Collagen is without a doubt, one of the most important proteins in our body. It is a major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts. This means that collagen is not only needed for healthy-looking hair, skin and nails but also plays a pivotal role in keeping tendons, ligaments and muscles strong.
The problem is that we start to produce less and less collagen as we age, with decline occurring around the mid-twenties.
However, there are many things you can do to help maintain and build collagen and this includes eating foods that help rebuild it as well as taking a good quality collagen supplement.
SIGNS OF LOW COLLAGEN:
1. Joint pain/stiffness
Collagen binds to muscles, ligaments and bones, so low collagen will lead to a weakening of the connection of these structures.
A deficiency in collagen combined with inflammation is the perfect recipe for issues such as arthritis.
2. Decreased muscle mass
A few studies have shown that collagen can also help build bigger muscles, especially in those people who lose muscle due to age.
3. Dull or saggy looking skin
Collagen loss can lead to skin losing its elasticity and becoming prone to damage, as well as reducing epidermal thickness and increasing wrinkles and sagging.
Increasing collagen in our body will accelerate the renewal and repair of skin cells to give us that plump, youthful look.
Cellulite can happen as a result of a few things such as estrogen dominance and an accumulation of toxins in the body but a lack of collagen could definitely be one of them.
Collagen is responsible for making up the skin’s connective tissues and so a loss in elasticity and firmness will make the fat under the skin more visible as it protrudes through weakening connective tissue.
5. Hair thinning
This can be caused by a variety of factors including iron deficiency, auto-immune diseases, low thyroid, hormonal imbalances and candida overgrowth.
Increasing collagen in your body combined with a protocol designed to work on the underlying root cause imbalances is the best way to promote hair growth!
Collagen is found in the space around the hair so it helps increasing blood flow to the follicles which then leads to more nutrients.
It also helps adding more volume to the hair as well as preventing hair follicle damage and greying.
HOW TO BOOST COLLAGEN:
1. Increase your collagen-boosting foods:
- Bone broth
- Fish & shellfish
- Leafy Greens
- Citrus fruits
2. Take a high-quality collagen supplement:
This is the best way to increase the body’s collagen production because these supplements contain large amounts of all the amino acids necessary to make collagen.
Marine collagen might be a better choice for those wanting faster results from collagen and those with skin and hair concerns.
The best product in the market at the moment is the Skinful + Vitamin C by Bare Biology
I like this brand a lot because they source their collagen from wild, sustainably caught cod skin.
On top of that, they add vitamin C to their collagen which is a powerful antioxidant that promotes firmness, clearness, and radiance while diminishing signs of ageing and reducing acne and dullness.
You can use the code: PAULA10 at checkout to receive a 10% discount!
This code however is only valid once so make sure you stock up!
It must be taken daily for 8-12 weeks to start to feel and see the benefits so make sure you’re consistent with it!
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