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Collagen Holds Your Body Together

John Gray


Collagen is the glue that holds your body together

After water, it is the most common substance in your body. It’s mainly found in your muscles, bones, skin and tendons, but collagen is also found in your blood vessels, digestive tract, heart, eyes, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder.

Your collagen levels go down as you get older. Collagen production in the body slows around age 20 and after age 20, only one percent of collagen is produced in the skin each year. Other factors, like diets high in sugar, smoking and sun exposure, also contribute to depleting collagen levels. That can add up over the years.

When your 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 stiff and creaky, too.

Adding collagen to your diet is easy and can help boost collagen levels in the body to support healthy tendons, ligaments and joints. It gives your skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells. Many people try to improve their skin with lotions and potions from the outside, but a high quality collagen protein can support healthy skin from the inside out. Additionally, collagen protein supplements can help improve your metabolism, boost your energy levels and maintain muscle mass.



Collagen is Dairy Free and Gluten Free Protein

Collagen is a great way to add protein to your diet that is dairy free, gluten free and easily digestible.

Collagen is a protein made up from amino acids, including the amino acids proline, glycine, glutamine and arginine.

Proline shrinks fat in your arteries by helping your artery walls release fat buildup in the bloodstream.

Glycine helps your cells function properly and builds healthy DNA strands. It’s also one of three amino acids that form creatine, which promotes healthy muscle growth and boosts energy production during workouts.

I also like to look for collagen supplements that include taurine and l-carnitine. Taurine is an antioxidant that supports the heart, liver and brain and energy function as well as endurance. L-carnitine further supports energy metabolism.



Five Big Benefits of Collagen

1. Better Skin
Increasing collagen levels can renew and repair your skin cells to make your skin look firmer and feel smoother. Extra collagen also helps reduce stretch marks and cellulite. As you age and your skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, cellulite becomes more evident. Cellulite is a result of fatty tissues pushing up through fibers in the skin’s upper layer. Collagen helps reduce the dimpling on your skin by repairing and rebuilding those fibers that cause cellulite to show.

2. More Flexible
When you lose collagen, your tendons and ligaments become more stiff and your joints can feel swollen. Collagen strengthens your ligaments and tendons to help your joints move more easily by reducing joint pain and the risk of joint deterioration.

3. Leaky Gut
Collagen helps break down proteins and adds helpful amino acids to the damaged cell walls in your gut’s lining. Collagen also helps your gut's lining and muscle tissues absorb water to keep things moving freely in the digestive tract.

4. Boosts Energy
Collagen canhelp increase your energy and metabolism. The gylcine that is found in collagen helps pump sugar into your body’s tissue. This helps you maintain and build muscle mass. Plus, it increases your energy levels and endurance.

5. Stronger Hair, Nails and Teeth
Collagen is the building block of your hair, fingernails and teeth. If your nails are peeling or splitting, or your hair feels limp and lifeless, then a lack of collagen could be to blame. Collagen can help keep your nails strong and your teeth healthy.


What To Do

One way to increase collagen consumption is by making a bone broth, such as a chicken bone broth. As the bones simmer for hours or days, they break down to into gelatin and release collagen in an easy-to-absorb broth. Bone broth was one of the first foods used as medical treatment in ancient China.

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