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Yellow Magic Smoothie – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Yellow Magic Smoothie – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Smoothie week is also for college students, join us in making the yellow magic smoothie with Collagen Hx. It tastes like a burst of summer in your mouth.

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 The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565


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What The Heck Is Collagen? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 565

Hosted by Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT

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InVite Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InVite Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare 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! †

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Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT: [00:00:42] Welcome to the InVite Health podcast, where today we will discuss one of my favorite things, collagen. This is Alli Might, integrative nutrition health coach and functional medicine coach here to navigate you through the world of collagen. We’ve all heard about collagen, but it can seem overwhelming when trying to decide which is the best option for one’s needs. There are sources such as bovine or cow, chicken and marine or fish and 28 different types. Let’s focus on the most common sources bovine and chicken and types one, two and three. † [00:01:17]

[00:01:18] Type one collagen is the most common. It helps bone matrix, which is the foundation of building bone. And supports the connective tissues like hair, skin, nails, as well as muscles, tenants and ligaments. Type two collagen is commonly known as cartilage. This is solely used to support and maintain the cartilage within our joints. Type three Collagen is helpful for our organs, gut and blood vessels. It can also help improve elasticity in the skin. Now that we had a quick crash course in the sources and the main types of collagen, let’s discuss the many options we have here at InVite Health. † [00:02:01]


[00:02:02] Let’s start with Collagen Hx as it’s our original collagen supplement. This bovine source collagen is partnered with Boswellia, which adds some nice anti-inflammatory relief. I recommend this product to almost everyone. It’s an ideal option for anyone looking to maintain strong connective tissues such as hair, skin, nails, muscles and joints. It can also help support those not only suffering from osteoarthritis, but collagen helps build bone matrix, which is the building block for bone building, making it ideal for anyone with a bone injury, osteopenia or osteoporosis. Incorporating two scoops of our vanilla flavored Collagen Hx per day in water, plain yogurt or a smoothie starts you on the right path. The Collagex HA from Dr. Pressman is a wonderful collagen formula that not only has a proprietary blend with natural anti-inflammatories, but also contains nutrients like glucosamine sulfate and hyaluronic acid to help support the joints. Taking one scoop a day is a great way to help support joints and spine issues such as bulging discs. For those who prefer something in a pill form instead of powders, the Collagen 3000 tablets are something to consider. These tablets don’t have any anti-inflammatories added, but is strictly a source of collagen taking 5 to 7 tablets a day gives you the collagen you’re looking for and it’s also an easy way to pack for a weekend getaway or longer trip without taking up too much space. † [00:03:47]


[00:03:48] Over the past few years, I’ve become a big fan of our True Beauty Collagen, similar to the Collagen 3000 tablets. It’s also strictly a collagen supplement without the added anti-inflammatories. It’s also flavorless, so it can easily be added to any liquid. It’s only one scoop a day and a nice option for someone who’s never used collagen before. I also like it for maintaining healthy and fresh hair, skin and nails. When it comes to tenants and ligaments, collagen can be beneficial in not only keeping them strong for our joints but can help these connective tissues recover from injuries. Flex Hx has a specific collagen protein that is most helpful for the tendons and ligaments and is the perfect complement to the Collagen Hx. While all of these bovine sourced options are collagen types, one and three. I want to also talk about type two collagen. † [00:04:44]


[00:04:45] This is more commonly known as cartilage, and ours is sourced from chicken sternum. This is used to support the collagen within the joints. We know that over time this cartilage can start to deteriorate. Usually due to activity level and the normal aging process. Adding just one small capsule a day can help maintain the health of the joints. And doubling up can help relieve some of the joint damage. As you can see, collagen can be a complex topic. For more information on all of collagen benefits, check out my companion blog on our website invitehealth.com. You can also contact me, Allie Might at our uptown location on Second Avenue and 71st Street by phone at 2122492036 or email me at [email protected]. I want to thank you for tuning into the InVite Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcasts. Please make sure you subscribe and leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at at InVite Health. And we will see you next time for another episode of the InVite Health Podcast. Until then, stay healthy. † [00:04:45]

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Biotin for More Than Your Hair and Nails – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 394

Biotin for More Than Your Hair and Nails – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 394

Biotin is well-known for its ability to support healthy hair and skin, but did you know it is also needed for energy production?

The Secret to Thick, Bright & Strong Hair, Skin and Nails

The Secret to Thick, Bright & Strong Hair, Skin and Nails

Everyone wants thick hair, bright, younger-looking skin and strong nails. But achieving that can often be difficult for some people. However, with the right products and treatment, to keep your skin soft during the winter is easy. With plenty of formulas on the market, it 

Here’s What You Need To Know About Collagen

Here’s What You Need To Know About Collagen

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Collagen is one of the most popular buzzwords in the health and nutrition world today. But what is Collagen and what are its benefits? We break down everything you need to know, from skin health to bone health and everything in between!

