The benefits of collagen

collagen benefits

Who knew that my naturopath’s advice about incorporating collagen into my diet would become the latest wellness craze.

The benefits of collagen

I have quite the team working with me to get my TMJ symptoms under control – A GNM dentist, upper cervical chiropractor, a physical therapist and my doctor, who has been helping me make better nutrition choices for my joints, including bone broth for collagen. But I gotta tell ya, I have not met a bone broth recipe I like as of yet. When I find a recipe I love, I will be sure to let you know. 

In the meantime, my doc suggested that I add the powder version to my smoothies instead of sipping on chicken broth in the morning. I just couldn’t do it. Instead, I’m taking Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which has no flavor and can be even taken straight with water if you’re not into smoothies. 

If you googled collagen (because everyone’s doing it and you want to know why), here are the benefits everyone is raving about. I can vouch for them too!

Reduces Joint Pains

Like I said, my doc suggested that I include collagen into my diet to help with my TMJ joint aches. So far, so good. Collagen is needed to help our joints glide and move, and can aid in the prevention of joint deterioration. As we get older, we lose collagen. Things stop moving the way they used to!

Healthy skin

How many beauty products have you seen promising to boost collagen? Drinking it will get to the root of your skin challenges way faster than topical creams. It’s hard to say if it was the gluten removal, water intake or collagen powder that has helped my skin glow as of late, but I can certainly attest to the notion that what we eat greatly impacts our skin. Whenever my son (who’s in the middle of those unpredictable skin teen years) adds a scoop to his smoothies, his skin looks noticeably flawless. 

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Healthy hair, skin, nails

Your extra dose of collagen will also help your hair, skin and nails look just a radiant as your skin. The benefits are head to toe. 

It’s good for you

Collagen (the powder too) is a rich source of amino acid glycine, which helps to promote muscle growth, helps digestion and strengthens the immune system. As we get older, all of these things start to matter a whole lot. Had I known about the benefits of collagen before, I would have started a long time ago!

Source: Dr. Axe

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  1. Hi, i just stumbled across your blog as I was searching to see if anyone has experienced relief from taking collagen peptides for their tmj. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your experience so far with the peptides! I was wondering if you could share your most recent update on the peptides and how your are feeling with incorporating it into your diet? Also if your could share some of the dietary changes you have made to help with your joints and jaw muscles. I’m trying acupuncture now and looking to incorporate dietary changes and supplements to try and find some relief. Its very discouraging when you feel nothing is working as I know you know :( so I’m trying to be positive and look for advice from others going through it. Thank you so much!! Hope you’re continuing on the road to feeling better :)

    1. Hi Brittany,

      When I’m good about being consistent, I definitely feel better. I fall off often because sometimes comfort food helps me cope. My TMJ case was pretty severe. I see an upper cervical chiropractor once a week and I’ve been wearing a lower orthotic for over two years now – 24/7. I even eat with it.

      Regarding diet, I had to get off of gluten. I’ve been gluten free two years now. It was causing me a lot of inflammation. My doctor thinks it was starting to get into my bloodstream and likely attacking my soft tissue, making my TMJ symptoms even worse.

      I am now going full Paleo. My doctor had me buy the bok Practical Paleo as my guide. It’s not going to be easy, but the best thing is to remove inflammatory foods from your diet. I was told eat fermented foods, homemade bone broths, lots of dark green veggies (like 75% of my servings), no grains. I was also told to get off dairy. Sigh. I love cheese. But my digestion isn’t what it used to be. I hope this helps.

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