If you’re a human with access to television or the internet, I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements and articles for collagen. The question is, does it really work? Well, no shit, Sherlock. Why else would my cheap ass buy it every month?!
For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know that having a savings account would be an honor for me and I only spend money on products that I truly believe in. I have been using collagen for a few years now and it has been a total game changer. It is so precious to me that I think of it as the cocaine of the health and fitness community. I do freak out when I get down to my last few grams…
Is it obvious I’ve never done cocaine?
Let me break down why I’m such a collagen fiend…
Hair Growth, Bitches!
About a year and a half ago, I cut my hair into a super short A-line. It was cute, but I definitely missed my long locks. Flash forward to now, my hair is halfway down my back and thick af! Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is composed of amino acids that strengthen hair and promote rapid growth. I might have to shave my legs more often these days but I don’t mind the mane I’ve sprouted on my head.
Up until the age of 30, our bodies produce their own collagen which helps us maintain skin elasticity. When we hit that 30 mark, collagen production starts to degenerate and it’s up to us to supplement accordingly in order to keep looking like we’re in our 20’s. That’s my plan! When I’m 80, I want people thinking there’s a painting of me deteriorating somewhere… Dorian Grey reference… anybody? K I’m a nerd.
Most of us suffer from some sort of gut permeability that leads to overall body inflammation. Since collagen forms the tissues in our bodies, it aids in healing that permeability and strengthens the digestive system. This means less bloating, better digestion, and a strong immune system
As we age, our joints start to feel stiff and achy. That’s because we stop generating collagen; which in regard to this subject, I like to refer to it as joint lube. Collagen is responsible for holding our bones together and helping us move around easily and pain-free. When joints start feeling stiff, no matter what age you’re at, WD40 that shit with some collagen.
The amino acids in collagen are pure fuel for our muscles. Whether you’re a man trying to get swole or a woman simply trying to tone up, collagen is your best friend. It also helps boost your metabolism which is a win for anyone. Even better, if you’re struggling with cellulite, more than likely you have a problem with your connective tissue. Collagen helps repair those tissues leaving you with smooth even skin.
So, even us health gurus and fitness buffs get #LIT on occasion; meaning that we need some help detoxing our liver. The amino acid glycine acts as a buffer for our liver, minimizing the damage alcohol and other toxins do to our GI system. With that in mind, before you go out for drinks with your buddies, do a quick shot of collagen to preempt the detoxification process.
Now, with all of these amazing benefits in mind, you know that collagen should be apart of your everyday routine. It’s so easy to blend in smoothies, coffee, tea, and even water. Personally, the unflavored collagen is hard for me to choke down when it’s just in water… I can still taste the unflavored! Which is why I create collagen-based recipes that are delicious.
Here is one of my favorite collagen drinks using Ox Nutrition Grass-Fed Collagen…
1 chai tea bag
1 tablespoon of ghee
1-2 scoops of collagen
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
2 tablespoons of full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon raw honey
Steep the tea bag in hot water for 5-8 minutes
Pour the tea and remaining ingredients in a blender
Blend everything until you get a smooth creamy drink
Mine usually comes out looking like the butter beer from Harry Potter… and I ain’t mad at it.