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Integrating Totally Derma® into Clinic

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Medical aesthetic practitioners may wish to consider including nutraceutical supplementation as an adjunct solution to support (invasive and non-invasive) aesthetic treatments, to ensure the best possible outcome of any procedures they undertake in clinic.

Totally Derma® benefits

Totally Derma® is a unique pharma-grade, nutraceutical supplement which supports anti-ageing of the skin from the inside; by stimulating the body’s optimum product of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, addressing both the physical signs of the ageing process and the underlying physiological processes.

The ingredients in Totally Derma® are digested and distributed via the blood vessels into the deeper layer of the dermis, where they multiply and stimulate fibroblast cells to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid in the dermis.

Totally Derma® contains a world-renowned superior form of hydrolysed (bovine) collagen known as Arthred®. It contains 18 amino acids including: glycine, proline, hydroxylysine, lysine and hydroxyproline via a PHARMAGRADE manufacturing process in Germany.

Arthred® is enzymatically processed (meaning it is deemed as ‘pre-digested’ – the amino acids reach the small intestine, undamaged by digestive enzymes and are optimally absorbed there) which allows for a scientifically proven 95% absorption rate due to its tiny molecular size (3 kDa), this farexceeds regular collagen supplements which average a larger size of molecule (70 kDa) and therefore have inferior absorption.

This ensures the Arthred® collagen passes the gut barrier and is then distributed via the blood circulation to the fibroblasts, which are then clinically shown to be stimulated and increase their collagen production by fourfold. These fibroblasts are also shown to increase in size and number after consuming Arthred® for 4 weeks.

Totally Derma®also contains Synovoderma® Hyaluronic Acid which, like Arthred®, holds a 95% scientifically proven absorption level for maximum results. Most Hyaluronic Acid supplements are poorly absorbed and are therefore minimally effective. Synovoderma® is clinically shown to dramatically increase hydration within the skin and improve skin elasticity. These two key ingredients of Arthred® and Synovoderma® ensure the impressive increase of collagen and hydration as shown within TotallyDerma® skin study trials.

Totally Derma® also differs from other collagen supplements by addressing cross-linking issues with 5 key antioxidant ingredients.

Totally Derma inclusion in treatments (as an add on) as well as included in a treatment course / aesthetic devices

The aesthetic industry provides us with high quality injectables, highly effective active topical products, plus a whole array of high-tech lasers, facials, microdermabrasion devices, peels, microneedling, etc, which all help to stimulate and boost collagen in the skin, thus giving us a more youthful appearance.

Integrating Totally Derma into Clinic

As highly efficacious as these aesthetic solutions are, it is important to consider stimulating collagen from the inside, rather than just working externally. After all, collagen-producing fibroblast skin cells are found in the deeper layers of the skin, so it makes sense to also stimulate them from inside the body.

The biggest advantage to adding Totally Derma® with aesthetic treatments, is that collagen and hyaluronic acid are increased all over the body, not just in a targeted area so it really does enhance general well being. The overall skin quality of the body improves, as do general joint achesand pains, in addition, clients comment that their hair and nails are much healthier and stronger. Women in their menopausal years can also experience a relief in vaginal dryness and discomfort.

From a gut-health point of view, the biggest digestive benefit of consuming more collagen is that it helps form connective tissue and therefore “seals and heals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This can produce improvements in skin conditions like cystic-acne, rosacea and eczema if the root cause is poor gut health and not hormonal.

Integrating Totally Derma into Clinic

Totally Derma partnered with collagen stimulating injectables

Whilst many patients seek out injectable treatments to balance their facial features and replace lost volume,aesthetic practitioners may wish to address any inflammatory issues that may be occurring simultaneously. Physiological and aesthetic issues are caused by inflammation in the body which can show up on the skin.

The words “anti-inflammatory” have been over-used, however, the use of anti-inflammatory ingredients in effectively formulated products will help to prevent harmful inflammation and premature aging.

