Athletes And Gym-Goers: Why You Need Collagen
By Kavata Kithome
By now, it is no secret that I recently went through my own transformation. I have been sharing with you all that I have learned along the way, one of those things being how I fell in love with bone-broth.
I dramatically improved my health by making several lifestyle changes and bone broth is one change that I make sure to keep no matter what. Why, you ask? Because bone broth is full of body-loving protein called collagen.
What Is Collagen?
Beyond the many beauty benefits it offers, collagen is an essential protein that also supports your connective tissues. This makes collagen an amazing key to enhancing your physical performance.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and is a major building block for bones, joints and connective tissue. You can get this amazing protein from collagen-rich animal organs, skin, fatty cuts and – you guessed it – bones.
How Does Collagen Enhance Your Physical Performance?
Collagen is particularly important for building tissues that support athletic performance. The health of your connective tissues is so important as they support muscle growth to give you the physique that you desire.
Connective tissues are the second biggest mass and organ of your body and are a major part of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Long term continuous, strenuous exercise and the natural aging process lead to collagen degradation in the body. These degradations are slow and progressive developments and symptoms such as pain only appear in advanced stages.
Why You Should Start Including Collagen Into Your Workout Plan:
- Promotes A Healthy Response To Inflammation Caused By Endurance Training
For my long distance runners and heavyweight lifters, you are putting immense strain on your body; this causes inflammation. This is where collagen can help to promote a healthy inflammation response by speeding up the repair of connective tissues. With faster connective healing, you are less inflamed.
If you have had knee, ankle or elbow pain, you can understand how important it is to reduce this discomfort. If you exercise regularly, you know how hard exercise can be on your joints. Studies at Penn State University have shown that collagen can be used for joint health and possibly help reduce joint discomfort.
- Helps Reduce Injury To Ligaments And Tendons
Did you know that 75% of your ligaments are made up of collagen? It becomes pretty obvious that consuming collagen helps rebuild these important connective tissues. As you work out, your muscles may grow faster than your ligaments; this can lead to pain and injury. By taking in collagen, you are supporting and keeping these connective tissues supple. This helps them to be able to expand as your muscles do.
- Help Maintain Nitrogen Balance
This one is still pretty new to me. I have come to understand that positive nitrogen balance puts your body in an anabolic state – an ideal state for achieving muscle growth. This is especially important for body builders.
This reason alone is enough for me to grab a cup of bone broth right now. If collagen is consumed before and after exercise, it helps maintain and restore protein in the muscle. Better yet, it also helps your body breakdown creatine, which has been shown to help improve performance during short periods of exercise. This helps you increase body mass and reduce body fat percentage.
Maybe you are not looking to boost your physical performance and are wondering why you should even bother. It is important to take in collagen because, besides the reasons stated above, it is a protein that repairs and supports your body. It helps your skin, nails, hair and stomach lining, which helps you look and feel good – and who wouldn’t want that?
Due to modern food processing, it can be very difficult to naturally get collagen. Alongside bone broth, a great supplement to take is Youtheory collagen, as it has type 1, 2 and 3. These are in tab form. It supports every part of your body that has collagen.
My goal is to continue exploring this amazing protein and share everything I have learned. Do you have any experience with collagen? Share your experiences in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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