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Collagen Powder For Your Pole Body: What, Why, and How

By on October 29, 2015

If there’s one thing that’s probably true about pole dancers across the board, it’s this: we can be hard on our joints.

While we certainly work to protect them through proper training practices, appropriate warm-ups, and regular strength-building exercises, we still tend to ask a lot of them.

sergia-louiseBad Kitty Brand Ambassador Sergia Louise Anderson. Photo via Bad Kitty

One handed spins! Twisted grip tricks! Pole splits! Back bends! Our hips, elbows, wrists, shoulders, and even ankles are tested daily as part of our sport. It comes with the territory. As result, we have a certain responsibility to our bodies to work on supporting those joints the best we can. One way to do this is through diet and supplementation. There are numerous routes to approach this, but today I’d like to focus on one supplement option: collagen powder.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein found in the connective tissue of animals (and people). As you age, your body’s collagen production naturally starts to decrease, making it more difficult for your body to repair tissue and cartilage. Older individuals and athletes may find it helpful to supplement with collagen to support joint health.

You may be more familiar with collagen after it’s broken down form. It becomes gelatin.

What are the benefits of adding collagen to your diet?

Besides lubricating joints and helping repair connective tissue, collagen can also help you maintain healthier skin, nails, and hair. This easily digestible protein also may help with hormone balance, gut health, and reducing inflammation in the body. In a sense, collagen powder can be considered a natural protein powder as well.

collagen-powderGreat Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate. Photo via Amazon.

How do you use it?

Hydrolyzed collagen powder differs from gelatin in that it does NOT become gelatinous when mixed with water and chilled. (Just make sure you’re buying the correct kind so you don’t end up with jiggly gelatin instead. I buy this one, in the green canister). In fact, it dissolves easily in liquids of any temperature and has hardly any taste at all. This makes it incredibly simple to add into your diet.

You can stir it into your morning coffee, put a spoonful into a smoothie, add it to your yogurt, or even just mix it into a glass of plain water. You’ll hardly notice it. You can also get it naturally by drinking bone broth. I like to incorporate it into this snack bite recipe, where it can be a source of protein while also offering some support for my joints.

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Key Lime Pie Bites
Makes 6-8 bites

¾ cup raw cashews

3 Tbs. coconut butter

1 lime, juiced and zested

¼ cup collagen powder

1 date (pitted and softened in warm water)

1 tsp. honey

Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process (pausing to scrape along sides of food processor as needed) until mixture starts to become dough-like in consistency. Roll dough into 1” balls. (Dip in unsweetened coconut and extra lime zest after rolling, if desired). Store in the refrigerator.

Why might you NOT want to use collagen powder?

Because collagen is derived from animal sources, anyone who prefers not to consume animal products will want to skip on the collagen powder. These individuals might prefer to find a vegan glucosamine supplement for extra joint support, along with an anti-inflammatory diet (which we can all benefit from). And, of course, with any dietary change or supplementation, consulting a doctor can be a good idea.

Ready to try it?

While it’s most important to take care of our bodies and joints through safe fitness practices and good diet, collagen powder can be a beneficial supplement to give your body some extra support, particularly when you’re doing a lot of pole or flexibility training. Choose a high quality product and grab a canister online or at your local health food store. Experiment with adding it into your routine and see how it works for you!

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Paige Lysaght

Paige Lysaght

is a Certified Health Coach, AFAA certified fitness instructor, and parkour and aerial arts studio owner.
Paige Lysaght

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