I started taking collagen a couple of years ago and it has really changed my life. I can't believe how good I feel since I started taking it. The main reason I started using collagen is I have osteoarthritis in one knee and in my hands. I was a loyal glucosamine chondroitin user for 15 years, but I felt it wasn't working as well for me anymore. When I started searching for an alternative, I found collagen.
In the first two weeks, I noticed my joints no longer ached. Some time later, I can't exactly pin-point how long, I started noticing my digestive system was really regular. I've always had gas, bloating and would strain while going to the bathroom. It was never a good time. My stool was always hard and took a long time to have a bowel movement.
I made a variety of changes in my health routine over the past couple of years. Eating organic, mostly plant-based, avoiding toxins as much as I can in everyday life, drinking and cooking with clean filtered water and switching to non-flouride toothpaste, are just some of the changes I've made. The combined result has really improved my digestion system.
Gone (mostly) is the gas and bloating. Gone are the hard stools and the infrequent bowel movements. Because my digestive system is working so well, I feel really light and have more energy. Collagen helps my digestive system stay healthy. How?
Studies have found that in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, the amount of collagen in the intestinal tract are decreased. Because the amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and GI tract, supplementing with collagen can help treat gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders, including leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. (Source: Dr. Axe)
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While taking a collagen supplement can help give you the biggest boost of collagen daily, it is also found in foods. Eating foods rich in vitamin C helps the body make collagen. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries help produce collagen in the body. Other foods that can help produce collagen*:
1) Soy products, including those made as meat substitutions, help produce collagen because of the genistein content. Genistein is an isoflavone that helps stimulate the process to make collagen in the body.**
2) Dark green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and cabbage. These vegetables contain Lutein. If you consume 10mg of Lutein, which is 4 oz of spinach or 2 oz of kale, you will get results. A French study showed improvements in skin hydration and elasticity, which helps prevent wrinkles!
3) Omega Fatty Acids help with collagen production. In the American diet, we eat too many Omega-6's due to the use of corn oil and vegetable oils in our foods. So look to add omega-3 sources to support collagen production. Foods such as wild caught salmon, tuna, avocado and dark green leafy vegetables - like spinach - all have omega-3's.
Eating a broad variety of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods, helps your body produce the nutrients you need. Now you may be wondering why should I supplement with collagen if I can get it in food? I always recommend starting a supplement routine when working on solving a health issue like an unhealthy digestive tract. It's because the nutrients in our foods are not always as high as they need to be to reverse a health condition.
Eating organic fruits and vegetables can give you more nutrients compared to fruits and vegetables produced with chemicals. Fresh or frozen or canned, as long as they are organic then they are produced with a minimal amount of pesticides and chemicals. While eating organic is great for taking care of your long-term health, taking supplements like collagen helps your body get a boost of the ingredient you need to reset your body to heal itself.
There are a wide variety of collagen products on the market to fit (almost) everyone's needs. I am using Further Food Collagen which I purchase on Costco.com. They have a large variety of products and the company is very focused on providing a quality product. I put a scoop of collagen into a chai tea latte in the morning. Further Food Collagen is flavorless and does not interfere with taste. There are plenty of flavored options to try.
If you don't want to put powdered collagen in a beverage, there are a ton of ways to cook with collagen as well. Below are a few amazing recipes to try. Simply click on the link to be brought to the recipes.
I hope this post inspires you to add collagen to your lifestyle. I have found it very beneficial for my digestive health. Let's face it, before we make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, there is damage already done to our bodies that needs to be reversed.
Taking collagen is one supplement that can really help improve your health and help your body heal. There are very few supplements that can make you feel different within just a couple of weeks. Collagen is one of them.
Do you think you will try collagen? Let me know by leaving a comment below.