You may have seen the word collagen popping up lately in health and nutrition articles, but what exactly is it?
Collagen is a special type of protein in the body that is particularly important in having healthy joints, skin, hair, nails, and digestion. According to natural medicine guru Dr. Josh Axe, "it's the 'glue' that helps hold the body together."
Our natural production of collagen slows down as we age – even faster if we eat a high sugar diet or smoke cigarettes.
The best sources of collagen can be difficult to find and incorporate into a healthy diet, as it’s derived from uncommon animal parts, such as the bones, skin and connective tissue.
Consuming homemade or high quality bone broth is an excellent way to ingest collagen, but did you know that it also comes in powder form?
My favourite brand is this Bulletproof Upgraded Collagen, which I order online at The Canadian Vitamin Shop.
It dissolves easily into both hot and cold liquids, making it the perfect complement for tea, coffee, or even a green morning smoothie.
It's never been easier to give your skin, hair, nails, joints, and tummy the quality collagen they've been craving. What are you waiting for?
Originally Published: June 11, 2018
Carolyn Coffin, Contributor and Health Coach at Eat Real Food Academy
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Carolyn Coffin empowers people to crave the foods that help them thrive. A former physiotherapist turned health coach and educator, Carolyn uses a unique blend of nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset coaching to help her clients feel their best. She works privately with people all over North America and offers an engaged online community and affordable group coaching through her website eatrealfoodacademy.com. Carolyn enjoys going for a run in the great outdoors, visiting her local farmers’ market, and living a healthy lifestyle with her family.