Boley Nutraceuticals Ltd., the developers of Branded Totally Derma® have specifically designed a nutraceutical formulation to help reduce inflammation in both the skin and the body. A formulation that contains specific ingredients in specific dosages which can really help with this problem.

Totally Derma partnered with skin peels

Hormone-appropriate supplements are usually recommended for skin peel recovery, as are the latest active ingredients. However, oral antioxidants can exert a generalised benefit, being steady and subtle, but undoubtedly profound. Crucially oral antioxidants contribute to rapidand strong wound healing post peel.

Integrating Totally Derma into Clinic

To complete its anti-ageing, skin healing properties, Totally Derma® also contains an additional seven critical co-factors which further enhance the benefits of oral collagen and hyaluronic acid. These include 5 powerful antioxidants: GrapeSeed Extract, Green Tea extract, Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Zinc, Manganese and Copper.

The combination of all these ingredients not only help to make more collagen in the skin but they also assist in repairing skin damage and inflammation.

Totally Derma as part of a homecare regime

Today’s busy lifestyles don’t always allow for adequate fresh organic green vegetables or a wholly raw food diet, so it is important to integrate solutions that provide the richest possible source of absorbable, active nutrients.

When it comes to a homecare skincare regime, two mainstays are corrective (antioxidants to neutralise free-radical damage) and protective (the use of adequate physical or chemical sun protection).

Totally Derma® is a total nutraceutical (oral) solution containing therapeutic dosages of bovine collagen amino acid peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – all are essential components of a therapeutic skincare regime.

Integrating Totally Derma into Clinic

Totally Derma® is an effective, natural product especially great for those who are 35 years plus, as part of their skincare regime. Totally Derma® is really easy to take, just one scoop mixed in water before bedevery day is all that’s needed. It is pleasant tasting and easy to incorporate into the bedtime routine. Consuming it at night helps to take advantage of the body’s own optimal collagen production which happens in the first few hours of sleep.

Totally Derma for Menopause


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The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a term that is used to describe the various menopausal symptoms that transpire due to physical changes in the vulva, vagina, and lower urinary tract. GSM affects women’s bodies in many ways, subsequently impacting the quality of life and relationships. Common GSM signs include genital symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation; sexual symptoms, such as lack of lubrication, discomfort, or pain during or after sex; as well as urinary symptoms, including stress and urge incontinence, and recurrent urinary tract infections.

Even though GSM is estimated to affect the well-being of more than 70% of women worldwide, it is rarely talked about and many women do not seek treatment. GSM symptoms can have a profound negative impact on physical and mental health, as well as on one’s quality of life and mobility. For instance, urinary symptoms such as stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence result in many women relying on expensive absorbent underwear or limiting their outings from home in case they have an accident. Vaginal symptoms such as dryness, irritation, and painful sex can affect relationships, with many women having to abstain from having sex or experiencing discomfort and pain during or after sex. In addition to distressing GSM symptoms, women around the age of menopause also notice considerable changes to their appearance, especially skin, hair, nails, and joints. This is due to the sharp drop in collagen production, which leads to dehydrated and textured skin, loss of hair, brittle nails, and joint pain.

Given the previous efficacy of Totally Derma® nutraceutical collagen drink supplement in improving skin texture and supplying collagen to the body, we were curious to see if ingesting Totally Derma® would improve the GSM symptoms along with skin, hair, nail, and joints health in menopausal women. In the following trial, eight women were instructed to take Totally Derma®, a hydrolysed bovine collagen supplement, at night for 12 weeks. The formulation of Totally Derma® Nutraceutical Drink Supplement contains high amounts of collagen amino acid peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other synergistic co-factors which are distributed via the blood vessels into the deep layer of the skin, the dermis, where they stimulate fibroblast cells to produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid. This unique formulation contains a superior form of hydrolysed collagen, Arthred®, sourced via Gelita, AG, the collagen peptide experts. Totally Derma® has been specially formulated to reduce inflammation in the body to improve skin, hair, nail, joints, gut, bones, and menopausal health.

