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The collagen trend [ingesting, not injecting] is still going strong, and with so many truly amazing benefits, there's no doubt it is here to stay. Just in case you missed the obsession in 2016 on this topic, however, here's a quick refresher:

  • Collagen is a long-chain amino acid and the most abundant protein in the body. 
  • It is vital to our body’s overall health; increasing skin elasticity, strengthening bones & joints, the immune system, boosting hair growth, and aiding in digestion & energy! [So, basically THE ultimate anti-aging beautifying body boost, period**]
  • As we age, our body starts to produce less collagen [hello wrinkles, achy joints & thinning hair]  however, other factors can contribute to low collagen levels, such as poor diet & stress [and so on], making it hard for the body to produce it.
  • Outside of the human body, it's found exclusively in animal tissue, primarily bones and connective tissue [hence the obsession with bone broth in Eastern Medicine, and collagen powder nowadays for healing & replenishing the body + + ]

**In addition to super green blends, obviously. ;-)

    Luli Founder & CEO, Lianna, uses collagen powder in green smoothies as a DIY beauty remedy for combating air travel, sun and salt, dehydration and stress overload--- along with all the other healing benefits mentioned above! Adding the powder to your morning smoothie routine (or future one?!) is a super easy way to maximize its benefits, and feel pretty darn good in turn! ZING.

    Recipe: in a 64 ounce Vitamix (or can scale down for Nutri bullet) with any/all of the following mega body nourishing ingredients: 

    • 1 whole bunch of rainbow chard (or any other greens)
    • Juice of 2 limes or 1 lemon
    • 1 avocado
    • 4 scoops vital protein marine collagen (NOT VEGAN)
    • .25 cup aloe juice
    • 1-2 heaping teaspoons turmeric root (or a few thumbs fresh turmeric)
    • 1 cup frozen raspberries. 
    • 3 cups water (or more depending on desired consistency--can also use coconut water or nut-mylk if desired)
    Serves 2 big skin and body loving servings, or wolf it all down yourself!

    Ingredient Benefits:

    • Avocados

    Besides being insanely delicious, avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and are rich in other essential nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, C, K, folate, riboflavin, and niacin, and magnesium. They are also touted as a beauty food, beneficial both in weight loss and in getting the glow back. Bonus avocado fact: Avocado actually helps the absorption of many nutrients in greens when taken together.

    • Aloe

    Touted as one of the leading superfoods, Aloe is amazing.It improves digestion and absorption, helps detoxify the body, regulates bowel function, is a cellular regenerator and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. A strong antioxidant, it hunts down free radicals and protects the body. It contains a wealth of vitamins and phytochemicals.

    • Chard

    Chard is known to contain 13 different polyphenol antioxidants (including beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, quercetin, kaempferol, and many other disease fighting antioxidants), a high amount of fiber and protein, both of which help stabilize blood sugar levels, and is super high in vitamin K, which promotes healthy bones and is crucial in proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Chard also contains high levels of vitamin C, boosting your immune system with every bite (or sip!), along with vitamin A for improved eye-sight (and bright eyes!), and is a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Your hair will also thank you-- chard contains high levels of biotin, a vitamin known to promote hair growth and strength. Oh my chard!

    • Limes

    Limes, much like lemons, aid respiratory disorders, improve gum health, are rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, folate, and phosphorus. Limes also stimuate the digestive system, have anti-cancer properties, protect against infections, boost immunity, and are believed to be good for arthritis, rheumatism, prostate and colon cancer, diabetes, fatigue, heart disease, and high fever. They also cleanse the palate and speed up your metabolism. Need we say more?

    • Turmeric
    Turmeric is like sunshine in a bottle. The bright yellow spice is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, which the body either converts into vitamin A or uses as a powerful antioxidant (out, damned free radicals! Out we say!). It's also believed to provide relief to arthritis sufferers due to its anti-inflammatory and natural pain-killing properties. Turmeric also cleanses the blood, is an effective detoxifier, and may also help to regulate blood sugar. Not to mention, it's a natural remedy for cold and canker sores. Let the sunshine in!

    Written by Team LuliTonix — February 02, 2017

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