Kevin Ellis on Osteoporosis and Constructing Stronger Bones

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Katie: Hey, and welcome to “The Wellness Mama Podcast.” I’m Katie from and That’s wellness with an E on the tip. And this episode is all about bone well being. I’m right here with Kevin Ellis who’s often called the Bone Coach. And he’s a licensed integrative diet coach, a podcaster, YouTuber, bone well being advocate, and the founding father of


And his story started with an osteoporosis recognized in his early 30s. And this started a journey for him of each his personal therapeutic and serving to quite a lot of different folks as properly. And at present, he’s not solely reworked his personal well being, however he’s devoted his life to serving to others with the identical drawback. And thru his distinctive three-step course of and training packages, his workforce of consultants has helped folks in 1,500 cities world wide. And we speak loads in depth in regards to the totally different aspects of this. Issues just like the distinction between osteopenia and osteoporosis, the baseline testing and scans which can be good to get earlier than they’re truly beneficial, and the right way to know should you’re in danger. The highest issues we are able to do for our youngsters to assist them truly attain their peak bone mass round age 30.


Extra causes to keep away from extra sugar consumption, the way in which issues like fluoride and environmental chemical substances can have an effect on bone well being, the precise vitamins that you simply want on your bones. They go far past simply calcium and vitamin D. The universally useful and dangerous meals for the bones, and far, way more. Even when that is one thing that you simply don’t assume you might have a possible concern with, there’s quite a lot of actually nice preventative recommendation in right here. And to his level, you would possibly truly be stunned to know that you’ve got a few of the threat components, and that early scans may help you avoiding any precise issues. So I discovered loads. And with none additional delay, let’s leap in. Kevin, welcome. Thanks for being right here.


Kevin: Hey, thanks, Katie, for having me. Tremendous nice to be right here.


Katie: I’m excited to talk with you and we’re gonna speak all issues bone well being, which you’re an knowledgeable in, however earlier than we do, I’ve a observe in my present notes that you’ve got a objective to mentor one million youngsters who don’t have good function fashions. And I’d simply love to listen to a few of the motive for the motivation behind that.



Kevin: Yeah. For me, you realize, once I was a younger child…my father handed away once I was tremendous younger, once I was about two months outdated and, you realize, had a dramatic influence on my life. I grew up, I had an abusive stepfather you realize, some irritating challenges in my childhood and I by no means actually had a father determine that I might look to that I felt like was instructing me the values, the teachings, the morals, all of the issues like that, that I actually wished to have and really feel once I was a child. And, you realize, as I obtained older, I spotted there are quite a lot of youngsters, you realize, going by that now. And that’s sort of one thing that I wish to be a mentor, any person who can educate them the values, how will you be a very good sort contributing member to society from a extremely younger age? And ultimately, I’d like to get that to the purpose the place, you realize, these youngsters might have an internship or one thing like that in a purpose-driven group like ours.


Katie: That’s lovely. I feel we undoubtedly want extra of that. And, sadly, that is, such as you mentioned, one thing that impacts quite a lot of youngsters and I feel sources like which can be gonna be so useful sooner or later for…and I feel that creates ripples as properly. Like, while you assist a baby at a younger age, it creates ripples for future generations. And that’s a lot the identical motive I’ve all the time liked working with mothers as a result of I really feel like if I may help mothers, then that creates ripples for his or her youngsters and for generations past that as properly.


Kevin: Completely.


Katie: Effectively, I do know that you simply’re additionally an knowledgeable in all issues bone well being, and it looks as if this got here from a spot of sort of private expertise for you as properly. I’ve typically heard from folks on this podcast and myself as properly, quite a lot of us get into the well being and wellness world attempting to resolve our personal issues. So I’d love to start out broad and listen to the story of how you bought began on this journey within the first place.


Kevin: Yeah. And a part of that, you realize, begins with my father’s passing. You recognize, he handed away when he was 35, at a extremely younger age, and my complete life, I had this worry that I used to be gonna comply with in his footsteps to an early grave and never have the chance to observe my youngsters develop up and expertise the fun of being a father. And once I was recognized with osteoporosis at 31 at a time once I nonetheless had all these different well being points to resolve, I believed my destiny was destined to be the identical. You recognize, I had a younger daughter, son in the way in which, I used to be devastated. And I bear in mind the day the physician sat down with me and confirmed that I had osteoporosis, and it wasn’t identical to a letter within the mail, like truly sat down with me and her precise phrases had been, “That is going to be a problem for you.” Bone medication and fracture had been my future. And I walked out of that workplace afraid.


And for the individuals who know me properly, they know I’m usually not probably the most emotional individual, and there are only a few issues which can be gonna strike worry in my coronary heart, however that did it. And once I obtained residence that night time, I used to be laying on the sofa throughout my spouse. My daughter was upstairs sleeping and I regarded up, I noticed my favourite image of her on the wall. She was a bit over 1-year-old carrying this cute polka dot gown standing in entrance of a white picket fence, blonde hair, blue eyes, harmless and candy as might be. And I simply broke down crying. And I cried laborious. It was the sort to cry that empties the sum of life’s burdens. And after I used to be accomplished, I regarded over at my spouse and mentioned, “I simply wanna dance with my daughter on her marriage ceremony day.” She wanted her daddy and I questioned whether or not I’d even be alive to be there for. And for these first couple of days and weeks, I used to be indignant, upset, overwhelmed. I used to be scared. I had no concept the place to start out. I simply wished to know every part was gonna be okay and the way I used to be gonna even determine the right way to enhance my well being and my bones.


