Collagen – Why we need and what it does
Let’s start with what collagen is and what it does in our body. Collage is defined as the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues and is the most abundant protein in our bodies. So where is it found in our body? The easy answer is basically everywhere – in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. We hear about collagen the most talking about our skin health, as the collagen found in our skin is responsible for our skin strength and elasticity. In our joints and tendons it is basically the glue that holds the body together.
Our collagen production peaks in our mid-twenties and from there naturally begins to slow down. This is what causes the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles and joint pain due to weaker and decreased cartilage. Other environmental factors will also increase the decrease in collagen levels including sun exposure, free radical damage to skin, diets high in sugar, alcohol and smoking.
So what can we do to prevent the loss of collagen in our bodies? You can limit your exposure to sun, wear sunscreen when in the sun, do not smoke, and avoid environments where there are large amounts of air pollution. Avoiding a diet high in refined sugar and carbs and be sure to keep healthy fats and carbs to increase the vitamins and nutrients that aid in the production of collagen. Exercise with weights or resistance training to build muscle, which can help to stimulate collagen growth. Minimize emotional stress and engage in calming activities such as yoga. Ensure you are getting a good nights rest to allow your body, especially your skin repairs itself.
To supplement a healthy lifestyle you can also take a high quality liquid collagen supplement. Liquid collagen will boost your natural collagen production and replenish the collage you lose daily as we age. Benefits you may experience include:
- Healthier hair and nails
- Erase fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
- Promotes skin elasticity
- Protection of your organs
- Ease joint pain and stiffness
- Help with wound and surgery healing
- Help build muscle and burn fat
- Help improve digestive health
- Support connective tissue and joint health
- Help improve pain from osteoarthritis in knees and hips
- Healthier teeth, gums, bones and cartilage