Every mama I’ve worked with before complained, at some point during our fitness training and wardrobe styling sessions, that she wanted to hide or get rid of her stretch marks, her lingering “mommy tummy”, or the loose skin on her tummy. I’ve also seen clients struggle with inflamed guts, digestive disturbances, low energy, still and/or painful joints and weight management issues.

Have any of these aforementioned symptoms even been something you’ve struggled with?

Well, I don’t have the magic cure. But I do have a tool that may help you. Collagen.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant source of protein in the human body – but declines quite radically from age 25. So yes, your body does produce collagen, but less and less as you age. This protein provides structure to many parts of your body, including bones, skin, tendons, and ligaments.

Things that damage collagen:

(source: www.healthline.com)

I’m writing this article to share the importance of buying some of the collagen products in our online shop, but I do think it is equally important to avoid the following collagen-destroying behaviors:

  • Sugar and refined carbs: Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. Minimize your consumption of added sugar and refined carbs 
  • Too much sunshine: Ultraviolet radiation can reduce collagen production. Avoid excessive sun exposure 
  • Smoking: Smoking reduces collagen production. This can impair wound healing and lead to wrinkles 
  • Some autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, can also damage collagen. Talk to your doctor or medical practitioner about a collagen supplement.

What does collagen do in your body?

(source: www.healthline.com)

Did you know? There are at least 16 types of collagen. 

Here’s a closer look at the four main types of collagen and their role in your body:

  • Type I: This type accounts for 90% of your body’s collagen and is made of densely packed fibers. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.
  • Type II: This type is made of more loosely packed fibers and is found in elastic cartilage, which cushions joints.
  • Type III: This type supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.
  • Type IV: This type helps with filtration and is found in layers of your skin.

The benefits associated with collagen supplements from a reliable source:

(source: www.healthline.com and Sally-Ann Creed)

  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Improves mental health (because of improvement in gut health)
  • Help to heals “leaky gut”
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Balances Hormones
  • Amazing for gut health – restores digestive balance
  • Stronger, thicker hair and nails will be an added benefit
  • Prevents wrinkles and smooths out some
  • Improves arthritis (rather dramatically!)
  • Strengthens arteries
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Promotes weight loss through fat-burning
  • Improves sports performance
  • Because of its gel consistency, it is shown to improve joint health.
  • Helps the body form new collagen of its own
  • Helps prevent and treat osteoporosis
  • Improves chronic fatigue (definitely improves energy levels)
  • Helps with autoimmune diseases

Nutrients that increase collagen production:

(source: www.healthline.com)

All collagen starts as procollagen. Your body makes procollagen by combining two amino acids: glycine and proline. This process uses vitamin C. You may be able to help your body produce this important protein by making sure you get plenty of the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin C: Large amounts are found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries 
  • Proline: Large amounts are found in egg whites, wheat germ, dairy products, cabbage, asparagus, and mushrooms
  • Glycine: Large amounts are found in pork skin, chicken skin, and gelatin, but glycine is also found in various protein-containing foods 
  • Copper: Large amounts are found in organ meats, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cashews, and lentils 

In addition, your body needs high-quality protein that contains the amino acids needed to make new proteins. Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, and legumes, are all excellent sources of amino acids.

Natural food sources of collagen:

(source: www.healthline.com)

Collagen is found in the connective tissues of animal foods. For example, it’s found in large amounts in chicken and pork skin. (but then you have to eat the skin)

One particularly rich source is bone broth, which is made by boiling down the bones of chicken and other animals. Or you can buy our bone broth powder.
Gelatin is basically cooked collagen, so it’s very high in the amino acids needed to produce it.

The different sorts of collagen products in our online shop:

Pure Hydrolysed Collagen – is type 1 & 3 collagen. This particular collagen is bovine (beef). It is grass-fed and GMO-free, tasteless, fabulous in coffee (of course).

Beauty Bullets – these are merely capsulated Pure Hydrolysed Collagen. For those who travel often, you can now take it in capsules.

Gelatine – Sally-Ann Creed’s fantastic brand of gelatine can be used instead of collagen (though not as well absorbed) if you are strapped for cash. You can also use this product for your pets.

Collagen Broth brings together hydrolyzed Type 1 and Type II collagen (from beef and chicken) to deliver all the benefits of collagen in an easy-to-drink and easy-to-absorb form that the body can use effectively. It can be consumed as an on-the-go “cuppa collagen” (just add boiling water) or added to soups and stews to create a rich and hearty stock. With a small amount of beef gelatin (a collagen precursor), mixed herbs, jalapeno/red peppers, and turmeric to create a delicious lightly spicy broth.