Why I’m Addicted to Collagen

So I used to really struggle with skin and hair until I got on collagen. I truly believe everyone will be obsessed with their collagen results once they’ve been on it everyday for 1-2 months.

All The Things That Happened to Me When I Drank Collagen For 1 Year

  1. My hair has become so strong and thick: it feels like I have a forest of hair now.
  2. My skin is now glowing.
  3. My under eye dark circles are no longer.
  4. I used to have to apply moisturizer 3 times a day (at least). Now, I don’t even use moisturizer on some days!
  5. My eyebrows and eyelashes have gotten longer (and slightly thicker).
  6. I am less hungry (it makes sense– 10 grams of collagen is as satisfying as a bowl of bone broth).
  7. My cellulite and thigh dimples have disappeared (stretch marks are still there though)

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies that holds our bones, muscles, skin together: it makes up between 25-25% of the body’s proteins and 70% of the protein found in skin.

As we age, our body’s ability to produce natural collagen depletes, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of aging. This has been found to be moderately reversible with the consumption of collagen and collagen-boosting foods.

We can thank this degenerative process for signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and joint pains due to weaker or decreased cartilage (hello, skeleton legs).

Other lifestyle factors — like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure — also contribute to depleting collagen levels. It’s been found that collagen-related diseases most commonly arise from a combination of either genetic defects, poor intake of collagen-rich foods, nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems affecting production (synthesis) of collagen.

Ingesting collagen, however, offsets a lot of these symptoms, as supplying our body with more collagen gives our skin strength, structure, and elasticity, in addition to replacing our dead skin cells.

And after just 12 weeks of daily collagen intake, surveyed respondents in a focus trial noticed (Source: PubMed) :

  1. decrease in wrinkles
  2. increased skin hydration
  3. increased skin firmness
  4. decrease in joint pain
  5. an increased supply of collagen at the cellular level to hold the walls of our cells upright

My collagen journey

I actually suffered from an eating disorder for most of my young adulthood.

I was rarely content with how my body looked; as a former cheerleader and dancer, there was always room to be skinnier, fitter, and smaller.

And around the age of 21, because I wasn’t providing my body with the nutrients it needed, I began to lose hair (clumps after clumps of it would fall out after each shower) and my skin was a mess. After each binging episode, I would break out, and I sprouted these dark circles under my eyes that I became so self-conscious about. I was chronically tired, but no matter how much, I was never too exhausted to count the calories, and analyze everything I was putting into my body.

Years later, I am incredibly lucky to say that I have overcome the disorder. And though those days were some of the darkest times of my life, there is one thing I have gained from the pain that I am still thankful for, to this day. I now have an incredibly firm grasp on nutrition, and understand that what you put into you body, equals what your body looks like.

And when I got burned from a cooking fiasco, I knew that it would be an inside job when it came to healing my skin.

After weeks of researching, I discovered collagen, and the role it played our skin, hair, bones, and muscles. I always thought collagen was something that had to injected. But it turns out that it was something our own bodies produce, and something we’ve been ingesting here and there everyday.

After a few weeks of taking 20g of collagen a day (which was not pleasant—I was taking bovine collagen, which was incredibly gamey tasting), I saw incredible changes not just on my burns, but my entire skin, head to toe, and also my hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

Because most people are unaware of the fact that many of their most stubborn skin and hair problems start at the root of nutrition and biology (our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age, which is why we start noticing wrinkles, sagging skin and thinning hair after we hit a certain age), they, when attempting to solve their skin and hair problems, turn to unnatural, surgical, or topical methods. Consequently, these methods are often ineffective (not to add very expensive), and I knew that I had to spread the word on collagen.

 

Studies done on Collagen

  1. Skin elasticity (primary interest) was also assessed at follow-up 4 weeks after the last intake of CH (t3, 4-week regression phase). At the end of the study, skin elasticity in both CH dosage groups showed a statistically significant improvement in comparison to placebo. After 4 weeks of follow-up treatment, a statistically significantly higher skin elasticity level was determined in elderly women. With regard to skin moisture and skin evaporation, a positive influence of CH treatment could be observed in a subgroup analysis, but data failed to reach a level of statistical significance. No side effects were noted throughout the study.

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