Kevin Ellis on Osteoporosis and Constructing Stronger Bones

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Katie: Good day, 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 referred to as 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 a variety of different individuals as properly. And right this moment, he’s not solely remodeled 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 group of consultants has helped individuals in 1,500 cities around the globe. And we speak lots 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 really advisable, and know in the event you’re in danger. The highest issues we are able to do for our youngsters to assist them really attain their peak bone mass round age 30.


Extra causes to keep away from extra sugar consumption, the best way 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, far more. Even when that is one thing that you simply don’t suppose you’ve got a possible problem with, there’s a variety of actually nice preventative recommendation in right here. And to his level, you would possibly really be shocked to know that you’ve a number of the danger elements, and that early scans may help you avoiding any precise issues. So I discovered lots. And with none additional delay, let’s soar 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 might be an skilled in, however earlier than we do, I’ve a observe in my present notes that you’ve a purpose to mentor 1,000,000 children who don’t have good position fashions. And I might simply love to listen to a number of the cause for the motivation behind that.



Kevin: Yeah. For me, you recognize, after I was a younger child…my father handed away after I was tremendous younger, after I was about two months previous and, you recognize, had a dramatic influence on my life. I grew up, I had an abusive stepfather you recognize, 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 after I was a child. And, you recognize, as I obtained older, I spotted there are a variety of children, you recognize, going via that now. And that’s sort of one thing that I wish to be a mentor, any individual who can educate them the values, how will you be form contributing member to society from a extremely younger age? And ultimately, I’d like to get that to the purpose the place, you recognize, these children might have an internship or one thing like that in a purpose-driven group like ours.


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


Kevin: Completely.


Katie: Effectively, I do know that you simply’re additionally an skilled in all issues bone well being, and it looks like this got here from a spot of sort of private expertise for you as properly. I’ve typically heard from individuals on this podcast and myself as properly, a variety of us get into the well being and wellness world attempting to resolve our personal issues. So I might love to begin 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 recognize, begins with my father’s passing. You recognize, he handed away when he was 35, at a extremely younger age, and my total life, I had this concern that I used to be gonna observe in his footsteps to an early grave and never have the chance to look at my children develop up and expertise the fun of being a father. And after I was recognized with osteoporosis at 31 at a time after I nonetheless had all these different well being points to resolve, I assumed my destiny was destined to be the identical. You recognize, I had a younger daughter, son in the best way, I used to be devastated. And I keep 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 really sat down with me and her precise phrases have been, “That is going to be a problem for you.” Bone medicine and fracture have been my future. And I walked out of that workplace afraid.


And for the individuals who know me properly, they know I’m sometimes not essentially the most emotional individual, and there are only a few issues which can be gonna strike concern in my coronary heart, however that did it. And after I obtained house 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 little 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 may be. And I simply broke down crying. And I cried exhausting. It was the type to cry that empties the sum of life’s burdens. And after I used to be finished, I regarded over at my spouse and mentioned, “I simply wanna dance with my daughter on her wedding 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 offended, upset, overwhelmed. I used to be scared. I had no concept the place to begin. I simply wished to know every part was gonna be okay and the way I used to be gonna even work out enhance my well being and my bones.


And after a substantial amount of studying, analysis, working with docs, consulting with individuals, 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 really making enhancements in my well being and my bones, that’s after 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 recognize, the younger man, to determine what they should do to deal with bone loss, construct bone power, and stop fracture. As a result of the prescription for 90% of girls who’re recognized is calcium, vitamin D, strolling, and a bone drug, and that’s woefully insufficient. And it’s actually that cause 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 danger demographic and doubtless in superb well being. I learn that you simply have been a Marine earlier than that, it wasn’t from lack of motion. It wasn’t from…you recognize, such as you have been doing a variety of the issues that ought to have probably not put you in danger. In order that needed to be fairly a shock to search 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 possibly has the early danger elements know that they may have it as properly?


