Getting Started with Collagen – What You Need to Know

Getting Started with Collagen - What You Need to Know

Collagen protein… It’s the hottest trend in supplementation right now because of it’s amazing health benefits. It contains an incredible amount of protein, helps with weight loss, aids in digestion improves your joints and bones and also makes your skin look incredible! Oh, and also improves your sleep! It sounds like a miracle supplement, doesn’t it?

So, what exactly is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It is essential for the connective tissue of the bones, muscles, blood cells, cartilage, arteries, and organs. Did you say you wanted to build muscle? Yup, you better keep those muscles strong with collagen because as we age the amount of collagen our bodies produce decreases….and there can be side effects. So, instead of dealing with the negative effects down the road, get ahead of the game by adding collagen to your diet now!  It truly is what holds your body together.

Some of the main Collagen Health Benefits include:

Where do we even begin! There are so many! But let’s talk about a few of our favorite reasons!

  • Aids In Digestion (and helps with gut health)

Collagen helps to soothe and heal the digestive tract. It also helps to break down the protein and fat from your meal making them easier to digest. Have you been feeling bloated? Try adding collagen.

  • It Can Aid In Weight Loss

Did someone say weight loss? We are in! By including collagen in your diet, you could help increase your metabolism through the additional lean muscle you are putting on your body. No, adding collagen won’t turn you into a muscle making body builder. But, collagen along with a moderate exercise plan can help improve that metabolic rate. That extra burn might just be enough for an extra cookie now and again 😉

  • Improves Your Joints & Bones 

The amino acids in collagen help to reduce inflammation, repair tissue and provide relief from discomfort. Do you ever feel stiff or achy? Add in that collagen! You are too young to be dealing with that nonsense yet!

  • Makes Your Hair, Skin & Nails Look Amazing

Collagen is the building block for your hair, skin, and nails. It also helps to improve the moisture level of your skin, the smoothness, and the wrinkles! You already have your meal prep and exercise regiments in line to keep you feeling good, now it’s time to add collagen so you look as young as you feel!

  • Improves Sleep Quality

Collagen provides the body with glycine. Gycine is the amino acid that works with the neurotransmitters in your brain and aids in improved sleep quality. Did you know that rest is more important in achieving your health goals than your workouts are? Yup, it’s that important! You will also find yourself more alert and happier during the day after a good nights rest!

…and there’s more!

Collagen Powder

So, how do I add Collagen Protein to my life? 

It’s much easier than you think!  Here are six simple ways you can starting adding collagen into you routine:

1. Add It To Your Coffee

One of the easiest ways is to add a scoop to your morning coffee (or protein shake if you don’t drink coffee). There is no flavor so you will not have to worry about it alternating the flavor of your perfect cup of joe.

2. Meal Prep Waffles Or Pancakes

That’s right! Collagen works so well in your meal prep breakfast recipes! Plus, who doesn’t love waffles or pancakes all week?

Cassava Flour Waffle Recipe 

3. Mix It Into Your Oats or Paleo Porridge

Just like adding collagen to your coffee, mixing it into your oats or porridge is another quick way to add it into your day without altering the flavor of what you are eating.

Paleo Porridge Recipe 

4. Straight up Bone Broth

bone broth for collagen

Here’s a easy guide to making bone broth from Fairy Gutmother:

Bone Broth How To

5. Homemade Nut Butter

Who would have thought to use it like this?! But if it involves chocolate and almond butter, we are in! This homemade recipe is perfect for topping your oats, pancakes, waffles, dipping with apples or just eating with a spoon!

Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe 

6. Protein Power Up Your Desserts

Sold at peanut butter cup. But when collagen is added in for an extra health benefit we might just have to go with two! I mean, we are burning more calories since our metabolism is higher now, right?

 Peanut Butter Cup Recipe 

Bottom Line: If you are looking to achieve a health goal, want to stay looking and feeling young and clearly eat delicious food then it is time to start including collagen into your diet. What have you got to lose besides maybe a few extra pounds!

 

About the Author

Sarah Kesseli
Sarah Kesseli is a Certified Eating Psychology & Intuitive Eating Counselor at www.sarahkesseli.com She spent the first eight years of her career working in the fitness industry before making the jump into the food, ‘mood’ and nutrition side of the wellness world. Sarah also creates healthy and simple recipes on her website Ingredients Of A Fit Chick as well as for a few well-known, industry leading companies. In her free time, Sarah loves to attend yoga classes, hike, read and spend time at the beach.

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