If you’ve spent any amount of time in a health store lately, you’ve likely seen dozens of collagen products. I’d be willing to bet you’ve seen more and more probiotics on the shelves of your local food store as well, probably next to the collagen. That isn’t by coincidence. Collagen and probiotics are great tools for gut health and hair, skin, and nails. Together, they create one dynamic duo!

Collagen’s role in your gut health gets overshadowed by its many benefits for healthy hair, skin, and nails. In contrast, probiotics’ benefits for your skin get overshadowed by their role in keeping a healthy bacteria balance in your gut microbiome.

If all that seems a bit confusing, don’t worry! I will tell you about the excellent benefits of collagen and probiotics together and share with you my exciting news on the best way to reap the benefits of this powerful tool! First, I will explain why collagen and probiotics are a potent dynamic duo. 

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Collagen and Probiotics: A Dynamic Duo

It’s no secret that collagen and probiotics are essential for optimal health. Probiotics are one of four essential supplements I recommend everyone should take. We know that nearly 80% of your immune system lives in your gut, and up to 95% of your serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood) gets produced in your gut.

This means that if the balance of bacteria in your gut gets thrown off, it can lead to many problems, including autoimmunity, depression, anxiety, and leaky gut. Taking a probiotic every day can help keep your gut microbiome in balance.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. Think of collagen as the “glue” that holds your body together. This fibrous, structural protein is the most abundant protein in your body. It is used in your muscles, skin, hair, nails, teeth, bones, blood vessels, tendons, cartilage, joints, organs, and even by your digestive system.1

Your body’s natural collagen production decreases after about 35; by 40, your collagen depletes quicker than your body can produce it. By 60, over half of your body’s collagen has been depleted.2 If I were to add a fifth supplement to my list of essential supplements, it would be collagen. 

Just as your gut has a microbiome, your skin has one. Your skin microbiome is the scientific term for the trillions of microorganisms that live on your skin. When your skin microbiome is healthy, there are 1,000 different species of bacteria and up to 80 different fungi species in your skin microbiome. This is where collagen and probiotics work together. I’ll talk more about that in just a minute. Before diving into that, let’s look at the similar benefits collagen and probiotics share. 

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Collagen and Probiotics Role in Gut Health

Your gut microbiome is its own ecosystem, a biological community of interacting organisms that live in harmony with one another. I like to imagine the gut microbiome as a rainforest with many different species living together. When one species gets out of balance in the rainforest, everything gets out of control. When the balance gets disrupted, the good or beneficial plants begin to die, and the bad ones start to take over.

Your gut microbiome works the same way. It’s home to 100 trillion microorganisms, including at least 400 different species of bacteria. Ideally, all these microbes live in a balanced state. However, when the balance gets thrown off, and the harmful bacteria begin to overtake the good bacteria, it can keep all of your systems from working optimally. 

Too few or too many microorganisms can cause an array of issues in your gut, such as leaky gut, SIBO, or Candida overgrowth, which are precursors to autoimmune disease, among other troubling problems and uncomfortable symptoms. That’s where probiotics come in! 

Probiotics are living microorganisms that can work in your gut to support your body in many ways. They can be found in dietary supplements and fermented foods, as well as within the natural microbiome of your body.3

Collagen is essential for healthy gut function because it’s full of gut-supporting amino acids that support your digestive system. More importantly, collagen contains the amino acids glycine, glutamine, and proline which are essential for a healthy gut.

Glutamine supports and promotes a healthy gut barrier. I’ll talk more about this in just a second. Glycerin facilitates tissue rebuilding along the digestive tract, while proline heals the gut lining and promotes nutrient absorption. 

Collagen and Probiotics For Leaky Gut

I’ve mentioned leaky gut a few times already, so how do collagen and probiotics work to repair a leaky gut? A condition called ‘leaky gut syndrome” can set you on the path to chronic illness. Symptoms go far beyond digestive issues. And thanks to our modern environment, these symptoms are much more common than you’d think. These symptoms include seasonal allergies, brain fog, skin problems, hormone imbalances, and mood swings. In fact, millions of people are struggling with leaky gut syndrome without even knowing it!

Think of your gut as a drawbridge. Your gut is naturally semi-permeable to let teeny-tiny boats (micronutrients) pass through your intestinal wall and into your bloodstream. It’s how you absorb your food. Certain external factors, including food, infections, toxins, and stress, can break apart the tight junctions in your intestinal wall, leaving the drawbridge open.

Once this happens, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, much larger boats never meant to get through (toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles) can escape into your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them.

Treating a Leaky Gut 

Remember what I said about glutamine and collagen? Functional medicine uses a 4R approach to treating leaky gut – remove, replace, reinoculate, and repair. 

You remove all inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs. The next step is to replace the bad with the good by adding digestive enzymes to support optimal digestion and nutrient absorption and assist your body’s intestinal repair and inflammation responses.