Kevin: Yeah. So for me, regardless that, you recognize, being a Marine, realizing work out, being bodily energetic, all these sorts of issues, I had that. And I had a basis of weightlifting and issues like that after I was youthful, however on the similar time, I had celiac illness, malabsorption of vitamins for a lot of, a few years. A slew of digestive points, low vitality, poor sleep. You recognize, I clearly most likely wasn’t absorbing my vitamins. There have been simply a variety 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 this stuff can contribute and work towards us. Sometimes, you’re not gonna be getting a DEXA scan, a bone density scan, and we’ll speak about 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 a whole 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 danger elements. If somebody already has celiac illness or actually have some sort of intestine dysbiosis, that may be a possible danger issue for bone points.


Kevin: They completely can. They completely may be danger elements for that. And when it comes to like…I didn’t even know after 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 mix of all. In osteoporosis, each your bone density and your bone high quality are diminished, and that’s gonna improve your danger of fracture. And I had simply talked about a bone density scan. In order that’s sort of the gold customary of discovering out how you’ve got 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 is named a T-score. And a T-score is telling you the way a lot your bone mass differs from the bone mass of a median 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 unfavourable one and unfavourable 2.5, that signifies you’ve got low bone mass, oftentimes known as osteopenia, which is sort of a precursor to osteoporosis. After which a T-score of unfavourable 2.5 or decrease signifies you’ve got osteoporosis. The larger that unfavourable quantity is, so unfavourable 2.5, unfavourable 2.6, unfavourable 2.7, the extra extreme the osteoporosis. Most ladies are getting these scans finished 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 case 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 necessary observe there that I prefer to make is let’s be on the aspect of prevention, get a baseline. And that approach, we don’t essentially simply react afterward in life.


Katie: Yeah. That’s an awesome level. I keep in mind discovering out after I first came upon I had Hashimotos and it was in some methods a reduction as a result of not less than then I knew and I might begin addressing it. And also you’re proper, I don’t suppose lots of people suppose to get that. I haven’t ever gotten a DEXA scan and I’m in my 30s. Nevertheless it is sensible, and I do know there’s a variety of different info that may come from that as properly. So it looks like an awesome 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 individuals to consider imagining their physique as like a…think about you’ve got 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’ve got. 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 will have osteopenia and osteoporosis. And also you’re shocked. I assumed my bucket was filled with water. And normally, the explanations are as a result of both you’ve got 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 alternative finish of the spectrum.


You’re employed out, you suppose 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’ve got osteoporosis. In both of these eventualities, you’ve got this response of how do I repair this proper now? And typically individuals make fast drastic selections, together with taking a bone drug typically influenced by our docs to instantly plug the outlet and fill our buckets again up with water. And we do that earlier than figuring out the place the outlet is, what brought about it, or if there was even a gap within the first place as a result of your bucket could not have ever been filled 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 dropping bone? A single bone density scan won’t let you know that. And you could 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 is named a serum CTX take a look at or a CT low PET kind take a look at. This can be a bone turnover marker take a look at, and it’s wanting on the degree of bone breakdown that’s happening 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 energetic bone loss. In order that’s one of many methods to inform in between DEXA scans in the event you’re nonetheless actively dropping bone. Then the query turns into, what brought about the outlet? 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 sorts of osteoporosis. There’s main osteoporosis, which is often 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. This can be a class I fell into. And that is the place osteoporosis happens on account of, you recognize, behaviors, situations, 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’ve got to go and discover and work out. After which the final half is, and that is necessary 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 necessary to bear in mind, if you’re recognized with osteoporosis, it doesn’t robotically imply that you simply’re actively dropping bone. You might 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, in the event you smoked or drank excessively, in the event you led a sedentary way of life, or in the event 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 believe the primary being in order mother and father, what can we concentrate on to ensure hopefully our youngsters do attain that full bone mass from an early age? Like, what are the elements we wanna be actually cautious about?


