Just what is collagen?
Collagen is the glue that holds our bodies together, but our body's production slows as we age. How can you support healthy collagen levels?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. Collagen is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, tendons and the digestive system.
It gives skin strength and elasticity. In the simplest terms, it's the "glue" that helps hold the body together. Nearly 100 percent of connective tissue and 70 percent of skin, hair and nails is collagen. It literally holds you together -- from the hairs on your head to your joint comfort and mobility.
It even impacts the overall health of your gut.
Unfortunately, our body's collagen production naturally begins to slow around the late 20s and continues reduction at around 1 to 2 percent each year after that.
Lifestyle factors, such as eating a diet high in sugar, smoking and high amounts of sun exposure, contribute to further INCREASE the degradation of collagen levels.
What lifestyle changes can you make to support healthy collagen?