5 Ways to Increase Your Collagen Production
We’ve all experienced signs of ageing… we start to notice wrinkles, hair thinning, and bouncing back after a long workout just isn’t that same as it used to be. But, did you know that these signs are the inevitable result of your body producing less collagen than it once did?
You heard us right, from your twenties and onward, your body produces 1-2% less collagen each year, which shows itself not only in the way we look, but how we feel, too. Most people don't even realize the importance of maintaining healthy collagen levels. When in fact, about 70% of your gut lining is made up of collagen, and 30% of all proteins in the body are from collagen - pretty important stuff, here.
Luckily there are plenty of things we can be doing to keep these collagen levels where they need to be.
1. Eat the right foods
As we always say at the Clean Living Company, food first.
Simple enough, right? Adding collagenous foods to your diet is certainly a good place to start if you’re wanting to boost your collagen levels.
- Organic Bone Broth (More on this one in a bit…)
- Citrus fruits
- Egg whites
- Red and yellow vegetables
- White tea
- Leafy greens
2. Drink Organic Bone Broth every day
Speaking of collagenous foods - Organic Bone Broth is THE most natural source of collagen on the planet, and quite frankly, one of the best things you can do for your health.
Vital nutrients collagen and gelatin are introduced in the broth during the simmering process and contain various amino acids that do wonders for the intestinal tract and digestive system. Collagen and gelatin work together to regulate the secretion of gastric juices in the stomach. This assures that enough is created to properly absorb the food you eat, and also prevents excess amounts which can cause heartburn, stomach ulcers, and other painful digestive problems. By helping your body aid healthy digestion, you're also reducing inflammation in the gut. This is a huge deal, as many diseases originate from an inflamed or irritated gut.
Each pouch of Clean Living Organic Bone Broth (now available in Chicken, Beef, and Vegan) contains approximately 12g of collagen protein per pouch. We deliver it batch-made fresh right to your doorstep, ready to drink straight from the pouch, or ready to add to your favorite recipe. With Clean Living’s fresh Organic Bone Broth, adding collagen to your diet has never been easier.
3. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C
Fun fact: Collagen and Vitamin C go hand in hand. So, if your vitamin C levels are down, then you can assume your collagen levels are too. Luckily, there are multiple ways that our bodies communicate to us when we’re Vitamin C deficient. We’ll list a few:
- Easy bruising, slow healing
- Bright red hair follicles
- Discoloured or bleeding gums
- Poor immunity
- Dry, rough, or bumpy skin
- Muscle and joint pain
4. Consider taking collagen supplements
This one may seem obvious, but important nonetheless.
Taking collagen supplements is probably the most straightforward way to ensure you’re getting the correct amount of collagen in your protocol. These supplements come in a ton of different forms: skin care products, powders, liquids, etc. But there are a few things to note about collagen supplements:
1.They are not all made equally. Some companies will try to sell you a single collagen product with all three collagen types when in fact, this decreases the effectiveness of the product.
2. Topical collagen products (lotions, serums, etc.) are not and effective way to get collagen into your body. This is because collagen in this form has molecular weights that are too heavy to permeate the top layer of the skin, making it unable to provide any benefits aside from a moisturizing effect. This is a common misconception by those seeking out collagen to maintain their youthful appearances.
Pro tip: for those looking for quick aesthetic results, try Clean Living Company Type I Pure Marien Collagen Powder. Read up on this benefits of this supplement in our article, The Beauty of Marine Collagen.
For more about the different types of collagen and common misconceptions that come come with them, check out this article, Facts v. Fads: The Best Source of Collagen.
5. Combine Collagen Powder with Organic Bone Broth
For all the real collagen junkies out there - this one’s for you.
If you’re wanting a real collagen boost, heat yourself up a nice warm serving of Organic Bone Broth and add a scoop of the Clean Living Collagen Powder for your choice. Try it out - your gut and your skin will thank you, and you can thank us later.
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