Believe it or not, collagen injections are becoming more and more popular and wide spread, especially among women. More women as they age are finding their skin, hair, nails and more to not be holding up quite like they would hope. Is nature really cruel or is there a way to avoid this aspect of aging?
The truth is, we’ve strayed far from a traditionally healthy diet in this day and age and it’s definitely taking it’s toll on our bodies, figures and youthful appearance. I’m not here to say we shouldn’t age, but I do think nature intended for it to be a bit more graceful. I don’t know about you, but I never plan on needing collagen injections! Wanna know how I plan to manage that?
Collagen Makes Us Strong & Youthful
Collagen is found in your joints, bones, skin, hair and just about everywhere in between. Collagen is type of protein that helps to give our skin the ability to move, stretch and rebound into shape. The epidermis and dermis are full of collagen. Collagen is throughout the body and helps to keep cells together in all your glands, organs from your brain to your bones and your liver and lungs. Your body is about 15% (dry weight) pure collagen, it’s the most prevalent form of protein in your body. Without collagen we would fall to pieces, literally. One of the best ways to have healthy collagen and help collagen heal, as well as joints and skin is to eat some collagen.
The glycosaminoglycans from the bones in your broth will naturally adhere to the collagen anywhere in your body. It helps to moisten dry skin, support your ligaments keeping them supple and go a long way to making you to look and feel younger. Also, did you know that cellulite fat is lacking in collagen? If you have a lot of cellulite consider your diet. Are you getting enough animal fats and meats on the bone or bone broth.
Traditional cultures utilized all the parts of a pastured animal, from the nose-to-the-tail. Cultures all around the world used animal bones, feet, heads, hooves and so on in their cooking. Feet are rich in collagen and make the most gelatin-rich broth (see the image below- kinda looks like jello jigglers ‘eh?). Collagen injections were never heard of long ago, nor were they needed. We needed to adopt the practices of our ancestors and make sure to eat animal foods, bones and make broth (read more about the benefits of bone broth here).
- Pig's Feet
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- 6 quart slow cooker
- Place the pig's feet into your slow cooker. Add enough water to cover by an inch or two.
- Add about ¼-1/2 cup or so of apple cider vinegar and all the vegetables. Let stand 1 hour. (the vinegar will help to draw the minerals out of the bones.)
- Bring to a gentle boil on high, and remove any scum that rises to the top.
- Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 6 to 24 hours. I always do a full 24 hours, because the longer you cook it the richer the flavor will be. But do not let it get too hot and bubble too much, you want a very gentle bubble action. Some slow cookers get too hot if kept on low for 24 hours, so it's best to switch it to the warm setting if this is the case. Or you can simple simmer it for a shorter duration. Strain off the broth and start another batch with some fresh vegetables. I usually do at least 3 batches of 24 hour broth, strain and add new veggies. Each batch gets a good amount of gelatin in it.
- It is key to chill down the stock rather quickly. Place in a sink full of ice in a pot, or move outside if the weather where you are is cold enough to chill it down. Then place in the fridge for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage. Always allow the stock to fully cool before refrigerating.
Want to learn all the ins and outs of making bone broth at home? My good friend Patty of Loving Our Guts has an amazing eBook all about broth making. Broth Elixir of Life includes the whys, the hows and all the practicals you can think of, plus numerous recipes. If you are new to broth making or semi-new and plan to include it as a staple in your diet, this eBook is a must have! (click the banner below)
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