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You've probably seen all sorts of collagen-related content pop up in your feeds lately. From elixir coffees to healthy baking, this tasteless white powder slowly seems to be making its way into everyone's pantries.
Is this trendy supplement something you should add to your diet? And, if so, what are the benefits?
Read more below!
It turns out, grass-fed collagen peptides have all sorts of benefits! And, the fact that they are flavorless and colorless makes it easy to integrate them into almost anything.
Here are 7 reasons you should give grass-fed collagen protein a shot!
7 Reasons you should use grass-fed collagen protein
1. Better digestion. Collagen has been shown to help heal damaged cell walls and soothe the lining of the intestines, making this supplement perfect to promote a happy, healthy gut. Our digestive tracts are made up of of the same amino acids found in collagen, adding grass-fed collagen peptides to your diet may help heal the stomach and digestive lining.
2. Healthier skin. Collagen regenerates skin cells, improves elasticity, and regulates moisture. As we age, collagen production in the body slows down, so supplementing your diet with collagen protein can have all sorts of benefits, including:
- Promoting natural collagen formation in the body
- Promoting clear skin
- Improved skin smoothness
- Increased skin moisture level
- Revitalized skin tone
- Reduced redness
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
3. Stronger joints. Glycine (one of the amino acids found in collagen) supports joint flexibility, helps joints to withstand shock, and can reduce joint pain. Research shows found the use of collagen may also promote healthy cartilage, tendons and ligaments, for increased mobility.
4. Hair & nail growth. Collagen provides amino acids to build keratin for stronger hair and nails.
5. Weight loss. High in protein, collagen is a metabolism-booster and can help support muscle growth. Because it is flavorless, it can easily be integrated into all sorts of foods.
6. Restful sleep. 3 grams of glycine (an amino acid found in collagen) before bedtime has been shown to help improve sleep quality. Getting enough rest and sleep is an important part of balance and overall wellness.
7. Increase athletic performance. Grass-fed collagen protein can help reduce inflammation, repair tissue, shorten recovery time, and enhance healing, making it a great pre- and post-workout supplement.
Important things to note:
- Collagen is an incomplete protein. That means, it's important to make sure you are getting protein from other whole-food sources.
- Pair collagen peptides with a healthy fat for better absorption.
- Make sure you get sustainably-sourced, grass-fed collagen! Not all collagen is created equally. Make sure your collagen is from a trustworthy brand that implements conscious sourcing practices.
Want to give grass-fed collagen a go?
Looking for some recipes that use collagen?
I have a few for you!
MEET HAPPY HEALTHY JOE
Joseph Struhs (LA-based certified health coach) is an essential oil educator and wellness passionisto by day, marketing consultant for health pros by night! When he's not working, you can catch him fitting in a workout at the gym or getting crazy in the kitchen.
Is it just me, or are crystals everywhere?
From being incorporated into beauty products to being displayed in yoga studios to being lauded by health-conscious celebrities, they are popping up all over the place! Is this crystal craze a mainstream trend that will fade away, or are they tools to help support healing?
Ultimately, I think that's up to you to decide for yourself! And, the only way to find out is to get a little hands-on with them.
Feel like crystal healing is a little "out there"? Before ruling them out as a way to support your mind and body, I suggest opening yourself up a bit and giving them a try!
My purpose here is to break down some of the fundamentals behind crystal use, as well as explore some practical applications. We're going to talk about
- What crystals are
- The power of intention
- And how to use them with your essential oils!
I was invited to take over The Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Instagram account for a day! Here are all the posts in one convenient place for you.
I was super stoked for the opportunity to share my story and give you all a peek into what I do as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
Scroll down to take a walk in my shoes and see what a day in the life of a health coach is like! Enjoy!
With this no-waste recipe, you can have your cookies and eat them too! 🍪😜
This recipe was whipped up by my friend Dorothy Woods, a fellow Institute for Integrative Nutritionhealth coach! Before pursuing health coaching, Dorothy had a background in the culinary arts: she graduated from the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California and has a diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends at Le Cordon Bleu.
She also bakes up a mean cookie. 😉 This recipe gives you the perfect spicy, nutty treat with minimal natural sugars and added collagen to promote a balanced gut. Plus, you use nutrient-dense food waste you might typically throw out, making this recipe a real winner!
I learned so much from participating in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coach certification program. And not just about how to help other people.
I learned some valuable lessons about self-care and loving myself. And that health is a lot more than just food!
Below you'll find 5 powerful lessons I learned while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Looking for a little help in the love/romance department? You might want to try some essential oils!
But, seriously. A lot of essential oils have aphrodisiac properties and are widely used topically and aromatically to help ignite passion and invite and abundance of love!
On a physical level, certain aromas have the ability to elicit specific physiological responses. Read more about how essential oils affect the body here.
