The Benefits of Collagen

Your daily collagen intake sparks massive healing and replenishing throughout your entire body. From the inside out, collagen works to restore your health, improve wellness, plus reverse and protect your skin from the signs of aging. Pretty powerful, right? Why miss your chance to feel, be, and look your best when it’s so simple to add a daily collagen routine to your lifestyle? Collagen can offer many positive changes, including improvements to:

  • Inflammation
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Gut health
  • Hair and nails
  • Joint and muscles

What does collagen do for your body?

Collagen for Inflammation

Hear me when I say that inflammation is the root of most illnesses. So, when your body is full of inflammation, you are placing yourself at risk for many debilitating diseases. Perhaps you’re unable to lose weight and are experiencing health issues. Are you having sleep issues or experiencing bloat? The amino acids in collagen are: 

  • Anti-inflammatory

Collagen contains abundant amounts of gelatin (or cooked collagen), which is an essential gut-healing nutrient. It protects the gut from bacteria that cause leaky gut and other digestive issues.

  • Immunomodulatory 
Enhances your immune response to treat various diseases by protecting your body. Collagen protects against liver and renal injury from toxins and drugs.
  • Cytoprotective
Combats and helps prevent ulcers by protecting your gut mucosa. Collagen also helps with blood flow to your liver, kidney, intestine, heart, and skeletal muscle.

 

Glycine, the abundant amino acid in both gelatin and hydrolyzed collagen, reduces local and systemic inflammation. Inflammation is the link to every modern disease, and you won't hit those weight loss goals if you're full of inflammation. Lowering inflammation levels reduces symptoms of autoimmune disorders, arthritis, celiac disease, and psoriasis, to name a few. 

Collagen for Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful condition that causes inflammation in the joints. Let’s examine the two types of arthritis: 

Osteoarthritis

When bones lose surrounding protective cartilage, they begin to rub together. Bone spurs start developing, and pain follows. The body does not produce enough healthy, new cartilage. Osteoarthritis generally carries an age association. But what if it isn’t? While it affects millions, approximately 20% of the aging population does not show signs of osteoarthritis. Yet, people as young as their early thirties do. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is much like wires crossing in your immune system. The mixing of these signals causes confusion, causing your immune system to attack both useful and harmful substances. The body will begin to attack joint tissue, causing severe inflammation, damage to joints, and even organs.

Collagen helps fight arthritis symptoms, and in some cases, send arthritis into remission. Due to collagen’s significant role in reducing inflammation, substantial reductions in joint pain occur. How’s that for some great news? Daily collagen intake can protect against the deterioration of joints and keep the pain at bay. So how do you increase your daily collagen levels? 

Daily Collagen-Rich Bone Broth 

Bone broth reduces inflammation and pain for people struggling to live with arthritis, while providing additional essentials to your body, such as:

  • Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine – promote cartilage health
  • Hyaluronic acid –helps ease pain and improve joint function
  • Sodium, potassium, and calcium – provides essential electrolytes  

Electrolytes hydrate and lubricate your joints while working to eliminate your pain. Staying hydrated is essential with arthritis, so sipping on bone broth is the perfect way to add electrolytes and increase your daily collagen intake.

 

Collagen for Hair and Nail Growth

Ramp up that daily collagen intake because you’re about to build healthy and luxurious hair and nails and put a stop to hair loss. Collagen peptides contain the amino acids proline and cysteine, responsible for synthesizing the major structural component of your hair and nails, known as keratin. 

Daily collagen intake produces hair diameter increases, less breakage, regrowth, and a healthy shine.

In one nail study, women taking daily collagen peptides for four weeks experienced a 12% increase in nail growth and a 42% decrease in nail breakage. 80% of this study’s participants reported an improvement in the appearance of their nails. Pretty remarkable for adding a bit of tasty daily collagen to your routine.

 

How Does Daily Collagen Intake Help My Skin?

While you sleep, your skin is hard at work, repairing itself. By implementing a healthy daily collagen routine, your body can fight off acne, psoriasis, and other skin concerns. When your natural production slows, you’ll begin to notice your healthy glow vanishing from your skin while signs of aging set in. It doesn’t exactly sound appealing, does it?  So, let’s take a look at various ways your daily collagen intake can benefit psoriasis and other skin problems.

Psoriasis

If you find yourself battling psoriasis, you know the frustration that comes with searching for relief. But what if I can offer an incredibly beneficial and natural way to help keep psoriasis flares in check? That’s right! Collagen for psoriasis. Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease, causes scaly, dry patches, and flakes on the skin. Typical skin cells take roughly twenty-one to twenty-eight days to replace themselves. But that’s not the case with psoriasis. When you’re living with psoriasis, your skin cells are running on overdrive, trying to replace themselves within two to six days. Mind-blowing, right? Since this whirlwind of a replacement process is super fast, both the dead and live cells end up collecting on the surface of your skin. 

So, how can you use collagen for psoriasis? Your immune system has T cells that react to psoriasis triggers, causing them to act as if they are fighting off an infection or healing a wound. The chemicals that produce these T cell triggers cause inflammation of your skin, leading to psoriasis. Filling up on a healthy daily collagen dose helps curb psoriasis symptoms by reducing the inflammation and excess skin growth that causes those dreadful patches you see.

While psoriasis isn’t curable, it is manageable. Increasing your daily collagen intake helps target the inflammation before it triggers psoriasis signs. Instead of trying to hide your physical psoriasis symptoms, collagen works within your body to heal, soothe, hydrate, and smooth your skin. And with additional daily collagen levels, you’ll keep your psoriasis under control while reaping the other benefits it offers.

