You don’t have to accept these inevitable signs of aging and diminished health. Instead, you can gain a better understanding of why and how collagen production decreases and learn 6 ways to combat it to ensure you don’t suffer the same consequences.
How Collagen Works in the Human Body
Collagen is in a constant cycle of creation and destruction in the human body.
The body has cells that destroy collagen and other cells that create new collagen. Healthy collagen depends on this cycle continuing in order to keep the collagen “fresh”. When your body destroys collagen, it can be repurposed to make new collagen as part of this cycle.
So an optimal anti-aging strategy would focus on two factors:
- Stimulate The Natural Collagen Cycle – It’s inexpensive and safe to stimulate your own collagen cycle. The best part is that doing so is completely natural and doesn’t require any surgery or injections.
- Protect Existing Collagen From the Environment – As we mentioned above, environmental damage worsens the collagen destruction cycle.
First, let’s go over some ways you can increase collagen production:
1. At Least 8 Hours of Sleep Every Night
Studies have found a connection between sleep and the production of human growth hormone (HGH). And, because HGH stimulates collagen production in muscles and tendons, sleep is necessary for the body to repair, rebuild, and refresh each night.
2. Gelatin Bone Broths
A real bone broth where you allow beef bones, joints and skin to simmer for 8+ hours will release the collagen from the bones and other tissues. The heat and water break them down into a gelatin that your body can easily absorb. This bone broth is great for restoring collagen throughout your body. As a bonus, the gelatin also feeds the healthy probiotics in your gut!
3. Heavy Weightlifting and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
When you want to maximize HGH production in the gym, here are the types of workouts you should focus on:
- Weight Training – How much weight you lift as well as how often you lift will impact HGH and collagen production. You should focus on large muscle groups for the best results. Compound exercises such as bench press, squats, rows, deadlifts, etc are especially effective at boosting HGH and collagen production. There’s a reason women who do weight bearing exercise have a lower risk of osteoporosis. They’re boosting their bone collagen in the gym!
- HIIT – Many people spend an hour or more on a bike or treadmill for cardiovascular exercise. For optimal HGH production, you should cut the training time to 15 minutes and do 90 seconds at high intensity followed by 60 seconds at low intensity (High Intensity Interval Training).
One of the best ways to stimulate the cycle of collagen is to do a water only fast for 18 hours or more. All you need to do is stop eating and keep yourself hydrated by drinking only water. We recommend RO-filtered water with added minerals.
During the fast, your body will go into a state called “autophagy” which means “self-eating” and it will break down proteins, including collagen. The longer you fast, the more your body will break down these proteins. As a bonus, you’ll also be eliminating toxins and “bad proteins” in your cells!
When you finally end your fast by eating a full, healthy meal, your body will go into an intense collagen regrowth phase. Studies show that after a fast there’s increased stem cell activity, HGH levels, and collagen production. You end up rebuilding newer and healthier collagen than you had before!
Cutting-edge research is showing that red LED light therapy and infrared light therapy increase collagen production in the skin and joints.
Red LED light therapy – Red light of a particular wavelength creates healing benefits for the skin, which can increase collagen production, reduce acne or other imperfections, and even treat scars and stretch marks. LED red light therapy stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen while decreasing the enzymes that then break it down.
Infrared light therapy – Infrared penetrates the skin and goes to a deeper level than red light and stimulates collagen production in the muscles, bones and joints.
6. Dry Sauna and Steam (Heat) Therapy
Many studies over the past fifty years have shown that regular sauna use boosts hGH and therefore collagen. A Finnish study in the 70’s originally found that just 30 minutes in the sauna boosted hGH by 140%.
You can get even more benefit by using a dry infrared sauna, which is a sauna that uses infrared instead of heat coils, fire or steam. As mentioned above, the infrared waves can penetrate deep into the muscles and joints to stimulate collagen health at a deeper level.
7. Extreme Cold Therapy – Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy has taken off recently as one of the most out-of-the-box anti-aging hacks. It involves getting into a nitrogen-fueled chamber and exposing your body to sub-zero temperatures for up to 3 minutes—as cold as -130°C (-266°F).
Studies show that the body responds to the cold stress by increasing all the good hormones and proteins needed to rebuild collagen. Some studies have shown hGH and collagen growth can increase significantly from cryotherapy treatment. Other benefits may include injury recovery, pain relief and weight loss.
8. Collagen Boosting Supplements
Our supplement, Collagen Complete, contains 9 ingredients which are essential to the collagen production process. Each of these ingredients protect collagen and stimulate collagen production:
- Hydrolyzed Collagen – Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that is broken down into tiny particles that your body can absorb. Studies show that 95% or more of the hydrolyzed collagen you ingest is absorbed by the body (compared to less than 27% of the collagen in normal food).
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C is used to make all 28 types of collagen found in the body. It combines with lysine and proline, two amino acids, to form the first precursor of collagen, known as “procollagen.” As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects existing collagen from environmental damage.
- Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and regulates and repairs cell growth. It is found in connective tissues and is needed to bind collagen and elastin. By doing so, it increases elasticity and protects cartilage throughout the body as well as the skin. It’s also essential to the body’s natural collagen production.
- Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Also essential for collagen production, studies show that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements increase the healthy collagen matrix in skin and joints.
- Silicon and other Trace Minerals – Silicon dioxide (also called “silica”) is a natural mineral that your body uses to make healthy collagen. Many who use this report improvements in skin, hair, nails and a reduction of joint pain.
- Enzymes: Papain, Bromelain and Protease – These enzymes are used to help the body absorb collagen proteins.
Most supplements don’t contain this full range of ingredients. This forces you to purchase and take multiple supplements every day.
By consuming Collagen Complete, you will need only one supplement to enjoy all of these benefits and keep your skin, hair, and other body structures feeling and looking great!