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All About Collagen

I’ve been on a collagen kick practically since the beginning of 2016, or so. I tried it, gave it two or three months and honestly never looked back. I’ve witnessed my skin improve (luminous), nails and hair (stronger). If you haven’t joined the tribe, you might as well keep reading for a brief lesson on the wonders that collagen can do for you. 

First, the word collagen comes from the Greek “kolla”, meaning glue. So you can understand that it’s literally what holds us together. It is the most abundant protein in our bodies and it plays a great role in the health of our skin – hello firmness and elasticity. It also helps our bodies ability to efficiently repair and replace old skin cells, it reduces joint pain, helps heal a leaky gut, and strengthens teeth and nails as well. 

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You must know, though, that there are different causes that trigger a natural decline in collagen production. Take aging for example, starting in your mid-20s, the productions of natural collagen starts to decline. We can also lose it due consuming a diet high in sugar, hormonal changes, smoke, stress/trauma, alcohol, excess sun, nutritional deficits and dehydration. 

Luckily, there are effective ways to boost our collagen levels — the best way being by upping up your intake level. You will learn how beauty really comes from the inside out! My advice is to make it as regular part of your daily wellness routine.

The Best Sources of Collagen: 

BONE BROTH
It’s collagen content improves the appearance of skin (bye cellulite), it’s also known to help restore the integrity of the gut lining and it’s the source of bone broth’s immune-boosting properties too.

BOVINE COLLAGEN
Bovine collagen is also called bovine cartilage or beef collagen and it’s a naturally-occurring protein found in the cartilage, bones and hides of cows. It improves hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons. 

MARINE COLLAGEN
Curious or not, this is the one I take. A great source of the amino acid proline and glycine, which helps promote healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems. Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, stronger nails, joint health, and bone health. 

FOODS HIGH IN VITAMIN C
In the words of Dr. Axe, “Obviously, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons don’t contain collagen. However, their high vitamin-C content makes them a key part of a collagen-boosting diet” — eating vitamin C-rich foods promotes collagen formation.

He adds that “similar to collagen, the skin’s content of vitamin C declines with aging as well as exposure to UV light and pollutants. And because vitamin C is high in antioxidants and a key factor in collagen synthesis, it’s important to consume more of these foods if you want to optimize collagen production and decrease the visible signs of aging.”

When life you gives lemons, you know what to do. 

March 29, 2018