How and why to increase your collagen intake
I have to admit that when I think of the word collagen, I think only of the skin on my face. I know that I have less of it as I get older – mostly because I can see that I have less of it – but I thought I could only get more of it via skincare. I’m learning that that’s only part of the story…
Enter Collagen protein, the newest addition to my green smoothie!
Collagen production in the body slows around age 20. YIKES – that is so not fair! And for me, 20 was awhile ago…
Collagen is most simply described as the “glue” that holds our body together.
“When the body doesn’t have enough collagen, the skin starts to thin, wrinkle and sag. Hair gets lifeless or limp, and tendons and ligaments aren’t as elastic as they use to be. Your joints can feel it, too. They can get stiff and ‘creaky.'” – Dr. Axe
Here are ways increasing collagen intake can help:
- Tighten skin and reduce wrinkles
- Support healthy tendons, ligaments and joints
- Improve digestion
- Boost metabolism and energy
- Strengthen hair and nails
- Help with sleep
- Reduce cellulite by improved elasticity – yes please! 😉
Collagen protein might not be for everyone. It does come from cows so make sure you get your protein from pasture-raised (ideally grass fed) cows with no antibiotics or chemicals.
Bone broth is another awesome way to increase your collagen intake. As the broth cooks, it breaks down into gelatin – so it’s the same thing, just in a different form.
The easiest way for me to increase my collagen is to add it to my green smoothies. This afternoon I just threw in almond milk, banana, a bunch of spinach, collagen peptides and some ice. I’ll share more interesting recipes as I dabble!
The brand I bought from Vital Proteins is 100% Pure Collagen Peptides, Pasture-Raised, GMO-free and Kosher.
Has anyone else tried collagen powder? Any recipes or tricks? Have you noticed any improvements?