While there’s nothing we can do to permanently stop aging—unless, like our CCO Jennifer Aniston and Shakira, you make regular trips to the fountain of youth – there are some hacks to consider incorporating into your day if a more glowing look, energy and feel is what you’re after.
Keep reading to find out what you can be doing to help recommit to your wellness inside and out, from a.m. to p.m.
CONSIDER THESE SUPERFOODS
Superfoods, such as berries, fish and leafy greens, aren’t the trendiest foods in the world, but they are research-backed and scientifically proven to contain a whole host of valuable nutrients. (Bonus: click here if you're looking for foods that contain collagen.) You might even want to eat them every single day. (And you should.) Some specific examples of these antioxidant- and vitamin-packed foods include spinach, kale, blueberries, lemons and broccoli.
ADD VITAL PROTEINS® COLLAGEN PEPTIDES TO YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Kick your day off with a cup of coffee and two scoops of collagen. Did you know the body’s natural collagen production begins to decline around the age of 30? That’s why we recommend supplementing your diet with a serving of collagen peptides to help promote healthy hair, skin, nails, bones and joints for years to come.** Try our Collagen Peptides, perfect for adding to everything from coffee and tea to your morning oatmeal or smoothies, to refresh your morning routine.
SQUEEZE IN A 30-MINUTE WORKOUT
Time and time again we’ve heard how staying active throughout the day positively impacts our health. There is a ton of research, such as this review published in Frontiers In Cardiovascular Medicine and this meta-analysis published in American Family Physician that back up the benefits of exercise to your cardiovascular, mental and overall physical health. The best news— you don’t need to go crazy at the gym. A brisk morning workout, midday or evening walk will do for beginners.
Note: The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, which sounds like a lot, but keep in mind, that's just 30 minutes a day, five days a week—you don't need to do it all at once. You could go on three 10-minute walks every week day, for example, and still meet that goal.
If you opt for more vigorous exercise (like a fast run or an intense HIIT class), CDC guidance suggests that you only need 75 minutes of intense exercise a week.
ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN
Like life insurance for the face, wearing the best SPF for you is the most responsible decision you could make for your future self’s skin. Apply it before you leave home to help protect your face against the sun’s harmful rays, and remember to reapply throughout the day if possible.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A DIY DESSERT
Eating cookies, brownies and cake 24/7 isn’t the key to a healthier life, but you shouldn’t feel like you have to deny yourself all treats. Eating sweets (like everything else) in moderation sounds good to us! Treating yourself to a sweet or savory treat once in a while can help you maintain balance.
For recipes you don’t even need an oven for, check out this no-bake collagen recipe.
EXFOLIATE ONCE A WEEK
Hello, smoother skin! Exfoliating every week helps to remove dead skin cells. But, be sure not to over-exfoliate the skin. This can do more harm than good and may lead to breakouts and a dry complexion.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Drinking water provides many health benefits for the body and for the skin. Need a little burst of flavor in your water? Enter: Hydration** + Collagen, which contains a balanced blend of nutrients, including electrolytes and sugar, which is inspired by the World Health Organization’s hydration guidelines.
Hydration can be achieved through oral rehydration solutions (ORS), a type of fluid replacement used to treat dehydration. These solutions are water-based and commonly contain electrolytes like sodium, chloride and potassium, as well as sugar, typically in the form of dextrose. Hydration** + Collagen combines 1g of functional sugar with a low-sodium electrolyte blend to support hydration users can enjoy every day, throughout the day.
GET A RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP
We know it’s easier said than done but getting ample sleep every night is needed. From increased energy levels to more effective workouts, a restful night’s sleep impacts almost every part of your day.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults get seven hours of sleep per night. A review published in Physiological Reviews found that quality sleep may help bolster the immune system. In addition, a study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that adequate sleep can have a positive effect on your stress levels and help boost your mood. During sleep, your body repairs damage, such as the micro-tears in your muscles that happen during exercise to help aid recovery.
If you’re ready for a more restful night’s sleep, we’re here for you—try Vital Proteins® Sleep Gummies, Vital Proteins Sleep Collagen ShotTM or Vital PerformanceTM SLEEP.**
Vital Note:This article has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Your licensed healthcare professional can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.