There are many ways to practice mindfulness around food because our experiences around eating occur under a variety of different circumstances. Sometimes we are rushing out the door and stressed, and other times we are laughing and high on life, surrounded by our favorite people. Nutrient deficiencies and collagen is an important conversation to have as it is quickly booming as the next all purpose health product.
Mindfulness techniques can be used to remind ourselves to chew our food thoroughly, but sometimes we use them to track food sensitivities or manage cravings.
We don’t often think that mindfulness can really help you to pinpoint your nutrient deficiencies, but, we do often use mindfulness techniques to reflect on our emotions or cravings.
In a reality beneath our awareness, cravings actually tell us much more about our needs than we realize. With further investigation, we can learn that our cravings are really signals from our body that there is either an imbalance or a nutrient deficiency that is abundant in the foods we crave.
Nutrient Deficiencies and Collagen
Protein is actually a very common nutrient deficiency, despite America being one of the largest consumers of protein at meal time. This is because many medications and other nutrient deficiencies can hinder our ability to break down and absorb protein.
Protein deficiencies can sometimes present with a variety of symptoms, including brittle nails, low energy, slow metabolism, blood sugar dysregulation, and many more common symptoms that commercial and (typically) toxic products ‘guarantee’ to fix.
What if we did something a little different and targeted all of our needs through our body’s chemistry before introducing unnatural chemicals that come with cute packaging and a catchy slogan?
Even if you are eating a well balanced diet that focuses on a high amount of quality protein, you can still show signs of protein deficiency if your body and digestion are not up to speed. In other words, deficiencies are not singularly caused by low consumption, but can also occur because of a low ability to break down food and absorb nutrients. Protein deficiency specifically can occur if we have low stomach acid and/or protein enzymes. Certain medications or lifestyles are also known contributors to nutrient depletions, including protein.
Further food is a fantastic tool because the protein is already broken down and ready for absorption. Both options of collagen peptides (marine or bovine), contain a well balanced range of amino acids (the back bone to protein) that your cells and processes just love to thrive off of.
Many people will take collagen for their hair, skin, and nails, but may notice that it takes a little bit of time for effects to develop. This can occur especially if the body wants to target any areas with protein deficiency first. Subsequently, some of those areas are found in hair, skin and nails. These parts of the body are usually the last to receive nutrients as they are less important than the function of your organs and body systems.
Nutrient Deficiencies and Mindfulness
While we already know about the benefits of collagen on a number of systems that require protein, what do we know about the mindfulness aspect behind protein deficiencies? We are usually so aware of when our nails start breaking, and when our hair is fragile or when our skin isn’t looking its best. So, why is it that we are mindful of vanity aspects of our health, but not of the aspects where our body shows it needs some support?
One tactic to use to help you become more in tune with your cravings and understand what they mean should occur before and after you eat or feel hungry. Ask yourself: “is this something that will make me feel good; is this something that will make me feel bad?”
If you ever struggled with any digestive, blood sugar, or hormonal disorders, then you know your body will likely speak back to you pretty easily. If not, then this practice will help you grow this awareness over time and can be amazingly helpful to understanding the difference of wanting nutrients in a food vs. when you want to indulge. This can take time to develop, but it is a process that is ingrained in the human physiology. You can do this every day and eventually your body will begin to respond.
Even if you decide to indulge, and know you will not experience a negative reaction from one treat like gain several pounds or go to the hospital (unless there is medical need to avoid that food), there are still chemical reactions occurring in your body. The process of metabolism does not shut off even if your body easily tolerates junk food or less healthy food options. The human body has a strong desire to guide you to what will be most nourishing at a given moment, but this can be hindered by a heavy load of junk food in your lifestyle. If we can tap into our instinctual abilities time and again, we can understand our needs and desires very clearly, learn what they mean and be able to manage our cravings like never before. Intuitive eating like this can bring us to optimal balance and wellness.
Achieving the surface level goals of health like thick, long hair, strong nails and perfect skin can be achieved much easier and cheaper if we learn to focus on how those relate to our deeper needs first. In providing your body with optimal support inside, the outside will follow through.
The ‘money back guarantee’ slogan behind so many commercial creams and beauty products will become just another slogan that does not gain your trust. Successful health journeys will occur just by trusting your own intuition and needs before a company that does not seek to get to truly know you inside and out.
Further Food and the nutritionist behind The A.K. Kitchen have goals to get to know every individual inside and out. We work hard to create nutrition and health resources to help guide a community that gets to know each other and themselves first and foremost before buying into highly marketed products that fall short on their promises. We want to support you, so use Aimee's code: AKKITCHEN10 for some perks on your order! You can explore more nutrition tracking resources over at The A.K. Kitchen and stay informed with the latest research and resources for your specific needs at Further Food. Mindfulness can be practiced at every stage of decision with your health, from checking on your brittle nails to testing new foods or supplements for your nutrient deficiencies. We promise, it is much easier than you think and far more rewarding than any expensive beauty product!