Kevin: Yeah. Particularly with younger children, too, get them energetic, get them outside enjoying, get them enjoying sports activities. Any of these actions once they’re youthful which can be gonna shock their bones. We wish to, you recognize, soccer, bone density within the legs of soccer gamers is normally nice as a result of it’s multidirectional. They’re altering path actually fast. There are these quick, intense bouts after which they’re off. In order that’s nice. Resistance coaching is nice. Getting them energetic and strolling and shifting, all incredible. One factor I might say for teenagers, too, is sugar. We gotta take note of sugar, okay? We don’t wanna be consuming a variety of totally different sugar. Extreme sugar consumption might exacerbate vitamin D deficiency. Analysis have really 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 cut back our inside absorption of calcium. It’s gonna improve our urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium. These are necessary minerals for our bones. So it’s not simply, you recognize, 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 desserts and candies and all these issues, however there’s good cause for it too for the well being of our skeleton. So these are some necessary issues. Chemical substances, listening to chemical substances after we’re youthful, too. I might say, and I’m positive that is about the commonest 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 doable.


That approach, we’re not getting issues like glyphosphate and, you recognize, a number 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 recognize, after 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 have been utilizing another manufacturers and issues like that, however fluoride can really not be the perfect factor long-term on your intestine well being, on your bone well being, particularly in case your children are swallowing that stuff long-term as an alternative of spitting it out within the sink, most likely not gonna be the perfect factor there both. So these are some things from a child’s perspective too that I might take into account 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 possibly get a DEXA scan or begin noticing a few of these signs and discover out their bone mass isn’t supreme and possibly they’re of their 30s or 40s, I might 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 to be, if somebody will get related information or simply finds out they could be or have a few of these danger elements or sort of on that path?


Kevin: Yeah, completely. So primary, no, it doesn’t imply you’re completely fragile, proper, in the event you get a analysis of osteoporosis. And this doesn’t imply, you recognize, it doesn’t matter what age you might be. You may construct bone power within the age, it simply turns into tougher. 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 wish individuals to wanna be on the aspect of prevention and never response. So let’s say you discover this out, your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s even, you’re nonetheless gonna observe the identical course of. Step one must be you must determine and tackle all these root trigger problems with bone loss and bone harm, proper? If there are issues working towards you actively, you must tackle these issues first.


You gotta know what checks you could order and get finished. It’s a must to know perceive your outcomes. You gotta be your individual finest 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 anticipate them to do every part for you, after which ensure that that’s gonna get you your finest well being. You continue to should be sort of guiding and directing that course of.


The second a part of that is nourish. You could restore the uncooked supplies and vitamins that you simply want for stronger, more healthy bones via weight loss program, via digestion, via absorption. You could be sure you have the correct inputs to provide 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 quantity? Are you really absorbing these vitamins? When you have digestive points, these digestive points can really be a supply of irritation that contributes to bone breakdown within the physique. After which are these vitamins really making it to the cell degree?


And a variety of occasions, you recognize, individuals are simply advised, take your calcium, take your vitamin D, however there are different nutrient which can be necessary past simply that, magnesium. Magnesium is unbelievably necessary, not only for our bones, however for our total well being. One of many main features of magnesium is that we want it to make proteins in our physique. So while you eat proteins in your weight loss program, be it from animals, eggs, fish, dairy, beans, peas, brown rice, no matter, via the method of digestion, you break these proteins down. And as soon as we take up these amino acids, we are able to then rebuild them in our our bodies into numerous 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 necessary nutrient that’s typically neglected is vitamin Ok, okay? There are two sorts of vitamin Ok. Or, properly, not less than for the sake of this dialog, let’s simply say Ok-1 and Ok-2. Ok-1 may be transformed to Ok-2, however not effectively. Ok-2 is what’s most necessary for bone well being. There are some main varieties, there’s MK-4, there’s MK-7. However vitamin Ok-2 is gonna help in bone mineralization. And that’s tremendous necessary too. So it’s extra than simply calcium and vitamin D. After which the final a part of that is…I might say the final a part of this course of could be construct. You could construct power, the physique power, the thoughts power, the bone, you could cut back your stress, enhance your sleep, get an train plan in place that’s gonna provide help to really construct bone power, and do these issues in a approach that’s gonna forestall, you recognize, 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 individuals irrespective of how previous you might be.


