Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Some say protein powder is the new milk and sugar.

Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Headlines declare actresses like Busy Phillips and Jennifer Aniston are obsessed with adding collagen to their morning coffee. The protein powder is an essential ingredient in coffee recipes, and can be found in trendy cafes and juice shops but what’s the story behind this new energizing drink? Sodexo registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston helped us break it all down.

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the most abundant types of protein found in the body. It is a complex protein made up of amino acids, such as glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline. Collagen plays a crucial role in musculoskeletal health, contributing to the state of your bones, joints, nails, skin, and teeth. As you age, collagen production in the body decreases and you may start to notice or experience fine lines, joint pain, weaker bones, and wrinkles.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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