Happy Friday everyone! Is everyone as ready for winter to be over as I am? Here in the Northeast, it seriously seems to be never ending this year. As does every year I suppose.
Probably one of my least favorite things about winter is the dry, flaky, pasty condition it leaves my skin in. Terrible! No amount of lotion can combat winter skin. You just have to wait it out for spring when your skin can return to halfway normal.
One thing I have been trying though to help improve the look and feel of my skin, is collagen powder. I actually purchased a tub of Sports Research collagen peptides to make a recipe from the Fed and Fit cookbook, but never got around to making the recipe. So in an effort not to waste the entire tub, I started adding it to my post workout protein shakes after reading up on some of the benefits. I didn't notice much of a difference at the time, most likely because I was only adding a half of the recommended serving, and only had protein shakes about three times a week.
Then on a whim, I decided to give up my post workout shake all together. Since my workouts haven't been as grueling as they used to be, I kind of felt like even though I still am getting in awesome Crossfit workouts, I just wasn't really earning that shake at the end of them.
I still wanted to include the collagen powder in my diet somehow, so I started adding it to my morning green drink. I start every morning off with a serving of Amazing Grass greens powder, half of a lemon (I share the other half with my husband) and now, a scoop of collagen powder. It mixes so well that you have no idea it's even in there, and is tasteless, which makes it totally easy to drink.
I will say that over the past few months, I have definitely noticed some difference in my skin, hair and nails. Although dry AF, my skin does seem smoother and more supple. My hair is growing like crazy and my nails are long and stronger than before.
These are just some of the benefits that I personally have noticed. Some of the other benefits of adding collagen to your diet are:
- Bone and joint health - Collagen may be beneficial to bones and joints by helping the body’s natural production of collagen and providing a bio-available source of these amino acids, improving bone and joint health over time.
- Hormone Balance- New research shows that the specific amino acids in collagen may help improve the amino acid balance in the body and support the body’s natural hormone production.
- Digestion– Collagen may help coat the digestive tract improve digestion, and is often recommended on gut-specific diets like GAPS and SCD
These are just a few of many reasons to add collagen to your diet. Read about more of the benefits in this article, and start adding this awesome supplement to your diet to reap all of the benefits yourself!