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69. Devastating Impact of Stress on Collagen

Episode Summary

Short term, the stress response is adaptive, and helps us handle things better, enhances immune function, and helps us focus. But long-term stress increases your risk for osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, leaky gut and sagging skin. And one way it wreaks its havoc is by damaging collagen.
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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [01:25] Being under stress long term can lead to serious health problems 
  • [02:33] How stress damages collagen 
  • [03:00] What is collagen 
  • [04:00] There are 16 types of collagen in the body 
  • [05:00] What is the connection between collagen and stress
  • [06:30] Cortisol directly degrades the collagen 
  • [07:20] Inflammation due to stress damages collagen 
  • [08:15] Collagen is crucial for bone quality 
  • [09:38] The quality of collagen is important 
  • [11:00] Oral supplementation improves collagen status in the body 
  • [11:45] Collagen composes about 80% of your skin 
  • [14:40] 5 things you can do

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94. Using Food as Medicine

94. Using Food as Medicine

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