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Posted on: February 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm
Last updated: February 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

I can’t help but comment on the wellness communities latest obsession with celery juice. I was scrolling through social media while sipping my turmeric latte when I truly experienced the height of this craze. Let me tell you, I was beginning to feel super out-of-date with my vibrant lips and tongue.

There are so many trends in this realm of natural wellness that I can’t even keep up sometimes. So now that we’re all about celery juice, is it still cool to drink a turmeric latte? Asking for a friend.

I’m not leading up to a total bashing of our beloved wellness fads. While there isn’t one health hack that works for everyone, these mainstream fads really do work for some people. If cabbage soup and activated charcoal changed your life, they’re not a fad for you – it likely became one of your core wellness habits. It’s taken me years to find out what makes me thrive, and I’ve done my fair share of lemonade fasting and elimination diets to get where I am today.

I learned that The 5 Detox is my favorite whole-body cleansing program because I don’t have to starve myself, turmeric is my ultimate anti-inflammatory friend, and I still use my collagen powder every day.

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What can I say – when you find something that works, you stick with it.

I actually first discovered collagen powder on my social media feed. At the time I was making bone broth on a pretty consistent basis and was loving the benefits. As the warmer seasons approached, my desire for warm broth slowly faded but this functional collagen powder was a way for me to continue to benefit from the amino acids.

If you’re not familiar, collagen has many praised wellness benefits:

JOINT SUPPORT

Upping your collagen intake supports cartilage and joint health, which in turn reduces joint pain and alleviates the symptoms of arthritis.

GLOWING SKIN

As we age, our natural collagen production decreases. Hello, fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen intake is known to promote glowing, vibrant skin through increased elasticity. I should also mention, almost every time I’m in the health food shop I overhear ladies asking where the collagen is because their friend started taking it and they look ‘10 years younger’.

HEALTHY MUSCLES

Collagen nourishes connective tissue throughout your body. Supplementation is beneficial before a workout to help prevent pain and stiffness. Additionally, the amino acids support the production of lean muscle mass, which is essential for a strong metabolism. I love mixing my collagen with my favorite juiced greens powder before a workout, it’s like a natural energizer and recovery support all-in-one.

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BETTER DIGESTION

Amino acids in collagen also work to support seal and heal the digestive tract and prevent and reverse inflammation. A healthy gut lining is essential for nutrient absorption and assimilation, all which support Better Digestion.

HAIR, NAILS & TEETH

In addition to skin benefits, collagen proteins are an essential building block for supporting strong hair, nails, and teeth.

I started adding a scoop of WellPath Collagen to my morning coffee or matcha latte, it made my energizing morning blend extra creamy and frothy. I also started including it in recipes such as pancakes, smoothies and energy bites.

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After a few weeks, it started. I began to receive comments on how healthy my skin looked and everyone wanted to know my secret. I then started to feel other proposed benefits – for myself, I was less sore after my workout, and my digestion felt less agitated and bloated. (I actually wrote a blog post on my experience here).

Wellness fads come and go, but some of them really stick with you. There are plenty of reasons why promote collagen, but I can tell you why I love it in just two points:

  • It’s easy to include in your existing routine: just add it to your coffee, homemade lattes, oatmeal and energy bites.
  • There are tons of benefits and I’ve felt some of the best for myself: Better Digestion, vibrant healthy skin, strong nails and hair, less pain after exercise.

This wellness trend became one of my core habits… Like I said: When you find something that works, you stick with it.

KEEP READING
Discover the Different Types of Collagen
How Collagen Really Works for Joint Pain
What Happened When I Included Collagen in My Routine

This article was republished with permission from our friends at Holisticole

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Nicole Eckert
Holistic Nutritionist
Nicole Eckert is a Holistic Nutritionist and the Owner + Founder of Holisticole. On her holistic living blog: holisticole.com - you can find amazing clean-eating recipes, informative blog posts and online programs.

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