I turn 48 yo in two weeks. So aging is hot on my mind.
I don’t want to slow down.
I don’t want to wrinkle.
Achy joints & muscles are not in my aging plan.
Although I know that some of the pieces of the aging process are out of my control, I have been working on a plan to slow the process down.
So what’s involved in this plan of mine?
1.Keep Inflammation down
The best way to lower inflammation in your body is through diet, detoxing, and meditation. If you followed any of my FB posts or blog posts, I have talked a lot about the strategies.
Inflammation is a sign the body is repairing something.
The ketogenic diet is a repair diet. It will speed up the process of what ever the body wants to repair.
Regular detoxing will remove toxins that may be damaging your cells and causing an inflammatory reaction.
Research has shown that meditation can turn off genes that create inflammation. As little as 10 minutes a day of meditation can have a dramatic effect on your inflammation levels.
2.Feed my microbiome
We are more bacterial cells than human cells.
And our microbiome extends far beyond just our gut. You have helpful bacteria that live in your nose, mouth, reproductive organs, armpits, and skin. These different microbiomes are helpful to you in so many ways.
Your immune system, neurotransmitters in the brain, and even your metabolism will all be effected by these different microbiomes. Be sure you are not destroying them with toxic beauty products, harmful nasal sprays, antibacterial soaps, and toxic deodorants.
3.Nourish my joints & ligaments
Your musculoskeletal system takes a lot of wear and tear over the years.
When pain appears, it’s your body way of talking to you. Telling you that you something is wrong. Hoping you will nourish it, rest it, and listen to it’s wisdom. Too many people pop pills when pain appears, ignoring these signal. Pushing through your body’s signals is a sure way to accelerate your aging.
So what are some good strategies for nourishing your joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles?
WHAT IS COLLAGEN?
Collagen is an essential protein that is found in bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, and cartilage. It is also a key nutrient needed to keep skin and ligaments elastic.
But like many things in our body, collagen naturally declines with age. This leaves us vulnerable to achy joints, sore muscles, wrinkly skin, and brittle bones.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN?
1.Improves Health of Skin & Hair
Studies investigating the anti-aging properties of collagen have found that 2.5–5 grams of collagen used among women aged 35–55 once daily for eight weeks significantly improved skin elasticity, skin moisture, all with little to no side effects.
Collagen also reduces cellulite and stretch marks. When skin loses its elasticity as a result of decreased collagen, there’s another side effect: more visible cellulite. Because your skin is now thinner, cellulite becomes more evident. Improving your skin’s elasticity through collagen helps reduce that dimpling on your skin.
2.Repairs joints, ligaments, and tendons
Researchers at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that supplementing with collagen helped patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis find relief by decreasing swelling in tender joints.
Another study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that people with osteoarthritis joint pain treated with collagen show significant enhancements in daily activities, such as walking up stairs, ascending or sleeping, and a general improvement in their quality of life.
3.Boosts your metabolism
Collagen contains a key ingredient called glycine.
Collagen can boost your metabolism by adding lean muscle mass to your frame. One of glycine’s most important roles is helping form muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy to feed muscles. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism.
4.Heals a leaky gut
The inner mucosal lining of your gut thrives on the nutrients found in collagen.
Collagen will send key amino acids into the lining of the gut to help seal and heal it. Keeping this inner lining healthy is key in preventing toxins from re-enter the blood stream giving them direct access to the brain and thyroid.
If you have followed any of my thyroid articles, you know that I strongly feel healing a leaky gut is critical to fixing a thyroid problem.
Collagen has been also documented to help sleep, calm anxiety, and reduce appetite.
If you have been reading my articles for sometime, you know that I am a fan of a multitherapeutic approach to your health. There are no quick fixes. Yet, there are several strategies you can put together that will yield you a great result. The one I laid out for you above is a great one!
If you want more information on the collagen powder that I recommend email Jessica@familylifewellnesscenter.com.
Hope that helps. Cheers to a youthful and vibrant day!