The Lowdown on Collagen

Collagen. It seems like collagen has been all the rage lately, but why? What exactly is it? Is collagen as healthy as people make it out to be? The answer is yes..Let us break it down for you and show why you need collagen and how infrared saunas stimulate collagen production!

 

col·la·gen

ˈkäləjən/

noun

1. the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues

 

Believe it or not, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It supports the liveness of our hair, tendons, bones, joints, cartilage, and of course, skin. There are SO many benefits collagen provides, so let’s dive in!

First off, collagen is what keeps our skin looking young and healthy because it provides our skin’s elasticity and firmness. As we get older, our collagen production naturally decreases causing wrinkles, fine lines, poor complexion, and even cellulite! As you increase the levels of collagen in your body, you will notice that your skin becomes firmer, the fine lines become less noticeable, and your complexion is brighter and more even toned. This also contributes to the fact that collagen helps promote faster healing of scars and dark spots due to the amino acids in collagen!

Similar to skin health, collagen also helps elasticity within joint health. Ever wonder why sometimes your muscles feel stiff or swollen or you are in more pain than usual after a tough workout? This too is due to lack of collagen production and the fact that your body breaks down collagen as you workout. As you lose collagen, your body gets stiff, your joints get swollen and move with less ease. As you increase collagen, your joints regain elasticity and reverse these symptoms. 

While there are many over the counter collagen supplements available, our favorite ways to stimulate collagen production in your body is by adding collagen boosting foods as well as taking a trip to The Sweat House! Infrared saunas are clinically proven to stimulate collagen production in your body which over time will reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and improve your overall skin tone and complexion. The more frequent you use infrared heat technology, the more you will notice these changes as well as less stiffness and pain in your joints! 

After you attend a sweat session at The Sweat House, add one of the collagen boosting foods below to your post sweat fuel for an overall healthier you!

Red Vegetables- Peppers, Tomatoes, Beets

Dark Green Vegetables- Spinach, Kale

Orange Vegetables- Carrots, Sweet Potatoes

Berries- Blackberries, Raspberries

Fish- Tuna, Salmon

Citrus Fruits- Grapefruits, Limes, Lemons, Oranges

Protein- Egg whites, Lean Meats, Nuts

White Tea, Garlic