Women’s Heart Health: How Hormones Increase Your Risk

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Today, I want to talk to you about women’s heart health and the influence of our hormones in keeping us heart-healthy. And this is really impactful for women, particularly, who are going through hormonal imbalances. Whether they are teens and young adults or women in their mid-life age, maybe dealing with perimenopause and menopause and post-menopause, there is a direct influence and link between the balance of your hormones and the state of your cardiovascular health.

This is really complex, and to be honest with you, as a functional medicine provider, the majority of my patients are not tuned in or clued into this deep connection because our medical community doesn’t always educate, and we don’t always hear the need to test hormones, specifically if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, or any type of risk of heart attacks and strokes.

So today, I want to share with you some important pieces to consider, especially when it comes to your potential risk for blood clots and your risk of heart attack, or stroke, or progression of heart disease, because your estrogen balance and your progesterone balance directly influence the state of your vascular function.

The Role of Estrogen in Women’s Heart Health

Particularly, I’m going to talk about estrogen right now. Estrogen modulates vascular function [1], and it also influences your inflammatory response. And it has a direct influence on both your metabolic process and insulin receptivity. So, if you are aware that you have insulin sensitivity or glucose intolerance, estrogen will be an underlying influence in that resistance or intolerance – your sensitivity.

Now, why is this important? Well, if you have an imbalance, either too high or too low levels of estrogen, then that directly impacts the modulation of your cardiovascular system. We know that estrogen, when it’s imbalanced, individuals will experience elevations of LDL and a reduction in HDL. We also can notate certain triglycerides being imbalanced, and even patients being diagnosed with fatty livers, and it’s a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Insulin sensitivity is directly linked to that, and that overwhelm and influence can cause inflammation in the cardiovascular channel and kick-off metabolic syndrome, which is an underlying factor to causing or elevating your risk behind stroke and heart disease.

So, estrogen becomes really important for us to look at evaluating. There’s also a direct correlation to when we, as women, naturally go through hormonal changes where our estrogen output and our estrogen production decreases. That tendency where we have elevations in LDL and reductions in HDL increase.

And so, you will notice that if you’ve gone through menopause, that your normal labs, your everyday lifestyle has not changed. The only thing that’s changed are your estrogen output levels and the receptivity of estrogen in your body. And you’re also notating labs elevating LDL, and you’re starting to have your doctor talk to you about taking statins. Well, simply balancing estrogen and supporting your liver’s metabolic function of metabolizing estrogen can help you reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, and ultimately help balance out your hormones.

Progesterone’s Influence on Heart Health – The Missing Link?

Now, on the flip side, progesterone also has a massive influence. And in my opinion, as a naturopathic doctor, I feel like progesterone is the missing link for a lot of women in terms of the connection between hormone imbalance and heart disease. And if you’re looking at reversing, limiting, or lowering your risk, it’s really important you fine-tune your progesterone levels.

Why is this important? Well, progesterone naturally is a vasorelaxant [2]. It helps to minimize the kind of stress of our vascular system. It’s a calming agent, it’s a calming hormone, and it also helps minimize what we call hyperactivity of your vascular structures. So for instance, hyperactivity might register as high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, stress of the vascular channel, so cardiovascular stress. When we have optimal progesterone levels, we will naturally have a relaxing of our cardiovascular structure and that becomes a cardiovascular protectant.

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So, progesterone is really important. And those two together – estrogen and progesterone – it’s important to keep the ratios fine-tuned. I talk a lot about this in an assortment of my masterclasses. I have hormone mastery masterclasses where we talk about how to specifically fine-tune the ratio – it’s a three-to-one ratio between estrogen and progesterone and why that’s really important, especially when we’re in perimenopause or going through menopause.

And I also talk a lot about hormone influences for men and women in my cardiovascular masterclass. So, I have a whole heart-health-focused masterclass where you can really learn more about not just these hormones, but there are also an assortment of hormones that are very much regulatory influences and certain hormones signaling and receptivity that will greatly influence the mechanisms of your cardiovascular health.