On an emotional/metaphysical level, essential oils are commonly used to help shift into a different mindset, and in holistic and alternative practices are used to clear chakras and focus energy in a positive way (in this case, sexually and romantically).
Below, you'll find a list of my top 10 essential oils to support love and sexual health, as well as a FREE essential oil blend recipe! I like to call it my "Love Potion No. 9"! 😉
#JanuaryWhole30 was LIT! 🔥 Thanks to you guys, not only was it tasty but it was a lot of fun!
Below, you'll find all of my #JanuaryWhole30 Instagram posts, along with a round-up of all the tasty recipes I created and shared. Thought I'd put everything in one easy-to-access, convenient place for you!
Congrats to everyone else who did the #JanuaryWhole30 with me! Thanks for sharing your journey and I hope you're feeling happier, healthier, and are enjoying some newfound food freedom!
This Whole30-friendly Shepherd's Pie makes the perfect fresh dinner or an awesome part of your weekly meal prep routine!
Make-ahead casseroles are so great - I make several meals out of this dish, and I can simply add a hearty salad on the side, roasted veggies, or a nice bowl of bone broth to fill things out.
Meal prepping is seriously SUCH a game changer. It helps you to be more intentional with your eating and your relationship with food. And it can save SO much time! If you want a free meal planning template, you should def snag my Whole30 Success Workbook. It’s never too late to get more purposeful and organized! 🤓📝🍴
Hit the ground running with your Whole30!
Below, you'll find my 4 top tips and resources to set yourself up for an awesome Whole30, along with my FREE printable Whole30 Success Workbook, which includes tips, meal planning templates, and more!
“Let food be they medicine.”
Those are the famous words of Hippocrates. About eight months ago, those words became a personal mantra of mine as I was fighting to reclaim my health.
Now, those words fuel my passion as I try to help people change their lives for the better as an integrative health coach.
I’m being 100% honest here: my decision to leave the world of marketing & PR to pursue a career in wellness was just as much self-serving as it is selfless. My journey to learn how help others with their health is just as much a journey to help myself.
I've been a lifestyle essential oil user/essential oil educator for a few years now - what can I say, I love 'em!
But before I was introduced to dōTERRA, I didn't realize that there is a BETTER way than getting over-the-counter essential oils at the local health store. Way better.
Like, way way waaaaaaay better.
What I'm talking about isn't some magical super-secret health coaches-only club - how I get my essential oils is accessible to EVERYONE. And that means you!
Read on, and let me show you how you can get your hands on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils - the smart way. 🙌🏼🌿💦✨
"Essential oils? More like snake oils!" you might be thinking. 🐍
When we're new or unfamiliar to something, often our defenses can be up and we might have preconceived ideas.
For the sake of learning, I'm going to ask you to check your reservations in at the door and open yourself up to learn some new things today! Everything we're going to cover is 1) backed by science and 2) has the potential to change your life!
So, let's get started, shall we? 😉
Want to be your happiest, healthiest self?
YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
When you think about who you are now and what you want to become, does it feel overwhelming?
Don't even sweat it! I'm here to walk you through that journey, step by step. One drip at a time.
SINCE YOU'RE HERE RIGHT NOW, I'VE GOT A FEELING THAT YOU'RE READY TO MAKE CHANGES - FOR THE BETTER.
Maybe you want to...
Be more positive.
Create more balance.
Fuel your passion!
No matter where you are on your happy, healthy journey, you have to start somewhere! And, as I've learned from my own experience, here and now is the perfect place to start.
September is one of my favorite months of the year. And, there's several reasons why!
- It's my birthday month! I'm a Virgo baby!
- The weather. I love the transition from sweaty summer to cool fall.
- The annual dōTERRA Convention is held in Salt Lake City!
I got to fly up to Salt Lake for a week of fun with some of my Happy Healthy Community friends to experience the dōTERRA One Convention! This is my second time attending dōTERRA's annual Convention and, needless to say, this time did NOT disappoint. With over 30,000 attendees, science forums, special keynote speakers, musical performances (Colbie Callait, anyone?), and a massive product showcase, it was pretty rad. If you get the chance to go to dōTERRA's Convention, DO IT!
Working from home, I've come to realize more and more how I am affected by my surroundings. It's the little things that can make or break the vibe in a room - and that's where feng shui comes into play.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of laws that govern spatial organization in the relation to the energetic flow of a space. How you arrange your room can change how the energy flows, and that can impact your mood and how you go about your day-to-day business.
Instagram was a powerful way for me to connect with other Whole30ers and share my experience.
Below are fifteen of my favorite Whole30-related Instagram accounts I discovered while doing the program. Trust me - if you're getting ready to do a Whole30, you'll want some Whole30 #foodporn and inspo popping up in your news feed to help keep you motivated! Give these accounts a follow!
Do you follow someone who you think should make this list? Hit me up in the comments - I'm always on the lookout for great Instagram accounts to follow!