Katie: Yeah. And it looks like nice recommendation throughout the board, such as you mentioned, even for teenagers beginning at a younger age to ensure they’ve these vitamins optimized they usually’re getting a different weight loss program. It looks like you’ve talked about the absorption piece a few occasions. And I believe that’s a factor that’s not talked about sufficient in fashionable society shouldn’t be solely is our weight loss program nutrient-depleted in comparison with what it was a few generations in the past, however we’re doubtless 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 like 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 concentrate on 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 couple of bucket earlier, however let’s overlook in regards to the bucket for a second. Let’s simply say…you recognize, we’re gonna use a totally totally different metaphor. Consider our our bodies and our bones as being like vegetation. So as to develop, they want vitamins and the correct situations, 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 take up virtually every part right here. So after we soak up meals or dietary supplements, we begin to break them down into smaller items in our mouth. That meals makes its approach into our abdomen, the place it’s turned within the acidic combine to interrupt it down even additional. Then it makes its strategy to our small gut, our soil. And that is the place our vitamins are damaged right down to their smallest kind to be absorbed by us, the vegetation.


However with the intention to take up something, we want roots in our soil, proper? Our roots are known as villi. These tiny little hair-like projections cowl our small gut and are answerable for absorbing vitamins. They take 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 reduce in your hand, rising your hair or fingernails, or rebuilding stronger bones. The job of our roots, our villi, is so necessary that the overall floor space they use to soak up vitamins is the scale of a soccer discipline. How wonderful is that, proper? However when we’ve got 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 gained’t be out there. And if vitamins aren’t out there, the villi gained’t be capable to take up them. And the physique gained’t have the uncooked supplies and sources wanted for stronger, more healthy bones.


So the place do we’ve got to begin? What we have to begin with, are vitamins making it to your soil. When you have bloating, belching, burping, extreme fuel, even diarrhea after meals, otherwise you really feel like meals simply sits in your abdomen and stagnates for a very long time, there’s likelihood you’ve got low abdomen acid. Age, stress, nutrient deficiencies, intestine infections are all contributors. And surprisingly, you recognize, among the best indicators of low abdomen acid is reflux, which is surprising, proper? And when individuals have reflux, what do they take for? The identical factor I took for quite a few 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 explanation that’s an issue is as a result of we want 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 shall be starved of those vitamins and others. The subsequent query about, you recognize, intestine well being, does your soil have the correct steadiness of bugs? Different issues are gonna rise in case your soil has the flawed steadiness of bugs, dysbiosis, the presence of unhealthy bugs, intestine infections, and even good bugs within the flawed 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 skill 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 aren’t balanced? You would possibly expertise the bloating, the belching, the extreme fuel, 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 explanation why I developed osteoporosis, you recognize, at a youthful age is there are a number of situations and illnesses that have an effect on your physique’s skill to soak up vitamins. So are your roots even working correctly? Celiac illness is certainly one of them and it’s the first cause 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 little bit increased up within the small gut the place that harm is extra more likely to happen. And this went on for years, had no concept calcium was being raked for my bones to serve different functions. And, you recognize, there’s likelihood that that may be a contributing consider osteoporosis. So we want to ensure if you’re nonetheless consuming gluten, you recognize, the tTg-IgA is a superb take a look at to assist with that. After which additionally the overall serum IgA can 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 occurring this journey and what your progress has regarded like.