In this 3-month study, seven of the eight participating women were post-menopause, one was perimenopausal, and the average age was 51. Five women were using transdermal or oral HRT, in addition, one was using ovestin, one was using vagirux and one was using a DHEA supplement. The participants were asked to rate the severity of their GSM symptoms (vaginal dryness, pain during or after sex, bleeding after sex, stress urinary and urge incontinence and external genital irritation) together with the improvements in their skin, hair, nail, and joints health.

While it is a small study, the participating women have reported a 70% improvement in all GSM symptoms. Moreover, 7 of 8 women reported an improvement in their skin, nail, hair, and joint health. All women reported that bleeding after sex has stopped and all women also saw an improvement in skin hydration, skin texture and nail strength. Six women reported that their stress urinary incontinence had improved and five women said that their urge incontinence subsided as well. Six out of eight participating women have seen relief in their labial symptoms, with one experiencing no symptoms at all. Moreover, five women saw better hair growth, and three women reported a good to moderate relief in their joint pain.

You can find the comments of the women who participated in the trial below:

“Everything improved! The Vulva and Vagina have improved incredibly (a tiny bit sore still but nothing as bad as they were before Totally Derma®. The improvement started after 2 months and continues to improve every day.“

“Hurrah!! I am having pain free sex for the first time in a very long time with no bleeding afterwards. Vaginal lubrication is so much better, it is amazing to finally feel comfortable as I was so worried that my sex life was over the way it was so painful before. I am so thankful to Totally Derma®, it has transformed my life.”

“I have noticed my labia is much more comfortable and I am able to reduce the amount of Ovestin I use now, internally and externally.“

“I feel my body articulation has overall improved the longer I take it. My joints are more supple. I also feel much better hydration in my skin and vagina. It definitely takes time, patience is required but I feel my skin is smoother and firmer. Stronger nails were one of the first things I noticed as well as stronger hair. This collagen-boosting supplement is something I’ll be taking for life.”

“Skin is consistently hydrated and texture more smooth, the sporadic itchiness on my arms and legs I had been getting has stopped, feeling more fluid movement in my body.”

“My hair also feels strong and is growing fast and feels thick and soft. I am not losing it like I was before.”

“My skin is wonderful on my face with my hormonal acne now totally gone with only a little dark scaring (not sure if this will improve over time) The skin on my body is less dry with only a little itching on my arms.”

Gut Skin Connection Acne


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Maintaining healthy, blemish-free, and youthful skin can be challenging, as so many internal and environmental factors impact our skin on a daily basis. While many of us know that diet and nutrition play a big role in skin health, the effect that gut bacteria can have on one’s skin is widely underestimated. Many illnesses, including skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and more, can actually be traced back to inflammation or irritation stemming from an unhealthy gut. Therefore, addressing gut issues and healing from the inside can be the missing piece in the puzzle of clearing your skin!

For the gut to heal and rebalance itself, it needs amino acids to fuel and repair the damaged cells. Collagen is packed with huge servings of the types of amino acids our GI tract (gut wall) feeds on to repair itself. These super-nutrient amino acids help form connective tissue and therefore “seal and heal” the protective lining of the gut. Collagen has also been shown to reinforce the gut by making it more resistant to elastic stretching. This resistance is very important as excessive stretching makes the cells that comprise the gut lining misalign or sit further apart, which may eventually make the gut “leaky”. The fascinating blend of amino acids or protein building blocks in collagen also helps to regulate stomach acid levels, aids with digestion and bowel movements, and improves the bacterial balance in the gut microbiome. By keeping the gut healthy and balanced, collagen may help treat the causal issues of skin conditions, such as cystic acne from the inside.

