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Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Thyroid Health In Relationship To Women’s Health

Women’s health can be impacted with thyroid dysfunction. There are specific signs to look for and if they occur to try using a natural supplement to help balance the symptoms. Read more to find out how you can help your thyroid function in relation to women’s health.

From Pain To Gain: Back & Neck Comfort Program

From Pain To Gain: Back & Neck Comfort Program

Did you know that if you are having back and neck pain there are a few steps you can take to help improve the discomfort. Learn more about diet changes and supplements that can help relieve the back and neck pain you are experiencing today!

Why Strontium Is An Important Mineral For Bone Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 257

Why Strontium Is An Important Mineral For Bone Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 257


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Strontium is a mineral and it has many similarities with the mineral calcium, especially when it comes to bone. Strontium has been shown to reduce the rate of bone loss while improving the rate of bone formation, making strong bones, and it works in newly formed bone. The caveat with strontium is you take it at a separate time from calcium because they will attach to each other and you’re not going to absorb either. You can take calcium with food, in fact, that’s a perfect time to take your calcium. This mineral has to be taken away from food. 

Research on Strontium

This first report is from the journal Current Opinion in Pharmacology, so it’s a pharmacy journal. It’s from Inserm in Paris, France. Inserm is a huge institution that has over 100 different departments. It’s loaded with thousands and thousands of medical doctors, scientists and other researchers. They write, “Clinical studies show that strontium ranelate reduces the rate of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures and post-menopausal osteoporosis.” This is a strontium injection that they use in Europe. We use a strontium capsule called strontium citrate in America. Nonvertebral means fractures outside of the spine and vertebral means fractures within the spine. The researchers said, “Recent advances point to unique effects of strontium ranelate on bone cells and show that strontium ranelate has significant clinical benefits in the treatment of post-menopausal osteoporosis,” which is bone loss in older women.  

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Here’s another study from The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. It was done at the University of Antwerp, where researchers say strontium is a natural constituent of foods and beverages, so meat, chicken and poultry, vegetables and fruit have very low amounts of strontium. When you eat asparagus or lettuce, you’re getting some. It’s in higher amounts in grains, like whole grain cereals, and seafood. They go on to say, “Hence, the strontium content of the human diet and the daily intake varies according to where you live and the type of food you eat.” That makes sense.

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Now they’re talking about strontium metabolism, which means how it’s absorbed, where it goes and how it’s disposed of from the body. They said that gastrointestinal absorption of this mineral largely depends on age and may vary from 90% of the element’s dietary intake in infants to only 10% in the elderly. When you’re eating vegetables, chicken and whole wheat cereal, young people absorb a lot more than the elderly people. This is important because this mineral is really important for your bones.  

Tune into the full podcast episode for more research indicating the importance of strontium in the body.

Supplementing with Strontium

When you take strontium, you take it in between meals and you don’t take it with other supplements. You don’t take it with your calcium or your Vitamin D or anything like that.  

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Let’s say you’re a 73-year-old woman. You’ve been on Fosamax alendronate for three years and your bones haven’t really improved that much. You’ve been taking your calcium and Vitamin D. Well, bones are not just calcium, Vitamin D and a drug. They’re much more complex than that. Take strontium. You also need an alkaline-type diet, so you need to have your fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables like lettuce. This supports bone health because it makes the blood more alkaline. If your blood becomes too acidic, it may borrow minerals from your bones to make itself more alkaline, causing you to lose bone. 

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Support For A Torn Meniscus with Joint Nutrients – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 137

Support For A Torn Meniscus with Joint Nutrients – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 137

Below each knee, there are two rubbery cartilage bands called the meniscus. They act like a cushion for your joints. With age or with injury, your meniscus and overall joint health can be impacted. Here’s my recommendation on what supplements can help support healthy joints and cartilage overall.

Can Running Keep Your Bones Young?

Can Running Keep Your Bones Young?

When you think of your bones, it is common to think of them as rigid, static and never changing. But, despite being a hard substance, your bones are very much alive, growing and changing throughout your life. This means, if our bones are nourished correctly, 

Bone Tips for Stronger Hips by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

Bone Tips for Stronger Hips by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

About 325,000 Americans over the age of 65 will break their hip this year. A minimum of 25% of those with hip fractures will need assistance walking after the fracture, 25% will end up in a nursing home and 25% or more will die within the coming year due to complications directly attributable to the hip fracture. Seventeen percent of women and 30% of men who suffer with a hip fracture die within the first year following a hip fracture.

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Dr. Richard Dell stated, “If the U.S. healthcare system, started to take osteoporosis seriously, it could slash the incidence of hip fracture by 25%”. That’s a lot of saved lives. Dr. Dell is an orthopedic surgeon with Kaiser Southern California, an HMO with around 3.1 million members. Dr. Dell recently described the HMO’s Healthy Bones Program initiated to identify patients at risk of bone fracture and to make sure they also received adequate treatment. The program reduced hip fracture incidence in participants by an average of 37.2%.

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The screening teams lead by orthopedic surgeons identified about 620,000 HMO participants who were at risk of developing brittle bones (osteoporosis). These included women over age 65, men over age 70, anyone taking drugs that worsen bone loss, and anyone over 50 who recently had a fragility fracture. They screened the bones of all at risk with a DEXA scan X-ray. Those that required it were treated with medication and educated about osteoporosis and the plan worked. The report appears in the early online ahead of print version of the November 3rd, 2008 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Note: over one-third of Americans over the age of 65 (about 12 million people) will fall this year and falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older Americans. A percentage of this figure is tied into hip fractures.

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Nutrients for Bone Health

Health professionals agree that adequate levels of Vitamin D and Calcium are necessary for building strong bones. But the amount of Vitamin D thought necessary is now recognized as being sorely deficient. Building bones require the activity of osteocalcin, a protein that places calcium squarely within bones. Vitamin K acts as an essential binding agent in osteocalcin, allowing the fusing of calcium into the bones. Various studies show that Vitamin K2 and Vitamin K1 are necessary for building bone in the hip and the spine. Strontium is a mineral that has a number of activities for building strong bone. Large studies using Strontium in thousands of patients show impressive results for improving the health of the spine, hips, wrists, and other bones and the evidence shows dramatic benefits within the first year. Strontium has two actions – slowing the breakdown of bones (this is what drugs do) while improving the rate at which bone is rebuilt (this is what drugs do not do). Because of its dual activity and because Strontium is helpful in all age groups (even in those over the age of 80) Strontium is a smart adjunct to all bone building programs.

Beyond providing raw materials essential to bone health and eliminating unfavorable habits, the following strategies may also help to enable your body to utilize bone nutrients more efficiently:

  • Keep your diet rich in potassium, a calcium-sparing mineral. The body will use potassium as a buffer for acid-producing food rather than mobilizing calcium from the bones.
  • Exercise regularly with weight-bearing or resistance-training – preferably both. In weight-bearing exercise, gravity and your body weight provide the resistance, such as in walking, dancing, and jogging. In resistance exercise such as weight-training, muscle pulls on the bone to move a workload.
  • Soy isoflavones, beneficial to menopausal women, can bind to estrogen receptor sites on osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). Whereas estrogen primarily helps prevent the breakdown of bone, soy isoflavones assist in the formation of new bone.

The effectiveness of methods discussed in this article are dependent upon a constant intake and supply of the fundamental bone nutrients, along with a healthy lifestyle and good living habits – no smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, regular exercise, and a healthy diet.

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