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You’re Older, think about taking these supplements, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 620

You’re Older, think about taking these supplements, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 620

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. YOU’RE OLDER, THINK ABOUT TAKING THESE SUPPLEMENTS  – INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 620 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our 

Don’t Get Frail, Fight Back, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 619.

Don’t Get Frail, Fight Back, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 619.

Subscribe Today!   Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. DON’T GET FRAIL, FIGHT BACK  – INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 619 Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the Invite Health podcast, where our degreed 

Zinc is key to more than Immune Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 609

Zinc is key to more than Immune Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 609

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Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro:[00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed health care professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that Invite Health has to offer at, www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code Podcast at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started.†[00:00:34]

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Amanda Williams MD, MPH: [00:00:40] When it comes to our natural immune defenses, we have to always include the mineral Zinc into a routine. But we also must understand that Zinc, like many other minerals in the body, has so many functions. And that’s what I want to drive home today. I want to talk about how Zinc is actually working in the human body. Clearly, we know that Zinc is a must when it comes to our immune system and to be able to help fend off little pesky pathogens. But we also have to recognize why having insufficient exposure to Zinc from our diet or even falling into a category of having Zinc deficiency can be so detrimental to so many systems in the human body. I am Dr. Amanda Williams, scientific director at Invite Health, and let’s talk all about Zinc. We know that Zinc is critical when it comes to our overall health and wellness. We know that it’s beneficial for our cardiovascular system as well as for the health of our brain. Most of the time we think about zinc in the setting of immune health, it’s kind of like when we think about vitamin D, we think about bone health. We know Vitamin D certainly is doing much more than just supporting healthy bones, and we see the same thing when it comes to Zinc. Now, the problem is, is that many Americans actually fall into a category of having insufficient Zinc exposure, meaning that you’re getting a little but not enough, but it’s not so little that you’re actually deficient. And we do see Zinc deficiencies in a higher rate in people who are older in age. This can be because of a few different factors. We can look at different chronic disease states that have definitely been linked to lowering our Zinc status. We can also look at certain medications that have been known to lower or deplete our Zinc storage, things that elderly folks are commonly prescribed, things like ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure. ACE inhibitors include drugs that end in PRIL, like Lisinopril, for example. We can see how the different diuretics, things like hydrochlorothiazide can lower your Zinc storage, loop diuretics such as Furosemide or Lasix can certainly do this. Proton pump inhibitors, yes, the old Nexiums of the world can certainly lower the Zinc levels. So now we can take a little pause and we can say how many older individuals are on one or more of these drugs. And you can see where that zinc depletion can start to come from, and then we tie in or correlate in the different disease states that are known to have zinc depletion.†[00:03:33]

[00:03:34] When you look at individuals who have type two diabetes, we can see a clear distinction or an association between low levels of zinc and control of diabetes. So if you have good control over your diabetes, the likelihood that you have a zinc insufficiency or deficiency not that high, but we do certainly see this strong correlation. We understand that when it comes to things like vision, health, age related macular degeneration, Zinc plays a critical role into the development of this. If you have inadequate Zinc exposure in your diet and you’re not supplementing with Zinc, then the likelihood of developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration will go up. They did a really interesting study over in Australia and they found that participants who were taking Zinc from either food or via supplementation, had a close to 50% lower risk of developing age related macular degeneration, that’s pretty impressive. So if we recognize that there are certain health conditions, there are certain medications that can create havoc when it comes to our Zinc levels, then we have to realize that Zinc is more than just for the immune system. Zinc must be pretty critical in many different biological pathways and roles. And we do see this, we can see how it is that Zinc is working at multiple different mechanisms, which is why we can tie in Zinc issues when it comes to neurological disorders, when it comes to autoimmune conditions. And this is why we always want to make sure that we are getting Zinc as part of our daily supplementation routine. It’s one of our most important minerals when it comes to the creation of a key antioxidant in the body known as superoxide dismutase, without superoxide dismutase, that means we have lost an innate ability to fight off free radicals and oxidative stress. Now, interestingly enough, they know that type two diabetics who have low serum superoxide dismutase levels have a greater likelihood of having carotid artery stenosis, meaning that vessel that runs up the side of your neck, that is more likely to be gummed up or clogged up in the setting of diabetes. What do we also know about diabetics? There’s a strong correlation between Zinc insufficiency in proper Zinc absorption in diabetics. So you can start to see, okay, if a diabetic doesn’t have enough Zinc in terms of dietary intake and they’re not supplementing with Zinc. This means the body has less Zinc available to make superoxide dismutase, which now puts that diabetic at a greater risk of a potential cardiovascular event because of the narrowing of that key vessel running into the brain, very important.† [00:06:41]


