Nutrition / Prevention / Vitamin K2 / September 5, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health. In this latest video, Lara reveals that certain people have a slower working version of this enzyme, which in turn increases their fracture risk. But she discusses how you can improve this enzyme’s function.  Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂 Transcript: Hello, my name is Lara Pizzorno. I’m the author of “Your…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / January 30, 2015

“Approximately One in Every Two Women Over the Age of 50 Will Break a Bone Because of Osteoporosis.” – Do you know if your bones are healthy or not? Here’s How to Find Out… If you have any doubts, one way to asses your bone health is to get a bone density scan (DEXA). The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends all women age 65 and older and men age 70 and older take a bone density test. Unfortunately there’s a problem with this piece of advice.(1) Let me explain… When you reach your mid-thirties you begin to lose 1% of your bone mineral density every year until death. That means that by the time you’re 65 and have a test, you will most likely already have osteoporosis. Talk about too little too late! So while the NOF recommends testing…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / January 19, 2015

Do you ever wonder what happens to the calcium that doesn’t get absorbed by your body? Research has shown that you only absorb about 36% of elemental calcium (the actual amount of calcium in a supplement) when you take 350 mg per dose. Now don’t let that alarm you, in fact as it turns out, our bodies still make use of the unabsorbed portion of the calcium we consume Let me tell you how… How Calcium Rids Your Body of Harmful Substances The remaining 64% (or so) of calcium that isn’t absorbed is actually passed through your digestive tract and cleans it out. Lara Pizzorno, author of “Your Bones” explains it best in her latest video: “Calcium remaining in food residue or from supplements that you take actually combines in your intestines with harmful substances that are left over from digestion…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / November 3, 2014

I hope that the subject line didn’t scare you but today’s blog contains a serious message that everyone should pay attention to. Did you know that one in three adults aged 65 and older suffer from a fall each year? That’s roughly 33%.[1] And did you know that medicare costs per fall averaged between $13,797 and $20,450 (in 2012 dollars)?[1] For some of us that’s a small fortune… The consequences of falling may not be something you think about on a regular basis but the cost of a fall can be monumental, especially for someone suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis. Today I’m going to cover the costs of a fall in a bit more detail and then talk to you about how you can greatly improve your chances of avoiding one and not becoming another statistic. The Cost of Falling If…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / August 12, 2014

Stress and bone health go hand in hand. Did you know that an estimated 95 percent of disease is caused or worsened by “bad” stress? Stress is your body’s response to a particular situation and can be a positive or negative force. Stress can be a good thing. It can motivate you to take action or solve a problem. Stress that’s caused by exercise initially tires us out, but later energizes us. In these cases, stress can be helpful. It’s when stress is constant over a long period of time that it can have a detrimental affect on your mental and physical well-being. It affects many of your body’s systems and can even affect your bones and their ability to function healthily. The Connection Between Stress and Your Bones When you’re stressed your body releases a steroid hormone called, cortisol.…

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Nutrition / Prevention / July 30, 2014

  We all love sugar. No doubt about it. Several studies have now pointed why. Turns out, just like cocaine and methamphetamine, sugar affects dopamine in your brain. Sugar prompts the release of dopamine in your brain, which is associated with positive experiences. This explains why we keep coming back for more in an addictive cycle, consuming larger and larger amounts to get the same feeling. [1] Dr. Robert Lustig a California-based endocrinologist is a leading authority who told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that America is addicted to sugar. He said that, according to brain scans, it’s as addictive as cocaine. [2] You’ve heard a friend say, or have said yourself, between delicious bites of ‘XYZ Bar’ “I’m addicted to this! I can’t stop eating it.” It’s said in jest,and always gets a laugh. Though it’s meant as a joke, modern…

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Exercise / Prevention / June 30, 2014

The benefits of regular exercise far outweigh the excuses for not adding it to your life. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to overcome your excuses for not exercising. But when it comes to your health, excuses do more harm than good! And when it comes to your bones, a lack of exercise and specifically weight-bearing exercise, plays a vital role in deteriorating bone health. Weight-bearing exercises literally means to, ‘bear your own weight.’ Sounds too easy right? Well life doesn’t always have to be so hard! And in this case, it’s not. Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best things you can do to increase your bone strength because of the concentrated pressure it puts on your bones. When you don’t regularly stress your muscles, joints and bones, they begin to weaken over time. Here are three weight-bearing…

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Nutrition / Prevention / March 17, 2014

  How would you like access into the inner sanctum of a health expert’s mind? Kind of appealing I’d think due to the avalanche of so-called wisdom out there. See, these days we get information easily, quickly and abundantly, which is a great thing. But there is a catch to this data filled Pandora’s box, and that is – separating the wheat from the chaff; the good from the useless. “I read it on the internet so it must be true” is a new catchphrase that ironically points out our tendency to easily accept anything online. Add to that the present internet climate is to write long, wordy articles so that Google pushes up a website’s ranking. Which means even more reading for you to get to the heart of the matter. And that is why we have polled only…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / July 10, 2012

Fluoride is — everywhere. Fluorine is a common element in the earth’s crust, so fluorides are naturally present in the soil, rocks, and water all throughout the world. In addition, fluorides are used in many industrial processes, for example, coal burning, oil refining, steel production, brick-making, and the production of phosphate fertilizers (yet another reason to go organic!). Our main sources of exposure to fluoride, however, are diet (food and water) and fluoride-containing dental products (e.g., toothpaste). Fluoride is found in higher concentrations in soft, alkaline, and calcium-deficient waters, and since the fluoride compounds that occur naturally in drinking water are almost totally bioavailable (90%), they are virtually all absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.(1),(7) Although fluoridation of community drinking water to prevent dental caries has been hailed by some as one of the ten most important “public health achievements of…

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