Is Collagen Loading The Key To Experiencing More Beauty Benefits in Less Time?

It's that time of year where everyone is posting their newly formed health-based habits on social media.  Pretty much everyone is back in the gym preparing heavily to reveal their summer bodies.   Obviously, starting a workout routine right now is an excellent idea. But I'd also like to encourage you to also consider building your nutritional beauty routine before summer arrives.

This article is inspired by all the studies I've read over the years.  Most often, these studies are conducted within a 12-week timeframe.  Three months is typically the amount of time where people start experiencing measurable changes from their consistent efforts.

One thing we all want to experience for summer is healthy hair and glowing skin. My goal is to have my healthiest, most vibrant skin ever by the time summer rolls around. How will I do this? One of the many strategies I'll execute is "collagen loading."

So what is collagen loading exactly and what type of results can one experience by trying out a collagen loading protocol?
Before I explain exactly what this is, I'd like to share a little background.   During the summer of 2018, I realized that it had been a while since I taken collagen regularly.  I immediately place an order of  Great Lakes collagen packets to help get me back on track.  Every day (or so) I emptied one packet of collagen into my cup of tea.    After a few weeks, I happened to look at the instructions and realized that the recommended serving size was two packets.  That seemed like quite a bit.  These aren't tiny packets.  Each of the packets contained a lot of powder.  I was shocked that they suggested that we consume that much.  In the past, I would dissolve a single scoop of Vital Proteins collagen into liquids.  After about a month, I started to experience that hair, skin, and nails benefits that everyone raves about.

Little did I know that Vital Proteins suggested that we consume two large scoops of collagen (not one).  So know I'm asking myself "if I'm experiencing benefits with a single scoop, imagine what would happen if I actually followed their instructions?"

Last year I binged on collagen-related videos on Youtube.  One, in particular, was from a doctor who gave testimonies from his patients who were prescribed collagen to help alleviate medical concerns (hip/joint pain, arthritis, etc).  He boasted about how he required his patients to load up on collagen for a period of time in order to experience optimal results.  After a specified period of time, we would show them a before and after image of their  once damaged joint with newly formed collagen.   In another video, a woman who is a huge proponent of bone broth, talked about how she recommends her new patients to load up on collagen when they're first starting their regimen to experience results quickly.

Recently Dr. Axe came out with a video formally introducing the concept of the collagen loading protocol.  Basically, he's encouraging us to consume ample amounts of collagen throughout the day in order to give our bodies enough of this anti-aging ingredient to create the most impact!

Because I'm getting up in age, I'm very interested in beauty-boosting techniques that also benefit the entire body.  Dr. Axe recommends that a minimum of 30% of our protein intake come from collagen-rich sources.  To combat this deficit he's recommending that we really up our intake.  Instead of the recommended 2 scoops of collagen powder, he suggested that his patients consume collagen 3 times a day to initially build up our collagen levels.  After about a month of following this protocol, we can scale back to the recommended 2 servings a day.

I'm excited about this program because it could act as a secret weapon if you're interested in achieving noticeable benefits in your hair, skin, and nails in a relatively short amount of time.  Studies show that a noticeable difference in our skin is possible after taking collagen for just 4 weeks.  Plump, younger looking skin is just one of the benefits.  Other possible upsides to taking collagen include:

  • thicker hair.
  • less cellulite
  • weight loss?  (consuming collagen protein with a liquid makes you feel fuller which could lead to fewer calories consumed).
  • reduced greys (some testimonial reviews I came across were of happy collagen users who claimed that many of their grey hairs started growing back in their natural color)

With a collagen loading protocol, we may be able to maximize our visible results.  Heck, there's even a video on Youtube featuring a representative from NeoCell gulping down 12 of their gigantic collagen supplements at once. The recommended dosage on the bottle is 6 collagen pills per day.  In the video, he reminds us that collagen affects millions of cells in the body.  The NeoCell rep confirms that if you're looking for the external, noticeable results, you'd have to take a high dose of collagen (then he proceeds to take double the recommended dosage on camera).

So, yeah,  I'm looking forward to trying this collagen loading protocol to see what results are possible.  I'm also going to try my best to include various types of collagen such as collagen peptide powder, bone broth, and the NeoCell supplements.  If you're really serious about building new collagen in the body, may I suggest that you also include vitamin C and silica into your protocol because all three work synergistically to help the body form new collagen?

Check out what Dr. Axe has to say about the collagen loading protocol and decide for yourself if this could be a part of your summer-ready strategy.










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  1. I would be very interested to read your results and to see if you experienced any side effects such as stomach upset due to the increase in dosage. I currently take one scoop of Vital Proteins (the marine one) in my daily morning smoothie. I have nails as strong as steel! I haven't seen much of a difference in my hair or skin.

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