A Direct Link Between Hormone Imbalances and Heart Health

So, I want you just to know if you are watching right now, and you know for sure, because you’ve had labs and you’re also represented in hormonal imbalance symptoms, if you have hormone imbalance, there is a direct link to your cardiovascular health. And so, it’s really important that you take steps to balance out your estrogen and balance out, particularly, most of us have to level up our progesterone.

So, I hope this was helpful. Do you know the way the body works? We are symbiotic. The influences of hormones will affect an assortment of body systems and mechanisms within the body. And so, modulation and the mediation of hormones directly has, in some cases, a negative influence on your heart health. And when we’re balanced, it has a positive influence.

So, that’s my huge female health tip today, specifically helping you really, really balance and lower your risk factors for heart disease, because it is the number-one killer of women. And most of the time, we are not educated, nor are we studied in a lot of clinical research about heart health. But what we do know is there are great influences our estrogen and progesterone place on our heart health. So fine-tuning that is going to be absolutely critical for you achieving optimal cardiovascular health.

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Add These 7 Superfoods to Your Diet for Powerful Heart Health

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Today, I’m going to share with you seven awesome, super heart-healthy superfoods that you can add to your daily diet right now.

1. Salmon

Number one, one of my favorites is salmon. This could be a fresh salmon filet, it could be smoked salmon, it could be salmon kind of like a tuna salad, but using salmon. Salmon is fantastic because it is highly dense in really powerful heart-healthy omega-3s.

Omega-3 is a powerful antioxidant, and that is one of the best antioxidants, along with CoQ10, which by the way, I talked about it in some other heart-healthy communication here. So, you can check it out on our blog. Check out CoQ10. But similarly, omega-3 is very powerful for lowering our cholesterol levels and keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

2. Chia Seeds

Number two are chia seeds. Chia is awesome. You can make chia pudding. It’s like an overnight pudding. Kind of think of chia like a tapioca but just super, super fiber dense and really rich in both minerals, omegas, good, healthy fats, and tons of fiber. Fiber is really an important part of our heart health. Moving the bowels is really critical for a multitude of things. The most important factor is it helps us and our body excrete and eliminate toxins.

When we’re recycling those toxins because of a constipation, and generally if you are not having two bowel movements a day, you’re going to be considered constipated. Yes, even one can put you in a constipated factor. So the act of moving the bowels, we need fiber, and that fiber-density chia is a great resource for that. That specifically, moving the bowels and adding more fiber to your diet via chia, can help lower cholesterol levels.

3. Sweet Potato

Third on my list are sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes or yams are very powerful. They are a micro just powerhouse. I consider them multivitamins and multi-minerals powerhouses. They’re sweet flavored, but they’re very dense as well as in fiber. So, adding a sweet potato, you’re getting a good orange color. With orange-colored vegetables and fruits, there’s going to be good, powerful phytonutrients and powerful plant-based chemicals that are going to help lower your risk of heart disease. And sweet potatoes are a great way also to keep your blood sugar levels low and are a good switch if you are a potato lover.

So, potato tends to be one of those starches that can metabolize a little too quickly and slightly spike, or in some cases severely spike, insulin levels. But sweet potatoes, we get a good balance.

4. Berries

Okay, so number four on my list are berries. Deep, rich, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, all sorts of berries, even the exotics. I love to add these in either in the morning in smoothies and yogurt as a really healthy dessert. Sprinkle in a little chia seeds, oh, they’re so good. But berries have just so many phytonutrients that are heart-healthy. They have massive quantities of antioxidants, and depending on the berry type, you’re going to get different phytonutrients from those berries that are very, very powerful in proactive minimizing of our inflammation, our inflammatory levels.

That is very powerful as well for keeping our heart healthy. Inflammation is a really big underlying source of heart health imbalances.

5. Avocado

Now, number five on my list are avocados. I love avocados, and I really feel like at minimum you should be consuming half of an avocado a day. And yes, they are dense caloric, they are dense on the fat profile, but they are really, really great for our heart health.

