How to get the most out of your Marine Collagen
As with nearly all health supplements, making some simple and easy lifestyle changes can really help you get the best out of it, and maximise the benefits of collagen supplements.
Don't worry, they don't have to be drastic or sweeping changes, but they really can help when it comes to slowing the natural decline of collagen in your body as you age.
These simple tweaks to your lifestyle can help promote healthy collagen synthesis in your body, making sure you see the maximum benefit of your collagen capsules, as well as a host of other health benefits:
1. Eat a well-balanced and varied diet
A healthy, balanced diet packed with plenty of variety and a good range of nutrients is very beneficial for every aspect of your body. Eating in this way ensures you get all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and antioxidants you need. The vitamin C in a well-balanced diet can help aid the absorption of you collagen supplement too.
It can also help to reduce excessive intake of refined sugar, salt, saturated fat and alcohol. These can all have detrimental effects for your collagen levels, and overall health.
2. Exercise regularly - gently is ok
The health benefits of exercising are many, and it doesn't have to be extreme. A gentle walk or some yoga for 20-30 minutes, 4-5 times per week is enough. The cortisol reduction and dopamine hits will do wonders for your skin, hair and mood.
3. Limit exposure to sunlight
There are benefits to exposure to sunlight, such as vitamin D production. However, too much sun (and the harmful UV rays) can be damaging to your skin which can impact your collagen levels and lead to premature ageing of your skin. It's important to remember your sunscreen and try not to spend too much time in the most intense sun.
Plenty of water leads to good hydration, and good hydration really helps with clear, healthy looking and feeling skin.
Good hydration ensures much needed antioxidants and nutrients can reach your skin, and unwanted or harmful toxins can easily be removed. The recommended amount is around 8 glasses per day, and more if you exercise or are at high altitudes (like skiing).
5. Avoid smoking
Among the many negative health impacts of smoking (including cancers and heart disease), premature ageing is one of the most common effects of smoking, especially in your skin.
6. Sleep well
Sleep is an essential part of overall health, allowing your body time to heal, process or recover from daily use. As the largest organ of the human body, your skin is no different, so don't neglect it. Try to aim for 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night as consistently as possible.