And after an excessive amount of studying, analysis, working with docs, consulting with folks, my mindset began to shift. And as soon as I obtained to the purpose the place I began making use of the issues I had been studying, was truly making enhancements in my well being and my bones, that’s once I realized simply how difficult it may be for the common individual, largely the common girl who’s recognized with osteopenia and osteoporosis, usually not, you realize, the younger man, to determine what they should do to handle bone loss, construct bone energy, and forestall fracture. As a result of the prescription for 90% of ladies who’re recognized is calcium, vitamin D, strolling, and a bone drug, and that’s woefully insufficient. And it’s actually that motive why I began BoneCoach and


Katie: And that most likely needed to be fairly the shock so that you can be 31, and such as you mentioned, a man, which isn’t the traditional threat demographic and possibly in superb well being. I learn that you simply had been a Marine earlier than that, it wasn’t from lack of motion. It wasn’t from…you realize, such as you had been doing quite a lot of the issues that ought to have probably not put you in danger. In order that needed to be fairly a shock to seek out out. And I’m curious at that age, like how do you know that you simply had it and the way would another person who perhaps has the early threat components know that they could have it as properly?


Kevin: Yeah. So for me, regardless that, you realize, being a Marine, understanding the right way to work out, being bodily lively, all these sorts of issues, I had that. And I had a basis of weightlifting and issues like that once I was youthful, however on the identical time, I had celiac illness, malabsorption of vitamins for a lot of, a few years. A slew of digestive points, low power, poor sleep. You recognize, I clearly most likely wasn’t absorbing my vitamins. There have been simply quite a lot of various things. Whereas I used to be within the Marines, I smoked for 5 years. You recognize, there was some ingesting and issues like that that took half throughout that point too. All these items can contribute and work in opposition to us. Usually, you’re not gonna be getting a DEXA scan, a bone density scan, and we’ll discuss these in a minute while you’re youthful. However for me, as a result of I had celiac illness, that’s one of many issues that we ended up pushing for. And we initially thought I used to be simply gonna be checking the field, however turned out…came upon we had osteoporosis. In order that was sort of an entire shock for me at the moment.


Katie: Gotcha. In order that was the impetus for you, like getting into and getting examined at that time was…


Kevin: Yep. Yep. Completely.


Katie: And so I’m assuming these are all additionally then threat components. If somebody already has celiac illness or actually have some sort of intestine dysbiosis, that may be a possible threat issue for bone points.


Kevin: They completely can. They completely might be threat components for that. And when it comes to like…I didn’t even know once I was recognized what osteoporosis was. So osteoporosis actually means porous bone. It’s characterised by both not sufficient bone formation, extreme bone loss, or a mixture of all. In osteoporosis, each your bone density and your bone high quality are diminished, and that’s gonna improve your threat of fracture. And I had simply talked about a bone density scan. In order that’s sort of the gold normal of discovering out how you might have osteoporosis is the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. It’s a painless take a look at, sort of like an X-ray, however very low ranges of radiation. You lay down on a machine, the machine does a scan. It tells you your bone mineral density, the precise mineral content material of your bone. After which it generates a rating. And the rating known as a T-score. And a T-score is telling you ways a lot your bone mass differs from the bone mass of a mean wholesome 30-year-old grownup.


So a rating of zero means your bone density is the same as the norm for a wholesome younger grownup. Rating plus one, minus one, thought-about regular and wholesome, however a T-score of between adverse one and adverse 2.5, that signifies you might have low bone mass, oftentimes referred to as osteopenia, which is sort of a precursor to osteoporosis. After which a T-score of adverse 2.5 or decrease signifies you might have osteoporosis. The higher that adverse quantity is, so adverse 2.5, adverse 2.6, adverse 2.7, the extra extreme the osteoporosis. Most girls are getting these scans accomplished by the point they’re of their 50s and 60s as a verify within the field. Their docs are gonna get them organized, however that’s too late in my view. In the event you haven’t had one but, and also you’re in your 30s, your 40s, your 50s, go get one. It’s a good suggestion to get a baseline. And we don’t wanna keep away from doing one thing too simply because the reply is probably not one thing we don’t wanna hear, proper? You may’t tackle one thing additionally till you’re conscious of it. In order that’s a extremely essential observe there that I wish to make is let’s be on the facet of prevention, get a baseline. And that method, we don’t essentially simply react in a while in life.


Katie: Yeah. That’s an incredible level. I bear in mind discovering out once I first came upon I had Hashimotos and it was in some methods a aid as a result of a minimum of then I knew and I might begin addressing it. And also you’re proper, I don’t assume lots of people assume to get that. I haven’t ever gotten a DEXA scan and I’m in my 30s. However it is smart, and I do know there’s quite a lot of different info that may come from that as properly. So it looks as if an incredible baseline take a look at. I’m guessing it’s multifactorial, however what do we expect causes osteopenia or osteoporosis?


Kevin: Nice query. And I attempt to get folks to consider imagining their physique as like a…think about you might have a bucket of water, okay? The bucket represents your physique. The water throughout the bucket represents your bone mineral density, the measure of how a lot bone you might have. And picture that bucket has a small gap in it with a really tiny leak. And over time, over years and years, that water degree will get decrease and decrease and decrease till at some point you go get that bone density scan, you notice your water is low. You have got osteopenia and osteoporosis. And also you’re shocked. I believed my bucket was stuffed with water. And normally, the explanations are as a result of both you might have a bunch of well being points like I did, and that’s what led you to go get a DEXA scan otherwise you’re on the other finish of the spectrum.


You’re employed out, you assume you’re maintaining a healthy diet, you’re doing every part proper, you get a DEXA scan as a verify within the field, you discover out you might have osteoporosis. In both of these situations, you might have this response of how do I repair this proper now? And typically folks make fast drastic selections, together with taking a bone drug typically influenced by our docs to right away plug the opening and fill our buckets again up with water. And we do that earlier than figuring out the place the opening is, what prompted it, or if there was even a gap within the first place as a result of your bucket might not have ever been stuffed with water to start with. So let’s speak in regards to the first one. Is there a gap in your bucket? Are you actively shedding bone? A single bone density scan is not going to inform you that. And it is advisable to know the reply to that earlier than you make different selections as a result of one thing could possibly be inflicting that loss, could possibly be a number of issues.