Part of the benefits of avocado, it’s a good, heart-healthy fat, and it’s so great for also keeping our blood sugars balanced. So I love that when it comes to adding an avocado, eating them fresh, you can blend them up in smoothies. We’ve made pudding as well in our family with avocado, we even use avocado, we’ll make an avocado pasta sauce. That’s a really good way to incorporate that, especially if you have kids and you can even make avocado ice cream. So, there’s a broad variety of resources in avocado and ways to get that into your daily diet.

6. Dark Chocolate

Now, number six, you’re going to love, which is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, but dark chocolate. And usually like an 85, 90, or 95%. So, really dense on just the pure dark chocolate properties. But dark chocolate has phytonutrients and phytochemicals that are very powerful at minimizing inflammation and helping improve our heart health.

So a little bit, not a whole chocolate bar, but a little square of a bar of 90 or 95 quality chocolate is going to be a really good addition. And there’s also scientific evidence that chocolate, this type of form of chocolate, one, is lower in sugar on the sugar scale, and it can calm the central nervous system, which can help you go sleep better. So win-win.

7. Nuts

Now, last and final, number seven are healthy nuts. So, let’s talk about nuts. I’m not recommending and not including peanuts, probably the most common nut in this kind of recommendation. But almonds and walnuts and cashew and pistachio are in this category of healthy nuts that we can add into your daily diet. Grab a nut pack for a snack. You can have nut yogurt. You can have nut milk that you are using as a base for your smoothie, but there are a lot of good nuts that you can add in. And even I’ve had some recipes that are really great where you smash up, like roasted pecans, I would add those in as well. And you can have your salmon, pecan-encrusted salmon. It tastes amazing.

So, those are seven powerful foods that I love to recommend you start adding into your daily lives today and let us know if you get experimental and start trying out new recipes. We’re all ears on how this goes for you.

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4 Cardiovascular Risk Factors Doctors Aren’t Talking About

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Happy Heart Health Awareness Month! I am going to share with you today four very important cardiovascular risk factors to be aware of that your doctors are not detailing fully that can literally change your life and can prevent heart disease, heart episodes like heart attacks, stroke, and all of the other assortment of imbalances in your heart health.

1. Too Much Sugar

So, the first cardiovascular risk that nobody’s really zeroing in on is that your sugar intake from both a dietary perspective and or your body’s natural production like insulin, is one of the greatest risks or risk factors that leads to breakdown of your cardiovascular health. And you might ask, “Dr. Melissa, how is that possible? I thought salt was the thing we’re supposed to be aware of,” and actually sugar is the worst. Out of any other element that influences the heart health, sugar is a direct leading source of cardiovascular imbalances. And I would gauge to state that it’s one of the number-one factors in terms of individuals who might be experiencing pre-diabetic states or consuming your standard American diet that have insulin imbalances.

So, if you are looking to get control of your heart health, be preventive, or reverse some of the staging of heart disease and heart cardiovascular imbalances, really understanding your blood sugar levels and your daily hourly insulin levels is going to be critical.

You might see a lot of people now have these patches that they put on their arm and it connects up to their phone where they can literally track after I eat a meal, insulin either spikes or stays maintained. Everybody’s biochemistry is different and so it’s really important to be able to track your blood sugar as well as the insulin on a not just morning fasting basis like we usually see in lab tests, but throughout the day. And there are influences, and particularly number four in this video for you is going to highlight this further.

2. Magnesium Deficiency

So number two, the second cardiovascular risk is deficiencies in magnesium. Last year, I talked about magnesium, our Magnesium 7, and the connection to heart health, but it’s really, really important to know that over 95% of individuals here on earth are lacking in some degree of magnesium.

There are different types of magnesium. There are certain forms of magnesium that are better for your heart health. There are others that are more productive for minimizing fluid retention, which can be really helpful if folks have chronic vascular insufficiency or have assorted fluid retention related to heart failure.

But there’s also other magnesiums that are really good for your heart tissue. Magnesium, most importantly, when it comes to your overall cardiovascular health, when we have optimal, not just normal in the middle range, but optimized high level, in the range but optimized magnesium, we minimize the body’s accumulation of plaque, particularly bone matter in our cardiovascular system.

