Let me ask you a question: When was the last time you thought about collagen? Do you know what it is or what it does?
Sure, you have probably seen it being marketed at Target or Costco, but chances are it never really crossed your mind.
And that’s okay.
I didn’t really start paying attention to my skin until I became a mom, which was about 6 years and 9 months ago. I started to noticed just how exhausted I looked. And that’s when I started to asked myself, “Have I always looked like this?” The reality is that we don’t have to worry about such things when we are young. It doesn’t really matter in our 20s even. It’s after we turn 30 that it starts hitting us.
Honestly, I didn’t really look into collagen until last year, during March. That’s right, right when we went into Covid lockdown! Being stuck at home, working from home, and taking care of the kids became (again) exhausting! And I think that’s when I started to ask myself questions such as: Why was my face breaking out more than usual? Why did my skin looked a little off? Why did I looked so tired even though I use serums and such?
Personally, I think it was the anxiety of the unknown with a hint of aging, and the fact that I now had time to really think about this. So I did what anyone else would do, I Googled it and this is what I found out.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is the protein found most generously in our body. One third of our protein to be exact. Basically the glue that keeps our skin, muscles, and bones in place. The source behind our skin’s elasticity.
Why is it Important?
Collagen is what keeps our bones from becoming weak and brittle. It’s what prevents our skin from adding those unwanted wrinkles every time we make a facial expression.
How do you Increase Collagen Naturally?
- Eat foods rich in vitamin c such as oranges, red peppers, strawberries, and broccoli
- Apply aloe vera gel directly to your skin or take supplements
- Drink tea that contains ginseng
- Eat foods high in antioxidants such as blueberries and green tea
As we age our bodies have a harder time making collagen and in return this may cause a higher risk in the decrease on bone mass and an increase in wrinkles. Which is why collagen supplements are safe to take and a good alternative. However, just like any other supplement, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.
- It strengthens the skin and benefits elasticity and hydration, especially as we age.
- Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- It relieves and prevents joint pain and bone loss
- Strengthens hair and nails
- Keeps our gut healthy and helps with weight loss
- Can boost muscle mass and promote heart health
Side Effects of Collagen Supplements
Before taking collagen supplements, or any other supplement for that matter, it is always important to do your research, especially if you have food allergies, are sensitive to specific ingredients, or have a high risk of developing kidney stones.
Other than that, some minor side effects are heartburn, feeling full and bad taste in mouth.
If you plan on adding collagen to your daily routine there’s a lot to consider, however, for me personally it made a huge difference.
These two pictures are proof of it.
So my recommendation to you is this, if you feel it to be safe to do so, give collagen a try. Now, don’t just try it for one month. You need to stick to it for at least 90 days . I also recommend taking a before and after picture because sometimes this is the best way to know if it works.
And remember, even if you think you’re fine and don’t need it, drink it. There’s many benefits to collagen and really, we should all see this as preventive care.
After all, let’s face it, we are not getting any younger here.
Have you taken collagen supplements before? Do you plan on doing so? Let me know!
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