Collagen for Acne

Collagen is essential for healing, and you can think of your acne as a type of wound. When you have an injury,  collagen helps speed up the healing process. When you are fighting acne, the healing process follows the same pattern. Acne is a pore that clogs and causes infection and inflammation. Glycerine, the primary amino acid in collagen, reduces the inflammation. Collagen rejuvenates your skin, just as it heals a wound. Increasing your daily collagen intake helps reduce acne scarring through the rejuvenation of new skin.  

Eczema

Although there is still a lack of concrete evidence that eczema healing may increase with collagen, it seems to work in the same way it heals acne and psoriasis. When inflammation and infection set in, your daily collagen intake gets to work. As eczema flares up, the presence of inflammation triggers this collagen, alerting the healing process to begin.

Collagen for Wrinkles

Research shows that adopting daily collagen routines helps reduce the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles. We know collagen is responsible for our skin’s ability to bounce back into shape. This elasticity and refreshing morning glow are the incredible results of collagen. Hyaluronic acid plays a role by helping your body retaining more moisture. This moisture retention helps increase your body's natural production of additional collagen, reducing the lines' appearance.

Cellulite

Just as the lack of elasticity can enhance premature appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, it may cause the skin to thin. This thinning of the skin brings on the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. The lack of collagen reduces the skin's firmness, allowing it to collapse and reveal those areas of cellulite. By increasing your daily collagen intake, you restore firmness and elasticity your body needs to rid the appearance of cellulite.

Collagen for Youthful, Radiant Skin

For centuries, women have been relying on gelatin to keep their skin youthful and smooth. Collagen seems to erase wrinkles and reverse sagging and stretch marks before your very eyes. 

 

Collagen for Joints and Muscles

Patients who follow my  21-Day Bone Broth Diet share their experiences with hip pain vanishing and arthritis improving. They return to bending their knees without pain or balling their fists once again. With collagen-packed foods and supplements, it’s no surprise. Collagen promotes: 

  • Healthy cartilage tissue
  • Lubrication of the joints
  • Soothing of inflammation
  • Supports and reduces osteoarthritis pain

 Clinical studies support this, too. Implementing a daily collagen routine reduces pain in osteoarthritis patients with knee and hip pain due to hydroxyproline blood concentration. It’s a significant force in collagen stability and increases with the increase of collagen. Even the most healthy athletes who push their bones see a reduction of joint deterioration risk. This is excellent news for athletes, gym enthusiasts, weight trainers, or any fitness guru that can benefit from collagen. It's a safe and effective way to quickly prevent injury and heal your body if it should arise.

 

Collagen for Gut Health

So, let me ask you, are you experiencing gas, diarrhea, or clutching your stomach from painful bloating? Do you spend too many days feeling sluggish and rundown? These are just some of the more subtle signs that you have an unhealthy gut. But as a potent anti-inflammatory, collagen can restore your health and heal your body. 

Researchers speculate that glycine stabilizes your gut mucosa by decreasing damage from excess acid or increasing protective mechanisms such as gastric mucosal blood flow. Studies also reveal that glycine heals explicitly and protects the gut via its anti-inflammatory, immune-regulatory, and cell-protective activities. 

Many people, and even most doctors, fail to fully understand that to be slim, well, and healthy, you need to have a strong, happy, healthy gut. Imagine twenty-five feet of intestines with toxic waste and buildup just roaming around in there. Think of how many gut invaders are wreaking havoc on your body at any given moment. Your gut needs collagen and other essential nutrients to:

  • Produce enzymes to help you digest food  
  • Produce hormones and synthesize vitamins
  • Rid your body of toxins
  • Repair damage
  • Reduce inflammation

Your gut flora needs to be in a healthy state to keep you from illness and disease. However, a typical diet is insanely high in carbs, sugar, and artificial chemicals. We tend to lack those critical nutrients that are necessary. Instead of bathing our systems with clean proteins, gelatin, and an abundance of vitamins, we are killing off beneficial flora. Our gut is left to fight off mountains of gut destroyers, leaving us with an imbalance in the gut microbiota. It’s a dangerous game to play because when bad flora strikes, it takes control of your intestines, causing inflammation to run rampant. Once the lining of your gut is in a compromising position, leaky gut seeps toxins throughout the rest of your body. 

Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut, Is a vicious enemy, my friends.  This condition causes the weakening of your gut’s barrier. Without collagen to help soothe and repair, leaky gut allows toxins and waste, which should remain inside your digestive tract to break through into your bloodstream.  Your immune system can detect the intrusion, but has its work cut out. The result of a leaky gut is systemic inflammation that will pack on the pounds while leaving you feeling and looking miserable. I’m talking dull, sagging skin, stubborn belly fat, sleepless nights, lack of motivation. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?

On top of a leaky and unhappy gut, you will become more prone to infections and disease. And once you feel sick, you’ll notice healing will take much longer than usual.  That’s due to 80% of your immune system residing inside and relying on your gut. So, stop compromising your gut health and ramp up your healthy lifestyle. An unhappy gut is a trigger to an assortment of health and wellness issues you don't want to unleash. 

 

Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Collagen

With so many beneficial reasons to add a daily collagen routine to your lifestyle, how can you say no? Your body craves the essentials necessary to keep you well and fit from the inside out. Isn’t it time you felt incredibly healthy and proud of the person staring back at you in the mirror? Find out how you can adopt a collagen-rich lifestyle full of convenient choices today.

With peace and love,

Dr. Kellyann