We’ve all read enough beauty blurbs to know that collagen is something we want. It’s the good stuff that gives our skin elasticity, smoothness, moisture retention, keeps our cheeks full, our hair and nails glorious and our joints moving like a well oiled machine…or Michael Jackson in his prime.
As we age our body makes less collagen and we see the effects of that in loose skin, more wrinkles, reduced plumpness and rough, scaly patches that would make an alligator cringe. No thanks! Here at Beauty Coach we’re committed to staving off that process for as long as possible in the healthiest ways, so hang on to your seats cause we’re gonna tell you how to do just that.
First off, what is collagen? It’s the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s a fundamental element in our muscles, bones, skin, vessels, digestive system, ligaments and tendons. It’s the glue that holds us together. From a beauty standpoint it’s the building block of our fingernails, hair, skin and teeth. It even helps tame cellulite and stretch marks. Hallelujah!!
Collagen is also great for your gut by helping to detox your liver, aid in digestion, boost metabolism and energy…so it gives you that healthy glow from the inside out. If that’s not plenty, collagen is also good for the heart. Pretty much it gets an A + for effort and execution.
So how do you get more of this overachiever of a protein in your life?
1. Bone broth. The magic elixir of the moment. The historical staple of a healthy diet. You can buy it at most good butcher shops or, if you’re feeling ambitious, make it yourself.
*Grass-fed beef bones, chicken bones or any mixture of bones from wild or pasture-raised, healthy animals or fish.
*1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1. Place bones into a large crockpot. The more bones the better, but two or three big ones are sufficient.
2. Cover the bones with water.
3. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
4. Set your crockpot on low. Cook for 24 to 48 hours. Cook beef bones longer, fish bones the least amount of time.
5. Filter out the bones and bits.
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Use within a week.
You can also use the bone broth as a soup base in place of vegetable broth. This recipe is so good we make it weekly, freeze it and sometimes give it away as gifts…no joke. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory goodness and collagen.
2. Collagen powder and supplements. This is the easiest way to get your collagen. We love Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate. You can put a scoop or two in your morning coffee, smoothies, oatmeal, or juice. At night you can put it in your non caffeinated tea for all the beauty benefits plus restful sleep.
You can even buy collagen packets to take with you when you travel or add to your bone broth for an extra boost. We toss Slim Collagen Broth To Go in our luggage to stay wrinkle free on the road.
3. Eating foods that help your body naturally boost collagen. Foods high in vitamin C — like citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, strawberries, and blueberries.
And finally, like any good story, there is a word of caution.
Things That Damage Collagen
1. Sugar and refined carbs. Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself. Those Girls Scouts are so cute, but let the Thin Mints go.
2. Excessive sun exposure. Ultraviolet radiation reduces collagen production. Hats and mineral sunscreen are a collagen loving girl’s best friend.
3. Smoking. Smoking drastically reduces collagen production. Don’t smoke. Just don’t.
Three cheers to beautiful skin!
The Beauty Coach Team