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Collagen: The Best Protein to Stay Beautiful

Collagen: The Best Protein to Stay Beautiful

Staying beautiful while aging can be easy – that is, if you know what to do. Some people have started to drink collagen every day, and many of them claim that they’ve seen a lot of improvement not just in the way they look but also in the quality of their skin and overall hair health. Let’s dig into what the research has to say about collagen, one of the most popular protein supplements on the market right now.

What Is Collagen?

In recent years, collagen has become the byword in the world of beauty and anti-aging. From collagen lip injections to anti-wrinkle collagen treatments, this is one protein that has surely won a spot in the anti-aging world.

Collagen is a type of fibrous protein. It is naturally synthesized by the body. It is found in many tissues that need to be elastic, such as the skin, as well as in the joints and muscles.

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This protein has an excellent concentration of the amino acids lysine, proline and glycine. These amino acids are vital in maintaining healthy skin and hair. They are also vital in the repair of joint surfaces and bone matrix, as well as connective tissue.

This protein also has numerous other functions in the body. Its main action is helping tissues to be elastic and resilient. In the skin, collagen keeps the skin elastic and looking youthful. An abundance of collagen prevents the skin from developing wrinkles.

Why Supplement With Collagen?

To keep skin healthy, wrinkle-free and youthful-looking, collagen supplements may be used. Supplementing help supply the body with adequate collagen.

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As we age, collagen production slows down. It starts to break down faster than the body can replace it. This is one of the reasons that wrinkles and fine lines start to appear.

Supplementing the body’s collagen supply can help in keeping the skin more firm and youthful. Not only that, it can also help improve the health and appearance of nails and hair. Aging no longer means having wrinkled skin, brittle nails and limp, thin hair.

Collagen is available as cosmetic injections, which is more popular especially among celebrities. It is injected to certain points on the face to smoothen out wrinkles. Some also have collagen injections to achieve full lips, Angelina Jolie-style.

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For those unwilling to undergo painful injections, collagen powder drinks are another viable option.

Why Drink Collagen?

Collagen drinks are much safer and more convenient to use than undergoing regular collagen injections. They are effective at improving the condition of the skin and can help reduce the effects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Oral collagen supplementation can improve skin elasticity and moisture. It also reduces skin roughness and water loss through the skin.

study found that taking hydrolyzed collagen can help in improving the skin’s hydration status, which helps in slowing down the negative effects of aging on the skin. Consuming hydrolyzed collagen increases the amount of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin.

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Drinking collagen protein powders is better than topical products and injections. You provide the body with the essential amino acids it needs for various processes, including maintaining skin health. It is also much safer, natural and less painful. Drinking collagen promotes overall health while topical products and injections only provide spot-corrections of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Conclusion

Collagen is an important protein in the body. It isn’t just for helping you look younger and more beautiful. It also promotes the health of other tissues such as the bones and joints.

Start looking younger and more beautiful today by taking collagen. The best protein to stay beautiful can easily be consumed through collagen supplements. Oral intake of collagen beautify the body from the inside and out.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

More to Help You Stay Motivated

Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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