Collagen for Autoimmune Warriors
Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis … These are just a few of the more than 80 recognized autoimmune diseases affecting over 23.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health (the research division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Our bodies are pretty amazing, but sometimes they go rogue. Our immune system is designed to protect us from foreign invaders, like viruses, bacteria, parasites and germs by creating inflammation to block and antibodies to fight the trespassing organisms. But sometimes the system gets confused and mistakenly attacks the very cells and tissue it’s meant to protect. This often leads to autoimmune disease.
Modern research indicates that 80% of our immune system is found in our gut, and the majority of it in the small and large intestines. Without a healthy gut, we cannot have a healthy immune system. While each autoimmune disease is different from the next, the one thing they all share in common is an out-of-whack immune system caused by systemic inflammation. Integrative medicine practitioners believe that a genetic predisposition combined with lifestyle and environmental factors, such as an inflammatory diet and food intolerances, exposure to chemicals and toxins, increased antibiotic use, infections, chronic stress, an unbalanced microbiome (i.e., gut dysbiosis) and gut permeability, produce the chronic inflammation and immune system failure that leads to autoimmune disease.
So how do autoimmune warriors manage their disease(s)? Medication, for one (as prescribed by doctors), along with lifestyle and dietary changes. Integrative and functional medicine doctors suggest focusing on reducing inflammation, the root cause of many autoimmune diseases, in order to calm the immune response, rather than suppress it. This can be achieved, in part, with regular use of a collagen peptides supplement.
Collagen peptides powder is a convenient, more bioavailable form of protein-rich collagen. Meaning, the shorter chains of amino acids found in collagen peptides are more easily digested and more readily used by the body to repair and rebuild skin, bones, connective tissue, organs, blood vessels and the digestive tract, among other things.
Gut permeability, or leaky gut, goes hand-in-hand with many autoimmune diseases – including celiac disease, Hashimoto’s disease and especially the irritable bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Collagen has been shown to prevent inflammation associated with the opening of junctions in the connective tissue of the intestinal wall. In layman’s terms: It seals gut lining leaks with new cell production, like a patch system. The amino acids in collagen also ease IBD and IBS symptoms through improved mucous lining and intestinal wall conditions, regulated stomach acid levels and a healthier liver environment for better detoxification.
Joint pain is another common complaint among autoimmune gladiators, especially those with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The root cause of arthritis is inflammation and it is believed that inflammation triggers a more rapid breakdown of collagen in joint cells. Supplementation helps to repair and rebuild bone, cartilage and connective tissue throughout the body, thereby improving strength, supporting movement and increasing flexibility. With revitalized ligaments, padding between joints is elevated, mobility amended and distress may be eased.
Additionally, collagen peptide supplements aid in wound healing, skin hydration and hair growth – all typical problems for those living with type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia and a host of other autoimmune diseases.
Collagen peptides powder is, by no means, a magic elixir or panacea for autoimmune diseases. But as far as natural supplements go, it has an abundance of promise and is even a recommended part of the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet. Add a scoop of the protein-rich, tasteless powder to your overnight oats, morning java, post-workout smoothie or favorite recipe. Who couldn’t benefit from a healthier gut, stronger bones, more flexible joints and better-looking skin – autoimmune warrior or not?
Grab a bottle of our Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides today and start taking advantage of it’s amazing benefits.
Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.
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