I’ve talked about collagen before on the blog, but it’s something I get questions about constantly because, well, I promote the crap out of it. I’m obsessed with it. And I’m not one to talk about supplements very often. I don’t take any pills or drink protein shakes after a workout. I just like to eat real food. But when I found out about all the benefits from collagen…mostly the beauty benefits…I gave it a try and was quickly hooked after a few months.
It’s been about a year since I started adding collagen to my diet every single day and my skin, hair, and nails have never been better. Before I started taking collagen, my hair NEVER grew. It stayed the same length and even though I didn’t know it at the time, it was pretty unhealthy. But once I started adding collagen, a few months later my hair began to grow and become thicker. And the same goes with my nails. They grow SO FAST! But one of the main reasons I started to take collagen is because it helps out your skin as you age. And as you may know, I am ALL ABOUT doing whatever I need to do to help my skin age well. We naturally produce collagen but often not enough, especially as well get older. Which is why I do so many laser treatments on my skin to help rebuild and restore new collagen. And adding the collagen to my diet is just another added bonus to help with my skin’s moisture and elasticity…aka dat plump baby face.
But if you’re not as vain as me, I promise you, collagen is still for you! Collagen helps with joint health, bone strength, healthy cartilage, it improves gut health and digestion and it can even help with sleep! So even if you’re not obsessed with the beauty benefits, how can you not be obsessed with the health benefits? And since it’s insanely easy to add into your daily routine, there is really no excuse to not try it out and see the benefits!
Vital Proteins is a brand that you can rely on and trust to add into your daily routine. They source their collagen peptides from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides from Brazil and their marine collagen is sourced from wild-caught, non-GMO Red Snapper off the coast of Hawaii! They use cattle from Brazil because the cattle industry in Brazil is still based on grass systems, where the cattle are pasture raised. Brazil also has a law which prohibits the addition of hormones to the feed. The hormone rBGH is typically injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk, but the Nelore breed is not a dairy producing cow and is strictly used as a beef breed. And Vital Proteins makes sure that the cattle are taken care of and in alignment with the Global Animal Partnership 5-step animal welfare rating standards. So you know you are getting the best quality whenever you are purchasing a Vital Proteins product!
You’ve probably seen me talk about Vital Protein Unflavored Collagen Peptides on my instagram, blog and instagram stories because it’s my favorite product of theirs, but they have SO many different products to choose from nowadays! The Beef Collagen Peptides as well as the Marine Collagen Peptides are both unflavored and can be added to anything. Since I drink coffee every morning, I add a scoop or two of the Beef Collagen Peptides to my coffee, mix, then add a little heavy cream and stevia and it tastes exactly like my normal coffee! Now they even have Coconut Collagen Creamer now but I much prefer the unflavored Beef Collagen Peptides so I can make my coffee taste exactly how I want it to!
And Vital Proteins has added a ton of different products to their brand, so if you don’t drink coffee, not to worry! There are still a ton of different ways to get your collagen! Here are some of my favorites:
- Melon Mint Beauty Water – Add to water or juice
- Beauty Greens – Add into smoothies or soups
- Matcha Collagen – Even though I don’t like Matcha, I know tons of people are drinking that instead of coffee nowadays
- Vanilla Whey – Use in water or milk for your post workout drink
- Beauty Boost Capsules –…
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