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Calcium…Why Is It So Important?

Calcium…Why Is It So Important?

Allie Might, INHC, AADP, ATT dives in to why calcium is an important supplement and how you can add it into your routine to reap the benefits

From Bones to Osteopenia: The Benefits of Calcium- InVite Health Podcast, Episode 584

From Bones to Osteopenia: The Benefits of Calcium- InVite Health Podcast, Episode 584

Allie Might, INHC, AADP, ATT goes into the benefits of calcium and how it supports broken bones, osteopenia and osteoporosis

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

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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. This is due to the benefits collagen has for the connective tissues.†

What Exactly Is Collagen?

Well, collagen is a protein that helps to make up the body and is sourced from bovine (cow), fish and chicken to make the supplements we use. The most common types are type 1, 2 and 3 as they have specific functions. Types 1 and 3 are helpful for hair, skin, nails, bones and the muscular system. Type 2 is most commonly used to help the cartilage within the joints.†

When it comes to healthy hair, skin and nails, collagen always seems to be the first nutrient looked at, for good reason. It is needed to help strengthen the nails, which helps them grow and keep any breaks and splitting to a minimum. It also helps to nourish the hair follicle to allow for hair growth and strengthens the hair to avoid brittle strands. Many skin care products contain marine collagen, useful to maintain a youthful appearance. It is needed to help smooth (or avoid as much as possible) fine lines and wrinkles, heal scarring and even adds elasticity to the skin. Collagen also can aid in the hydration of the skin to help combat dry, flaky skin. Establishing a good skincare routine that includes collagen can set up a lifetime of healthy skin.†


Whether it’s through the normal aging process, an injury or even a surgical procedure, the muscular system (which includes muscles, tendons and ligaments) can really experience a lot of trauma. While collagen is needed to help maintain the strength and flexibility of these tissues, it can also help in recovery. Studies have shown that adding collagen a couple days after surgery can be effective in the healing process. Collagen can help to heal the wound, as well as strengthen the tissues.†

Collagen is an important part of the bones. It is the foundation of the bone matrix, allowing the calcium to “stick” and form bone. Approximately 40% of our bones are made up of water and matrix, with 90% of the matrix to be collagen. The collagen is quite strong and aids in the formation of bone and cartilage. This is important for healing from breaks and fractures, as well as to strengthen the bones due to osteopenia and osteoporosis. These issues can arise through the normal aging process, causing lower bone density and brittle bones, making collagen a perfect companion to calcium and magnesium.†


Collagen is needed by every part of the body for varying reasons. It is effective supplement for aging and healing damaged tissues. Incorporating skincare products with natural ingredients and collagen, as well as adding our powdered Collagen HxⓇ (my go-to option) into water, plain yogurt or even a nutritious smoothie can put anyone on the path to a strong, healthy body.†




I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

I Kneed Bone Health to Help my Pain

We want to try to reduce the risk of bone health issues before it is to late. This is why it is so important to make sure you are eating a anti-inflammatory diet and getting nutrients that can support your overall bone health.

Bone Health Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 405

Bone Health Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 405

Osteoporosis is often called “the silent disease” because people cannot feel changes in their bone density. This is why it is so important to make sure you are getting nutrients that can support your overall bone health.

The Basics of Bone Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 160

The Basics of Bone Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 160

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH.

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When it comes to bone health, this is something that women should be the only one’s to focus in on! On today’s episode, I am going to discuss Osteoporosis and Osteopenia – what these conditions are and what you can be doing as you get older in order to maintain good bone mineral density. Let’s talk about all different and important aspects of bone health.

There are many factors that can impact bone loss throughout the years. Osteoporosis is considered to be a silent disease because people do not recognize that their bones are getting weaker. You may recognize if your muscles are feeling weaker, but not necessarily the strength of your bones. Most people do not even know that they have Osteoporosis until they actually break a bone. If you are not having regular bone mineral density tests performed (which is usually just done on post-menopausal females), then you may have no idea what the actual rate of bone loss is that you are experiencing. This is why over 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis and close to 50 million Americans have Osteopenia, or low bone mineral density.

Why Certain Individuals Have Bone Health Concerns

Women are oftentimes more prone to bone loss. This is because post-menopausal women have less estrogen, which is extremely important for maintaining bone strength and density. As estrogen levels start to decrease, this is when you start to see a weakening of the actual bones. The likelihood of a woman breaking a bone is far greater than the risk of a woman having a heart attack, a stroke or even breast cancer. So, this is a major issue that needs to be paid attention to. But men have to worry about supporting their bone health, as well. One in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to Osteoporosis – that’s 25% of men!

Eighty percent of older Americans who suffer from bone breaks are not tested for Osteoporosis when they suffer a bone break.
– Amanda Williams, MPH

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Your diet matters when it comes to supporting bone health. If you are following the Standard American Diet and eating highly-processed, sugary foods, the likelihood of you getting comprehensive trace minerals and essential vitamins and minerals is extremely slim. These are needed to maintain bone remineralization and overall bone health. This is why, no matter your age, you must make adjustments to your diet and incorporate foods that are going to provide a wonderful source of these vitamins and minerals that are needed in the support of our bones as we age. A Mediterranean Diet is one I recommend on a daily basis, as it is the only diet that can provide you with the necessary nutrients and vitamins your body needs to work at its best. For more information on The Mediterranean Diet, click here!

Obesity also plays a major role in bone health concerns. Being obese is linked to having insulin resistance and hypertension. These factors can contribute to low bone mineral density. Increased age is definitely associated with bone loss. Family history also plays a major role in whether you will develop a condition that impacts your bone health. While healthy bones are influenced by nutrition and exercise, genetics also play a major role. In fact up to 85% of variation in peak bone mineral density can be explained by genetic factors. You may want to take a genetic test – a simple cheek swab – that can test your risk for developing bone conditions. For more information on the Bone Health Test, click here!

Other factors include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Certain medications: SSRIs (anti-depressants), blood thinning medications and acid reflux medications

Incorporating Essential Bone Health Nutrients

It is extremely important that you start to incorporate the appropriate amounts of key vitamins and minerals that can support bone health overall. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Vitamin D: Get your serum Vitamin D levels tested regularly!
  2. Magnesium: You should aim for 350-400mg per day at baseline for women; for men about 400-450mg at baseline
  3. Calcium: you should aim for 500-1000mg of calcium in the evening

Questions for Amanda Williams, MPH about Bone Health or these essential nutrients? Leave a comment below to join the discussion!


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