For anybody who’s had a family member that has suffered from arterial sclerosis, that’s a thickening or hardening of the arteries. The thickening and the hardening that narrows the walls of that artery, it’s bone matter, and so magnesium minimizes calcium from getting into your cardiovascular system. That is absolutely critical.

3. Not Exercising Every Day

Number three, as far as cardiovascular risks, are individuals who are not doing daily cardio. This is really important. Exercise is important. 30 minutes minimum of cardiovascular effect where you’re getting your heart rate, you’re getting a sweat on – brisk walking, swimming, even rebounding for 30 minutes is really great. But not doing that every day is a risk factor.

So, I have a lot of folks that are fitness enthusiasts, they’re in the gym, and individuals that may be only lifting weights and not doing cardio or they’re not doing the HIIT and the intensity, getting the blood pumping that might not qualify as cardio specifically.

4. Neglecting Stress Levels

Now number four, this is really important. The really, really key critical factor for minimizing both stress levels in your body, the cortisol hormone, as well as minimizing the spikes of insulin or imbalances in blood sugar, is getting control of the stress hormone. So, high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, high cholesterol, and even elevations in triglyceride levels, all are contributed to an increased cortisol level.

So, cortisol is our stress hormone that our adrenals produce. This is a fight-or-flight stress response mechanism. And cortisol is a natural, innate hormone that helps us either get our bodies ready to fight or flight, to run, and that activity naturally requires a spike of energy. So, insulin increases, which is bad for the heart, talked about that first, but it’s also going to trigger a central nervous system response, elevation in blood pressure, elevation in heart rate and cortisol is clogging and overwhelming to your liver, which leads to increases in triglycerides and cholesterol.

So, the traditional model is to combat cholesterol by giving you a statin drug. But what that doesn’t address is the source, which is stress hormone called cortisol. I do a lot of cortisol testing with my patients. We actually do saliva-based testing. You can get a four-panel snapshot throughout the day, gives us a really good idea of this ideal cycle, very much like our circadian cycle, but cortisol management and keeping cortisol calm and in the levels we need at certain times of the day can really turn around the state of your heart health.

So, those are four powerful risk factors that many people, especially your clinicians, are not discussing that I know will literally change the state of your heart health, will help prevent heart disease, and might save you or maybe a family or friend’s life. So, I’m excited to share this information with you today.

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Doctor-Recommended Supplements for Heart Health

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I’m so excited to share with you today four of our favorite, best resources here at Organixx for improving your heart health.

1. Collagen

Number one is collagen. Our Clean Sourced Collagens are amazing for helping muscle and soft tissue repair. Our assortment, five different types of collagen, it’s very powerful. These collagen types are helpful at supporting the turnover of the cellular process of your heart health, as well as muscle health, and your vasculature. So, overall, collagen is a good repair agent for supporting the functionality of your heart and cardiovascular health.

2. Turmeric 3D

The second supplement that I love is our Turmeric 3D, or T3D. It’s very turmeric-forward, and turmeric is a powerful herb for supporting our heart health. One of the overwhelming benefits of turmeric is that it’s an anti-inflammatory. So, when we’re talking about heart health, and heart disease risks, and risk factors behind stroke and heart attack, and that kind of vascular inflammatory disorders, turmeric is very helpful at lowering overall systemic inflammation, and it also serves to function as a natural diuretic.

Now, quick warning on this, if you are taking any kind of blood-thinning medication like a warfarin, you want to be very cautious of taking also turmeric. So, turmeric is kind of the nature’s natural alternative to a warfarin or a blood thinner, and that’s the other powerful benefit that turmeric provides, is it does thin your blood and helps to move your blood.

So, folks that have been diagnosed with thicker blood or notate a little bit higher elevations of LDL being transported through the blood, that would be a very powerful resource.

3. Magnesium 7

Now, third is honestly one of my favorites, and it’s our combination, or multi-form magnesium, or Magnesium 7. So, magnesium, overall, is going to be one of the most powerful minerals for your heart health. And simply put, magnesium is like a cardiovascular bouncer. It helps to keep out calcium from all aspects of your vasculature.