[00:06:42] Now we can just stay in the lane of just thinking our immune health, and clearly, the studies that are out there indicate that when we have good Zinc levels in our body, the immune system has a better opportunity to fight off and recover from different infections. As a matter of fact, when it comes to wound healing, we know that Zinc is critical to this. I oftentimes will tell people if they’re going to have to have a surgery and they are going to be doing an incision, it would be incredibly advantageous that both pre and post op people start to supplement with both vitamin C and Zinc. So this will help to promote the healing of that surgical incision in a much quicker way, this even applies to dental surgeries. So we know that when it comes to Zinc, it helps our body in terms of both the initial or the innate and the adaptive or delayed immune system. We know that it helps the body create one of its most powerful antioxidants known as superoxide dismutase. We also can recognize how it helps to protect our cellular DNA, which is really very important. So while we may always turn to Zinc to fight off the common cold, we have to realize that Zinc is doing so much more than that. You see this even in children, Zinc is key when it comes to the growth and maturation as a child is developing, when it comes to bone health, for example, which is really quite fascinating to think, oh, zinc for bone health, kind of like when we think about vitamin D for all of the different functions that Vitamin D does. But clearly we can see how when it comes to bone remodeling and the absorption of key minerals, that Zinc is very critical to playing a role in maintaining healthy bones as we age. So if we are getting older in age and our diet doesn’t have adequate Zinc and we are not supplementing with a good, high potent Zinc, then what is happening? Our immune system is more open to an infection, our bones can get weaker, our eyes are more prone to age related macular degeneration. And clearly we know that excess inflammation and oxidative stress can take over because we don’t have the ability to make superoxide dismutase. So when it comes to Zinc, know one thing that if you are not taking a comprehensive multivitamin, multi mineral formulations such as the Core multivitamin or the Performance multivitamin by InVite Health, then we definitely want to be including into our routine,the Zinc Picolinate or our Zinc Lozenge every day, because Zinc is a essential component of so many different functions in our body and we cannot overlook its key role even when it comes to thyroid function. This is often a very interesting find for many individuals who deal with Hashimoto’s and other thyroid conditions, maybe a subclinical hypothyroidism, and they will find that when they start to supplement with Zinc, they start to feel more energetic. And part of that reason is because Zinc plays as a cofactor for the manufacturing of thyroid hormone. So when it comes to mood, when it comes to blood sugar regulation, when it comes to brain function and eye health, we have to always recognize the unique property that Zinc serves us when it comes to keeping us healthy.† [00:10:31]


[00:10:33] And this is why I wanted to focus in on Zinc today, because Zinc is one of those long lost minerals that many times we just kind of put away until it’s cold and flu season. And then we take it out and say, Oh, I should be taking this. But actually Zinc is something that should be part of our everyday supplementation routine. So hopefully now, you know, a little bit more about Zinc, and remember, you can always reach out to one of our nutritionists if you have questions as to how you should be taking your zinc and what time of day, as well as if you should take it with food, without food. All of these questions can be answered from one of our health experts at Invite Health. And I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting Invitehealth.com/podcast. Do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health. And we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast [00:10:33]

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What Supplement Is Good For Hair, Skin, Nails, And Joint Health?

What Supplement Is Good For Hair, Skin, Nails, And Joint Health?

