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Sometimes, I think our ancestors knew more about nutrition than modern day health professionals. Okay, I sort of think this constantly, especially health professionals that promote low-fat, processed foods over nourishing, traditional foods humans have been eating for thousands upon thousands of years.

Like bone broth.

Our ancestors ate every part of the animal. They made use of the hide, made tools from the teeth, made broth from the bones and feet. This broth left them with a mineral rich, gelatinous substance rich in collagen – which is the most abundant protein in the body.

While I love me some bone broth, the reality is that I don’t always drink it. Whether that’s because I live in DC and these swampy summers leave me wanting to bathe in ice more than drink a cup of hot broth or because I just don’t have any on hand. Supplementing with collagen is one of the easiest additions to any healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t involve swallowing pills, it’s tasteless and it takes all of three seconds to add a scoop of it to a cup of tea (or whatever you may be drinking). And it’s really, really good for you.

Here are five reasons you should take some everyday.

#1: IT HEALS THE GUT.

Because we no longer eat every part of the animal, because we don’t utilize the bones, the feet, or anything aside from the muscle meat, modern diets are severely lacking in collagen. Which is really unfortunate, because not only is bone broth delicious, it is incredibly healing. Collagen has been shown to strengthen mucosal lining and improve low stomach acid.

It contain proline, glycine and glutamine as well as mineral like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. These are all incredibly healing to the digestive tract and have been shown to soothe symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. It heals and seals gut lining. Leaky gut is becoming more and more common, along with people suffering from digestive issues in general. Adding bone broth is a great idea, and supplementing with collagen daily will definitely boost gut healing.

#2: IT STRENGTHENS BONES, JOINTS AND CARTILAGE.

Joints, cartilage and bone are all in part made up of collagen. In fact, bones are one third collagen while cartilage is two thirds collagen. This is another reason bones become brittle, our cartilage wears and our joints ache as we age.  In this study, 52% of patients significantly improved their joint pain with daily use of collagen hydrosylate.

#3: IT REDUCES WRINKLES, CELLULITE AND STRETCH MARKS.

Around the age of 25, our bodies produce less and less collagen (this is especially true for women). We lose is by roughly 1% per year. By the time we’re 50, we’re not producing much at all. Loss of collagen leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and sallow skin. You may have seen creams and topical products that contain collagen – which using is basically like setting your money on fire. Your skin cannot absorb collagen, it needs to be taken internally.

One reason for both cellulite and stretch marks is a breakdown in connective tissue. Collagen helps our skin remain firm and elastic. Collagen helps the skin retain structural integrity. Remember that collagen is a protein, a protein that helps form the connective tissue of the skin. If it’s lacking or damaged, this will result in cellulite and/or stretch marks.

#4:IT BOOSTS HAIR AND NAIL GROWTH.

Hair and nails are made up mostly of keratin, which is a fibrous protein. Like any protein, it needs amino acids to grow. And what is rich in amino acids? You guessed it – collagen. Consider this: if you have an abundance of these amino acids, you will naturally have faster growing hair and nails. If you lack these amino acids, which many people do, you will have slow growing, weak, brittle hair and nails.

#5: IT REDUCES INFLAMMATION.

Collagen is rich in the amino acid glycine, which has been shown to reduce inflammation (source). Glycine doesn’t just reduce inflammation in a small way, it has been referred to as “a promising treatment strategy for inflammatory diseases.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to harm. If you get punched in the face (which I really hope you don’t, I’m just using this as an easy example), your face turns red and swells. That’s inflammation. If you have heart disease, that is the result of inflammation. If you drink alcohol or sodas regularly or bombard your body with toxins, your liver will become inflamed.

Inflammation is natural, but prolonged inflammation is anything but. One of the biggest steps we can do to reduce disease is to reduce inflammation. Eat well, stress less, sleep more and supplement with collagen!

HOW TO TAKE IT.

HYDROLYZED-COLLAGEN-LG

I use and highly recommend hydrolyzed collagen from Perfect Supplements. It is 100% grass-fed, hormone-free, GMO-free and pesticide-free. It is completely odorless and tasteless. You can add it to smoothies, to food, to water, to tea, pretty much to anything. It dissolves easily and you don’t even know it’s in there! Check out my recipe for Gut Healing, Wrinkle Reducing and Cellulite Improving Lemonade here.