So, it will help minimize the buildup of hard, kind of gunky bony plaque, which is simply from calcium that is not being articulated and remineralized in other areas, like our bone or our teeth. So, when we’re talking about magnesium in the function of supporting our heart health, calcium blocking is the core powerful function magnesium provides for your heart health.

Now, magnesium, again, this is all different forms, we’re giving you seven different forms of magnesium. Some forms of magnesium are going to be more functional and helpful at moving your bowels, and that is very powerful at helping lower cholesterol levels, keeping things moving. There’s also a lymphatic function where we get the lymphatic fluid moving, which helps minimize the arterial pressure. This is really complex, but basically, there’s this connectivity between our blood vessels and our lymphatic system. It’s how the blood gets rid of toxicity, and it also is the way that it moves the lymphatic system. And there’s this pressure, there’s this kind of interweaving of vessels where there’s a transport mechanism and there is a pressure. It’s pressurized. Well, magnesium helps to get things moving out and through your blood, your lymphatic system.

So, when we’re talking about, maybe you’ve got some congestive heart failure, or edema, or swelling of the ankles, or even maybe are dealing with gout, all of those things can influence the fluid levels and constrain your heart health. Magnesium is great for helping excess fluid that is in the interstitial space, the kind of open space in our vasculature and in around our body. It helps articulate it and move it out. That is very helpful for reducing the overwhelm the heart has in pushing the volume of blood and other fluids in our body.

4. 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+]

Now, our fourth, and just powerhouse, is a functional mushroom that you’re going to find in our 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+] product. And the functional mushroom here is called chaga. Chaga is one of my favorite adaptogenic functional mushrooms. Adaptogenic, meaning it helps your body adapt to everyday stressors. So, if you are studying and doing a lot of reading and are doing mental work, it helps you adapt to that mental work. If you, later on in the day, are doing a lot of physical activity, it helps your body process and recover and repair after that physical activity.

Chaga also has some really powerful heart-healthy benefits, and I highlight this in another video here this month. I’d have you reference that, but specifically, chaga is great for lowering your elevations of LDL, and it’s an anti-inflammatory.

So, overall, these four supplements, our collagen, our Clean Sourced Collagens, T3D, our MAG7, and our 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+] functional mushroom blend that’s chaga-forward. They’re great. So powerful for helping support your heart health.

And if you are looking at being proactive and reducing your heart health risk and helping reduce the inflammation levels in your body systemically, that is a powerful thing to do to reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attack. So, I hope you check out these four items in our catalog here at Organixx. They are great for heart health.

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Does Collagen Clog Arteries? All Your Questions Answered!

“Researchers have theorized that collagen supplements may help reduce the risk of heart conditions.”

Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD, Benefits of Taking Collagen Supplements

Collagen plays an important role in keeping us healthy. There are lots to be said about collagen and lots of questions that need answering. Let’s take a look at one particular question that is asked often and questions that arise from it: ‘Does collagen clog arteries?’

Other important information provided includes what is collagens role in regard to how it interacts with a blood vessel, and whether it lowers blood pressure.

What exactly is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissues of our bodies, including the skin, muscles, tendons, and bones. It’s one of the most abundant proteins in the human body, and it plays an important role in maintaining the structure and integrity of our tissues.

It is also a less commonly known fact that collagen also protects our blood vessels, can help reduce blood pressure, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, and keeps blood flowing! Collagen is made up of long chains of amino acids, which give it its strength and flexibility.

As we age, our bodies produce less collagen which can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin as well as joint pain and stiffness.

How Does Collagen Affect Your Heart?

Collagen also plays an important role in heart health. It helps to repair damaged blood vessels and prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries. Plaque can lead to heart attacks and strokes, so getting enough collagen is essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

Furthermore, collagen has been shown to promote heart health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

Now on to the question at hand: does collagen clog arteries? The short answer is no. Collagen does not clog arteries. In fact, there’s some evidence that taking collagen supplements can actually help improve cardiovascular health by reducing inflammation and improving blood sugar levels. 

So there you have it! Collagen does not clog arteries, and might even help improve cardiovascular health.

Benefits of Collagen

In addition to improving the appearance of our skin, collagen also has other benefits. It helps to strengthen our bones and joints, promotes wound healing, and can even improve gut health. It can also help to improve the condition of your hair and nails.

