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Collagen has been making waves across the beauty and fitness world – the benefits on hair, skin and nails are touted from coast to coast. Not only that, exercise enthusiasts from all walks of life make collagen a part of their daily diet to improve joint health and recover quickly.

But one of the oldest reasons (and quite possibly one of the best reasons) to incorporate collagen in your diet has nothing to do with how you look on the outside, or how your knees feel when you climb stairs. A growing number of people are rediscovering the benefits of collagen on the gut.

Beauty comes from within, and no part of our body is more responsible for this than our gut. Think of our bodies as a complex orchestra made up of dozens of instruments, each playing their own tune. Our gut is the conductor, keeping everything humming along smoothly. It’s responsible for digesting food, delivering nutrients, and even producing neurotransmitters (the chemicals that help us feel happy, productive, and energized).

Needless to say, when our gut isn’t 100 percent, our health can bear the brunt of burden. Eating a diet that’s low in sugar and refined carbs and high in vegetables, healthy fat, and clean protein will put you on the right track, but incorporating collagen helps fortify a gut that needs a little love.

Although collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in our body, it begins to diminish as we get older. So regularly supplementing our body with collagen has been shown to improve gut health in many ways. One of the most apparent ways is with digestion.

Strengthens the gut lining
It’s not something we often think about, but most people don’t realize that the connective tissue in our gut is actually a hotbed of collagen. Incorporating collagen in your diet helps to strengthen the lining of our intestines, which allows us to digest food with greater ease.

Builds good bacteria
You’ve heard of good bacteria, right? It’s the stuff we need more of to help keep our immune system in great shape. Well, collagen creates a one-two punch of prebiotics and probiotics in our gut that helps move the bad stuff out while keeping the good stuff in. Bottom line: you “go” more regularly.

Heals inflammation in the gut
Collagen is the most abundant source of vital amino acids, most of which are low or nonexistent in other forms of protein. For example, collagen is an excellent source of an amino acid called glycine. Glycine has long since been used to reduce inflammation and help heal the lining of the gut. Collagen contains 17 other amino acids that work as hard as glycine to keep our bodies moving along.

Adding collagen to your diet is probably one of the easiest things you can do. Two scoops of Vital Proteins Marine Collagen to a cup of coffee, smoothie, or even in your favorite baked good or soup is a simple and delicious way to enhance your health.

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