Enzymatically processed, hydrolysed collagen, is the main ingredient in our Totally Derma® Nutraceutical Collagen Drink Supplement. It has been specially formulated to reduce inflammation in the body to improve skin, hair, nail, joint, gut, bone, and menopausal health. Totally Derma® uses hydrolysed collagen that is absorbed by our gut more easily as the large collagen molecules are broken down into smaller amino acid peptide form. We also use bovine collagen, which is best for leaky gut as it resembles the collagen found in our GI tract.

Inspired by the gut-skin communication and the role that collagen plays in it, we recruited a patient diagnosed with cystic acne to undergo a 3-month trial of ingesting Totally Derma® to see if it could help treat her skin. The candidate had tried using both oral and topical antibiotics as well as various acne treatments but didn’t notice any improvements. She kindly agreed to document her journey through pictures and a mini-journal, and the highlights of both can be found below:

Baseline (January 2021) photo

Week 1: “A drastic improvement after just one week! The infection is still there however the cysts were flatter than they had been in months. The swelling and redness had decreased as well as the pain. For the first time in months, I have hope that this will get better.”

Week 6: “I would say this is the best my skin has looked in a VERY long time and the happiest I have felt since being diagnosed with cystic acne. The largest and more problematic cyst on my lower right cheek is starting to shrink down drastically. I am noticing that I am getting far fewer new spots.”

Week 6 photo

Week 7/ Week 8: “My cysts have pretty much completely cleared up! I have had no drastic break outs in weeks. I have even treated myself to a ‘make up day’ here and there. My make-up is sitting smooth to my face now that my cysts aren’t raised, and the dry skin has cleared up.”

Week 11: “I feel like the infection itself is completely done and I am just left with scarring now. The scarring is getting better week by week. I am over the moon!”

Week 12: “Today marks the end of my 12-week course. I am so happy with the results. I am so relieved to have found the answer. My skin is clear of infection with just some scarring left, which is already starting to heal too. When I look back at the “before” pictures I honestly cannot believe that’s what I used to look like.”

Week 12 photo

After the trial had ended, the candidate reported that her skin remained clear for 2 months but 3 months after stopping Totally Derma® her acne had returned, however not nearly as aggressive as before the trial. While this pioneer clinical study is only based on the experience of one patient, it is a very exciting piece of research demonstrating the significance of the gut-skin connection and showing how the causal issues of cystic acne can be treated internally via the gut.

Holistic Health

Is holistic health and wellbeing right for you?

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An increasing number of people are embracing holistic health services now more than ever. The pandemic has highlighted the need to maintain good health, address certain health issues or generally work on boosting the immune system.

Healthcare needs to move more towards a patient centred approach as opposed to the current symptom centred model that does not address the needs of the patient holistically.

While conventional healthcare practices are essential for acute and in emergency situations, there are other options for long standing and chronic conditions.

Here are some case studies which demonstrate how a holistic approach changed patients’ lives.

Female, aged 32 – upper and lower gastrointestinal symptoms for 6 months. A breath test diagnosed SIBO, an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine. A course of antibiotics was prescribed, and symptoms ceased for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, symptoms gradually returned, returning to pre-treatment severity after several weeks. Due to the high strength of the antibiotics, a repeat prescription was not an option. Patient was advised to follow a low FODMAP diet which is a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates and usually prescribed for patients suffering with IBS. The diet made no difference to her symptoms. It’s at this point that the patient searched for a nutritionist who had experience with treating gut conditions and was advised to follow a restricted diet for four weeks, followed by a course of herbal antibiotics and a slow reintroduction of foods under the nutritionist’s guidance to determine which foods aggravated her. Other gut healing supplementswere prescribed and with these and the removal of aggravating foods, patient is now symptom free and feels well again.