In addition, collagen has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for those suffering from conditions like arthritis.

Collagen is a vital protein that plays an important role in our overall heart health as well, surrounding every blood vessel and providing structure and protecting against damage. As we know the importance of our blood vessels and the role they play in keeping our blood flowing, it is no surprise we should be concerned with their overall health.

Joint Pain

When it comes to joint pain, collagen is often cited as a potential treatment or preventive measure. Collagen can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing. It can also improve joint function and reduce the risk of future injuries. 

Skin Health

When it comes to skin health, collagen is often hailed as a miracle ingredient. And for good reason – collagen is a protein that helps to support the structure of the skin. It’s found in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, where it provides strength and elasticity.

As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. That’s where collagen supplements come in.

By replenishing the body’s supply of this vital protein, collagen supplements can help to reduce the signs of aging and promote healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Hair Health

When it comes to hair health, collagen is beneficial in a few different ways. First, it helps to improve hair elasticity, which means that it’s less likely to break. It also helps to add volume and body to the hair, giving it a thicker, fuller appearance.

Finally, collagen can help to nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth.

While our bodies naturally produce collagen, the production declines as we age. This is one of the reasons why hair loss is more common in older adults. By supplementing with collagen, we can help to keep our hair healthy and prevent premature aging.

Anti-Aging Benefits

When there is less collagen in our bodies, it leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and thinning hair. Supplementing with collagen can help to reverse these signs of aging by replenishing the body’s supply of this important protein. 

Not only does collagen improve the appearance of the skin, but it also has other anti-aging benefits. It helps to improve joint health, promote healthy hair and nails, and boost metabolism. Collagen is a powerful anti-aging tool that is an easy way to improve your overall health and well-being as you age.

There are some studies that support the belief that an increased amount of collagen peptides that contain glycine, one of the primary amino acids can help with overall heart health and reduce high blood pressure.

Improved Digestion

A major component of the digestive system, collagen helps to form a protective barrier around the gut. Studies have shown that consuming collagen peptides can promote a healthy digestive system by helping to reduce inflammation and repair the gut lining.

In addition, collagen has been shown to improve digestion by increasing the production of stomach acid and improving motility. 

Are There Any Risks When Taking Collagen?

Collagen is a popular dietary supplement that many people take for its purported health benefits. However, there are a few potential risks to be aware of before taking collagen.

First, collagen is derived from animal sources, so it may not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

Additionally, some people may be allergic to collagen or experience gastrointestinal upset after taking it such as bloating or gas. This is usually caused by the body’s inability to break down collagen. People with food allergies or sensitivities may also need to avoid collagen, as it can contain small amounts of allergens. 

Finally, collagen supplements have not been extensively studied, so their long-term safety is not known. Overall though, collagen appears to be safe for most people.

Can You Take Too Much Collagen?

Many people take collagen supplements in the hope of preventing age-related changes. But, can you take too much collagen? The answer is yes.

While there are no serious side effects of taking too many collagen peptides, you may experience some digestive issues if you exceed the recommended dosage. This is because your body can’t break down and absorb large amounts of protein at once.

If you do experience digestive upset after taking collagen supplements, try reducing your dosage or taking it with a meal to help your body process it more easily.

Reactions To Look Out For:

Stomach Issues

If you take more collagen than your body needs, you could experience side effects such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting. 

Stomach pain, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue are also a sign of having taken more collagen than your body can handle.

Liver Issues

Taking too much collagen can also cause more serious side effects, such as liver damage. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the potential risks before taking this supplement.

If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it’s important to stop taking collagen supplements and drink plenty of fluids. In most cases, the symptoms of taking too much collagen are relatively mild and will resolve on their own.

However, if you experience severe symptoms or your symptoms persist, it’s important to seek medical attention.

How To Boost Your Collagen Levels

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to boost your collagen levels as you age to help keep your skin looking healthy and young.

Eat Collagen Rich Foods

One way to boost collagen production is to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen, so foods like citrus fruits, bell peppers, and broccoli are all good choices. You can also take a vitamin C supplement if you don’t think you’re getting enough through your diet.

