Collagen seems to be a hot topic as of late, doesn’t it? My first understanding of collagen arrived back in my days of studying all things beauty. When I was in Cosmetology school, we were always swapping pro-tips for #lifegoals like lustrous hair, radiant skin, and perfect nails. Collagen is a strong piece of that puzzle, especially when we are talking about aging gracefully.
Side note: I am actively attempting to change my language around the process of living longer. This is great practice, as every time I type ANTI-AGING, I am choosing to pause and reframe my thinking and word choice. I want to live long, so I am not anti-age. I am very PRO-AGING!
Collagen is a term that, historically, I connected more with the world of face-lifts, injections, and plumping methods. How surprised was I when in the thick of my treatment for small intestine bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), my badass nutritionist asked if I had ever considered adding a collagen supplement to my diet as a support to rebuild my inflamed and deteriorated gut lining (I know, the glamour!).
Wait, what? I thought collagen was only used to make fancy humans look younger via costly medical procedures. Even with my background in cosmetology, I did not yet understand the magic of this powerful protein.
So… what the heck is collagen? To give you a simple answer, collagen is a protein that strengthens and structures our awesome meat suits. It can be found protecting and reinforcing our biological structures, including in hair, muscles, skin, nails, bones, and joints! Collagen is a bit of an MVP in our body; unfortunately, the longer we live, the faster the production process declines.
In my journey with SIBO, collagen was added to my healing protocol in my process to restore balance. (*As always, when navigating any health condition, consult your preferred medical practitioner.) When I learned that adding this natural supplement to my day would help to rebuild and strengthen my gut from the inside out, I was on board. My gut had caused me years of grief, so at this point I was willing to try anything! When I heard added benefits included joint health, glowing skin, and sleep support? I was STOKED.
To be honest, when collagen became a part of my daily ritual, my healing also happened to pick up serious speed. This is purely anecdotal, but in my experience, collagen has become a pillar in my healing protocol. From the inside out, these scoops of powder added to my tea every single morning strengthen my system.
I have tried a number of different collagen brands, but Vital Proteins is my favorite for a few reasons. The main one is that it doesn’t taste gross. In fact, it doesn’t taste like anything at all. I have tasted some seriously funky, gamey options, so this is a huge plus. When I add it to my tea every morning, it foams up for a minute, but after that you would never know anything was dissolved into my beverage. Sneaky, right? Next up, it is Whole30 approved, which makes me happy, because that means there is no added BS in it, AND whenever I go into reset mode I don’t need to change up my standard daily wellness practices. In addition to all these reasons, I also have extra hometown pride, as this company comes out of Chicago, Illinois, which just makes me happy. And finally, if you live in the contiguous United States (lower 48 - sorry Alaska, Hawaii, or PR), they always have free shipping. Heck yes!
Whenever I share the benefits of collagen with friends, family, and clients, I always recommend to add it in to your routine in a simple way, like in your morning tea or coffee. Your experience will be unique to you, but know that in addition to a glowy complexion or reduction in joint pain, this supplement is giving your gut some extra love, too. I prefer the powder form so that it is easy for my system to absorb (although, you could also opt for capsules if those are your jam). Since my gut is always looking for reasons to ~get leaky~, I know that by adding this in to my routine I am giving it the resources it needs to stay strong.
Remember when I told you that collagen production naturally declines as we age? Adding this supplement to your life helps to keep that supply strong! While you might notice positive outcomes from collagen right away, know that you are also slowing down the decline of things like skin elasticity, flexibility, and weakening of bones or muscles. Yet, another sneak attack: collagen is very pro-aging gracefully!
Are you ready to give this pillar of power a try? I recommend exploring the Vital Proteins website for more info and options!
My standard order? Classic collagen peptides. If you want to get fancy, I would also highly recommend trying some of their cool samplers. I mean, talk about great holiday gifts for the wellness, beauty, and digestion enthusiasts in your life!
Interested in learning more of the science behind the magic of collagen? You can find a great Collagen Primer over at the Whole30 website. This simple wellness tool strengthens the structure of my sparkle. If you have questions, feel free to reach out!
For transparency: I have been using Vital Proteins Collagen for over a year, but just this week became a member of their affiliate program now that I am a certified Whole30 Coach. For the record, whether they kicked me any benefits or not, I would be telling you about this product, because it really truly is a part of my day, my wellness, and my sparkle. If you opt to give this supplement a try, I will benefit from it too, so thank you!