Collagen, Isn’t that what botox is?

{kaa·luh·jn} noun

The main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments.

Collagen is a type of protein fiber found abundantly throughout our body. It provides strength and cushioning to multiple different areas throughout the body, including the skin. It's helpful to think of collagen as major building blocks to our bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth. Collagen is like a glue that holds all of these things together. The word collagen actually comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which literally means glue.

Normally, we associate collagen with botox, but it is now one of the most popular supplements to take. Why is that? As we age, the production of collagen starts to slow down, so we need to replenish it. Collagen is said to nourish our skin from the inside out. In doing so, it reduces wrinkles and dryness as well as supports a healthy glow. Hello, baby face! Collagen is also said to help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss and relieve joint pain. So how we do keep the collagen flowing in our system without botox? As the wellness market continues to flourish, a variety of products are being created to add a balance of health and convenience into our lives.

My Go To:
I am a shot person, wellness shots that is. I love throwing back a quick ginger shot or in this case a collagen shot. I’ve been rocking with the Vital Proteins “Glow” Collagen Shots. I purchase them at Whole Foods. They have a range of different types of collagen shots and they’re travel size, so perfect for on the go. 

Photo Courtesy of @vitalproteins

Photo Courtesy of @vitalproteins

Four of the nutrients that help produce collagen are vitamin C, proline, glycine and copper. Adding these nutrients to your diet will up the intake of collagen in your body.

Think citrus fruits, egg whites, lentils and cashews, to name a few.


Be Aware:

Sugar interferes with collagen’s ability to repair itself.

Ultraviolet radiation can reduce collagen production. I love the sun, so this one is my weak spot.

Smoking reduces collagen production, which leads to wrinkles. Yikes! *slowly puts down joint*

According to research, after the age of 25, we tend to lose approximately 1.5% of collagen every year. As I just turned 26, I find it important to be proactive. I want my skin glowing until the day I die!

Some key takeaways:
- Pump yourself with vitamin C
- Wear sunscreen
- Remember, collagen is good for the mind, body and soul.