As most people know, I’m a Vital Proteins Ambassador. I’ve enjoyed Vital Proteins far before becoming an ambassador, and I’ve found Vital Proteins to drastically improve my skin, hair, nails, as well as help me recover from workouts.
In exchange for a couple of products each month, I write benefits for me or share recipes. I’ve been making the same smoothies through the summer because I prefer a smoothie after a hot summer run. First, I’m not a doctor or dietician so works for me may not work for you!
I thought I would share, Why Take Collagen?
Many people might not know, but Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is the primary building block of bones, joints, and connective tissue. I had no idea until doing research last year.
Most natural forms of collagen come from animal rich, fatty products such as animal organs and bones. Most people don’t chomp on animal bones so it can be difficult to get natural collagen.
Collagen is actually crucial in muscle growth as well. Collagen is found in connective tissue. Connective tissues are in almost everything including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones.
Aging as well as continuous stress (hello running) will cause degrading and loss of collagen. So even if you’re sedentary, as you age you lose collagen.
So How Does Collagen Help Recover from Workouts?
First, Collagen Promotes a Healthy Response to Inflammation:
Runners are putting stress on their bodies. It doesn’t matter if you are running 10 miles a day or 2. Stress causes inflammation. After a hard workout, you damage the muscle, and collagen will help create a healthy response to repair the muscle to build stronger! If your body continues to break down the muscle, you will find yourself injured.
Second, Collagen can Help Reduce Injury to the Ligaments and Tendons:
Did you know ligaments are made up almost entirely of collagen? I didn’t know until recently! Ligaments are actually strands of fibrous connective tissue comprised almost exclusively of collagen.
Consuming collagen helps to optimize the rebuilding of ligaments when they are strained!
Third, Joint Health:
If you have ever told a “nonrunner” that you run chances are they will talk about it being bad for your knees or joints. Running does put pressure and strain on your joints.
Collagen is one of the building blocks of the cartilage found in joints Cartiledge is the which is the tissue that protects your joints.
Fourth, Bone Health:
Runners put a lot of stress on their bones. I am no stranger to bone injuries, and it’s important to keep your bones healthy. Along with Collagen, I also take a Calcium and Vitamin D supplement.
Anyway, calcium is not the only component to build strong bones. What most people don’t know is that collagen makes up about 1/3 of bone. It is the protein that gives bone their flexibility.
Finally, the Protein:
I’m not one to say high protein all of the time. I think protein has its place in someone’s diet just like both carbohydrates or fat. (As a public health major in college, I have taken several courses in health and nutrition). It is vital to get food after a run or workout. I used to be not great at doing so. It wasn’t that I avoided it, it was more that I was running late and didn’t put in the time or effort.
Depending on the time of the year I like to make smoothies or add to my coffee. Right now I’ve been making this smoothie after a run which has worked out well.
These are just a few reasons I take Vital Proteins directly after a run. Since I’ve been using Vital Proteins, I’ve found myself to be recovering faster after hard workouts or races.
Thank you to Vital Proteins for allowing me to be a brand ambassador!
Questions for you:
Do you have anything post workout?
Have you tried Collagen before?