This post is sponsored by Dr. Axe, all the words and opinions are mine. Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. I’m not here to diagnose anything. I have a marketing degree, not a medical degree. So we’re just friends swapping stories, okie dokie?
Been hearing more and more about collagen?
This nutritional supplement has been getting a fair amount of attention—at least on my Instagram feed, which is admittedly full of accounts devoted to health, wellness, fitness and paleo nutrition.
I’m not naturally a “health-minded” person. I’m naturally a “donut-minded” person.
But earlier this year my health took what can only be described as a nosedive into a muddy ditch. I was not doing well. My digestive system was a disaster. I felt awful and run down.
A visit to the doctor and host of tests would reveal—a gluten allergy, hypoglycemia, leaky gut, and Hashimoto's.
I was grateful to have not one, but several reasons for why I was feeling so trashed. But I was also overwhelmed. My doctor recommended that I work with a nutritionist and I was directed to remove grains, sugar, and dairy from my diet.
I felt great. Except when I worked out, I had ZERO energy.
The mandate came to “eat more protein.”
But can I toss out something here? PROTEIN IS SORT OF A PAIN.
Especially if you’re like me and need to steer clear of whey and soy-based proteins.
I mean, I gave daily bacon a solid try, but I don’t think that’s what my nutritionist was suggesting when she mentioned “more lean protein” and “healthy fats.”
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And friends, I’ve tried A LOT of protein powders. I’ve scoured the aisles of regular and natural food stores. I’ve bought powders online. And you bet your sweet tushy that I’ve given them a good solid try, because protein powders are an investment. And some of them taste awful. I’m sorry, but they do.
Now...back to collagen. I was looking for two key things:
- A good protein source (that didn’t upset my tummy.)
- Anything and everything to help heal a leaky gut.
With those two priorities, collagen kept rising to the top of my “to try” list. But there are more possible benefits to collagen.
Great protein source.
I love Dr. Axe Multi-Collagen as a protein source because I’m able to add it to my regular food. My coffee, soup, or smoothie, without committing to, or altering, the flavor. Think about that. Most protein powders come with a pretty strong taste. Not here.
Helps keep hunger in check.
This was true for me. A scoop of collagen in my coffee mixes right in and I didn’t notice the taste, but I did notice that my morning cup of coffee left me feeling fuller with the added bonus of 7 grams of protein.
Supports a healthy gut.
I wish “leaky gut” had a more legit name. This feels made up. But the symptoms, I can assure you, are very real and, for me, following nutritional protocols intended to repair the gut have helped me mightily in the last few months. Including the use of collagen my diet.
Great for your skin, hair, and nails.
Collagen supports healthy tissues so your joints, skin, hair, and nails can benefit from this critical supplement.
Dr. Axe Multi Collagen Protein comes packaged in several ways that make adding it to your favorite foods super easy—the full-size canister holds 58 servings and the single-serving stick packs are fantastic for traveling or adding to coffee, smoothies, juice, or soup on the go. And for an extra layer of convenience—capsules.
If you’re curious about collagen you can read more about the benefits of Multi Collagen here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr. Axe - Food Is Medicine. The opinions and text are all mine.