So the take a look at we wanna use right here known as a serum CTX take a look at or a CT low PET kind take a look at. It is a bone turnover marker take a look at, and it’s wanting on the degree of bone breakdown that’s going down within the physique, okay? It’s measuring these collagen bone protein fragments. If that degree is elevated or actually excessive, that may be an indicator of lively bone loss. In order that’s one of many methods to inform in between DEXA scans should you’re nonetheless actively shedding bone. Then the query turns into, what prompted the opening? And that is main extra into your query of what contributes or might have contributed to the bone loss and osteoporosis. And lots of people don’t know this, however there are a number of forms of osteoporosis. There’s major osteoporosis, which is usually associated to a lower in estrogen in post-menopausal girls.


Estrogen has a protecting impact on bone. When estrogen ranges lower as they do throughout menopause, it’s gonna trigger a rise within the exercise degree of cells that break down bone. However then there’s an entire different reason for osteoporosis. That’s secondary osteoporosis. It is a class I fell into. And that is the place osteoporosis happens because of, you realize, behaviors, circumstances, illnesses, issues, medicines, number of these various things. Most people who find themselves unexpectedly recognized of their 30s, or 40s, or 50s and 60s, they’ve or had a secondary trigger, okay? And that’s what we have now to go and discover and determine. After which the final half is, and that is essential for teenagers, too. Did you simply not begin with a full bucket? Did you simply not obtain peak bone mass? As a result of what’s essential to remember, in case you are recognized with osteoporosis, it doesn’t robotically imply that you simply’re actively shedding bone. It’s possible you’ll simply not have constructed up sufficient bone in your youthful years.


As much as 90% of your bone mass is acquired by age 18, and it peaks by the point you flip 30. So by the point you flip 30, your bucket is about as full because it’s going to be. So if while you’re youthful you had an consuming dysfunction, poor diet, low calcium and vitamin D consumption, should you smoked or drank excessively, should you led a sedentary life-style, or should you took sure medicines, these all might have prevented you from attaining peak bone mass and beginning with a full bucket.


Katie: So many instructions to go from there. I feel the primary being in order mother and father, what can we pay attention to to verify hopefully our youngsters do attain that full bone mass from an early age? Like, what are the components we wanna be actually cautious about?


Kevin: Yeah. Particularly with younger youngsters, too, get them lively, get them outdoor enjoying, get them enjoying sports activities. Any of these actions after they’re youthful which can be gonna shock their bones. We wish to, you realize, soccer, bone density within the legs of soccer gamers is normally nice as a result of it’s multidirectional. They’re altering course actually fast. There are these quick, intense bouts after which they’re off. In order that’s nice. Resistance coaching is nice. Getting them lively and strolling and transferring, all implausible. One factor I’d say for teenagers, too, is sugar. We gotta take note of sugar, okay? We don’t wanna be consuming quite a lot of totally different sugar. Extreme sugar consumption might exacerbate vitamin D deficiency. Analysis have truly discovered {that a} excessive consumption of fructose is gonna improve the expression of an enzyme answerable for degrading vitamin D. And that’s additionally going to lower the expression of an enzyme that helps synthesize vitamin D too.


So it’s gonna scale back our inner absorption of calcium. It’s gonna improve our urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium. These are essential minerals for our bones. So it’s not simply, you realize, I do know we hear on a regular basis to not eat sugar and to not be giving our youngsters a bunch of cookies and muffins and candies and all these issues, however there’s good motive for it too for the well being of our skeleton. So these are some essential issues. Chemical substances, being attentive to chemical substances after we’re youthful, too. I’d say, and I’m positive that is about the most typical recommendation on the market and one of many best low-hanging fruit that we are able to do is attempting to shift to consuming natural produce and issues like that as attainable.


That method, we’re not getting issues like glyphosphate and, you realize, a few of the different damaging chemical substances and issues like that on the market. We don’t wanna be consuming these issues for our youngsters. After which even your private care merchandise. To concentrate to the issues that you simply’re utilizing there. You recognize, I’ll even simply say, you realize, once I first began saying that you simply had fluoride-free toothpaste and issues like that got here out, we jumped on that instantly like in our home. We had been utilizing another manufacturers and issues like that, however fluoride can truly not be one of the best factor long-term on your intestine well being, on your bone well being, particularly in case your youngsters are swallowing that stuff long-term as an alternative of spitting it out within the sink, most likely not gonna be one of the best factor there both. So these are some things from a child’s perspective too that I’d think about incorporating.


Katie: After which for adults as properly, you mentioned age 30 is sort of while you’re optimally gonna hit your peak bone mass. And ideally that’s when it’s gonna be actually good. For individuals who perhaps get a DEXA scan or begin noticing a few of these signs and discover out their bone mass isn’t superb and perhaps they’re of their 30s or 40s, I’d assume from listening to your story that that doesn’t imply all is misplaced and a few of that harm can’t be undone. However what does that course of appear like, if somebody will get related information or simply finds out they could be or have a few of these threat components or sort of on that path?


Kevin: Yeah, completely. So primary, no, it doesn’t imply you’re completely fragile, proper, should you get a prognosis of osteoporosis. And this doesn’t imply, you realize, it doesn’t matter what age you’re. You may construct bone energy within the age, it simply turns into more difficult. The older you get and the extra bone you lose, there are fewer cells concerned within the course of, that course of turns into much less environment friendly. So we would like folks to wanna be on the facet of prevention and never response. So let’s say you discover this out, your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s even, you’re nonetheless gonna comply with the identical course of. Step one needs to be it’s important to determine and tackle all these root trigger problems with bone loss and bone harm, proper? If there are issues working in opposition to you actively, it’s important to tackle these issues first.


You gotta know what exams it is advisable to order and get accomplished. You need to know the right way to perceive your outcomes. You gotta be your individual greatest advocate. And that is with any well being situation, not simply osteoporosis. You may’t simply put all of your religion into one individual and count on them to do every part for you, after which be sure that that’s gonna get you your greatest well being. You continue to have to be sort of guiding and directing that course of.