Then you need to restore the beneficial bacteria in your gut with probiotics to re-establish a healthy microbiome. Then it’s time to repair your gut. My most comprehensive supplement for this is Leaky Gut Revive®, which contains the gut-repairing amino acid L-glutamine. 

If you follow this protocol to repair your leaky gut, you can tell it’s healed if your digestive issues disappear, food sensitivities disappear, your skin issues clear up, or your autoimmune labs improve. 

Now that you understand how collagen and probiotics support your gut health let’s talk more about their role in your skin health. 

Collagen and Probiotics Role in Skin Health

Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and keeps it hydrated. It supports healthy aging and strengthens nails, teeth, hair, and bones. About 80 to 90% of the collagen in your body comes from three types – type I, type II, and type III. Type I is the most beneficial to your skin, while type III is what supports your gut health and gives structure to your intestines, muscles, and blood vessels. 

Earlier, I mentioned that your skin has a microbiome just as your gut does. When your skin microbiome is healthy, there are 1,000 different species of bacteria and up to 80 different fungi species in your skin microbiome.

Your skin is your largest organ, and your skin is your first line of defense against the outside world. Your skin microbiome and your gut are closely connected. 

Though they are connected, your body has different microbiomes that make up your skin microbiome. The balance of microbes can be very different on your feet and scalp to those in your armpits or eyelids. A healthy skin microbiome in all these areas will provide you with skin free from rashes, dry patches, and other symptoms of imbalance in your skin.

One of the best ways to protect your skin microbiome is by using probiotic skincare products designed to nurture the good bacteria in your skin. I will tell you how you can get the benefits of collagen and probiotics in just a second and share my exciting news. 

If you aren’t convinced why collagen and probiotics are a dynamic duo for optimal health, wait until you hear how both support optimal weight.

Collagen and Probiotics Role in Weight Loss

Along with gut health and skin care, collagen and probiotics also play a role in maintaining an optimal weight. Collagen promotes the production of short-chain fatty acids that are responsible for boosting metabolism and energy production. They optimize the absorption of the fats you consume, and release hormones that signal satiety so you feel fuller longer.

Another way collagen promotes weight loss is through the amino acid glycine. Glycine is the amino acid that converts glycogen into energy to form muscle. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat, so having more lean muscle naturally boosts your metabolism. 

Collagen is not alone in promoting optimal weight. Probiotics influence your appetite and energy by facilitating the production of short-chain fatty acids. Studies have also shown that probiotics inhibit the absorption of fat and promote the production of brown fat, which stores energy. Probiotics also increase the level of proteins that regulate fat production. 

Certain strains of bacteria, such as the Lactobacillus family, inhibit the absorption of dietary fat. This increases the amount of fat excreted in your stool, meaning you absorb fewer calories from the foods you consume. Combining collagen and probiotics packs an extra punch for maintaining an optimal weight.

Now that I’ve told you about all the benefits of collagen and probiotics, I have some exciting news to share with you. I’m about to tell you how you can combine the power of collagen and probiotics in one delicious powder! 

A Convenient Solution 

On their own, collagen and probiotics provide a wide range of health benefits. However, taking them together creates a dynamic, maximum-strength weapon for optimal health. When you take collagen and probiotics together, you offer your skin the highest level of care by strengthening your gut-skin axis.  

I’ve spent the past year researching the right strains of probiotics to support healthier-looking skin to formulate Collagen + Probiotic Powder. This physician-formulated, pharmaceutical strength supplement helps reduce wrinkles, protect skin from UV rays, promote clear skin, improve joint flexibility, reinforce hair and nails, and strengthen the gut-skin axis.

Collagen + Probiotic Powder is a tasty, decadent chocolate powder made to nourish and protect your skin. I made sure to include four essential strains of bacteria from the Lactobacillus family to support your gut health and promote healthier skin.

The L. johnsonii strain supports protein digestion while generating select nutrients to reduce damage from too much sun exposure. L. Rhamnosus is a probiotic essential to your gut microflora and is vital in promoting a healthy immune system response. At the same time, the L. Acidophilus supports maintaining optimal weight and reducing acne outbreaks. Finally, Collagen + Probiotic Powder contains L. Bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus strains to support your skin’s elasticity and hydration of your skin. 

Collagen is your body’s most essential and abundant structural protein, if not the most important. It’s even more important after the age of 40 to supplement collagen due to the decline of your body’s natural collagen production. 

The Final Word

It’s no secret that collagen and probiotics are essential for optimal health. Collagen + Probiotic Powder combines these two crucial supplements into one delicious powder to strengthen your gut-skin axis and nourish your skin to promote a youthful appearance. Moreover, this physician-formulated powder is nontoxic and rich in the purest forms of bioavailable ingredients, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality and results. Get yours today! 

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