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and is the most important element in our skin; 70% of it is made of Collagen! But the older we get, the less our bodies are able to naturally produce it. According to Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, our skin loses Collagen at a rate of 1.5% per year, starting in our late 20’s. This is important, because by the time we hit 60 years old we’ve lost half of our skin’s Collagen content. This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and a lack of that youthful glow we know and love!

Have you tried adding Collagen to your Coffee? It’s delicious and nutritious!

Your skin isn’t the only part of the body that Collagen makes up. Ligaments and tendons are connective tissue that are attached to bones and muscles, holding them together and allowing them to be flexible. These tissues – bones, ligaments, tendon’s and skeletal muscles – are made up of proteins. Ninety percent of the organic mass of your bone is made out of Collagen. Without an abundant amount in these tissues, your joints will not be as flexible and bone may lose their density.

Beauty comes from within

Skin Health

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The aging of skin takes place in two phases; the first is brought on by natural aging as you grow older, which also effects your organs. This is called Intrinsic skin aging. Extrinsic skin aging is the aging of skin by external factors like exposure to the sun, pollution, bad sleeping patters, or nutrition.

Once your body begins to lose its high collagen content (by the time you reach 25!), you’ll begin to see signs of aging skin. This includes:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Cracks and tears
  • Dry skin
  • Dull skin tone

Obviously you cannot stop your body and skin from naturally aging. However, numerous studies have shown there are ways to counteract the effects brought on by these external factors. This is because there is a major link between nutrition and skin health. According to the journal DermatoEndocrinology, “The best prevention strategy against the harmful action of free radicals is a well regulated lifestyle (caloric restriction, body care and physical exercise for body), with low stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including anti-oxidative rich food.”

Some examples of anti-oxidative rich foods include red bell peppers, tomatoes, salmon, sweet potato, turkey, eggs, and seeds (sunflower).


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Your nails are more than just your most colorful accessory. Your cuticles, though normally cut by manicurists, are actually there to protect from infection, according to dermatologist Jessica Krant, M.D. “Too much cuticle clipping or picking opens the protective barrier and allows moisture and bacteria into your body.” Your nails are also made of hard keratin, a protective protein, similar to hair.

One of the easiest ways to keep an eye on your health, according to numerous medical doctors and dermatologists, is actually by looking at your nails. Changes to their shape, color, thickness and the color of the nail bed can actually be signs of issues you didn’t know you had.

Weak nails can be caused by your diet, aging and even nail polish. Be sure to eat high-protein foods like poultry, fish, beef, pork and spinach to keep your nails healthy and strong.


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As mentioned above, your hair is made up of mostly keratin, but it also contains melanin and small amounts of vitamins, zinc and other metals. The secret to smooth, thick, shiny hair can’t be found at a salon – it’s all in your diet. Eating a variety of healthy foods can give you the hair you’ve been looking for and prevent deficiencies that can cause your hair to look dull, flat, and lacking shine. For healthy hair, be sure to include healthy levels of iron, zinc, vitamin D, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin in your diet.

Bone & Joint Health

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Once you begin to lose healthy levels of Collagen in your body, you’ll feel it in your joints and your bones will be impacted, as well. Collagen is needed for the repair and support the connective and structural tissues in your body. The bone matrix – the organic part of our bones that looks like a spider web – is filled with Calcium and Collagen. According to Scientific Director and Pharmacist, Jerry Hickey, R.Ph, “Collagen helps to lay the groundwork for your bones and for your body. If you’re going to build a house, you can’t just put up a roof and a floor. You’ve got to frame out the house. Collagen is the frame for your bones.

Choosing the right Collagen for you


Collagen is not naturally found in foods. But, as mentioned above, there are many foods that contain the nutrients needed to form Collagen. However, if you’re not a fan of salmon, leafy-greens, citrus, eggs, or seeds or are having trouble including optimal levels into your daily diet, collagen supplementation is available. Here’s what you need to look for –

Collagen is a large molecule, so many of the powder supplements on the market will not be absorbed by your body. Be sure to look for a hydrolyzed form of collagen. Hydrolyzed Collagen is reduced in size, so it is easier for your body to absorb. You’ll want to find a non-GMO nutritional supplement that follows strict cGMP, current Good Manufacturing Practices. A reputable, high-quality source of Collagen, Peptan B-5000™, has been used in numerous clinical studies for the skin, bone, muscle and joint health. A high-quality collagen supplement can be easily mixed in your favorite beverages, in yogurt, or while your baking!

Speak with a certified nutritionist today!