The second a part of that is nourish. You might want to restore the uncooked supplies and vitamins that you simply want for stronger, more healthy bones by food regimen, by digestion, by absorption. You might want to be sure you have the correct inputs to supply stronger outputs as a result of you may’t rebuild one thing that’s not there, proper? And that’s gonna occur on three layers. Are you taking in the correct vitamins in the correct amount? Are you truly absorbing these vitamins? In case you have digestive points, these digestive points can truly be a supply of irritation that contributes to bone breakdown within the physique. After which are these vitamins truly making it to the cell degree?


And quite a lot of instances, you realize, persons are simply advised, take your calcium, take your vitamin D, however there are different nutrient which can be essential past simply that, magnesium. Magnesium is unbelievably essential, not only for our bones, however for our total well being. One of many major features of magnesium is that we’d like it to make proteins in our physique. So while you eat proteins in your food regimen, be it from animals, eggs, fish, dairy, beans, peas, brown rice, no matter, by the method of digestion, you break these proteins down. And as soon as we soak up these amino acids, we are able to then rebuild them in our our bodies into varied proteins, however you want magnesium to do that. And nearly every part within the physique is a protein or is made by proteins. You recognize, bones are 50% protein by quantity.


One other essential nutrient that’s typically missed is vitamin Okay, okay? There are two forms of vitamin Okay. Or, properly, a minimum of for the sake of this dialog, let’s simply say Okay-1 and Okay-2. Okay-1 might be transformed to Okay-2, however not effectively. Okay-2 is what’s most essential for bone well being. There are some main varieties, there’s MK-4, there’s MK-7. However vitamin Okay-2 is gonna help in bone mineralization. And that’s tremendous essential too. So it’s extra than simply calcium and vitamin D. After which the final a part of that is…I’d say the final a part of this course of can be construct. You might want to construct energy, the physique energy, the thoughts energy, the bone, it is advisable to scale back your stress, enhance your sleep, get an train plan in place that’s gonna allow you to truly construct bone energy, and do these issues in a method that’s gonna stop, you realize, fracture and damage and issues like that. In order that’s the excessive degree, and that’s just about the identical throughout the board for folks regardless of how outdated you’re.


Katie: Yeah. And it looks as if nice recommendation throughout the board, such as you mentioned, even for teenagers beginning at a younger age to verify they’ve these vitamins optimized they usually’re getting a various food regimen. It looks as if you’ve talked about the absorption piece a few instances. And I feel that’s a factor that isn’t talked about sufficient in trendy society just isn’t solely is our food regimen nutrient-depleted in comparison with what it was a few generations in the past, however we’re probably not absorbing issues almost as properly due to all the different issues which can be inputs in our our bodies and the chemical substances we’re uncovered to. It additionally looks as if there’s a very direct connection right here between bone loss and intestine points. So are you able to speak extra about that and sort of what to pay attention to associated to intestine well being and if that may be a part of the issue?


Kevin: Completely, sure. Main connection between intestine well being and bone well being. So I do know I used to be speaking a few bucket earlier, however let’s overlook in regards to the bucket for a second. Let’s simply say…you realize, we’re gonna use a very totally different metaphor. Consider our our bodies and our bones as being like vegetation. As a way to develop, they want vitamins and the correct circumstances, proper? So most individuals focus a lot on the vitamins, the salads, the smoothies, the dietary supplements that they fail to contemplate the soil. Our intestine is just like the soil. We soak up nearly every part right here. So after we absorb meals or dietary supplements, we begin to break them down into smaller items in our mouth. That meals makes its method into our abdomen, the place it’s turned within the acidic combine to interrupt it down even additional. Then it makes its option to our small gut, our soil. And that is the place our vitamins are damaged all the way down to their smallest kind to be absorbed by us, the vegetation.


However to be able to soak up something, we’d like roots in our soil, proper? Our roots are referred to as villi. These tiny little hair-like projections cowl our small gut and are answerable for absorbing vitamins. They soak up the vitamins from the meals you eat after which shuttle these vitamins into your bloodstream to allow them to journey to the place they’re wanted within the physique, whether or not that’s for therapeutic a lower in your hand, rising your hair or fingernails, or rebuilding stronger bones. The job of our roots, our villi, is so essential that the entire floor space they use to soak up vitamins is the scale of a soccer area. How wonderful is that, proper? However when we have now poor digestion and our intestine well being isn’t optimum, we are able to’t correctly break down our meals. And after we can’t correctly break down our meals, vitamins received’t be out there. And if vitamins aren’t out there, the villi received’t have the ability to soak up them. And the physique received’t have the uncooked supplies and sources wanted for stronger, more healthy bones.


So the place do we have now to start out? What we have to begin with, are vitamins making it to your soil. In case you have bloating, belching, burping, extreme gasoline, even diarrhea after meals, otherwise you really feel like meals simply sits in your abdomen and stagnates for a very long time, there’s a very good likelihood you might have low abdomen acid. Age, stress, nutrient deficiencies, intestine infections are all contributors. And surprisingly, you realize, among the best indicators of low abdomen acid is reflux, which is stunning, proper? And when folks have reflux, what do they take for? The identical factor I took for a variety of years, tums and proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Omeprazole. Like most individuals who take PPIs, I mistakenly thought I had an excessive amount of abdomen acid and I ended up suppressing what little abdomen acid I did have.


And the rationale that’s an issue is as a result of we’d like abdomen acid to correctly break down and extract vitamins from our meals like amino acids, the constructing blocks of protein. I discussed earlier, our bones are 50% protein by quantity. They want amino acids. Calcium is the first mineral constituent of our bones. Low abdomen acid reduces its absorption. Magnesium, iron, B12, if in case you have low abdomen acid, your soil might be starved of those vitamins and others. The subsequent query about, you realize, intestine well being, does your soil have the correct steadiness of bugs? Different issues are gonna rise in case your soil has the unsuitable steadiness of bugs, dysbiosis, the presence of unhealthy bugs, intestine infections, and even good bugs within the unsuitable place, SIBO like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. These bugs make up our microbiome.