Male, aged 51 – lower back pain from a sports injury which was not improving after 3 weeks. GP referred to a physiotherapist who administered treatment and gave some exercises to do at home. Patient wanted quicker results and was recommended an acupuncturist by a friend. Patient had two acupuncture treatments a week alongside the physiotherapy and was pain free after another month of treatment.

Child, aged 4 – eczema since shortly after birth – no improvement from creams/treatments prescribed by the GP or consultant. Sought the support of a homeopath to get to the root of the issue. After an initial consultation and in-depth history from the parents around the birth and health of mother and father, remedies were prescribed and follow up after four weeks was suggested. At the follow-up, 70% of the eczema had cleared up, a further remedy was prescribed which took into consideration the symptoms and temperament of the child at the appointment. After another 4 weeks, the eczema had gone and hasn’t returned to date, child is now 8.

These are just a few examples of when a holistic or integrated approach speeded up the desired result or provided an alternative when conventional treatment failed to provide the desired result. It’s not always as quick and as easy as these cases, but it often doesn’t take long to start seeing improvements when you are receiving the right treatment for your specific needs.

Is holistic health right for you? If you would like further information or suggestions on which practitioners may be able to support you on your journey, search on Holistic Room today or email us at, let us know what you are struggling with and we will send you relevant links to some practitioners you can connect with.

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18 Amino Acids in Bovine Collagen

The 18 amino acids in bovine collagen and how they can improve your health

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While there are 18 amino acids in bovine collagen, it is the presence of key amino acids that lends the majority of the perks: glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline.

These three amino acids are crucial building blocks of collagen, tendons, and ligaments and have been shown to support health in a number of other ways, such as promoting normal inflammatory processes and supporting immune function.*

L-Glycine is an essential amino acid, meaning that your body needs it, but cannot produce it on its own. It is an immune system booster as it helps build antibodies and has important antiviral properties.

Totally Derma® Collagen contains this important amino acid, and as a result, by taking 10,000mg of collagen daily you are boosting your immune system.


Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2003 Mar;6(2):229-40.

L-Glycine: a novel anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and cytoprotective agent.

Zhong Z1, Wheeler MD, Li X, Froh M, Schemmer P, Yin M, Bunzendaul H, Bradford B, Lemasters JJ.


In recent years, evidence has mounted in favour of the anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and cytoprotective effects of the simplest amino acid L-glycine.

This article will focus on the recent findings about the responsible mechanisms of protection and review the beneficial effects of glycine in different disease states.

Read more here:

Totally Derma® collagen peptides have an exceptional absorption rate via the small intestine; the peptides that are consumed circulate through the body’s bloodstream instead of going through the digestive tract.

Since Totally Derma® is broken down to a low molecular level, this ensures that the amino acids and nutrients are easily and quickly, absorbed into the bloodstream.

Please contact us if you would like further information, clinical studies, or would like to become one of our Clinic Partners.

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3000-10000 mg Hydrolysed Collagen

“Look for 3,000-10,000mg hydrolysed collagen in your collagen supplements for the best results”

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“A few years ago when collagen supplements came out, I was quite sceptical whether these worked, because there were SO many collagen supplements. But now we have a reasonable body of scientific evidence to support the results that are given by collagen supplements. But it is important to look at the label and look for hydrolysed collagen and to have between 3,000-10,000mg hydrolysed collagen and expect a result to start showing at 12 weeks. So you do need 3 months of taking hydrolysed collagen in a specific dosage to start seeing an improvement.

So, what’s the sort of improvement you should expect after taking supplements for 3 months? Collagen is nothing more than a structural protein of the skin and it gives skin hydration, elasticity and firmness. As we lose collagen, we lose about 1.5% collagen for every year of our lives and for women who are menopausal, they have the most dramatic loss of collagen in the first 5 years after the menopause where they can lose about 30% of collagen. They suddenly see that their skin goes dull, dry, wrinkly, lined and it loses its firmness and appears to sag. And this is when collagen supplements can really help.
Drink one every morning (try not to have it with your tea or coffee and keep a 30 minute interval between having them. Because of the way collagen works, it simulates the body’s repair or wound healing responses so I find collagen supplements are excellent for patients who are undergoing surgical procedures. Skin tightening procedures like tixel, plexr or nano plasma – all these treatments are aimed at encouraging the production of collagen. By giving the body hydrolysed collagen, it encourages further production of collagen and the wound healing.”

