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Today is a quickie episode to answer to a biggie question: WHAT. IS. COLLAGEN?! Like seriously, what IS IT? Surely if you’ve spent a couple minutes on Instagram you’ve seen loads of peeps dumping this power called collagen in their smoothies, or maybe you’ve had someone recommend it to you. I’ll bet you smiled and nodded, or liked the instagram post and scrolled wondering silently, “WHAT IS COLLAGEN?!” I’m not saying this question was like eating you up inside, you know, I hardly doubt you were losing sleep over not knowing about collagen, but I do think you’ll feel pretty powerful after hearing the answer. Ok – maybe not powerful, but it’s always good to know things. That’s why I brought on a collagen spokesperson (a PR manager for Vital Proteins, the groundbreaking and mega popular collagen company) to share the scoop on what’s in their scoop! Whether you decide to try collagen after this or you decide to skip this bandwagon hopping for now, we can all agree on one thing: if you’re at trivia and the question WHAT IS COLLAGEN? comes up, you are good to go! You’re welcome.
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A Few Notes from This ‘Sode:
What is collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that our body naturally produces. In fact, between our skin hair, nails, connective tissues, bones, lining in your digestive system….we’re about 30% collagen!
It’s obv. really important to have this nutrient b/c it adds moisture to our skin, aids in digestion, helps keep our joints feeling limber and flexible and is a natural lubricant.
Why might we want to consume it?
We used to get collagen in our diet on a normal basis, but now with food being so processed we’re not getting any collagen in our diets which could help us as we’re aging. (By keeping our joints healthy, our skin less wrinkly…)
At around age 25, our natural production of collagen starts to decline and your collagen-production decreases by about 1% each year at that point.
So is collagen a fad???…
Probs not, since you really could argue that collagen is something our bodies really truly need.
What is collagen good for?
Collagen can really help for beauty – it can strengthen your hair, help it grow faster, strengthen your nails, moisturize your skin. It’s also really helpful for joint health and can be helpful for digestion support and overall gut health.
What are some things you can do with collagen?
Pretty much anything. Oatmeal, baked stuff, smoothies, lattes, salad dressings, pasta sauces, guacamole…someone even put it in lasagna!
YOU CAN GET SOME COOL COLLAGEN RECIPES HERE.
YOU CAN TRY SOME VITAL PROTEINS HERE.
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