Collagen: More Than Hair, Skin and Nails
Collagen. Ask the average person what collagen is and you might get an answer like, “It’s that stuff they talk about on skin care commercials.” And, while that is technically true, collagen is more than just a commercial tagline or even just a component of healthy hair, skin and nails.
Actually, collagen is the primary structural protein found not only in skin, but also other connective tissues throughout the body. It is the most abundant protein found in humans and all other mammals, and makes up approximately 30% of their total protein content. Collagen can be flexible, like tendons, or more rigid like cartilage or bone. And, collagen tissues are found throughout the body, in everything from blood vessels to the heart and even in your intestines.
In fact, it is in your intestines where collagen plays one of its most underrated roles. Collagen contributes heavily to your “intestinal fortitude” by aiding in digestion, regulating stomach acid, reducing gut inflammation and even repairing the lining of your intestines and stomach. By keeping the lining of your stomach and gastrointestinal tract (often called your “gut”) healthy and functioning properly, collagen is vital to the prevention and repair of a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome” which plagues millions of Americans every year.
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition involving weakness or increased permeability in the intestinal lining. The ensuing gaps in the intestinal walls reduce the effectiveness of the intestine’s barrier lining in preventing unwanted toxins and bacteria from entering the bloodstream. This “leaking” of harmful pathogens creates inflammation in the body as it reacts to the intrusion of these substances into the bloodstream. Other symptoms can include chronic exhaustion, skin sensitivities, stomach bloating and food sensitivities, such as gluten intolerance.
Ways to Support Proper Collagen Levels
Diet is always important to your overall health. A healthy diet positively affects your gut microbiome and helps everything work better. Foods like bone broth, fish, shellfish, egg-whites, berries, tropical and citrus fruits are all great for supporting collagen production in your body.
Supplements are another excellent way to promote collagen levels. Today’s modern diet options are often lacking in essential nutrients, and supplements have become an important method for getting what the body desperately needs. Vitamin C is an important cofactor for collagen, and without it the body’s collagen production is impaired. Products like MIH Collagen Support provide cofactors and precursors like vitamin C and others, which promote collagen production for gut health as well as healthy skin, hair, nails and joints.
Collagen peptide supplements are a great and simple way to support proper collagen levels in the body. Products like MIH Collagen Peptides are formulated to offer the best absorption and also can benefit joint discomfort and skin health.
Customized Diet and Supplement Plans, like those from the Matzinger Institute of Healing, can be specifically tailored to your unique situation for maximum benefit.
Beauty Comes From Within
Now you know that collagen is more than just a buzz word or a beauty product commercial tagline. While collagen is an important element in maintaining smooth and healthy skin, collagen is also a big part of keeping you beautifully healthy inside.
If you think your gut health could be improved, or even if you would just like better hair, skin, and nails, let Dr. Matzinger and her team at Matzinger Institute of Healing put their knowledge to work for you and be your trusted advisors. Call Dr. Matzinger at (702) 778-6100 and our team at MIH today for a free consultation and discover more about how we can help you become more beautifully healthy inside and out.
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