When that is out of steadiness, it’s gonna negatively have an effect on your physique’s means to soak up vitamins and it’s gonna contribute to leaky intestine systemic irritation, each of that are unhealthy on your physique and your bones. So, once more, how have you learnt in case your bugs should not balanced? You would possibly expertise the bloating, the belching, the extreme gasoline, the heartburn, the constipation, diarrhea, even fatigue. These can all be indicators. After which the final a part of the digestive well being image sort of ties into one of many the explanation why I developed osteoporosis, you realize, at a youthful age is there are a number of circumstances and illnesses that have an effect on your physique’s means to soak up vitamins. So are your roots even working correctly? Celiac illness is one in every of them and it’s the first motive for my osteoporosis. How does that contribute to nutrient malabsorption bone loss? While you ingest gluten, these villi, our roots grow to be blunted to the purpose the place they’ll’t do their job.


And so for me, my roots successfully grew to become broken. My physique was starved with key bone-healthy vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. These are normally absorbed a bit greater up within the small gut the place that harm is extra prone to happen. And this went on for years, had no concept calcium was being raked for my bones to serve different functions. And, you realize, there’s a very good likelihood that that may be a contributing think about osteoporosis. So we’d like to verify in case you are nonetheless consuming gluten, you realize, the tTg-IgA is a superb take a look at to assist with that. After which additionally the entire serum IgA may also be a useful take a look at there too.


Katie: That’s tremendous useful. I used to be taking notes. And I’m curious how your bone well being is now after like happening this journey and what your progress has regarded like.


Kevin: Yeah, completely. Been capable of make progress alongside the way in which and enhancements alongside the way in which. And, you realize, we took that, we took every part that I had discovered, but it surely wasn’t simply me, it was principally taking the analysis and all of the issues and we made it actionable for different folks now, too. That’s most likely an important factor is now we even have been capable of assist folks in over 1,500 cities world wide at this level placing a plan in place, strolling them by a three-step course of, and placing them in entrance of extremely credentialed workforce members and consultants that alongside my… In my very own journey, I spotted it’s actually laborious while you put all of your eggs into one individual. Generally it is advisable to coordinate with quite a lot of totally different folks. And that’s one of many issues we’ve capable of do is put folks in entrance of all of the folks that may assist them get solutions alongside the way in which. So is actually one of many more difficult components of the journey.


Katie: And I’m glad you introduced up the magnesium connection too, as a result of that is one thing I’ve been speaking about for years and realizing it’s so depleted within the trendy food regimen and it’s wanted much more than we’re getting typically and infrequently there’s a spot for supplementation. I’m curious should you can simply kinda stroll us by, I do know you even have this all as a full method on-line for individuals who really need to enter the main points, however simply sort of an summary of what an optimum food regimen complement train plan would possibly appear like, perhaps even at totally different ages for bone well being?


Kevin: Yeah, completely. So you realize, let’s even simply begin with food regimen and diet as a starting place. Clearly, you realize, we wanna be sure we’re getting the correct meals, the correct vitamins. If we don’t have the issues there to assist us construct bone, we’re not truly gonna have the ability to rebuild our bones and we’re not gonna have the ability to stop bone loss. One thing I wanna level out although with food regimen and diet is each time you eat, you might have the chance to provide your physique every part it must heal and rebuild itself. However it’s about much more than simply drink a bunch of milk and alkalize your physique with inexperienced greens. And folks ask me on a regular basis, what’s the right food regimen, they usually hate my response. It relies upon, proper? We’re all biochemically and genetically distinctive people. We reply to totally different meals and dietary approaches in a different way, which is why no dietary method can be thought-about a inflexible framework with zero flexibility.


It’s additionally why while you see somebody saying, everybody ought to eat this particular superfood as a result of it’s assured to be good on your physique and your bones, make observe of it, however notice it won’t be just right for you as a result of regardless of how a lot of a superfood or well being meals somebody claims one thing is, or how nice they are saying it’s on your bones, if it creates irritation in your physique, it’s not a well being meals for you. And in addition the place you’re in your well being journey is gonna be one other essential consideration. So should you’re working to beat digestive points or bacterial overgrowth, candida, or put autoimmune illness in remission, your dietary method will differ considerably from those that should not. Normal rule of thumb, anti-inflammatory food regimen. You recognize, if any person doesn’t have quite a lot of totally different well being points and issues like that, a very good start line might probably be a Mediterranean-ish-type method.


If any person is coming in they usually’ve obtained, you realize, autoimmune circumstances and issues like that, we’re most likely gonna a minimum of, you realize, begin them someplace round a paleo-type method or one thing like that. Paleo AIP is clearly gonna be essential too, however particularly on the extra restrictive plans. So should you’re on AIP or another food regimen for intestine well being particularly, you’re not gonna be staying on these issues ideally, you realize, indefinitely or as a long run method as a result of if not, you may be creating nutrient deficiencies and issues like that long-term there too, should you’re not paying consideration. Then particular meals I’d say, some common meals that we might begin incorporating now which can be good for lots of people. I’d say small-boned fish. So issues like salmon, anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, these sorts of fish with the bone in. You will get these in cans. Very important Selection is a superb place to go get these.


And people have, you realize, nice supply of protein, all of the minerals that it is advisable to help your individual wholesome bones, and you then’ve obtained the omega 3s there too. So these are nice issues if we are able to incorporate these. You recognize, do these each likelihood you get. Coconut oil, one other one is nice. It’s thought-about one of many healthiest meals on the planet, but it surely’s nice on your bones too, okay? So virgin coconut oil is nice. It’s not solely been proven to assist with defending in opposition to bone loss, however truly within the enchancment of bone construction. In order that’s one other one which could possibly be useful. After which additionally arugula. Arugula is a superb leafy inexperienced, identical cruciferous household of greens as broccoli and kale, but it surely’s decrease oxalate, okay? And spinach is a typical inexperienced that lots of people devour, however what they don’t perceive is that even should you take a look at a container of spinach and it says, it’s obtained quite a lot of calcium there, most of that calcium just isn’t bioavailable. It’s sure up with oxalate.


