I’d like to introduce one of my favorite beauty products- collagen!
Let start with the basics. Did you know that the collagen molecule is too big to soak into your skin? All those creams and serums that claim to help with wrinkles because they contain collagen are completely worthless. Seriously- completely a waste of your money.
Collagen hydrolysate, on the other hand, is for ingesting. It’s far superior to eat your collagen, because your body uses it to fight against wrinkles, and a ton of other building and repairing functions, too.
Collagen hydrolysate is made from gelatin. The only difference between the two is that the collagen hydrolysate has been broken down into individual amino acids, so it’s more bio-available (your body absorbs it more easily).
Collagen hydrolysate contains 20 amino acids that are essential for building and doing just about everything in your body including (but not limited to) strong hair & nails, better muscle tone, and supple skin that can rebuild its own elasticity. To me, that sounds like the perfect beauty product!
I like using this because it dissolves easily into my coffee and is virtually tasteless. It’s not all just for superficial reasons, either. Our ancestors’ diets contained far more gelatin (and therefore collagen) than ours do today- creating a huge deficit in our diet. To me, this simple addition to my daily routine is essential!
I buy Great Lakes grass-fed, kosher beef collagen.
photo from GOOP.com
Have you all seen or heard of the controversy over Gwyneth Paltrow’s $200 breakfast smoothie?
Being the smoothie and veggie-juice drinking health nut I am, I had to check it out. Here’s how her site has it listed:
GP’s Morning “Smoothie”
Gwyneth drinks one of these every morning, whether or not she’s detoxing. Choose your Moon Juice moon dust depending on what the day ahead holds!
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla mushroom protein powder
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
1 teaspoon ho shou wu
1 teaspoon cordyceps
1 teaspoon moon dust of choice
pinch Himalayan sea salt
pinch vanilla powder (optional)
A lot of these ingredients may seem foreign to most people! They include a few mushrooms and Ayurvedic herbs which are super-healthy and balancing. Not to mention, it’s low carb, low sugar, and high in fat. This looked perfect for the ketogenic diet I’m doing! I am not going to dish out a lot of money for the “moon dust,” though I want to try it sometime in the future.
My dupe of Gwyneth’s smoothie was a lot cheaper, and surprisingly tasty.
Nutty and delicious! This is a perfect breakfast drink because it’s very filling from the healthy fats and nut protein. The coconut oil and maca are very energizing, and the mushroom complex is great for nourishment.
Sarah’s Morning “Smoothie”
1 cup unsweetened, organic almond milk (low sugar and low carb)
2 tablespoons almond butter (more of this for flavor, since I didn’t have anything vanilla)
1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil
2 droppers full of Stamets 7, an immune-boosting mushroom complex which includes cordyceps, reishi, and chaga
1 teaspoon organic maca
pinch Himalayan sea salt
(I forgot to include these ones in the original photo)—>
What do you think– would you try it?