I met Vital Proteins at FounderMade’s beauty summit in the beginning of this past summer. I was most definitely late to the collagen party, but oh so excited to join it. I tested one pack and felt immediate energy shifts upon consumption. I was hooked. I used my coupon code and ordered my first lil tub o’ collagen peptides. My collagen ritual entailed filtered water, two scoops of collagen, and a splash of lemon juice. Sometimes a drop of stevia or a few mint leaves for those hot NYC days.
The first visible sign –that I could give immediate credit to collagen peptides– were my strong nails. Fresh out of a gel manicure, rock solid nails. I was fascinated. I also physically felt an energy boost upon finishing a nice glass of collagen water. My skin was at its best. But I did not know why. I soon realized I had no idea what I was consuming and needed to figure it out, pronto.
As it turns out, collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is only logical that we see immediate effects in a clear complexion, reduced wrinkles, and taut skin- as the skin is the largest organ in the body. And as we age, the production of collagen goes down by 2% every year. Just because I am in my early twenties, does not mean I don’t benefit from the glory of collagen. I sure as hell do. Taking collagen, supports healthy hair, skin and nails, but additionally primes your bone and joint strength. When I added my collagen elixirs to my routine, I drank it in the morning prior to attending a SoulCycle class. Little did I know, collagen is a fantastic pre and post workout supplement. The support of collagen over the past six months has been integral to my active lifestyle, which includes spin, HIIT and yoga.
I am so grateful I fell into the abyss of collagen through Vital Proteins, who sources their products sustainably. VP sources their collagen from grass-fed, pasture- raised, bovine hides from Brazil. Hence, VP is not a vegan product as collagen comes from beef and fish. Vital Proteins is exceptionally transparent about the source of their products and shares as much information as possible.
In closing, I have rounded up the benefits that have made positive contributions to my well-being,
Collagen is a fantastic supplement to support an active lifestyle.
It is a rejuvenating pre and post workout supplement that strengthens joints and bones.
I am not the only active human benefitting from Collagen. Vital Proteins sponsored professional athletes with collagen for 2 years and injuries went down by 60%. I mean? Rad sauce. VP is now the Chicago Cubs official collagen partner. They have even requested a sports green to make VP’s products more applicable to athletes.
It improves gut health.
I feel better when my stomach feels better. For a young woman with extensive stomach issues, that are deeply intertwined with my anxiety and emotions, my tummy can be deeply affected by my surroundings. Improving my gut health improves my overall well being. I devote time to better understand my body, and to learn how it be strengthened. The largest part of the equation, is without a doubt, the gut. To have a high functioning, clean gut takes genuine effort and care, but it is rewarding in every other sphere.
Your nails are strong even through the trials of a gel manicure.
(hopefully a non-toxic one– if your city permits such an indulgence)
‘Nuff said. I hope I have convinced you!
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Energizing Matcha Collagen Tonic
1 serving Vital proteins collagen peptides
1 cup Almond milk
Less than half a cup of hot water
1- 2 tsp. Matcha
½ tsp. Cordyceps
1 tsp. coconut oil (1 tbsp)
Optional: 1 tsp raw honey or drop of stevia
- Boil hot water to prep your matcha and then use a matcha (or deep) bowl, to whisk your matcha with hot water
- Meanwhile, heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat and load the rest of your ingredients in a blender or bowl if you have a frother
- Once your milk is warm, blend or froth until desired texture
- Top with loose leaf tea or edible flowers to increase beauty
Collagen gifted by Vital Proteins
For More Information regarding collagen and Vital Proteins, visit: VitalProteins.com // Cision PR Newswire // Vogue.com // Paleo Magazine Radio: Interview with founder of VP
Charleston, South Carolina | | Photographed by Jesse Volk