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Beauty / Health and wellbeing / Our Products | 20.04.2020

How to improve your gut health, skin health and immunity

 

It’s now a well-documented fact that one of the best ways to increase your overall health and immunity begins with your gut health. With around 75% of our immune system residing in our digestive tract, it’s no surprise that product categories focusing on healthy gut microbiome is flourishing. 

If you’re focused on making the right decisions for you and eating a variety of healthy foods to optimise your gut microbiome, you’re bettering your odds at a strong immune response to stop infections in their tracks. Our gut microbiome plays a pivotal role in determining when and how well our immune response operates.

The latest science shows there can be an ongoing beneficial relationship between your gut microbiome, the foods we eat, and our overall immunity. Now more than ever, with the current focus on health and immunity, it’s important to focus on building your internal gut ecosystem and to balance and diversify your gut microbiome.

Our bodies are rich in microscopic organisms - like the diversity found in a forest floor - that help us maintain internal homeostasis and immunostasis through the interaction with our immune cells. These internal signals have been shown to affect autoimmunity, inflammation, cancer, and our susceptibility to infection. The gut microbiome aids in orchestrating these communications. Depending on the balance and fitness of the gut flora, your immune response can either be resilient or weak. 

Nurturing your gut ecosystem can be one of the most profound ways you can amp up your overall immune response. Fortunately, there is a natural role between your diet and the composition of your gut microbiome, so manipulating and adjusting your gut flora is achievable.

From the Inside-Out

The thin barrier known as your intestinal lining, keeps the microbes contained in their preferred environment - your gut - and prevents them from exploring other areas of the body. When the intestinal lining is compromised, your gut microbes can escape and end up in places they don’t belong, like your blood and other organs. As they accrue in these areas, the toxins and metabolites they secrete can lead to inflammatory reactions that can damage these tissues and lead to the development of chronic conditions. This is one of the most important reasons for re-establishing a healthy gut lining but, it also plays a role in managing our immune response in times of infection.

Not only can a healthy gut improve your immunity, it can also bolster your mood, improve stress levels, brain health and cognition. Getting adequate collagen in your diet is one way you can support proper gut function and boost your digestive health.

Benefits of Collagen for Gut Health

Collagen is a protein that has an important function for structuring and regulating body tissues including the gut. Processed foods, lack of sleep, stress, sedentary lifestyles and the use of antibiotics all affect the lining of the gut. Overtime all these factors can cause your gut to become more permeable and to leak substances through the intestinal wall. This means that toxins and bacteria can end up in the bloodstream and you can experience symptoms such as leaky gut. A leaky or permeable gut not only leaks toxins and bacteria but also nutrients. Healthy collagen levels have been show to support leaky gut symptoms and acidity levels in the gut further aiding digestive and heartburn issues.

Aids absorption

Impairment in the gut lining can prevent vitamins and minerals in food from being absorbed properly. Collagen helps to strengthen the gut wall, making it less permeable and more likely to retain nutrients from food. It also keeps your intestines flexible which helps to move food around and further increase absorption.

Amino Acids

Amino acids delivered to the body by hydrolysed collagen peptides are used to heal and seal the gut. They provide the building to make new collagen which helps to maintain and repair the intestine. There’s evidence that amino acids in collagen, specifically glycine, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Glutamine, another amino acid found in collagen also plays a key role in managing inflammation and inhibiting oxidative stress of the intestines. As inflammation is the root cause of many conditions and diseases, prevention is a priority. 


Gut-Brain Axis

Research in the last 10 years has shown that our gut communicates via the gut-brain axis which explains the phenomenon of "gut related feelings”. This bi-directional communication system delivers information and signals to and from the gut and brain with the gut hosting over 90% of the communication. This further strengthens the concept that not only does our gut health affect our physical health, but also our mental health. Examples of your gut-brain axis include:

Healthy Ageing Begins in the Gut

One thing that is inevitable in life is ageing and while it’s easy to see the visible signs of ageing, the internal signs are often overlooked. As we age, the adversities of modern living and excessive hygiene all begin to take their toll and affect the delicate balance of bacteria or gut flora. As collagen levels decrease, our gut health can also suffer. 

Three main causes of declining collagen:

  1. Sugar - High sugar intake increases the rate of cross linking glycation forming molecules known as AGEs that degrade other proteins. 
  2. Sun damage – Collagen decreases with repeated sun exposure. As well as causing damage to the dermis, your skin may replenish abnormally, leading to wrinkling and pigmentation.
  3. Smoke - Chemicals found in tobacco smoke are known to cause damage to collagen and elastin. 

 

Skin Health

In addition to the gut, skin health gets a lot of attention when it comes to collagen. Recent studies on marine collagen are extremely promising in relation to its effects on skin health and elasticity. Collagen peptides are easy to absorb and highly bioactive. They can travel throughout the body - stimulating fibroblast cells that work on cellular turnover and replace dead skin cells - to create new collagen, making a difference to the appearance of the epidermis (outermost layer) of the skin. So, while we can’t necessarily avoid getting older, we can be proactive with the longevity of our health.

 

Bioactive Collagen Booster 

We first launched our Bioactive Collagen Booster late last year, and it sold out. Our upgraded formula with an improved taste profile is now back in stock. It contains a carefully selected powerhouse of evidenced-based, skin-supporting ingredients that work synergistically to feed your skin from the inside out. 

The combination of the most potent nutraceuticals in efficacious amounts with clinically proven effects on overall skin health, will beautifully compliment your existing topical skincare regime. Skin-supporting ingredients including Astaxanthin, Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) demonstrate photo-protective properties and influence skin hydration. The addition of super berries with high ORAC ratios, including our own native Kakadu Plum and Davidson Plum provide the RDA of Vitamin C required to synthesise and stimulate collagen production and help to reduce oxidative stress. It also contains gut-supporting ingredients like Jerusalem artichoke (Inulin), a helpful prebiotic that helps good bacteria, and Aloe vera that has soothing and calming properties.

Based on clinical research, if you are feeding yourself adequate collagen (just 2.5g per day), found in our Bioactive Collagen Booster single dose, it’s enough to replenish lost collagen stores.


Benefits of collagen for skin, hair and nails



 

In just four weeks, a daily dose of marine collagen and supporting antioxidants can slow down and delay the ageing process by smoothing the formation of wrinkles and increasing elasticity and firmness in the skin.

Have you tried our Bioactive Collagen Booster yet? Leave a comment and be in the winning to receive a FREE month’s supply.

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