Collagen and Gut Health


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If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, a condition where bad-for-you toxins are able to pass through your digestive tract, collagen can be super-helpful. It helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining, healing damaged cell walls and infusing it with healing amino acids.

The biggest digestive benefit of consuming more collagen is that it helps form connective tissue and therefore “seals and heals” the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Today, we know that many illnesses can actually be traced back to inflammation or irritation stemming from an unhealthy gut. Poor gut health — including changes in the gut microbiome and permeability in the gut lining — allows particles to pass into the bloodstream where they can kick off an inflammatory cascade (hence the name leaky gut syndrome).

Studies have found that in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, serum concentrations of collagen are decreased. Because the amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and GI tract, supplementing with collagen can help treat gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders, including leaky gut syndrome, IBS, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition to helping heal leaky gut, collagen also helps with the absorption of water within the intestines, keeping things moving more freely out of body.

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Losing Collagen Post Menopause

A natural solution for some of the effects of losing collagen post-Menopause

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From the Greek pausis (cessation) and men (month), the Menopause is officially classified as the day after final the menstrual flow and marks the end of reproductive life. At this stage, there is a dramatic fall in circulating oestrogen and progesterone and therefore the balance of sex hormones alters; ovaries stop producing eggs and therefore the creation and shedding of uterine lining ceases, resulting in no menstruation. In the UK the average age is 52 years, but this tends to be earlier in smokers.

The peri-menopause is the period of transition (can be up to 10 years) around the menopause, both before and after and usually starts mid-late 40s but can be earlier. During this phase there are wide fluctuations in (overall falling) hormone levels, which can cause the classic symptoms and this can be extremely variable between individuals

Oestrogen affects different systems in your body including the brain, skin, bones heart and vagina. Low levels of oestrogen can affect all these parts bringing on adverse symptoms.

Some symptoms occur due to these hormonal fluctuations and relative fluctuations between individual hormones. These symptoms tend to improve post-menopause e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings. However, some symptoms occur due to the overall fall in hormones in general and continue on after the menopause, due to the continuing low hormone levels

e.g. conditions like vaginal dryness, urinary urgency, loss of bone mineral density

Triggered by low oestrogen levels, vaginal dryness can result in thinner skin around the vaginal wall and the decreasing levels of collagen also associated with ageing further exacerbate this.  The body’s ability to repair and replace collagen reduces as oestrogen decreases and consequently the walls of the vagina become thinner and more fragile as well as less elastic. As a connective tissue, collagen is responsible for holding cell structures together and the body produces less collagen, particularly during the peri-menopause phase. In addition, the production of Hyaluronic acid also reduces, further contributing to dryness.

Whilst vaginal atrophy cannot be prevented it is possible to take measures to slow down the progression, by increasing the level of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body and ensuring a diet that is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants to help with the production of collagen in the first place.  Collagen and hyaluronic acid work synergistically to stimulate the production of each and help to rejuvenate the skin tissue so that it is more elastic and hydrated.

Drinking a collagen drink on a daily basis can help improve the integrity of your skin from the inside out and help to alleviate some of the these symptoms associated with the menopause.

Collagen Connection in your gut

The Collagen connection in your gut

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The overall health of our gut is very important to our overall wellbeing. In fact, our gut is often referred to as our “second brain”, affecting mood, energy levels and much more. Thus, the food we eat must be well processed if we are to absorb the vitamins and minerals efficiently which in turn affect our body’s critical functions; as well as digestion, hormone regulation, immune response, detoxification as well as mental health.

