Posts for: September, 2018
Did you know that collagen is the most common protein in the human body? There are actually 28 different types of collagen within the body, but 90% of it is classified as Type 1. Collagen is the essential component of our bones, skin, muscle tissue, tendons, ligaments, nails, hair, teeth, cartilage, vertebral discs, and blood vessels.
Our bodies naturally produce collagen, however, as we age that natural production starts to decrease. According to Scientific American, after the age of 20 our bodies produce 1% less collagen in the skin each year. That’s why collagen injections became and have remained a very popular cosmetic procedure to plump up lips and areas of the face where a decrease in collagen has caused noticeable signs of aging.
What many of us probably haven’t realized yet though is that collagen supplementation is incredibly beneficial to so many other parts of our bodies. In 2018, collagen earned itself a new reputation as being one of the most prized superfood supplements. Collagen is one of the cleanest types of protein powder and has taken the supplement and wellness market by storm.
Adding collagen powder to your daily smoothie has benefits far beyond cosmetic. Collagen plays a critical role in bone health and can actually help prevent osteoporosis. It is also beneficial to your immune system and your body’s natural ability to heal after an injury or prolonged illness. This powerhouse protein helps to reduce inflammation, which we all know is responsible for the majority of chronic diseases. Collagen and the amino acids that are present in this protein aid in the reduction of anxiety, stress, and insomnia too.
Collagen helps protect and repair the intestinal wall, which is an important barrier against the acids our body produces to ensure the proper digestion of food. For those with “leaky gut syndrome” or chronic stomach and digestive issues, increasing your collagen intake can drastically improve your gut-health and quality of life. It should be noted, however, that you should always consult a medical professional prior to adding any new supplements to your diet as a potential means of treating a chronic ailment.
When it comes to your teeth, gum, and jaw health, collagen plays a major role, as well. Collagen is essential to the integrity of your teeth and the supportive tissue around them. Collagen will aid in maintaining your gum and jaw health, as well as helping to prevent your jowls from sagging as you age.
The richest source of collagen is bone broth, which is also a growing trend of 2018. Bone broth is all the rave these days and for very good reasons. As the number one source of collagen, regular consumption of this “miracle broth” has been linked to improved gut-health, healthier joints, younger looking skin, tissue regeneration, and improved brain and heart health, among many other benefits. Bone broth is also packed with 17 different amino acids.
If you are now interested in adding more collagen to your diet, as we would imagine you would be after reading this long list of health and wellness benefits, it is important to seek out the highest quality collagen powders and supplements and bone broth distributors. This goes for any type of supplements that you want to add to your daily routine.
We did some research for you and here are some highly reviewed brands to check out:
This is a great trend to get on board with and one that will likely continue into 2019 and beyond.
While the concept of organic is nothing new, it is a way of buying, eating, and living that has become more accessible than ever before. Where once you could only find organic produce and products at specialty stores and markets, now they are available in many big box stores such as Costco, Publix, and Target. While all food and products should be organic and free of harmful pesticides and chemicals, that is not yet the case; but things are moving in the right direction.
As we become more informed consumers, we are demanding to know what exactly is in and on the things that we consume and use on a daily basis. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t consume anything where the ingredient list is a list of chemicals or ingredients that you can barely pronounce let alone know what they really are. While you might do this for the food and beverages that you consume, do you do this for the beauty and wellness products that you use every day?
Until very recently, many all-natural cosmetic products didn’t seem to stack up to their counterparts. Many of us have continued to use the brands that we have always used without a second thought as to what we are putting on our skin and in our hair.
A great new trend that has been taking place in the cosmetic market is the introduction of all-natural, organic, cruelty-free, safe, and effective beauty products that are accessible to a wide range of budgets, skin types, and needs. Cosmetic companies are really stepping up their game to make all-natural products that are as good, if not better than the traditional products that have been on the shelves for as long as you can remember.
Brands like Burt’s Bees, Yes To, Pacifica, S.W. Basics, Fig & Yarrow, Seaweed Bath, W3LL People, ApotheCARE Essentials, BITE Beauty, 100% Pure Beauty, and Ilia Beauty are just a few that only use the highest-quality safe and natural ingredients. Green beauty products that actually provide exceptional results are a thing of the present now!
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we’ve carried for years MD SolarSciences and ColorScience products, which have remained at the forefront of the green beauty movement. As this trend continues to gain strength, you can expect to see more and more beauty and wellness companies following suit. You know what you are putting in your body, now it’s time to know what exactly you are putting on your body.
Did you know that collectively in the United States we check our smartphones eight billion times a day? The average individual checks his or her phone 46 times a day according to TIME magazine and a mobile consumer report survey conducted by Deloitte. This number is quite an increase from the last survey conducted in 2014. Another shocking statistic is that 81% of Americans spend time looking at their phones while in a face-to-face social situation.
Big Technology has been coined the next Big Tobacco. We are hooked and the effects of this excessive use of technology, especially social media, is proving to have detrimental consequences ranging from an increase in depression, stress, and anxiety and a decrease in real-life connections, social skills, productivity, sleep, and etiquette. Not to mention a high rate of car accidents due to texting and driving.
While there are obviously great benefits that go hand and hand with our technological advancements, there is definitely a dark side. “The brain is designed for making real-world connections with other humans and learning from real-world experiences. Anything that takes away from that reduces your well-being. So, the challenge is finding balance,” expresses Dave Morin a former Facebook executive who created a start-up called Sunrise to fight depression.
The good news though, you are in control of how you interact and use technology and are in control of how you let your children interact and use technology. There is a trend of turning away from technology that is beginning to take place though. While technology is here to stay and an integral part of our day-to-day lives, some of us are beginning to limit the amount of unnecessary or mindless technological activity that we are engaging in on a daily basis.
David Morin goes on to say that, “mindful relationships with anything are all about spending time intentionally. Set up your digital life so that you are in control of your attention—not technology companies.” Like any practice or habit, a mindful decision and commitment must be made.
Reducing your screen time will have immediate and long-lasting benefits. The more you participate in the real-world the more you will feel connected to it. Social media’s initial aim was to connect the world, but it seems to have done the opposite in many ways. It’s time to live our lives not just swipe through it.
A great app to help you reduce your smartphone screen time is Moment. Their motto is “put down your phone and get back to your life.” This app allows you to set the amount of time you are allowed to spend on your phone. It’s a good training tool if breaking the habit of continually being on your phone is proving to be too difficult.
This is a great trend to get on board with! See you in the real world!