The 3 Easiest Ways to Add Collagen to Your Routine
Our modern lives are busy and often ruled by technology that can distract us from reality but, on the flip side, we’re able to share information in ways that we never have before. There’s no way I ever would have heard about collagen if it wasn’t popping up everywhere I look! And, with my phone in hand, I was able to see what all the hype was about. Now that I know, I’m a believer! Interested in adding collagen to your routine? Here’s what you need to know.
Proteins make up around 20 percent of the mass of the human body. Collagen makes up around 30 percent of that protein.
Why Is Everyone Taking Collagen?
Okay, don’t get grossed out, but that collagen powder that people are sprinkling into their coffees is made of the connective tissues of animals. It’s become such a staple in the wellness world so quickly, though, that it’s hard to believe we haven’t been doing this for years.
Not only is it jam-packed with protein, but collagen can also relieve joint pain, improve gut health, build muscle while burning fat and may even reduce cellulite and the appearance of wrinkles—sign me up! No wonder people are going crazy for this stuff!
The word “collagen” originates from the Greek “kolla,” meaning glue.
Sip Some Bone Broth
One excellent source of collagen is bone broth and if you can get your hands on some, there are a few reasons why it’s great. By including it in your favorite recipes (like this one from authentic pho), not only do you reap all the benefits I mentioned above, but you can add a rich flavor that you can’t get anywhere else. Bone broth is also perfect for sipping — you’ll be hydrating and filling your belly with warm, low-calorie goodness at the same time!
You can easily make bone broth at home by simmering chicken or beef bones in a pot for up to 24 hours. By doing it yourself, you get to be in charge of the quality of the stock and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. If you’re not quite up to that, though, there are still great brands like Kettle and Fire available online or in health food stores.
Wear your sunscreen! Collagen production declines with age, but it is further reduced by exposure to ultraviolet light and other environmental factors.
Try a Little Gelatin
When you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to add collagen to your routine, consider powdered gelatin. Extremely versatile, it can be easily mixed into broths, stews, soups or even coffee.
Craving something sweet? Some people use powdered gelatin to make homemade Jell-O and other tasty treats. These lemon raspberry gelatin gummies look delicious but, if you make them, watch out for these four common mistakes!
Some types of collagen fibers, gram-for-gram, are stronger than steel.
Add Some Collagen Pep to Your Step
A third option is to reach for collagen in its powdered form, collagen peptides. Many people prefer these because they tend to be a bit easier to digest and are well-absorbed by the body which, after all, is the goal!
Collagen peptides are really easy to use because they can be added to hot beverages, smoothies, baked goods and more. This is my favorite way to sneak a little added protein into my family’s diet… and they don’t even know the difference!
Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.
Make Time For Your Health
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind that we often neglect our own health (busy moms are especially guilty of this!). Adding a little collagen to your routine is a simple way to show your hardworking body some well-earned love.
While many people swear by its benefits, you won’t know until you try it. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do and, if you don’t see any difference, just throw it out. Now, if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my kitchen whipping up a gut-protecting, anti-aging smoothie in my kitchen!