Ah collagen. Nature’s botox. Ever since I discovered the importance of it, I’ve been hooked and can’t get enough.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body. You’ll find it in your skin, hair, nails, cartilage, and bones.
As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen. Our collagen is also constantly exposed to free radicals from toxins in our food and environment, which causes it to break down. These are two key reasons why our skin begins to sag and our joints get achy.
Thus, to slow down the aging process, it’s important to protect your collagen by reducing your exposure to toxins and eating an antioxidant rich diet filled with lots of colorful vegetables.
In two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, researchers found 8 weeks of collagen supplementation lead to a 12% increase in skin moisture, a 9% increase in collagen density, and a 31.2% reduction in collagen degradation when compared to the placebo group.
Now if you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, numerous experimental studies have shown that hydrolyzed collagen is readily absorbed by the body and efficiently transported to the deepest layers of your skin where it works its magic.
So, I have a morning cocktail that consists of 8oz of water, a splash of Organic 100% Lemon Juice and a tablespoon of Collagen. (find it here) Make sure to purchase organic, grass-fed bovine collagen or wild caught fish hydrolyzed collagen. Good collagen will be tasteless and dissolve completely and clearly in water. Of course, you can also add collagen to other liquids, smoothies, yogurts, etc. To ensure you are taking organic, grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen that is free of any additives use Living Traditionally Collagen from Livingtraditionallystore.com
Okay everyone. Go get your collagen on!