While collagen has been all the rage over the past few years, I’m relatively new to it. As I entered my 30s at the end of last year, I started paying closer attention to my body and how its needs have been and will be changing.
I’ve always had older female friends. Besides them being an absolute ball of fun, what I truly appreciate about those friendships is the transparency over what to expect at different chapters of my life. They would often share their not-so-relatable tales that would gear me up for the next step.
One of the pearls of wisdom I’ve received is the fact that a woman’s body changes every seven years:
“Over the course of a woman’s life, her hormones go through different phases—seven, to be exact. Plus, each stage lasts about seven years. Naturally, these changes shape women’s reproductive health, but they also have an impact on women’s health overall, says Dr. Shervin H. Shaffiy.
This is how I ended up taking collagen regularly.
“After the age of 20, the dermis layer produces 1% less collagen each year. It is a natural ageing process known as intrinsic ageing,” says Clinical Director of Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, Dr Garry Cussell.
However, since taking collagen I found myself feeling hungry more often – something I’m not particularly used to. This led me to dig a little deeper and see if collagen supplements had any effect on the metabolism.
Collagen and your metabolism
There are some theories linking the use of collagen to weight loss. After doing the research, it makes complete sense.
Collagen has the power to increase your metabolism and your body’s muscle mass. With the amino acid glycine, collagen helps to convert glucose into energy, increasing lean muscles. More lean muscles mean the body burns more calories than fat as a result of a faster metabolism.
Pro tip: Take Vitamin C in conjunction with collagen to further support this natural process.
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