So arugula is a superb one to swap for that. And in addition, you realize, if any person has points with oxalates, they could have kidney stones, arthritis, joint ache, issues like that, these could also be indicators. They may have a tough time breaking down and degrading that oxalate. So arugula could possibly be a very good swap there too. After which vitamin C-rich meals. These are nice as a result of vitamin C isn’t just key on your physique well being, it’s additionally essential on your bone well being. Bones are made up of this collagen protein matrix upon which minerals are laid. Vitamin C stimulates pro-collagen. It enhances collagen synthesis, and it stimulates one thing referred to as alkaline phosphatase exercise, which is gonna assist with bone-building cell formation. So you may get that out of your citrus fruits, Kakadu plums, acerola cherries, strawberries. These are nice fruit sources.


After which, you realize, when it comes to vitamin C-rich greens, purple and yellow bell peppers, you realize, dino kale,  kale, steamed broccoli, Brussels sprouts, these are some nice choices when it comes to meals to get began.


After which simply when it comes to train, being lively, incorporating resistance coaching. You wanna be sure you’ve obtained two several types of stimuli going when it comes to constructing your train plan, muscle pulling on bone and influence, okay? These are the simplest interventions for train. Muscle’s gonna pull on bone to make them stronger. That mechanical sign is gonna ship a chemical sign to inform the bone principally to grow to be stronger. Affect workouts, they’re welcome addition too. Swimmers and long-distance working, they don’t present that various packed. So long-term, these shouldn’t be the one supply of train that somebody is getting. Actually essential to stipulate that too. After which if we’re doing resistance coaching, research are gonna present that the best reality, the extra intense the train in that 5 to 10 rep vary, that’s what’s gonna be greatest for exciting muscle and bone progress.


Katie: Tremendous useful. I took quite a lot of notes. I really like that you simply introduced up issues like canned sardines. I’ve been saying that for years of it being principally a multivitamin and I get pushback from folks saying, “It’s so gross”. And I’m like, I promise you may study to adore it. Possibly put some pickles with it or mustard or no matter helps you with the style, but it surely’s like the most affordable pure supply of quite a lot of these issues which you could get and also you’re actually getting bones. So it is smart that that will help your bones.


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I additionally love that you simply introduced up oxalates. As a result of I really feel like that is one other space that’s not talked about after we discuss, you realize, greens are nice for you, have tons and plenty of greens is that there’s such a variety there. And infrequently I’ve discovered simply genetically lots of people don’t do nice with an entire lot of leafy greens, particularly uncooked. And you’ll affirm this. My understanding is that issues like cooking it will probably truly scale back the oxalate and make it extra bioavailable. Another suggestions for that? I really like the arugula one. I didn’t truly know that. So I’ll put that within the present notes as properly.


Kevin: Yeah. Boiling is gonna have the best discount in oxalates, but in addition with that, you realize, you scale back a few of the different vitamins there too. However the discount just isn’t gonna be an entire discount, too. So if any person is already…you realize, in the event that they’re coming to us they usually have already got digestive points, and kidney stones, and arthritis, and joint ache, we’re gonna, ideally, it’s not like you may eradicate…or it’s difficult to eradicate each single meals that incorporates oxalate, however you can also make some wholesome alternate options and swaps, and arugula is simply a straightforward one to do this. And in addition quite a lot of instances if folks have taken antibiotics for a very long time or, you realize, they’ve accomplished some issues to degrade their intestine micro organism, one of many precise intestine micro organism that breaks down and degrade oxalates, oxalobacter formigenes, that could possibly be a problem too, proper> Individuals might not even have that intestine micro organism to assist break down and degrade the oxalate.


Katie: And also you additionally talked about bones being like sort of a collagen matrix construction. Definitely like dietary dietary supplements of collagen have gotten actually well-liked within the final couple of years. Do you counsel these or is there a greater option to get that?


Kevin: Collagen dietary supplements can completely be useful, proper? Since you’re nonetheless getting the amino acids. The one factor to remember is that collagen just isn’t an entire protein, proper? It’s lacking tryptophan, you continue to have to be positive you’re getting full proteins in your food regimen, however it may be an incredible addition. And it’s a straightforward addition for lots of people too. One other various for upping your protein consumption, which is tremendous essential. You recognize, ensuring you’re hitting your protein wants is tremendous essential. Whey protein could possibly be an possibility if any person can truly tolerate that, that’s an essential observe additionally. After which, you realize, entire meals, precise entire meals, canned sardines, issues like that. And also you don’t all the time should eat the canned model of issues simply to get the bones. Sure, you may nonetheless eat the opposite cooked salmon or baked salmon or hen or, you realize, no matter it’s that you simply’re incorporating, however incorporating that animal protein is completely one thing that, you realize, I feel is essential to be doing in your food regimen.


Katie: Yeah. And I do know that there are quite a lot of additionally hormonal causes that ladies typically are extra affected by this than males, however a few of the factors you simply introduced up made me assume, particularly for girls, there’s two actually essential issues I wished to focus on that you simply mentioned. One being about hitting protein targets as a result of I’ve had previous podcast company after which seen firsthand in my very own life that many ladies drastically under-eat and beneath devour sufficient protein. And this was actually pivotal for me once I truly began mapping out how a lot protein I used to be consuming after which ensuring to sufficient protein, I spotted I used to be method beneath what I wanted to get earlier than. And it grew to become a lot simpler to construct muscle and really reduce weight even by consuming extra meals once I obtained that protein in goal, which it’s nice to know additionally advantages my bones, however I really feel like typically for no matter motive, girls should not as inspired to eat as a lot protein. And that perhaps is an space of deficiency for lots of ladies, together with the forms of train that you simply talked about.


I really feel like these influence and muscle versus bone actions are ones that on common, usually, guys are likely to do extra typically. And we see girls extra in like lessons or mild cardio or swimming, however that’s not giving the identical results. So I’d love to only speak a bit bit extra about each of these, perhaps some specifics on protein targets and the way a lot is that train threshold as a result of like I mentioned, I noticed large adjustments in my life from upping my protein after which doing issues like sprinting, like fast sprints, after which weightlifting actually modified my physique fairly drastically. So I’d love to speak a bit bit extra about these.


