Do you want to live a healthy life? To do that, you must heal your gut!
Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that allows harmful toxins to pass through widened pores in the digestive tract. Those toxins then enter the bloodstream (as shown in the photo below).
Leaky gut syndrome can lead to a number of other serious health conditions, including chronic inflammation, digestive issues, food intolerance, skin rashes and autoimmune disease.
Via Dr. Axe
After seeing the damage a leaky gut can cause, it’s clear why you need to heal your digestive tract immediately. To do so, along with taking a daily probiotic supplement, you should bump up your collagen intake.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that’s naturally found in our bodies. It’s in our muscles, bones and skin. It’s a substance that holds our bodies together. You can think of it as body glue!
Chances are, you’ve heard of collagen for beauty purposes. It’s used in many skin creams that claim to keep us looking younger by tightening our skin. But improving skin’s elasticity isn’t the only way we benefit from collagen. It also:
- Repairs Joints
- Boosts The Metabolism
- Helps Detox The Body
- Helps Heal a Leaky Gut (more on this below)
Collagen Vs. Gelatin
You may have heard people use the words “collagen” and “gelatin” interchangeably. Confused? Don’t be!
The two are often mentioned together because gelatin actually comes from collagen. For example, when you make bone broth, the uncooked animal bones are filled with collagen. As the bones simmer in hot water, that collagen breaks down into gelatin.
The healing benefits remain in both forms!
Collagen For Leaky Gut
Similar to how collagen helps tighten and tone your skin, it also helps tighten and tone your digestive tract.
Collagen contains amino acids that are essential to cell growth. Those growing cells work to repair your damaged intestinal wall. By closing up those widened pores, it helps keep harmful toxins (such as gluten) from passing into your bloodstream.
Collagen also helps restore the integrity of your mucosal wall and boosts gastric juices, which are essential for proper digestion.
How To Boost Collagen Intake
You can consume collagen naturally through the food you eat. Animal products such as eggs, poultry, fish and milk all contain collagen.
Looking for a collagen-rich snack? Try an all-natural jello!
Along with food, there are also collagen supplements. When shopping for a supplement, go for a collagen protein powder. Make sure to choose a powder from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows with no antibiotics or chemicals.