Everyone is talking about it. Pardon the pun, but collagen is on everyone’s lips! You see it promoted everywhere, in magazines, makeup counters, Internet ads, by celebrities, local plastic surgeons, anesthetists, rheumatologists, etc. Everyone is seeking the fountain of youth! So, is the hype warranted?
Collagen is the vital a building block that promotes skin elasticity, holds your bones and muscles together, provides structure to joints and tendons and protects your organs. Our bodies naturally produce collagen making it available in your skin, muscles, blood, bones, cartilage, and ligaments…
Unfortunately, as we age, the production of collagen slows down; additionally poor lifestyle choices such as poor diet habits, including yo-yo dieting, stress, smoking, and (over) sun exposure, as well as over use of tanning beds, can deplete our collagen storage, thereby resulting in wrinkles, sagging skin, cellulite and joint pain.
Things to consider
- Diet/Vtamin C. Eat a healthy balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruit, with emphasis in Vitamin C (broccoli, oranges, mangos, brussel sprouts, cilantro, etc.). Vitamin C is critical for the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, which is known for speeding up recovery time and relieving painful joints. Collagen in the gut’s connective tissue can help support and strengthen the protective lining of your digestive tract, as this can prevent digestive problems such as leaky gut syndrome and IBD.
- Ginseng. Get a collagen boost and glowing skin from drinking Ginseng tea. Ginseng has also been found to promote the growth of collagen and can preserve skin against UVB ray damage from the sun.
- Exercise. Maintain an active lifestyle; walking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, etc. in order to prevent weight gain, burn fat, firms the muscles and skin. FYI, collagen contains glycine, an amino acid involved in the synthesis of creatine which provides muscles with the fuel needed to power through your workouts.
- Aloe Vera. Use sunscreen/sunblock and skin products with aloe vera. Aloe vera increases collagen production which is why it is so effective in treating cuts and burns.
- Cryotherapy. If you are unfamiliar with cryotherapy; it is known boost your mood and energy and increase the production of collagen, collagenase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen rapidly, slows down. In addition, cryotherapy inhibits cortisol, which is the stress hormone that can break down collagen, as well as disrupt sleep patterns and healthy blood sugar.
Read more: Why Cryotherapy is Gaining in Popularity
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