Lately there has been a ton of hype around collagen, and you can probably see why. Collagen literally helps to build and form strong bones, teeth, skin, muscles, and more. It can also smooth fine lines and wrinkles in your skin, and improve your skin’s elasticity to keep it looking young.
The collagen hype is also coming from the “beauty from within” approach that millennials tend to live by. Our generation is taking tons of supplements and eating more vegan food than ever, and it’s really amazing to see this huge self care, health and wellness movement that’s been happening!
So here are a few tips on some plant based methods you can use to increase your body’s collagen production that I hope you guys will find helpful:
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Try A Plant Based Collagen Supplement
A lot of people don’t know this, but vegan collagen supplements are actually a thing and the right one can be as good as (if not better than) a traditional collagen supplement!
What plant based collagen supplements do is they improve your body’s ability to increase its own production of collagen, instead of you consuming a supplement that contains collagen from animals and not even knowing for sure if your body will absorb any of it.
I put together a list below of some amazing plant based collagen supplements that I’ve tried and really loved/thought they made a noticeable difference in how my skin, hair and nails look:
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Vitamin C is super important for collagen production in the body, so the more fruits and vegetables you can eat in a day that have lots of vitamin C, the better.
Some examples of plant based foods that are high in vitamin C are:
and lots more!
Eating a lot more of foods like these every day will help so much in increasing your body’s natural ability to create collagen!
Limit Your Sun Exposure
Radiation from the sun can actually decrease natural collagen production in the body, so stay out of the sun wherever possible.
If you are going to be outside for longer periods of time, always remember to pack on the SPF!
Try Out Face Yoga
Face yoga is a pretty new concept that basically involves stretches for your face (this article from Mind Body Green explains it really well and it includes a few stretch exercises you can try). The facial stretches are supposed to help with the circulation in your face, which will stimulate collagen production and make your skin healthier!
Face yoga also helps to keep your facial muscles from sagging because it tones and tightens them.
Consume More Amino Acids
Amino acids like lysine are important building blocks for collagen, because collagen is made up of amino acids!
Plant based foods like quinoa, pumpkin seeds, lentils, and black beans are just a few great sources of lysine, which is one of a few different amino acids that help the body produce collagen.
A couple other super important amino acids, which are proline and glycine, can be found in tons of vegan foods like mushrooms, cabbage, legumes, and many nuts and seeds and beans as well.
When you eat more of these healthy vegan foods, you’re setting your body up to produce as much collagen as you’ll need to look healthy, young and glowing!
Thank you so much for checking out these easy plant based methods you can use to increase your body’s collagen production! Are there any tips you have to help increase collagen production that I didn’t include in this list? Let me know in the comment section below, and definitely feel free to share this post on Pinterest if you liked it. You can also follow me on Instagram for tons of similar content if you’re interested! 🙂
I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy as always, and talk soon xx
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