Here's Why You Should Be Adding Collagen To Your Diet + Products I'm Loving

Here's Why You Should Be Adding Collagen To Your Diet + Products I'm Loving

Nothing lasts forever, not even beauty! I've been lucky enough to have genetically great skin, and have never exactly experienced a "brake out;" but aging and fine lines are inevitable.

Since turning 30 a few years ago, I've been adding collagen and collagen-based products in my daily routine and diet, and for good reasons. If you aren't adding collagen to your diet, you should start doing so! Think of it as the real fountain of youth, and keeping in mind that you're not going to see overnight results. It takes time, proper nutrients, and merely taking care of your skin.

Here's the thing about collagen, collagen level decreases as we age. Collagen loss is a part of hormonal aging. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the peak of women hormonal vitality and fertility is between the ages of 25 and 27. After that, estrogen levels decrease, accelerating collagen loss speed. You will notice the presence of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and uneven skin color.

They also come with joint and bone problems that can be painful sometimes, especially as we age.

Natural collagen production in the body declines by about 1 – 1.7% per year. By the ages of 40, you will lose 10 – 20% of your body collagen. When you reach your 50s, half of your collagen might go. There is no reverse. At this point, if you let the collagen lose at its own pace, you may be different to your appearance and body.

The Top Benefits of Collagen:

1. Help reduce wrinkles and improve skin conditions.

2. Supports the re-growth of joint tissue.

3. Relieves joint pain.

4. Helps prevent bone loss.

5. Help reduce cellulite and prevent stretch marks.

When should we use Collagen rich foods or supplements?

Let's face it, we can't reverse or stop aging. It is a natural process every living creature has to face. But, we can slow it down by supplementing the lost collagen by collagen sources like collagen peptides or bone broth.

Collagen supplements are concentrated collagen from sources like the pig, cow, chicken, and marine animals. It contains enough collagen for the body in a small amount of serving.

The trend of collagen supplements is shifting from applying cream and gel on the outside surface to taking oral collagen supplements to repair from the inside.

They can slow down and prevent the loss of collagen by providing a more abundant supply. The only question is, "When should we use collagen?" The trend has moved from repairing your skin from the outside into the inside out to stimulate our bodies to replace lost collagen.

Taking collagen supplements can help slow down and prevent the loss of collagen that occurs when you age by providing your body with a more excellent supply of collagen. Many people start to use collagen when they notice the signs of aging, at the age of 30s, 40s, or 50s. The best age to start collagen supplements is, however, as early as the mid-20s.

Does it sound too early?

Everything is preventative, and if you can incorporate collagen in a healthy, balanced diet, it'll be easier to combat collagen depletion in your mid-20s. If we wait until our 30s or later, that means there are times our body has to operate with an insufficient amount of collagen. The damage of that time is irreversible. If we start as soon as the collagen loss begins, we can cut such time to give the body a longer young life.

Here are my favorite collagen products that help nourish our skin form the inside out.

New Year, New Beginnings

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Happy New Year, friends!

May this year bring you endless joy. I hope you take a risk, that you do something that gives you butterflies in the pit of your belly, that you live a life less stifled, and that you exceed your own expectations. You absolutely can and you absolutely must. Let's make this one of the best – personally, professionally, wholly.

I’m making a lot of changes around here and I hope you like what you see in the months to come. In the meantime, I won’t be posting until Spring. (I’m sorry.) But, I promise you this, new content, updated posts, better tips and recommendations await.

Go where you feel most alive, take the paths that are unmarked and unknown.

Cheers to a most beautiful 2019! The best is yet to come...

💕Valerie

Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Finding Quietude: Meditation 101

Finding Quietude Meditation 101

Meditation: Shhhhh… it feels good.

Meditation was something I found endlessly daunting at first, but soon became the quietude and calmness that rocked my world. I can't put my finger on the why or the how, but I will tell you this much, for me... I am just happier and much more collected.

I urge you to give it a shot. The worst thing that can happen is that you gave yourself ten minutes of quiet in an endlessly loud world.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

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Get Comfortable

Sit against your headboard while in bed, on a chair, on a couch, in your car, or anywhere with comfortable back support. It’s best not to lie down, but it’s not necessary to sit up completely straight.

Calculate Your Finish Time

Check the time and add ten minutes on top of your start time. This will be your finish time. So, if you begin at 7:30am, your finish time will be 7:40am. Repeat your finish time to yourself once or twice. It’s best not to set an alarm or you may end up shocking yourself out of your meditation. Close your eyes.

Notice Your Breathing

Without speeding up or slowing down your breathing, just notice it. Expect your mind to wander away from noticing your breath. Do not fight this; it’s a natural occurrence.

Embrace Your Thoughts

It’s okay to get lost in your thoughts. And whenever you realize you’re meditating, just passively begin to notice your breathing again. For now, let the act of meditating become synonymous with both noticing your breathing and getting lost in your thoughts. Let all of the thoughts come and go—as you forget and become aware that you are meditating, it’s best not to resist any thoughts, including ideas, songs, conversations, images, feelings, or sensations. Embrace all mental experiences without concern, remorse, or regret.

In a typical meditation, you’ll begin by noticing your breathing for a minute or two, then you’ll get lost in thoughts for a minute or two, then you’ll remember you’re meditating, and slowly return to noticing your breath for a little while, then you’ll get lost again.

Come Out Slowly

Check your timing device periodically, and after ten minutes, slowly open your eyes and bring yourself out.

Use Guidance

If the above tips are still a bit daunting, try using an app Headspace or Calm to help you with a guided meditation. I have found these apps to be very helpful, especially when you are first getting started.

Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.