Most of the current treatments available for TMJ disorders aim to relieve pain but don’t address the underlying cause of the problem. TMJ disorders are difficult to diagnose and manage because they are poorly understood. There are many different types of TMJ disorders, and they can be caused by injuries, aging, and behavioral factors, such as teeth clenching and gum chewing.
Wear and tear of the temporomandibular joint due to aging can lead to arthritis. Osteoarthritis of the temporomandibular joint is a degenerative disease of the jaw joint that may present symptoms like toothache, earache, headache, jaw pain, and difficulty opening the jaw. TMJ osteoarthritis may cause changes in the extracellular collagen network, making the joint less susceptible to withstanding mechanical loading and hence more prone to osteoarthritic lesions.
Collagen’s Role in Temporomandibular Joint Health
The resilience and functions of your temporomandibular joint are supported by collagen architecture. Unlike other joints in the body, the TMJ is composed of fibrocartilage, which contains both Type I and Type II collagen.
TMJ disorders are characterized by the excess degradation of collagen, the main building block of cartilage. Cartilage in the TMJ is often degraded due to jaw misalignment. Taking a collagen supplement nourishes cartilage and supports cartilage regeneration.
How Collagen Helps Treat TMJ Disorders
Interestingly, a growing number of RenewAlliance customers have reported that they have experienced rapid and dramatic relief from TMJ pain by consuming the LAC Taut Premium collagen drink. Multiple studies have shown a link between collagen depletion in the jaw area and TMJ, which could explain why collagen supplementation is beneficial to TMJ disorders.
In one study, participants with fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint pain saw significant improvement in TMJ symptoms when they took hydrolyzed collagen supplements. Another randomized trial of 200 patients found that hydrolyzed collagen significantly reduced joint pain when compared to a placebo.
Replenish Lost Collagen from TMJ Disorders with a Collagen Drink
Cartilage-building cells in the temporomandibular joint can be sustained as long as they are supplied with proper nutrients. LAC Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula is a powerful collagen drink that contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed Type I marine collagen, which stimulates the production of new collagen. The drink is also infused with anti-aging ingredients, like vitamin C, which enhance new collagen production in your jaw and repair damaged blood vessels. In addition, LAC Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula contains hyaluronic acid, which can help keep the joints and cartilage lubricated.
Most customers see and feel results from LAC Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula after consuming just two boxes. Each box contains eight 1.7 fl. oz. bottles. We recommend drinking one bottle of Taut Premium Collagen every night for the first eight nights, and then switching to one bottle every other night. Click here to learn more about RenewAlliance’s products. Contact us if you have any questions.
It was difficult to spot the difference because you look at your face every morning. You stumble upon an old picture from college or even just five years ago. “My skin used to be so smooth and firm!” “Where did that saggy, extra skin come from underneath my chin?”
Skin issues can be emotionally difficult to deal with. We feel self-conscious when there is a giant, red pimple on our nose or when there are more dark spots and less firmness in our skin. It is the first thing people see and generally, we cannot hide it.
As a teenager, I struggled with acne and later in my twenties, I remember waking up one morning with dry, scaly patches on the bridge of my nose and on my neck. Seemingly overnight, I found myself dealing with moderately severe eczema.
People would ask, “What’s wrong with your neck? Did you get a really bad sunburn.” As much as I tried to convince myself that I was not self-conscious about my skin, these innocent comments from friends and family started to wear down on me.
I would hesitate to wear t-shirts because they exposed my neck, and I did not want to deal with the “innocent” comments or have to explain that I was not contagious. I tried different eczema creams and lotions but this was more than just dry skin.
As much as I disliked going to the doctor, my mom, who is a pharmacist, convinced me to make an appointment with my family physician. My doctor examined my skin and came back after 5 minutes with two tubes of medication—two different forms of topical steroid creams. He said, “Just apply these until the patches go away.”
“How long will I have to use these?”
“Probably off and on for the rest of your life.”
That just did not make any sense to me. This was one of those turning points in my life that started me down the path of looking for answers about what these symptoms mean and how to get to the root cause of the issue rather than just covering up the issue with medications.
Little did I realize, or did my family physician, that my form of eczema (also commonly called atopic dermatitis) was not primarily a skin disease, but rather a sign that my body’s internal environment was out of balance.
My mom was always the one encouraging myself and her customers at the pharmacy to use as few medications as possible. She promoted healthy lifestyle and nutrition because she understood that medications were not the answer to all health problems. You might see why I was inspired to look to a different approach to medicine. My holistic medical education at Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school, taught me to look at symptoms in the context of whole-body health.
Even if you do not have a skin condition, taking care of your internal environment will keep your skin healthy, radiant, and smooth.
Let me explain.
Produced by fibroblasts, elastin is an important protein that enables our skin to return to its original shape after it stretches or contracts. Elastin fibers are like little rubber bands in the connective tissue throughout our bodies. Eventually, the fibers lose their ability to snap back.
Through the years, there are many things that can take a toll on your skin, including the sun, bad habits, and pollution. Exposure to these elements can damage the elastin fibers in your skin, which causes the skin to sag and stretch.
Loose skin and tissue under the upper arm area due to damaged elastin is a common issue. Flabby upper arm skin may make you feel reluctant to wear sleeveless shirts and swimsuits. Factors that contribute to sagging underarm skin include aging, smoking, genetics, and weight loss.
When your weight fluctuates, it can break or weaken the elastin fibers in the dermis, which results in the loss of tensile strength. Therefore, the skin is unable to bounce back and regain its original shape, similarly to when a rubber brand is stretched beyond its limit. If you lose weight and simultaneously lose muscle mass, this leads to a loss of tone that causes the skin in the underarm area to appear flaccid.
Here are some tips for avoiding
and treating sagging underarm skin.
Nearly everyone has heard of collagen and its importance for skin health, but few people know how to tell the difference between the many truths and falsehoods that abound regarding collagen supplements. Most people’s skin care knowledge lies somewhere between science and pure hype, and many misconceptions about collagen supplements are spread through word-of-mouth.
Let’s expose the top 5 myths about collagen supplements, so you can ensure that you’re using proven treatments in a correct way while saving yourself time, money, and effort.