Ensuring your gut health is therefore crucial and a healthy gut flora and healthy gut lining play a big role in ensuring an efficient digestive process. What you eat will affect your gut bacteria and eating plenty of foods that are high in fibre will help create a healthy microbiome in the gut. However, when it comes to improving the health of your gut, you may not consider collagen as a nutrient to also include. After all, collagen is more likely to be associated with improving skin health and joint pain rather than the gut and digestive system. In fact Collagen can have significant benefits for healing the gut and improving gut integrity and well worth incorporating into your daily routine for better gut health.

Essentially, collagen is the gut’s connective tissue and as such provides the strength and support to the lining of your digestive tract. It is effectively a protective lining, acting as a barrier allowing only particles that should pass through, to enter the blood stream from the gut. If this protective lining is damaged, the gaps between the tight junctions become larger and thus allow larger particles to pass through into the blood stream. This damage results in a condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome that in turn leads to inflammation, which can be very painful and cause significant digestive discomfort.

Studies have shown that those with inflammatory bowel disease, where typically the gut health has been compromised, were more likely to have lower levels of serum collagen. Increasing collagen intake may help to support the lining of the gut and therefore improve gut health in general.

Taking a supplement is the easiest way to boost collagen intake, but it is important to choose one that contains hydrolysed collagen peptides, where the amino acids in the collagen are already in a more easily digestible and absorbable form.

Once the gut is healed and the tight junctions in the lining of the intestines restored, inflammation is reduced and gut health is restored.

Foods to include to improve gut health:

  • Plenty of high fibre fresh vegetables, such as asparagus and broccoli and fruits; aim to reach 7 portions per day
  • Complex carbohydrates; wholegrains and starchy vegetables such as butternut squash, sweet potato
  • Pulses such as chickpeas and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Probiotic foods such as live plain yoghurt or fermented foods such as sauerkraut and pickles

Collagen powder can also be added to smoothies or yoghurt to pump some extra protein into your day.

Collagen Good for Joint Pain

Collagen – any good for joint pain?

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Joint pain and discomfort can be debilitating for many and reducing pain as well as repairing joints is often a priority to help ease the symptoms day-to-day. After all, pain caused by Osteoarthritis, where the cartilage breaks down, grinding down the joints as the bones rub together, is certainly uncomfortable.  Until around the age of 30, this cartilage regenerates quickly but after this age, this process slows down, so the cartilage layer becomes thinner between the joints. Furthermore, strenuous high impact exercising, excess weight and even a sedentary lifestyle exacerbate this degeneration.

Replacing collagen can be effective to repair and replace cartilage, helping to maintain the structure of the joint and reduce pain. However, eating the collagen found in foods such as meat bones, shellfish or chicken skin may not end up part of this repair process. Not only is the type of collagen is important but also the form the collagen is consumed in.

Collagen comes in varying forms and whilst supplementing with Collagen is considered effective to improve skin health; boosting the elasticity and improving appearance, the recommended collagen here is type 1.

When it comes to joint health, type 2 collagen is recommended. It also needs to by hydrolysed, in other words in a processed powder form mixed with water. This is more bio-available and therefore more easily absorbed by the body. Once it has been absorbed, it will act as building blocks in the cells to produce new collagen fibres.

When choosing a supplement, maximize the benefits of a collagen supplement by choosing a supplement that also contains vitamin C, which is needed to produce collagen, as well a hyaluronic acid to boost hydration in the cells.

Without doubt, taking a collagen supplement alongside dietary and lifestyle changes is ultimately the most effective approach to reduce collagen damage and therefore joint pain, as you age. Key considerations include:

  • A healthy balanced diet, high in brightly coloured vegetables and fruits providing plenty of nutrients and antioxidants
  • Very little processed or refined foods, including sugar
  • An active lifestyle
  • Minimal stress from high impact exercise