Collagen is a protein found in the human body and as we age our collagen production decreases. I began taking collagen peptides to reap the many health benefits it provides.
For a long time I watched a lot of people I followed on Instagram take Collagen Peptides. I thought it was just for their skin because they were concerned about wrinkles to be honest. After months of seeing people use it my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to figure out what collagen peptides do. I did my own research and decided to start incorporating it into my diet and now I get asked a lot why I take collagen peptides! I wanted to provide an unbiased and “unsponsored” opinion about why I take collagen peptides. But, first…
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein found in the human body- in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the substance that holds the body together and provides strength and structure. As we age, our collagen production decreases.
Hair, Skin & Nails
My hair doesn’t grow very fast and I bleach it… so I’m not the kindest to it 😉 The number one reason I began taking collagen was to help strengthen my hair. I really feel like my hair has more volume than it ever has, and the only thing I’ve changed in the last few months is adding in collagen. My nails rarely break now and I always have to trim them because they grow fast and very strong. I’ve always had to take really good care of my skin because I had acne growing up, so I don’t notice a huge change there, but I know it is benefitting my skin from the inside out.
- Gut Health
I took collagen for a few months before I even knew that it was helpful for your gut! Once I heard this I was a “collagen-lifer”. Collagen can help leaky gut and also help heal any stomach sensitivities. I have been super sensitive to spinach, avocado and cilantro for the last several years. Since I started eating healthier and taking care of my body and adding in a collagen supplement, I have been able to add in avocado and cilantro back into my diet and have had no stomach issues! I am still very cautious with spinach, but the last few times I’ve had it I’ve not had the stomach cramping that I was experiencing so I have to wonder if the collagen has helped heal the lining of my stomach. I cannot make that medical claim, but I think it has helped.
- Joint Function
I had back surgery over two years ago and sometimes my joints were just achy from carrying around an additional 100 pounds and living with chronic pain for several years. My body is still adjusting to my weight loss and by taking collagen I am helping repair my joints and decrease inflammation. I was SO inflamed after back surgery and before starting my weight loss journey in November of 2015. I hurt all the time, and the inflammation was ridiculous. I am so thankful with a healthy diet, exercise and the implementation of collagen peptides and other supplements, my body feels better than it has in a LONG time!
A ton of studies suggest that collagen can help you sleep better. I don’t get a ton of sleep (#momlife) but when I lay down at night I have absolutely no trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I am not restless and I fall asleep very easily. I do believe a healthy diet and exercise helps with this as well.
That is why I take collagen peptides. There are other benefits, you may find that your body would benefit from taking it as well. Do your own research. I’m just providing you my opinion. 🙂
Another question I get is how do I take it? I buy the Vital Proteins unflavored collagen peptides powder so it’s really versatile. Here are a few ways I use it.
- Mix it with my Spark (this is how I take it every morning, I use 1 scoop of collagen peptides with one serving of Spark)
- Anytime I bake something I put a scoop in, then my kids get the benefits as well
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Coffee (lots of people put it in coffee)
Do you take collagen peptides? Why did you start taking it?
The collagen benefits provided in this blog post was acquired from the Vital Proteins website, Lively. This post is not sponsored by Vital Proteins, these are my personal opinions based on my experience.
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