Collagen in our Bodies
Collagen in our Bodies
by Catherine Strydom | Mei 18, 2020
With pregnancy comes luscious hair, long nails, and glowing skin, but after delivery, there is this immediate drop. The change in our hormones often means that us Mamas end up well looking, not so good. Now, this is all due to that wonderful “growth phase” of pregnancy being over. Suddenly, your skin feels dried out and even breaks outs happen, your hair gets brittle and sometimes even falls out. Basically, you end up feeling like a mess, and you have this beautiful little human that has stolen all your glow…
I started looking into Collagen after my last pregnancy and reading so many reviews about this widely sought-after ingredient within the wellness and beauty communities.
So, what is Collagen?
Collagen makes up 80 percent of our skin and works with another protein called elastin that — yes, you guessed it — keeps our skin elastic and as we age, our bodies naturally start reducing collagen production. Starting in our 20s, we begin to lose about 1 percent of our collagen each year. This, sadly, means drier skin and added wrinkles. We then add in some sun exposure with pollution and that all adds to the acceleration in collagen breakdown.
Pregnancy as we all know brings a lot of changes to our skin. Most of them disappear after delivery, but there is always some loose skin left behind. With our skin made up of collagen and elastin, it expands with weight gain. Once stretched, skin may have trouble returning to its original shape. So, taking collagen supplements can start improving your skin elasticity, (i.e., wrinkles and roughness) as well as signs of aging.
Absorption can be a tricky game, especially when it comes to a huge molecule like natural collagen. Smaller peptides can more easily pass through our intestinal barrier and into our bloodstream. (which all good supplements should be able to do.) The body can, in theory, utilize absorbed collagen peptides in areas that need repair the most. (i.e., skin moisture, hair & nail growth or plumper looking skin)
Collagen peptides powder should contain a “hydrolysed” type-I collagen extracted from hides, bones, or fish scales. Hydrolysed simply means that the amino acid chains have been broken down into smaller units. This process allows the powder to dissolve in both hot and cold liquids.
Perfect for those morning smoothies or your first brew of coffee.
Should you try collagen?
Absolutely YES, in my opinion. It has been just over a year postpartum and I am still recovering but do feel my daily dose of collagen has really contributed to a healthier me.
My journey with O Nutricia Collagen Powder has shown some amazing results, with the first real visible signs being small baby hairs growing within the first few months of starting my collagen journey.
Now with that said get yourself ready for a very committed relationship, especially if you are looking for long-lasting effects. Our bodies are constantly producing an enzyme and it eats away at our natural collagen. So, taking your dose of collagen powder is very important.
O Nutricia Collagen Powder has become a staple to my daily routine and a supplement I would honestly recommend to any mommy, women, or person, that is really looking at investing in their skin and overall health.
Up to date I have seen my nails growing out stronger, my hair is looking great and my skin is feeling firmer and healthier.
Remember, aside from caring for your skin on the surface, often the biggest change can be seen once we start fuelling our skin cells from the inside. So, take the time to treat it well. In return, it will take care of you!
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