Another benefit of buying from Perfect Supplements is that they’re a Green America Business and a member of the Organic Trade Association. They’re great people, a great company and I love supporting them.

Five Reasons You Should Take Collagen Everyday - great for gut healing, bone health, reducing cellulite and wrinkles and it boosts hair and nail growth!

21 responses on “Five Reasons You Should Take Collagen Everyday

  1. OJP2

    It does not apply to those of us with a hereditary connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Many do not realize they have it unless they are genetically tested!

  2. Rachel

    Hi! I had actually boughten the green container of collagen from amazon that you use in your shot every morning. ive been doing that too! but now I see that you are talking about a new brand of collagen instead. Is this one better than the green canister? What is the difference? If I buy this, can I add it to my shot? Thank you!! xoxoox

    1. dani Post author

      They’re similar, both grass-fed. I love the new company I’m promoting, they’re great people. Their collagen is supposed to be more bioavailable.

  3. Sharon

    I have been battling R A for 26yrs now. I am currently 47. I will b trying this asap!! Thank u & I hope this will relieve majority of my pain. I’m so tired of Dr’s in pain mngmt making me feel like a drug addict!

  4. Bonnie Rohloff

    Hi Dani, I went to the website to order this collagen and there was a pop-up ad from you giving a code to use @ checkout to get 10% your purchase. I tried to use it but the site would not accept it. Do you know why? I still purchased it even though it’s on backorder. Thanks for your time, Bonnie PS, I’ve just discovered your website and I think it’s fantastic!

  5. Sharon

    Is this the same as gelatin? I bought a brand that is from grass-fed cows and do not want to buy a duplicate of what I have if it’s the same.

    Thanks you

    1. dani Post author

      Gelatin contains collagen – did you buy the green can from Great Lakes? If you bought the red one, it will turn this to jello.

  6. Janet Smith

    I do buy the orange can…I mix 1T with 4 to 6 oz hot water to dissolve it…Let it sit a minute or two.. then if it is morning after I have done my oil pulling, I add the juice of one lemon and 1 T of raw ACV…If there is room than I add a little room temperature water and drink it down…That is how I start my day. At the end of my day, I add 1 T to 4 to 6 oz of water…let it dissolve and then I top it off with about 6 oz of Tart (unsweetened) cherry juice.

    This does several things….not only do you get the Collagen twice a day…You start your day with an Alkaline warm drink…and set the stomach and gut up to digest food…Most often I am not hungry for a couple of hours and the drink will help get the bowels awake too. Good way to tell the body that it is morning!

    At night the tart Cherry juice helps to reduce inflammation, is a mild natural pain reliever and will help you sleep. You need to be consistent.. and use it every night. You may not see any difference at first….When you start seeing your nails and hair improve… you will gradually notice some of the other benefits. As with most natural healing, the body take time to correct the issues…You did not get like that over night and it will not heal over night.

    It has not done as much for my arthritis pain as I had hoped but I need to really drop some weight and then I know that will help too. I will not give up on it though either because I cannot be certain that I would not be worse off if I had not started this process.

    For me this is so much better than taking any over the counter “medicines”…
    Thanks for the post!

  7. Deborah Bennett

    Hi I just bought a tub of perfect supplements hydrolized collagen as it sounds like a great way to stay young looking, but a friend of mine said that as soon as I drink it my stomach acids will destroy it before it gets chance to be absorbed into my body? Is this true? ….. Hope not!

    1. dani Post author

      No, that’s not true at all. That’s basically saying the food you eat will be destroyed by your stomach acid before your body can absorb it. We’d all be dead!

  8. Amy

    I am trying to figure out how to get this to Mexico where I live, the postage service will take forever and add on extra tax costs, and possibly won’t even arrive. I am a scuba instructor here and am constantly working in the sun and the salt water….I can see my skin aging already and I’m only 25 (yes, I’m freaking out)! How much do you take in a day?

    1. dani Post author

      I take 2-3 scoops but what works for me isn’t right for everyone. Always start small and work your way up.

      Also the company is great about shipping.

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