our hormones as well!
The thing is, our bodies natural produce less and less collagen as we age [hello, wrinkles], collagen is also depleted by our lifestyle as well. Smoking and sun exposure pretty much suck the collagen out of our skin, but the biggest collagen killer is the one thing that we ingest more than anything else as the average American.., SUGAR. Yes, sugar kills collagen. Therefore, sugar increases the risk of wrinkles. our immune systems, our joins and bones, our skin and hair, our hormones, our overall wellness is losing out on collagen every time we ingest sugar! Sounds like every single person in this country is losing collagen faster than what happens naturally. Geeze, Louise!
It’s not just for hair and skin! Here’s how you can benefit from collagen:
Are you aging? Your body naturally loses collagen over time, which is why you get dry, sagging skin and wrinkles. Want to reverse it? Collagen can do the trick! Just a helpful hint [those lotions that say they have collagen in them? They probably so, but the collagen amino is too big to be ingested through the skin, so the collagen in them is not doing what you need it to do… you need to ingest it orally or through injections]!
Want healthier skin? Collagen promotes healing in skin, so it can help heal wounds and plays a role in diminishing scar [even from acne]!
Do you want healthier/stronger hair and nails? Collagen directly promotes healthy hair and skin. This is one of the most immediate benefits you’ll see from adding collagen to your diet! See below for my next challenge, the Vital Proteins Beauty Greens Challenge!
Are you hormonal? Some new research is showing that certain amino acids in collagen can help balance and support the body’s natural hormone production!
Do you train hard? Collagen is SO important to protecting your joints and bones when you’re training hard. Collagen helps strengthen those tendons, ligaments and joints to that when you jump and land, you’re better protect. Husband, are you listening?
Do you have tummy issues? Collagen plays an important role in helping your digestive tract by slicking it up and helping things slide through!
Do you have join pain or arthritis? Collagen is often injected into the areas of pain by medical professionals because it helps rebuild the tissue and support the joints!
Are you Pregnant? Collagen can help prevent or decrease stretch marks, help keep you regular with those crazy iron pills your doctor will probably make you take, it can help balance those crazy, preggo hormones and help provide some support and help with joint pain in pregnancy!
Are you Post-Partum? Collagen can help you keep that beautiful skin, nails and hair you got during pregnancy! Talk about glowing! It can help support you with the insane postpartum hormones, it can help your skin’s elasticity [which makes getting that pre-baby belly back quickly] and collagen is used to help heal the skin around wounds, so those stitches you got from your delivery or c-section? It can help them heal faster!
How can I increase my collagen intake?
I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with Vital Proteins and their amazing different ways you can intake collagen and promote overall wellness. The Whole30 Diet is all about Vital Proteins and they definitely recommend adding their collagen to your diet! Here’s how I use their products:
My Next Challenge:
I’m so excited to tell you that, over the next 10 days, I am going to increase my collagen intake by drinking the Vital Proteins Beauty Greens, their collagen that is specifically mixed with greens into a drinkable powder to promote beautiful skin, nails and hair! I am going to take before and after pictures so that you can see for yourself the ways that my skin, nails and hair are immediately impacted in just 10 days! I’ll be posting as I go so check in over the next 10 days for details!