The Lowdown on Collagen
Updated: Apr 21
Okay! Let’s talk about Collagen!!!!
First off, I’m obsessed with collagen. I have it everyday. But if you don’t know what collagen is or have heard the word buzzing around but still unsure- collagen is the most abundant protein found in our body. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age our bodies produce less and less.
You can use collagen so many different ways, and get different flavors, but I stick to the flavorless powder and add it into my coffee every morning. You can’t even taste it. But by all means, add it into smoothies, cookies, brownies, tea, water, really anything your heart desires. I use Vital Proteins collagen peptides (#notsponsored, they're just my fav) because I know I’m getting clean, wholesome ingredients. Plus, they’ve got a wide range of flavors to choose from if you want vanilla, chocolate or even matcha.
It’s easiest to add collagen into something you eat or drink everyday, because you know you’ll never skip a beat. You might be thinking it’s dumb to consume something our bodies naturally make already- but I’m getting older, my body is producing less, and even though I’m only 24, my skin elasticity won’t last forever.
That’s one benefit, skin elasticity. And if you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know I have terrible digestion and collagen has helped immensely with my digestion. I can DEFINITELY tell the difference in my bowels if I forget to add collagen into my coffee that morning. Totally serious.
Although I started taking collagen for my digestion, I love that it helps with healthy hair, skin and nails. My hair grows so fast when I take collagen consistently and my skin feels bouncy and hydrated. Even my nails grow so quickly- but oops I’m a nail bitter and get shellac manicures very often so still working on noticing the benefits of that one.
Bonus- it’s awesome for keeping agile joints and muscles. I’m not very flexible whatsoever, but have noticed my recovery from workouts is quicker and it doesn’t take me as long to stretch out my muscles and feel relaxed. There could be other factors that play into this as well, but honestly I believe collagen does make a difference.
For some reason, I enjoy the powder form way better than taking a collagen supplement in pill form. I don’t know why but that’s just me. With Vital Proteins, they even have individual packet sizes that you can take with you while traveling- it’s so helpful! There isn’t anyone I wouldn’t recommend collagen to.
Juli Bauer from Paleomg has great recipes that include collagen if you’re looking for more than just morning black coffee collagen. Plus, the brand I use, Vital Proteins, has a ton of resources and information about their supplements. It expands even beyond collagen!
When I say it’s changed my life, that’s not an exaggeration. I have hydrated skin, thick hair, and healthier digestion because of it.
My at-home collagen coffee recipe is as follows (and extremely simple):
12oz of brewed coffee
I use Starbucks, Counter Culture or Caribou
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I buy the 10oz canister and it lasts me over a month
A splash of coconut coffee creamer
If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add it to a latte in the morning!
Questions on collagen head over to the Vital Protein
website or reach out for questions!