By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
Collagen is basically the glue that holds us together! Collagen is found in our skin, bones and connective tissue and makes up about 30% of the protein in our body. Women are familiar with Collagen injections into areas on their bodies that have “matured” more than we may prefer! There are many ways to introduce Collagen Into Your Body and Diet without seeing your dermatologist!
Since I’ve been part of the team at Nutritionally Yours, I’ve learned about adding Bone Broth made with grass-fed beef bones to recipes, adding it to soups, having a cup of broth between meals or sauteing vegetables with Bone Broth is a delicious way to add Collagen to your diet. Collagen creates stronger nails, smoother skin, healthier joints, and stronger bones. Getting more Collagen Into Your Body helps regulate hormones and boosts your metabolism and my personal favorite improves digestion!
Because our body produces less Collagen as we age adding foods to our diet as a Way to Get Collagen back Into Our Body is actually easier than you may think and some of these foods may surprise you. For instance, Kiwi! Who knew! I love kiwi, and they are exceptionally high in Vitamin C, and because Collagen cannot be produced without Vitamin C this makes them…VIK (very important kiwis!). Others are almonds, berries, avocados, carrots, dark green vegetables which are the most nutrient- dense super-foods on the planet! And believe it or not, Oysters are on the list! Oysters are a rich source of zinc which has been shown to slow the breakdown of collagen cells and enable wounds to heal more quickly. Also last but not any less important are tomatoes, garlic and pumpkin seeds.
At Nutritionally Yours we have options for adding Collagen to your diet. Pure PaleoMeal is just that, it’s a meal replacement shake which comes in vanilla and chocolate. This is what Alane has every morning for breakfast! She likes 1 scoop, 4 ice cubes, 1 cup almond milk, and the rest water and enjoy. You can experiment and come up with the shake that works best for you, and these are a great way to begin your day! Adding in any of the fruits and veggies listed above will give you a powerhouse of nutrition to sip on your drive to work! Adding our Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate to any meal you are making for dinner, to coffee, or into any smoothie will add 12 grams of pure Collagen to your dish or drink. It dissolves easily and has no flavor which makes it an excellent choice for adding Collagen without altering the flavors you love! Lastly, we have a favorite supplement that helps with supporting optimal collagen levels, it is called Regenemax by Xymogen. Alane uses it to support hair, skin, nails and even bones.
Whatever your Collagen questions are we have the answers at Nutritionally Yours! Book your appointment today and let us help you inside and out!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.