Collagen is one of the supplements we frequently recommend taking if you do have back pain. It’s found in most areas of the body, especially in the spine, so if you are struggling with back pain it can help boost the integrity of the spinal structures. We’re going to explain today exactly what collagen is, where you can find it, whether you can get enough in a regular diet and also which specific one we recommend!
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is a peptide or protein that is found in most areas of the body, providing vital support for your bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as your blood vessels, eyes and teeth. The name comes from the greek word for glue, as it essentially holds these structures together. As the most prevalent protein in the body, it’s little wonder that it has been a popular skin supplement over the years that’s found in many drinks, body lotions and even shampoo. The main types of collagen that we’re delving into today are Type 1, 2 and 3, as these are most relevant to injuries or back pain. Type 1 makes up 90% of the collagen your body has and gives structure to skin, tendons, cartilage and bones. Given your spine is made up of bone, cartilaginous structures inside the discs and cartilage around the bones to keep them in place, this is one of the most important ones. Type 2 collagen is responsible for cushioning your joints, while Type 3 helps to support your muscles and arteries. In cartilage such as Hyaline cartilage, found in places such as the ribs, collagen makes up 90% of its dry weight. As we age, collagen starts to be produced less and less by the body, so many of our structures can start to weaken as a result. If you get an injury, inflammation builds over the course of the next 48-72 hours, shunting growth factors into the area to stimulate the area into producing its healing components. It’s therefore important that if you do get any injury, that you’re consuming enough of the nutrients that can help your body to rebuild.
How Do We Consume Collagen?
It’s possible to get collagen through your diet or through supplements. Most of the nutritional components needed are found through animals, but it is possible to get hold of vegan collagen if it’s something you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough of. The body uses amino acids to make procollagen, which is how all collagen starts off. For this process to happen, we also need enough vitamin C. The two amino acids that create procollagen are proline, which is found in egg whites, dairy products, mushrooms and asparagus, and glycine, which is found in the skin of pork, chicken and gelatin. We also require copper, which is found in mostly organ meat as well as cashews or lentils. In general, consuming good protein sources such as different meats, legumes and tofu, will also be helpful in making sure you’re getting enough amino acids. You’ll want to make sure that you’re also not eating too much sugar or refined carbohydrate, as sugar interferes with your body’s natural ability to repair itself, and also avoid smoking as this will reduce collagen production. Remodelling an area can take time, especially in some areas of the body that can become injured. We see all too often that cases of back pain can relapse if you’re not diligent with rehabilitation long-term, as although the pain will subside with good practice, the area will not be fully healed for a matter of months or perhaps over a year. This is because some areas of the body are not metabolically active, and so take much longer to heal than other areas.
Advice For Back Pain
To get the most effective back pain relief you need a good rehabilitation program as well as good nutrition. The Phase 1 of our Back In Shape membership area will help your body to start recruiting other areas of the lower body to help take the strain away from your spine. Stretching out the lower body in the right way can help your legs and hips take the brunt of your day-to-day stress away from the spine. We also teach you in this phase how to start engaging your core muscles, as this is a tool you can recruit in your day-to-day but also to make sure you’re working your core during the strengthening exercises Phase 2 & 3 introduce. We see regularly that people will often reach for pain relief or take advantage of injections if they have been offered for your back pain. Specifically non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help with healing as they’re designed to reduce inflammation, they both can impact your ligament strength. This is an unhelpful side-effect when it comes to back pain and will not replace the need to pursue rehabilitation in the end. If you want to get rid of your back pain long-term, the rehabilitation cannot be ignored. Taking time to rest in bed is also unhelpful for relieving back pain as well, as it decreases your circulation which can mean that your body is not getting enough of the nutrients to the right areas in order to heal itself. On the contrary, use of collagen supplementation combined with resistance training, causes the ligaments to strengthen and thicken and this will help to strengthen your whole body so that it can support your spine – thereby relieving the pain.
We hope you found today’s topic of collagen to be helpful if you’re perhaps considering taking it as a supplement or you’re currently struggling with back pain. If you’d like to try the collagen we recommend, you can find it in our Shop Click Here.
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