Kevin: Yeah. So protein targets, I’d look extra towards being a minimum of, on the very least, you realize, should you’re 0.545 instances your physique weight in kilos can be in regards to the variety of grams of protein that you’d need. So let’s say you’re, you realize, 100-pound feminine, 0.545 instances your physique weight and kilos can be about 55 grams of protein, minimal, completely minimal that you simply’re gonna wanna be getting. And you’ll clearly go up from there to assist, particularly should you’ve obtained that extra intense train and also you’re truly lifting and doing the resistance and issues like that, you wish to have the gas there and the vitamins there to offer that muscle progress too. As a result of bear in mind what I mentioned, while you’re truly constructing muscle, that’s gonna assist construct bone too. So resisting coaching is tremendous essential.


A whole lot of instances too what I see with train is persons are doing…perhaps they’re long-distance cyclers or they’re long-distance runners they usually simply rely the working. Possibly they run quite a lot of marathons or they’re clocking 5, 6, 7 miles each single day, however they don’t have another various train. Primary, you’re not getting the various influence should you’re simply, you realize, working the identical course. There’s no variation within the influence, that may have a adverse impact in your bones long-term. After which additionally should you’re not truly lifting weights, constructing muscle energy, that’s actually solely working, you realize, for probably the most half, the decrease half of your physique, however we’ve obtained different bones in components of our skeleton that we simply can’t chalk that up if the one exercise that we’re doing for our decrease half. In order that’s after we wish to be incorporating a few of the bigger compound actions, the overhead presses, the deadlifts, the squats, these sorts of actions that interact probably the most muscle and which can be truly, you realize, we’re doing them a minimum of within the 5 to 10 rep vary. That’s what’s gonna be most useful for exciting muscle and bone progress.


I say that with an asterisk is that should you would not have a background in weightlifting, don’t simply leap on YouTube, watch a video of any person deadlifting, after which go leap on the market to strive to do this by yourself. That might result in potential damage. However should you get some steerage, you get assured in these items, particularly on the youthful teams. In the event you’re 20s, 30s, 40s, should you can develop a ardour for this younger and also you get the correct kind and physique mechanics down now, that’s gonna do wonders for you in a while in life. And lots of people don’t…the those that I work with quite a lot of instances too, in the event that they’re of their 50s, 60s, particularly after they get to their 70s, they’ve obtained daughters, I hear this day-after-day, proper? They need they might’ve accomplished extra to be on the facet of prevention. And should you’re in that age vary of 20, 30, 40s, preserve your bone well being in thoughts. Do these items now which can be gonna set you up for an lively future.


Katie: Yeah. I noticed a extremely fascinating graphic on that one time of evaluating girls who had lifelong weightlifting pastime or observe, and exhibiting that even girls of their 80s side-by-side of 1 who persistently, and it’s not like hours a day, we’re speaking small quantities of weightlifting and ate sufficient protein. They usually regarded 30 years aside in age. It was actually, actually drastic. In order a facet profit, these items additionally appear to have a reasonably robust anti-aging impact.


Kevin: Completely, completely.


Katie: And also you talked about, folks as they grow old, and I do know that that’s a way more frequent demographic for bone loss, and we’re seeing that from the statistics, I’ve seen that’s on the rise proper now, fairly drastically as properly. For folks listening who’re both in that age bracket or have perhaps mother and father or family who’re, I do know I’ve an prolonged member of the family who has been recognized with bone loss, what are a few of the issues they’ll do, are they destined to only getting fractures, or can a few of these issues nonetheless assist sort of enhance that trajectory for them?


Kevin: I imply, regardless of the place somebody is at, you may construct bone energy at any age. In the event you bear in mind what I used to be saying earlier, you realize, it simply turns into more difficult. You have got much less bone cells concerned within the course of as you grow old. As you lose extra bone, the method of rebuilding turns into much less environment friendly. So the sooner you are able to do one thing the higher, however regardless of while you begin, should you… You recognize, the start line, if we’re taking a look at it as figuring out and addressing root trigger problems with bone loss, nourishing your physique and absorbing vitamins, and constructing energy, the physique, thoughts, and bone, you are able to do these issues at any age. So should you’ve obtained root trigger points. I’d encourage folks if in case you have a guardian, proper, that perhaps you realize has bone well being points they usually’re simply sort of ignoring it or placing it off or not being attentive to it, encourage them to make assumptions, or not make assumptions and make goal selections, proper?


Encourage them to be their very own greatest advocate and to verify they’ve all the data info they should make educated, knowledgeable selections transferring ahead with a drugs, proper? That’s all the time gonna be proposed by their physicians, however they’ll do one thing else first to see if that’s truly the route that they want even to go as a result of quite a lot of instances it’s not. And simply determining the basis trigger points, getting their diet plan in place, doing the correct issues for workouts are all tremendous, tremendous essential.


Katie: Superior. I’ve obtained quite a lot of notes for you, guys, listening, I’m placing all of them there together with hyperlinks to study extra about all of those. For anybody listening who perhaps doesn’t have an acute drawback however desires to verify this isn’t going to grow to be an issue, you’ve talked about some testing, however perhaps simply give us sort of a blueprint for which specific testing at what age is an effective level to start out.


Kevin: So primary, DEXA scan. There’s additionally one other take a look at on the market proper now referred to as the REMS take a look at. And this take a look at truly appears at your bone high quality and your bone density on the identical time, okay? And that’s Radiofrequency Echographic Multi Spectrometry expertise. And what it does is it’s gonna inform your bone density, after which it’s gonna offer you a five-year main osteo product fracture threat. And it’s gonna additionally inform you your bone high quality, bone density, bone high quality mixed to create bone energy. So you may get that as a baseline. It’s extra prevalent in Europe, not a lot right here, but it surely’s gonna make its method, I feel extra into the U.S. right here actual quickly. After which additionally, the CTX take a look at, the bone turnover markers that I talked about earlier, you may get a serum CT low peptide take a look at to only perceive what the extent of your bone breakdown is earlier on.


