Adding Pump-It-Up Collagen to our Fitcover range felt so normal to me because I’ve been using it myself for such a long time and honestly couldn’t live without it now.
Like all of our products, we put a lot of thought into the type of collagen we would offer and ensured it was ethically sourced, high quality, pure and with an excellent absorption rate. That’s why we chose hydrolysed collagen peptide and kept it unflavoured and unaltered so it’s undetectable when added to drinks and foods. Plus it fits so neatly into the Fitcover box where we keep fitness and beauty neatly tucked in together.
My love affair with collagen peptides
Collagen made its way into my routine shortly after the birth of my first son, Taj. I suffered from hair loss, hair thinning, skin pigmentation, stretch marks and overall dullness just like so many other mothers do. It’s crazy that one of the best experiences we can have as a woman can leave us feeling so wrecked. After only a few weeks taking collagen, I noticed huge changes in my skin's firmness, reduction in my acne scarring and stretch marks (wow, thought that was for life?), my hair was growing thick and super strong and my overall complexion was so much brighter. I could not believe it!!!
Is collagen an ancient fountain of youth?
It very well could be and I do love the benefits I’ve seen in my skin! Even though it seems like a new thing, using collagen-rich foods and products for beauty benefits are common in traditional Chinese medicine. But, the rest of us are really only just catching on to their true benefits. With anything, there are always sceptics but the more studies that are done, the more it’s looking like collagen may have widespread health and beauty benefits for lots of different people.
What is collagen and where does the body get it naturally?
It’s dubbed the scaffolding of the body because it’s in literally everything from our bones, connective tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Up to 10% of muscles are made up of collagen and around 75% of the dry weight of our skin.
The body should make the collagen it needs when you consume enough foods rich in protein, vitamin C and iron. For many of us, our bodies can’t make as much collagen as would be optimal because our diet and activity levels don’t match, we’re going through a major physical change (like pregnancy) or natural collagen production has reduced due to ageing.
The signs of low collagen production can include:
- Skin lacking elasticity;
- Loose, thin skin;
- Dry skin;
- Muscle wastage;
- Joint pain; and,
- Bone health issues.
Some foods contain good levels of natural collagen, including chicken skins and bone broth, but I don’t like the sound of eating those every day and maybe you don’t either! A collagen supplement is such a great alternative as it can be added to almost any food or drink without affecting the texture, smell or adding any weird flavours as it is completely tasteless.
Do collagen supplements work?
Studies into the same collagen we use in our Pump-It-Up Collagen show positive outcomes, including:
- Assisting in muscle recovery by delivering 18 amino acids;
- Firming and tightening skin that lacks elasticity and tone;
- Preventing and reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks;
- Assisting smooth-moving joints and reducing joint damage and pain;
- Encouraging fast-growing strong hair and nails;
- Reducing appetite by providing a low-cal full-feeling; and,
- Promoting gut health and energy levels.
That’s a pretty impressive list right? The recommendations to get these kinds of results actually vary from 2.5g to 30g per day. We recommend a 10g daily dose in combination with a balanced, whole food diet as a great starting point.
How I take my Pump-It-Up Collagen
I add 1 tablespoon (about 10g) of Collagen to my protein shake every morning and another tablespoon to a glass of water or juice every night, usually around 10 mins before bed. This has become such a routine for me that if I go to bed without taking it I will get back up to make it because I know how amazing it makes me feel every day.
My Favourite Pump-It-Up Collagen Recipe
- 300mls cold water
- 1x scoop Macro Mike protein powder ( It doesn't matter which one as I love them all)
- 1x frozen banana
- 1 handful of berries
- 30g oats
- Half teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon Collagen
Blend and serve. Easy.
Yes! I’m a sucker for the simple smoothie but who isn’t these days? I’ve also been known to add it to my coffee, into my cooked oats, mixed in with my cereal or yoghurt and just about any other way I can think to have it! Pump-It-Up Collagen is so versatile and doesn’t go strange during cooking as some other protein powders do.
Fountain of youth or an essential fitness and beauty sup? You be the judge!
Seriously, Pump-It-Up Collagen is one of those things you need to try for yourself. It has literally changed how I feel about beauty supplements and has helped my body rejuvenate after pregnancy. I could challenge you to so many fitnessy things that are tough to do and take genuine effort but taking a simple scoop of powder once or twice a day is pretty damn simple.
So, you choose: are you going to do the 100 burpees or try our Pump-It-Up Collagen?