Written By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected] Everyone’s heard of collagen. It’s typically associated with cosmetic fillers and beauty products. However, collagen is also an essential nutrient as it is vital to every part of the body. 

What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging

What You Need to Know About Anti-Aging

As we age our bodies start to deteriorate but there are things we can do to help anti-aging. These can be diet, exercise, and supplements!

Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

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Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]

Can the thyroid affect women’s health, read more to find out if the thyroid has an impact on women’s health. †

How does the thyroid affect women’s health?

Thyroid health absolutely effects women’s health! In general women are more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid issues. 1 in 8 women will be affected by thyroid disorders. This means we can’t have a series about thyroid without talking about how it specifically affects women. While it is important to address the underlying thyroid issue, certain supplements have been found in studies to support female health.†

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Menstruation can be affected by thyroid health in different ways. Thyroid dysfunction can delay or speed up both puberty and menopause. It can also cause menstrual cycles to become irregular, or even stop all together. Thyroid dysfunction can also cause the cycles to become heavier or lighter than normal. Studies show, ovulation can be inhibited by thyroid disorders leading to problems with fertility. (1) Supplements that have been found to help with women’s health can include DIM (2) and Calcium-D-Glucarate † (3)

Check out InViteⓇ  Health supplements Indole 3 Carbinol with DIM, Colon HxⓇ . †

Every woman knows that post menopause, bone health is a very real concern. This is because any changes in thyroid hormones can affect the balance of bone dissolution and replacement; because thyroid hormones control bone metabolism. Studies show that in people with hypothyroidism, bone formation is slowed by up to 50%! Hyperthyroidism can cause rapid bone loss and a decrease in the quality of any new bone that is formed. (4) They go on to show that Levothyroxine in post-menopausal women with hypothyroidism have a decrease in bone density. (5) What does this mean? Due to the fact that the thyroid controls the balance of bone production and absorption, it is important for post-menopausal women to be proactive with their bone health. Studies show certain nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K and collagen are important to increase bone density.† (6)

Check out InViteⓇ  Health bone health category you can find the nutrients from the study I previously mentioned, and other products like Bone Powder, Calplex HxⓇ  and strontium! The best way to determine what’s right for you is by working with a nutritionist. †

Having too much or too little thyroid hormone can cause hair loss. T3/T4 affect hair development. Unlike other causes of hair loss, thyroid disorders cause hair loss all over the scalp rather than in discrete areas. It is important to note, people with a thyroid disorder due to auto immune issues, are often prone to other autoimmune disorders such as Alopecia aerate. However, in the case of Alopecia, the hair loss that results is discrete and often circular areas of hair. (7) This is important because postmenopausal women tend to have hair loss. Because estrogen and progesterone is decreased, it leads to an increase in androgens. This causes hair to grow slowly and the hair follicles to shrink; causing the existing hair to fall out. (8) Working with the underlying thyroid condition can help the hair loss long term. Studies show green tea can help improve hair growth and hair follicle health. † (9)

Collagen is one of the building blocks for so many parts of us that there are no studies showing that it helps build hair! (10) Topically, Apple Cider Vinegar, has been found to help stimulate hair growth. (11)

See InViteⓇ  Health supplements Collagen HxⓇ ,  Dr. Pressman Collagex HA, Collagen 3000 tablets, and our Green Tea Tx™ or the Green Tea HxⓇ . We also have a fantastic line of hair care products     including Hair and stimulant treatment, which contains Apple cider vinegar.†

Other concerns for women include mood swings and depression. It is well documented that menopausal women experience depression and anxiety. Thyroid disorders often have symptoms of depression and anxiety as well. (12) What does that mean? As women, we are already more likely to develop depression and anxiety. For someone with a thyroid condition, this increases the risk. Please speak to an InViteⓇ  nutritionist to create a protocol to help with these issues.†

As I previously mentioned, it is important to work with the underlying thyroid issue. The suggested supplements can support thyroid health. Next week is our last blog on thyroid! I will be talking about how thyroid issues affect weight. †



DIM Supplement Benefits For Women

The Benefits of Calcium D-Glucarate