When we think of weight gain and weight loss we automatically think about the foods we eat and needing to exercise, but something that way too often gets overlooked and directly effects your weight is SLEEP!
Let's talk about collagen and how it functions in your body!
Did you know that collagen is the most abundant protein in your body? It is in your muscles, bones, tendons, skin, blood vessels, and digestive system. It is often referred to as the glue of the body. Sounds like a very important thing to have, doesn't it? Unfortunately, we begin to lose collagen the older we get which ends up causing a slower metabolism, weight gain, lower energy levels, digestive problems, and joint pain. In the graph below, you can see just how fast collagen depletes in our body once we pass our twenties.
While losing weight and "looking great" is the goal of many people, as we get older our reasons for weight loss may change dramatically. Studies show that over 60% of Americans are overweight and more than 30% are actually considered obese. The impact to our health is frightening. The risks of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, certain cancers, back and knee pain are just a few of the health issues directly linked to our weight. These medical conditions not only affect our energy levels and overall sense of wellness, they can actually take years off our lives.