That method, in a while in life, you sort of have a benchmark. After which a few of the different ones, vitamin D, that’s an excellent essential take a look at that we wanna be sure we’re getting. Have a look at the 25 hydroxyvitamin D. Once more, that vary is actually extensive. Usually, should you’re within the U.S., 30 to 100 ng/ml, lots of people are on the decrease finish of that vary. We wanna bump that up. We wanna bump that up a bit bit extra. After which, clearly, the celiac take a look at, checking your intestine well being. You recognize, should you’ve been consuming gluten for 30 days and also you’ve obtained these antibodies current, the tTg-IgA take a look at, that’s gonna be a useful take a look at to assist determine if in case you have celiac illness.


After which additionally you may get your thyroid testing accomplished. So you are able to do a TSH. You may take a look at your different thyroid markers, together with your ferritin too. You wanna take a look at your ferritin. Complete metabolic panel, CBC, after which your PTH, your parathyroid hormone, okay? That is gonna…your PTH, you wanna take a look at that in relation to your vitamin D and your blood calcium ranges simply to be sure you don’t have a parathyroid tumor, which could possibly be raking calcium out of your bones. These are a few of the common fundamental exams. There are much more than that the place you may dig, you realize, particularly deeper into sure areas primarily based on what these outcomes flip up, however that’s a very good start line.


Katie: Superior. And I do know you might have quite a lot of sources about this. The place can folks discover you in the event that they wanna study extra about any of those specifics, or they’ve an acute drawback and wanna begin engaged on it?


Kevin: Yeah, completely. You may all the time discover me over at That’s the simplest place. We even have a YouTube channel, Fb, Instagram, Pinterest, all the foremost channels and a podcast too. So you may all the time discover me @BoneCoach.


Katie: And people might be linked to you guys as properly at, so you will discover them. After which a few final questions that I like to ask on the finish of interviews, the primary being, if there’s a e book or a variety of books which have had a profound influence in your life? And if that’s the case, what they’re and why?


Kevin: I’d say for me, which might be an uncommon reply, “Little Blue Truck,” which should you’ve obtained mothers, you realize, hearken to this, I’m positive they is likely to be aware of that e book. And actually all the opposite books that I learn to my youngsters, proper? For me, it’s not a lot, I learn management and growth books and enterprise books and well being books, and issues like that on a regular basis. There are quite a lot of nice ones on the market, however when it comes to the books I truly care probably the most about it will be those that I learn to my youngsters at night time. It’s as a result of I didn’t have that with my dad once I was youthful. And actually for me, I really feel blessed to have that chance to be the daddy that mine didn’t get an opportunity to be for me. So these are one of the best books for me.


Katie: I really like that. That may be a new suggestion. I’ll be sure that’s linked as properly. I perceive what you imply about these are a few of the most particular books. Not that I discovered probably the most from, however that I had probably the most recollections from.


Kevin: For positive.


Katie: Are there another issues that folks don’t know or misunderstand about bone well being that we haven’t already lined at present?


Kevin: I don’t know. A whole lot of instances I get questions on, you realize, excessive issues when it comes to like, ought to I by no means do that once more, or ought to I… You recognize, one of the vital frequent ones I get is espresso and caffeine, for instance. Like, do I have to utterly cease ingesting espresso? Caffeine very barely will increase calcium excretion and reduces GI calcium absorption. Most individuals don’t have to utterly keep away from espresso. And I usually spotlight that as like drink much less. So caffeine intakes higher than 300-milligram a day, so a cup of espresso normally has what, 100 to 250 milligrams, that will increase the quantity of calcium excretion the urine and the chance for osteoporosis-related fractures, however solely in those that weren’t assembly sufficient day by day calcium consumption. In order that’s tremendous essential, proper? I feel a few of the different ones, you realize, folks all the time ask me about dairy.


You recognize, it’s a wealthy supply of calcium. That may be a reality. Somewhat over 30% of calcium in dairy is absorbed. Ideally, that calcium ought to be coming…you realize, if we’re consuming cultured and fermented dairies, so your kefirs, your yogurts, these could possibly be useful additions. However on the identical time, in case your dietary method, like, if in case you have an autoimmune illness, for instance, and also you’re working attempting to place that into remission, dairy’s most likely not gonna be included into that method. So, once more, it comes all the way down to variations for each single individual. There are many different methods to get calcium although with out utilizing dairy. Edible bones. Like we simply talked about earlier in sardines, that’s an effective way. Cruciferous greens, the absorbability of calcium there’s fairly excessive, 40% to 60% about. After which it’s loads much less as you get into issues like Spinach, actually poor absorbability. Yeah, I’d say these are a few of the larger questions that I get. You recognize, ought to I incorporate dairy? No, it shouldn’t be your solely primary supply. For creating youngsters, I feel it could possibly be useful.


Katie: I feel lots of people might be relieved to know that espresso doesn’t should go away completely. And it feels like we are able to popularize sardines and low for breakfast and resolve these issues.


Kevin: Oh, I’m all about that.


Katie: After which lastly, any parting recommendation, could possibly be associated to bone well being or not?


Kevin: Yeah. I’d simply say, you realize, be sort to your self. In the event you’ve ever been on a well being journey in any respect, you realize that it may be irritating. It may be difficult. You strive, you realize, quite a lot of the various things. They don’t work out. You pursue a distinct path. You make investments your time, your power, you realize, all these items into it and it won’t work. Be sort to your self, be affected person. You recognize, progress isn’t good, but it surely’s all the time attainable. You might want to intention for progress. That may be my factor.


Katie: I really like that. I feel that’s an ideal place to wrap up. And thanks a lot on your time at present. This has been a extremely enjoyable deep dive. I do know I discovered loads, and hopefully, our listeners did as properly. Thanks for being right here.


Kevin: Hey, thanks for having me, Katie. Glad I might be a part of and wishing one of the best on your viewers.


Katie: Thanks. And thanks as all the time to all of you for listening and sharing your most precious sources, your time, your power, and your consideration with us at present. We’re each so grateful that you simply did, and I hope that you’ll be a part of me once more on the following episode of “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”


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