By Christa Spence, OTR and Founder of Life Wellness Occupational Therapy
Collagen has so many wonderful benefits and here is another one – gut health!
But before we dive into the benefits that collagen peptides have on the gut, let’s look at why it is so important to have a healthy gut in the first place to understand the problems that not having a healthy gut can cause.
Why is a healthy gut so important?
The lining of the gastrointestinal tract (“gut”) is a direct link to the entire body and is an important factor in providing the health and wellbeing of the body. A critical job the gut has is that it creates an important barrier between toxic substances that live in the gut and the rest of the body. When the gut lining becomes damaged, toxic elements like undigested food and waste begin to penetrate the protective barrier and enters the bloodstream causing a condition called “leaky gut” and other digestive problems.
Causes of gut penetration
There are many causes of leaky gut. Here are a few causes:
· Prolonged stress
· Artificial Sweeteners
Symptoms that you may have a leaky gut:
· Brain fog resulting in difficulty concentrating
· Unexplained weight gain.
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C and IBS-D)
· Chronic fatigue
· Food allergies
· Skin allergies such as eczema
· Autoimmune conditions
Taking collagen peptides supports a healthy digestive tract
Collagen helps to support the absorption of nutrients. A leaky gut releases toxins as well as nutrients preventing much-needed vitamins and minerals from properly being absorbed. So, no matter how good your diet is, your body will not be receiving the benefits.
Collagen helps to prevent digestive disorders by providing strength and structure to your digestive organs. You see, collagen is a protein that is responsible for regulating and structuring body tissue which includes your gut. Hydrolyzed collagen peptides repair and seal the gut when it has been damaged and is needed to maintain health to the digestive organs.
Collagen reduces the risk associated with digestive problems.
Collagen contains a substance called glycine which is an amino acid that reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the source of many diseases and conditions so preventing inflammation is extremely important. Additionally, collagen also decreases the effects of an inflamed bowel that can lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C and IBS-D).
Collagen heals and seals leaky gut which is caused by a variety of sources including but not limited to processed foods, stress, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics, and lack of sleep. (for additional causes, refer to the above list of causes of leaky gut). As stated, leaky gut increases penetration within the gut lining allowing for penetration of undigested foods and waste. These toxins flow into the bloodstream eventually causing leaky gut syndrome. Collagen provides the proteins needed to rebuild and maintain the intestinal wall and prevent bacteria from invading the body while also boosting your metabolism.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you and your doctor cannot find a reason for why these symptoms exist, I encourage you to try taking BYBA Collagen Peptides regularly for a few months to see if you start feeling better.
I know I did!
– Christa Spence, OTR, and founder of Life Wellness
A supporter of BYBA Collagen Peptides