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Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis

Written by Dr.Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected] In our last blog we completed our lupus discussion. This week we will be discussing another autoimmune disease called psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in individuals 

Take these supplements for your memory, Part 1, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 630

Take these supplements for your memory, Part 1, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 630

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By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT

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We’ve been talking a lot about stress and how it can affect our well-being. No conversation about stress management would be complete without understanding anxiety and depression. Let’s take a look at these and see how they differ from common, everyday stress. †

What is anxiety? The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure”.  The American Psychiatric Association tells us that there are many different types of anxiety disorders, including but limited to the following: †

  • The fear of something we can’t overcome. †
  • Social anxiety disorder…when being in social situation is overwhelming. †
  • Panic disorders…recurring panic attacks as a response to certain situations†

I like to describe anxiety as the body’s way of reacting to stress. †

Depression can be seen in different forms. There’s bipolar depression (times of lows and manic highs), postpartum depression (after childbirth) and persistent depressive disorder (mild, long-term depression).  However, for this article, let’s focus on depression, also referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. When we think of depression, this is commonly what we think of. The National Institute of Mental Health defines depression as “a common but serious mood disorder that causes symptoms which affects how you feel, think and handle normal daily activities”. †

When it comes to the signs of anxiety and depression, they are very similar. Some common signs may include fatigue, panic attacks, and changes in appetite, lack of interest in favorite activities or in extreme cases thoughts of death or suicide. For a more detailed list of signs of anxiety and/or depression, check out https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961 . However, those that have been diagnosed with depression commonly will more intense and longer lasting symptoms. Experiencing signs such as these in certain situations may be an indication of anxiety or depression and should be assessed by a doctor. †

If you or anyone you know is showing signs of depression, contact your doctor or encourage them to do so. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers additional information, as well as 24-hour hotlines and assistance at the following: †


So how can one cope with anxiety and/or depression? Here are some of my go-to ways to find some relief, and are even suggested in an article entitled “Depression vs Anxiety: Which One Do I Have?” from WebMD has some effective suggestions to help cope:

  • Talking with your doctor or a therapist. †
  • Sometimes your doctor may feel like medication is necessary, there is no shame in this as it can be extremely effective. †
  • Whether it’s a visit to the gym, a class, light stretching or a daily walk outside, this can be a mood and confidence booster. †
  • Try meditation or deep breathing.
  • Avoid sugar, alcohol and processed food and eat more fruits and vegetables (try Greens Hx and Reds Hx)
  • Ask for help…check in with family and friends to maintain strong connections. †

Understanding the right coping strategies can be key in helping to manage mood. †



When it comes to supplementation, B-vitamins can be the missing link in our mental well-being. Let’s look at the three that are commonly studied for anxiety and depression…folate and vitamins B-6 and B-12. †

A lot of attention has been given to folate, or folic acid, lately and is being studied for its roll in brain health and depression. An article from Winchester†

Hospital discusses some of the findings from these studies. It is believed that having a deficiency in folic acid may be a contributing factor of depression and its symptoms. The studies in the article show that when adding folic acid, in combination with anti-depression medication, symptoms improved as opposed to those given a placebo. The article “Depression Won’t Go Away? Folate Could Be the Answer” from Psychology Today also suggests that a folate deficiency can be a risk factor when looking at depression. It recommends eating healthy foods that are rich in folate such as whole grains, beans and legumes. If you have trouble absorbing folate, it could be because there may be a genetic mutation, MTHFR, which may be causing this problem. A simple, non-invasive, genetic test can be done to see if someone has this mutation. If so, L-Methyl folate can be helpful and better absorbed. †

An article “Vitamin B6 May Reduce Anxiety Symptoms” from Medical News Today, discusses how deficiencies in B6 may be a factor in experiencing anxiety and/or depression. The study shows that adding 100mg of Vitamin-B6 may be helpful in reducing anxiety by helping the body to produce chemical messengers in the brain.†

When looking at Vitamin-B12, the Mayo Clinic published an article titled “What’s the Relationship between Vitamin B12 and Depression”. It suggests that those with conditions such as celiac or Crohn’s disease, as well as vegans and vegetarians are often prone to being deficient in Vitamin-B12. This can cause an increased risk for anxiety and/or depression. Proper supplementation of this vitamin may help manage health, mood but isn’t necessarily a substitution for more traditional treatments. It may be recommended to use a combination of traditional and alternative therapies.†

Next week, we will continue this important topic to discuss supplements such as SAMe and Omega-3s.†
















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

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

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An Update on Vitamin D and COVID-19 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 497

An Update on Vitamin D and COVID-19 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 497

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare experts have been discussing the importance of Vitamin D. Hear about new and updated studies on this powerful nutrient in this episode of the InVite Health Podcast.

Basic Nutrients to Include Each Day – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 406

Basic Nutrients to Include Each Day – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 406


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Let’s talk about the basics of supplementation today. People often ask me what vitamins and minerals they should include every single day, outside of any specific health concern that I may have. This is a very important question to ask because whether you’re new to supplementation or have been taking supplements for years, this is a crucial part of your daily routine. I want to talk in detail today about why it’s so important to make sure you include the basics.†

The importance of taking a high-quality multivitamin

Let’s talk about why it’s important to have a core multivitamin, multimineral routine each and every single day. Our Core Multivitamin is a comprehensive blend of all the essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs just to support everyday functionality. This includes our immune system, cardiovascular system, brain and liver. The Core Multivitamin is the best place to get started.†

This formulation also includes a comprehensive eye nutrient mix in it. You’re getting lutein to help fend off the effects of blue light rays. We have also power packed this formulation with antioxidants, because the more antioxidants, the better off we are.† 


We know that the average American is not getting adequate vitamins and minerals when it comes to their diet, so this is why taking a multivitamin is so integral to helping to support the longevity of your cells.† 

How to combat nutrient deficiencies

We can look across the board and we can see how deficiencies in certain nutrients are linked to different health problems. Vitamin D is a huge one, which is why I also recommend taking Vitamin D3 as part of your daily routine. Researchers have linked low levels of Vitamin D with tension headaches, cardiovascular risk, respiratory health and immune function. We know that Vitamin D is very important.†

We also have to think about cellular energy production. This is why I always include Ubiquinol CoQ10 into anyone’s daily nutrient routine. Coenzyme Q10 is produced in the body naturally, but as we get older, that production starts to diminish. This means that our source of cellular energy begins to decline. This is problematic because CoQ10 is a nutrient that is essential not only for energy production, but also as one of our endogenous antioxidants.† 

We also have to include magnesium in the mix because most people are not getting enough of this nutrient through their diet. Magnesium is required for over 300 enzymatic functions in the body. Even though this mineral is in the Core Multivitamin, so many people do not get enough of it, so I recommend supplementing with magnesium glycinate.† 


Lastly, we want to be sure that we are supporting our gut-brain connection, so we’re going to include Probiotic HxⓇ. The better we can support our microbial environment, the better off everything in the body is going to function. This includes nutrient absorption, immune system function, cognition, inflammation and more.†     

These are just basic nutrients that can help support your body on a daily basis. If someone is dealing with other health conditions that may require higher amounts of these nutrients, then you want to adjust based off of that.†  

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH provides a list of nutrients that are important for helping the body function properly on a daily basis. She discusses why these nutrients are so important and why they work well together as a basic supplementation routine.†

Key Topics:

  • The importance of having activated nutrients
  • The downfall of many other multivitamins
  • Blood levels to get tested to help you understand your body

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