Here are 3 simple ways to keep your collagen in peak condition:
It's What You Eat
The correct balance and type of carbohydrate is essential. Too many carbs will cause inflammation, not enough and collagen production suffers. The right amount depends on your age and activity level, but the average is around 60 grams per day for a moderately active adult.
Carbohydrates are more than pasta and bread! Avoid trouble makers like sugar, alcohol, sugary fruits, and starchy vegetables. Grains are mostly to be avoided, although oatmeal and quinoa are helpful in small quantities. Some of our favorite carbs include sweet potatoes, green veggies, quinoa, berries, and seasonal fruits.
It's How You Move
Strength training (weight-bearing resistance exercise using free weights, weight machines, or bands) tears connective tissue. If properly hydrated and fed, the body then regenerates new and larger tissues. The new internal connective tissues are made of protein that is mostly collagen, so when strength training creates new connective tissue, it also creates new collagen.
It's the Life You Lead
Think again about your beauty regimen. There is no evidence that expensive creams marketed to build collagen actually work. The collagen molecule is larger than what the skin is able to absorb - collagen must be built from the inside out. ( Also be sure to read your cosmetic labels for skin and overall health.)
It's great to eat supportive foods, but to really optimize your collagen producing levels take collagen precursors and supporting supplements. Ask Dr. Lex which might be best for you!