What the Collagen?
Written by: Sam Hobson
Alright, alright… is it just us or is everyone fan-girling over collagen these days? It’s the new “I went vegan” craze… once someone tries it, they love it so much they can’t help but shout about it from the rooftops! Well, we hear you and we got curious. What is this “collagen” thing and why is everyone talking about it?
Collagen is a natural protein in our bodies that give us elasticity and strength in our skin along with replacing dead skin cells. It can be found in red meats, poultry and bone broths. It’s the key to staying young forever. As we age, our collagen production takes a nosedive, making our hair lose its luster and our skin wrinkle. Lucky for us, we can take action!
Research shows that our collagen production decreases 1-1.7% every year starting in our mid 20’s. Starting to take daily doses of collagen is recommended in our early 20’s. Past your early 20’s? Have no fear and start NOW. You can always boost your collagen production by minor tweaks to your diet and by investing in specific laser treatments.
Don’t let the “change your diet” scare you! These are minor adjustments that can give you lasting results in the future. Professionals recommend increasing our intake of Omega-3 fatty-acids, such as: salmon, tuna, walnuts and flax-seed just to name a few. It is also suggested to boost our intake of vitamin A. We can find an abundance of vitamin A in foods like: carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale. Along with adding these whole foods to our diet, we can supplement our collagen production ingesting collagen itself! There are powders, teas and oral supplements that have been said to be the game changers in boosting collagen production. Here are a few of our favorites are Youththeory, Vidaglow, and Vital Proteins (pictured).
Laser treatments have been said to be the most effective and quickest way to collagen production. Have you heard of “vampire facials” or “micro-needling”. Med spas hype these procedures up like they’re the answer to every one of our prayers but what are they exactly and how do they work? In a nutshell, the concept is to utilize tiny needles to create strategic injury to the skin. Sounds crazy but it is actually key to stimulate collagen production!
It’s never too late to start taking care of your body and overall health. Especially, when it’s just a matter of a few lifestyle changes! After all this collagen talk, we have a good idea where are monies will be going…. WholeFoods, Meds Spas and obviously Hope Ave (...duh)!
Happy Tuesday loves!