Will Collagen Make You Poop?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Will collagen make you poop? Collagen does make you poop but in a healthy way that your body needs. It is great for your digestive system as it helps to repair the gut lining as well help heal leaky gut syndrome and IBS.

Why would we need collagen? It helps with healthy joints, skin, digestion, and the overall health of your body.

Collagen can be consumed through a healthy diet or through supplements. Bone broth is made with soft and simmering animal bones and the nutrients from this is bone marrow. It is packed with collagen and other essential amino acids. So, you can get your collagen nutrients from bone broth.

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Collagen supplements are available in protein powders that have collagen peptides that your body can easily digest and absorb with water or milk. How collagen helps your gut is by balancing beneficial bacteria while maintaining a healthy bowel movement. It also can help with minimizing gut disease prevention.

Collagen powder supplements for the most part will not make you gassy or bloated

Collagen gelatin is powdered gelatin that can be ingested and added to meals. It is cheap and affordable, and it is effective.

It is important to know there have been some people that have reported diarrhea and constipation symptoms with collagen peptide supplements. And that is mostly due to the specific supplement brand than collagen in general. Some ingredients like milk, chocolate, vanilla extract can lead to possible stomach or bowel issues.

The quantity of collagen you need every day depends on what form of collagen you are ingesting whether it be powder or capsules. Hydrolyzed collagen is consumed more in higher quantity than non-hydrolyzed collagen.

How much collagen do you need per day?

Under 30 Years Old- 1 tbsp for normal conditions, 2 tbsp for gut issues, aches, and skin.

30-40 Years old- 2 tbsp for normal conditions, 4 tbsp for gut issues, aches, and skin.

Over 40 years old- 2-4 tbsp for normal conditions, 4-6 tbsp for gut issues, aches, and skin.

The Top Benefits Of Collagen

  • It can help prevent joint pain in older individuals who have bad joints. It can help strengthen the cartilage of their bones and help minimize and prevent osteoporosis. The most effective is when consuming 8 to 12 grams per day.
  • One of the beauty benefits of collagen is what it does for the skin. Some research studies have shown that the ingredients in it such as fibrillin and elastin help increase the elasticity of the skin while making it stronger.
  • Studies have shown that collagen can help with increasing muscle mass. As we age, we lose muscle so in can help with sarcopenia. Because it is the most abundant protein in the body, collagen is an important component of skeletal muscle.

The Bottom Line is collagen will make you poop but poop in a healthy way without diarrhea or the runs. Collagen has tremendous health benefits such as improving joint pain, improving skin and nails, and increasing lean muscle mass.

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