No matter how old you are, chances are the #1 way others perceive your age is through the largest organ on your body: skin.
But the extent of showing natural signs of aging is not totally up to fate. In fact, lifestyle factors have a lot of say in the matter.
Stress levels and food choices affect how our genes express themselves. That may sound scary, but it’s actually great news. It means we have significant control over a topic that’s gaining steam in wellness and beauty circles: collagen.
But first … why is collagen so important when it comes to appearance and supporting skin health? Collagen is actually the most abundant protein in the human body. Seventy percent of skin, hair and nails and nearly 100 percent of connective tissues are collagen. It literally holds you together: from the hairs on your head to every inch of your skin, to your joint comfort and mobility. It even impacts the overall health of your gut including gut integrity.
But here’s the problem...
Naturally as we age, our bodies’ natural production of collagen slows. Over 25 or 30? You’re probably not producing collagen at the rate you once were.
And as collagen levels lower in the body, it can directly affect the skin, hair, nails, joints, gut and more.
Generalized Collagen Stats
The typical woman can expect to lose about 1 to 2 percent of her body’s collagen every year
Typically begins in the mid-30s
This rate increases as a person hits 40, 50 and beyond
By the time a woman reaches 40 years old, she will likely have lost between 10 to 20 percent of her total collagen
A woman in her 50s can have significantly less collagen available than she did in her teens, 20s or 30s
Collagen production in an 80-year-old is up to 75 percent less than someone 30 or younger
But it’s not just the natural aging process robbing us of our collagen … there are other “thieves” hiding out as modern-day hazards...
7 Surprising Collagen Killers
Excess sugar consumption
Diet low in antioxidants
Sitting all day and lack of activity
Nutrient shortfalls of vitamin C and zinc
Thankfully, natural collagen boosters exist.
Some Top Collagen Boosters
Chicken Bone Broth (preferably simmered for 48 hours with bones, along with tendons and ligaments for the most collagen)
Adaptogenic herbs, including Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Ginseng and Fo-Ti
Vitamin C-rich foods including kiwi, citrus, camu camu, broccoli, bell peppers and kale.
Sulfur-rich foods including garlic, onions, egg yolks and cruciferous vegetables
Antioxidant-rich herbs, spices and foods including turmeric, rosemary, green tea, acai and goji berries
All of the above are great collagen boosters, but I believe none of them compare to the greatest collagen booster in the world: collagen itself that comes from food sources like chicken broth, beef broth, wild fish broth and eggshell membrane.
Of course, those foods aren’t typically on people’s menus. That’s why I believe that supplementing with a multi collagen protein is a great option when it comes to healthy skin, joints, nails, hair and a healthy gut.
And that’s why I developed Multi Collagen Protein — the high-quality collagen supplement with 5 types of collagen from 4 food sources.
It’s never been easier to incorporate collagen into your day.
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