Collagen - Why You Need To Take It? How To Choose The Best? How to Increase Bio-availability?

Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying a golden autumn as we do here in Denmark.

We've survived bone broth craze, and now is the time to transition to collagen powders.

If both bone broth and collagen sound like something very funky and artificial - stay with me to learn more.

I was raised eating bone broth almost every day from the very early age. In Serbia, where I’m originally from, lunch is the main meal (hopefully it’ll stay that way), where we get to eat bone broth (yes, we actually eat it as a bowl of soup mixed with veggies) before having the main dish. Looking back - I am so grateful for that. In Serbian cuisine, foods rich in collagen and probiotics are the staples - (that’s why people have the most beautiful skin that’s bursting with vitality). You can easily spot ordinary women in their 50s with almost no wrinkles.

Admittedly, I haven’t been making bone broth for quite some time. You know, million excuses. Then I found out about collagen powder. As my requirements for a processed food are not only high, but sky high, it wasn’t that hard to filter out the majority of the brands and find those that make the best products. I looked for organic, pasture raised, pure, unflavoured and easy to assimilate collagen powder with low molecular weight, so it doesn’t clump in cold, warm or hot liquids. On top of it, our bodies absorb hydrolyzed collagen more efficiently.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein. It’s a building block of our bodies found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system, and tendons. Collagen gives your skin elasticity and glues your joints and ligaments. Vitamin C supports collagen synthesis in the body. On the other hand, stress, sugar, and generally poor diet deplete collagen from the body.

If you feel that your face is losing elasticity - try using good quality collagen powder. Don’t forget to supplement with vitamin C or to bring more foods rich in vitamin C into your diet.

Is collagen good only for skin?

Nope! It has a wide variety of uses. It improves skin & hair, strengthens teeth and nails, repairs joints, helps with leaky gut, boosts metabolism and reduces cellulite and stretch marks (I’ll get you informed on that one as I have both). Moreover, collagen helps with detoxing the liver. My favorite cleanse is not a juice cleanse, nor a smoothie cleanse, but a warm bone broth cleanse, that I sometimes do during the winter.

You can place collagen in your coffee, tea, juice, smoothie, cacao, pancakes, muffins, you name it. This time, I experimented by placing collagen directly into my water bottle. I am committed to simplify my life to the bits, so I made it super convenient. And guess what - it turns out to be divinely tasty.

I place a few blueberries into the concoction, shake my bottle and end up having the simplest, energizing and delicious drink for the whole day.

Here are my 3 superfood ideas on how to make superfood collagen waters and get your well-deserved glow back.

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1. Grapefruit and Rosemary Collagen Water

2. Camu Camu and Blackberry Collagen Water

3. Moringa and Lemon Collagen Water


Now, whatever feels overwhelming from this list - take it out. If there is no time to infuse your water, forget about it. Mix the water and collagen only and go. The idea is to make it simple, not to overcomplicate it.

However, little creativity is always an excellent way to spice up your life.

Don’t forget to tag me on your Instagram photo when you make some of these recipes. My handle is @healthy.atelier.

Always remember to DO SIMPLE BETTER I guarantee that going back to basics and perfecting what you already know is more effective then embracing million new things.

Much love,

Marija