Do you look older than you feel?
So what makes us look good and fixes our strains and sprains? It is collagen.
Collagen is a word used in the cosmetics industry to give the impression that if we apply their special cream our wrinkles will magically disappear, and we will return to the glowing skin of our youth. And it is true collagen is the stuff that keeps us looking young. Unfortunately, applying it to our skin isn’t the answer; we need our body to be producing collagen for the effects to benefit us.
So what is collagen and how do I get my body to make more of it?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It makes up about 20 to 35 per cent of the body’s protein content. It is often considered the “glue” that holds the whole body together.
Collagen fibers are the major building blocks of bone, joints, (tendons, ligaments) and blood vessels (arteries and veins). Collagen is also found in the eyes, digestive tract, lungs, liver, kidneys, heart and the intervertebral discs of the backbone.
To give you a better idea how important a role collagen plays in our bodies consider that the skin is composed of 75 per cent of collagen. Bone is 30 per cent, ligaments 90 per cent , tendons 80 per cent, cartilage 70 per cent and blood vessels 40 per cent. So if our body’s production of collagen decreases, the results are significant and easily seen. Without collagen to plump it up our skin sags and wrinkles occur, our bones lose their resiliency and are more susceptible to breakage. Without collagen, our joints lose the cushioning of cartilage and the easy movement provided by the ligaments and tendons. Without collagen, our circulatory system also suffers as vessels become more fragile leading to varicosities.
The formation of collagen is a complex and intricate chain of reactions that is dependent of specific vitamins and enzymes. Aging, stress, inflammation, poor diet, lack of exercise, environmental toxins have a profound effect on the preservation of healthy collagen in the body. The collagen protein generally contains 19 or 20 amino acids, the most critical for its construction being L-Glycine, L-Proline, and L-Lysine.
Collagen is necessary for optimum health in almost every part of our body. Its requirements differ slightly for different functions. Vitamin D is essential for its use in bone structure. Omega 3 Fatty Acids support collagen by decreasing inflammation and overall stress on the body. Zinc is necessary for cell renewal, strengthens hair and nails. Vitamins B12 and B6 protect collagen from the damaging effects of high levels of homocysteine in the body.
At American Chiropractic, our doctor provides a prescription for ensuring the body continues producing collagen. One of the most important recommendations we make for our patients when it comes to improving their health and transforming their lives is Bone Broth Fasting.
Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be boiled then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. In addition, collagen will support healthy skin and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Also, the glycine in bone broth can detoxify your cells from chemicals and improve brain function.
Bones, hair, skin, and teeth; these are the parts of our anatomy that people see and whereby we are judged. The skin is a reflection of our general health and well-being. A straight posture and a spring in our step is a sign of youthfulness and vigor. Lustrous hair and a great smile indicate vitality and are things that people remember about us. Give your body the building blocks for the formation of collagen and hold on to that youthful vigor and radiance
I recommend consuming 8oz 1-2x daily as a soup, a plain beverage, or doing a bone broth fast. I typically drink 8oz upon waking every morning.
Yours in Health,