Eating foods that are rich in collagen peptides such as bone broth, fish and gelatin is a dietary option to boost your collagen levels.

Increase Vitamin D Intake

Another way to promote collagen production is to expose your skin to sunlight for short periods of time. This helps trigger the body’s natural vitamin D production, which also aids in collagen production. Just be sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Topical Products

You can use topical products that contain ingredients like retinol or hyaluronic acid, which have been shown to help stimulate collagen production.

Let’s take a look at how antioxidants can boost your collagen levels. 


Antioxidants are molecules that help to protect your cells from damage. They do this by scavenging harmful toxins called free radicals. Free radicals can cause all sorts of damage to your body, and they’re one of the main reasons why our skin starts to age. By using antioxidants, you can help to protect your cells and prevent some of the damage that leads to wrinkles and fine lines.

Antioxidants also help to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers while also helping to reduce the breakdown of existing collagen fibers. 

There are many different antioxidants out there, but some of the most popular ones include vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract. You can find these ingredients in many different skincare products, including serums, creams, and masks.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your collagen supplements and keep your skin looking young and healthy, make sure to look for products that contain antioxidants!

Final Thoughts

So, let’s do a recap, does collagen clog arteries? No! There is enough evidence to say that collagen does not clog arteries, restrict blood flow, cause constriction of blood vessels, or increase blood pressure.

We hope that you have found this article very enlightening and that all your questions were answered but don’t stop here.  Be sure to check out our health blog and our collagen product page. An informed decision is the best decision! 

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Is Olive Oil a Good Fat?

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Today’s question is about good fats, good, healthy fats for you to consume, and it is. “Do you consider good olive oil, a good fat to take?”

Yes, I love good, healthy, cold-pressed, raw organic olive oil, to be a fantastic oil for you to consume in a raw form.

The Caveat with Olive Oil

And so this is my caveat because I know a lot of people cook with olive oil and the way I kind of view olive oil, it should be in a raw, cold form. And so it’s not one of those oils that I recommend cooking with and even baking with. So this is my little caveat to how to kind of keep it in its most primitive, healthiest state, is to use it as a dip or as a salad dressing for vegetables and even a gentle marinade or sauce after you’ve cooked a good clean protein.

Good Fatty Acids are Good for the Heart

But olive oil is wonderful because of its fat content. It has all of the right kind of properties of good, healthy fats. It’s very dense in omegas and your omegas, especially omega-3, be good acid composition. The good fatty acids are wonderful for heart health. And there’s a ton of micronutrients that olive oil from olives brings into our diet, that we see individuals who come from the Mediterranean region and partake in the Mediterranean Diet where primarily olive oil is consumed in a raw form, have some of the healthiest hearts and cardiovascular systems on the planet. And there’s no coincidence that they’re consuming good, healthy olive oil.

Ways to Consume Raw Olive Oil

So, the important thing is to one, make sure you’re consuming it raw. I personally, and our family love to blend our olive oil with fresh basil leaves. I have an assortment of basil. I have a purple basil that we grow, a sweet basil. Sometimes I’ll do the two. So it’s this really pretty, purple and green color, but I will blend those up in a blender. I might add a little pine nut, a little Himalayan sea salt, and add in a few other spices. And that may be something I add on top of a hummus, a homemade hummus, or I might then add a little lemon juice and we might use that on top of fish that we’ve cooked on our Green Egg.

Healthy Fats Help Remove Unhealthy Fat

But olive oil is wonderful for your body. Good fats can be helpful in removing excess fat from your body, particularly when we’re dealing with any type of gallstone. So, good healthy fats consumed in a raw form, can actually help your body evacuate certain gunky fats in the system.

And we also find lymphatically, when we’re talking about lymphatic health, the lymphatic health is removing fat as well. And so good, healthy fats will help that process ease itself, so we have better transport and better mechanisms to remove that fat from your body.

I hope that’s helpful. I hope you reach for a good, healthy fat, and definitely don’t cook with it, eat it raw. Go clean, cold-pressed, raw, organic olive oil, is so wonderful.

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