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I’ve been drinking a magical gut healing, beauty-boosting concoction for a couple months now and thought I should share it with you since I’ve noticed so many improvements! This elixir has so many benefits and is even customizable depending on your goals and health status. I am using it as a basic beauty elixir, but you can add various elements to the base formula to support workout recovery, leaky gut healing, hydration, and even stress relief.

This is my morning drink I make as soon as I get up to hydrate and replenish minerals for the day.

Gut Healing Beauty Elixir

So, what is it?

I use a base of “beauty” collagen with a splash of apple cider vinegar (both benefit gut health) to make this a beauty elixir, I also add an electrolyte formula for added minerals and nutrients. So many people are chronically dehydrated, and morning electrolytes are a great way to hydrate for your day.

This electrolyte formula also contains a healthy dose of vitamin C which supports immune health.

(Scroll to the end of the post for several variations of this elixir).

I wanted a way to include collagen in my daily routine that wasn’t just mixing it in with tea or water. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but many people add it to coffee or smoothies also. Then I figured, why not reap some additional benefits while I’m at it? That’s when it occurred to me to add an electrolyte formula for added nutrients AND a splash of apple cider vinegar for its benefits, too. Sometimes I’ll add the juice of half a lemon for it’s skin boosting properties and detox support. You could even add a powdered probiotic.

I make this drink first thing in the AM to rehydrate after sleeping. Since I’ve started drinking it, I’ve noticed improvements in my hair first and foremost, joint health, skin, nails that grow like crazy, and my digestion. Overall I’ve noticed more of a healthy skin glow! My creaky knees don’t bother me, even with the higher impact activities I enjoy like sprints and skiing. I’ve struggled with knee pain in the past, so this is really a blessing.

This drink combines the benefits of collagen (read my article all about collagen here) along with a particular beauty formula that supports hair, skin, nails. This collagen features hydrolyzed collagen peptides and a patented, clinically researched blend of stabilized biotin and silica that are awesome for hair. Evidence suggests this formula may help promote hair fullness, optimal skin texture, and nail strength.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and sharply declines in your 20s which is why wrinkles and sagging skin pop out as you age.

I add apple cider vinegar for its myriad benefits (listed below), mainly digestion. This beauty elixir is for you if you:

  • want faster growing hair and nails
  • struggle with bloating and heartburn
  • have leaky gut
  • want to support your joints
  • want healthier and younger looking skin. I think I’ve even noticed improvements in fine lines!

Beauty Elixir Benefits

The benefits of this magical elixir are many. Each of the 3 components offers unique health-supporting properties, and as mentioned, there are a few ways you can customize it to meet your needs (scroll down for more on that). Aside from the collagen, I added an electrolyte for hydration, stress, and immune support, and I added apple cider vinegar (ACV), because it has clinically proven benefits:

  • many studies show ACV lowers blood sugar and improves insulin resistance, which may support weight loss (source)
  • improves digestion by stimulating stomach acid production to help break down food
  • may relieve heartburn, which is most often caused by low stomach acid
  • *may* quell sugar cravings (acidic foods often do), but this isn’t as substantiated as its other benefits (source)
  • may support detox
  • contains prebiotics and probiotics for gut health! Be sure to buy it with “the mother.” I use Bragg’s.

You can safely take up to 2 tablespoons of ACV daily (I use only 1 tbsp per day), but always add it to water or liquid, as it may burn your esophagus if taken straight. It may also wear tooth enamel, so make sure and swish with water after using it.

How to Make the Elixir– It’s Easy!

I add everything to my 24 oz HydroFlask first thing in the AM. I do one scoop of collagen (scoop included when you buy it; probably a heaping tbsp); 1 scoop electrolytes, and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. You could also do the juice of half a lemon. Simply add water and shake well to mix. This would work in as little as 12 oz water added to a glass; just stir thoroughly.

Variations on the Elixir

Use 1 scoop of collagen as the base with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or freshly squeezed lemon juice). Here are a few variations to support your health goals, whatever they may be:

Let me know which combos you try! Give it 30 days to see noticeable benefits.

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