Collagen is a protein that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Lots of buzz going on about it and you may be wondering if you should be taking it or not. I believe it has a positive impact on our health and is worth focusing on for both beauty and body structure.. The collagen protein is found in our bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and skin. It accounts for at least 1/4 to 1/3 of all the proteins in the body. Our skin is smooth and radiant when we have plenty of collagen but like so many other things in our bodies as we age we produce less. That leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and weaker muscles, tendons, bones etc. External factors such as over sunning can mess with our collagen production too! Did you know SUGAR is the enemy of collagen? So stop with the sugar obsession and addiction please. Collagen destruction is not the only havoc sugar plays on. I know many of you are already aware of this. But lets take a moment and refocus on collagen.
When trying to raise your collagen level, one can view the task as multi tiered. Just by increasing your vitamin C level by eating vitamin C enriched foods such as oranges you promote collagen levels. That seems pretty easy. There are lots of vitamin C enriched food out there to choose from. As mentioned before reduce your sugar intake. Sip some bone broth which is rich in protein and collagen. Bone broth is made from animal bones. It is important to purchase bone broth made from organic grass fed animal bones for health reasons. I personally make my own bone broth usually just once a month. The recipe is on my website. I save all my animal bones and store them in the freezer until I am ready to make my bone broth. Not only I am getting the health benefits from the bone broth but boy does it enhance the flavors of any dishes I use it in such as soups, etc. It is worth its weight in gold in my mind. I started making it when I purchased my Instapot about two years ago. One of the best investments I have ever made. Sip down some bone broth as it heals the gut and improves the immune system. It is a very soothing drink and worth at least a try. Another idea is collagen powders. They are fantastic in smoothies. Again go for a grass fed collagen powder or a plant-based collagen builder. I have even heard of collagen coffee creamers that you can mix into your coffee. Just check out the ingredient label before committing. You can even buy a collagen cream to apply to your skin. I am still on the look out for that as I have not found one that was not combined with chemicals. You can purchase a collagen supplement in the form of a capsule or pill. I do take that form and purchase it from Dr. Mercola. His are grass fed and organic. I started taking it about six months ago for a knee injury and I am very happy with the results and can not imagine not taking it at this point in my life.
The point here is if you are stressing your body or are older, chances are you are not producing optimal levels of collagen protein in your body. I would start with food first. Medicinal food just can not be beat. Focus on eating foods that are high in vitamin C hoping to enhance your collagen levels. Add in some excellent quality bone broths and consider a supplement of your choice. Vital Proteins is a company that has some excellent grass fed options.If you decide to visit this journey, please inform me of your results as I am interested. Thank you in advance for that. As always, blessings of peace and love imparted upon all of you! For those of you new to my blog, I have my book I published in stock and ready for a signing and to be sent out to you! It is a good inspire to get your life back on track with God, fitness, positive attitude and nutrition. Let me know and I can get one to you!