Kevin: Yeah, completely. Been in a position to make progress alongside the best way and enhancements alongside the best way. And, you recognize, we took that, we took every part that I had discovered, however it wasn’t simply me, it was principally taking the analysis and all of the issues and we made it actionable for different individuals now, too. That’s most likely a very powerful factor is now we even have been in a position to assist individuals in over 1,500 cities around the globe at this level placing a plan in place, strolling them via a three-step course of, and placing them in entrance of extremely credentialed group members and consultants that alongside my… In my very own journey, I spotted it’s actually exhausting while you put all of your eggs into one individual. Generally you could coordinate with a variety of totally different individuals. And that’s one of many issues we’ve in a position to do is put individuals in entrance of all of the individuals that may assist them get solutions alongside the best way. So is de facto one of many tougher elements 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 fashionable weight loss program and it’s wanted much more than we’re getting typically and infrequently there’s a spot for supplementation. I’m curious in the event you can simply kinda stroll us via, I do know you even have this all as a full method on-line for individuals who really want to enter the main points, however simply sort of an summary of what an optimum weight loss program complement train plan would possibly appear to be, possibly even at totally different ages for bone well being?


Kevin: Yeah, completely. So you recognize, let’s even simply begin with weight loss program and diet as a starting place. Clearly, you recognize, we wanna make certain 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 really gonna be capable to rebuild our bones and we’re not gonna be capable to forestall bone loss. One thing I wanna level out although with weight loss program and diet is each time you eat, you’ve got the chance to offer your physique every part it must heal and rebuild itself. Nevertheless 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 proper weight loss program, 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 otherwise, which is why no dietary method could 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 irrespective 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 might be in your well being journey is gonna be one other necessary consideration. So in the event 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 aren’t. Normal rule of thumb, anti-inflammatory weight loss program. You recognize, if any individual doesn’t have a variety of totally different well being points and issues like that, start line might probably be a Mediterranean-ish-type method.


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


And people have, you recognize, nice supply of protein, all of the minerals that you could assist your individual wholesome bones, and then you definitely’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, however it’s nice on your bones too, okay? So virgin coconut oil is nice. It’s not solely been proven to assist with defending towards bone loss, however really 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, similar cruciferous household of greens as broccoli and kale, however it’s decrease oxalate, okay? And spinach is a typical inexperienced that lots of people eat, however what they don’t perceive is that even in the event you have a look at a container of spinach and it says, it’s obtained a variety of calcium there, most of that calcium shouldn’t be bioavailable. It’s certain up with oxalate.


So arugula is a superb one to swap for that. And in addition, you recognize, if any individual 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 swap there too. After which vitamin C-rich meals. These are nice as a result of vitamin C is not only key on your physique well being, it’s additionally necessary 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 known as alkaline phosphatase exercise, which is gonna assist with bone-building cell formation. So you will get that out of your citrus fruits, Kakadu plums, acerola cherries, strawberries. These are nice fruit sources.


After which, you recognize, when it comes to vitamin C-rich greens, crimson and yellow bell peppers, you recognize, 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 energetic, 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 best 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. Influence workout routines, they’re welcome boost too. Swimmers and long-distance operating, they don’t present that different packed. So long-term, these shouldn’t be the one supply of train that somebody is getting. Actually necessary 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 finest for exciting muscle and bone development.


Katie: Tremendous useful. I took a variety 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 individuals saying, “It’s so gross”. And I’m like, I promise you may be taught to like it. Perhaps put some pickles with it or mustard or no matter helps you with the style, however it’s like the most cost effective pure supply of a variety of these issues that you may get and also you’re actually getting bones. So it is sensible that that may assist 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 speak about, you recognize, greens are nice for you, have tons and plenty of greens is that there’s such a variety there. And sometimes 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 might really cut back the oxalate and make it extra bioavailable. Every other suggestions for that? I really like the arugula one. I didn’t really 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 recognize, you cut back a number of the different vitamins there too. However the discount shouldn’t be gonna be a whole discount, too. So if any individual is already…you recognize, 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 remove…or it’s difficult to remove each single meals that incorporates oxalate, however you may make some wholesome alternate options and swaps, and arugula is simply a straightforward one to try this. And in addition a variety of occasions if individuals have taken antibiotics for a very long time or, you recognize, they’ve finished 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> Folks could 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 common within the final couple of years. Do you recommend these or is there a greater strategy to get that?


Kevin: Collagen dietary supplements can completely be useful, proper? Since you’re nonetheless getting the amino acids. The one factor to bear in mind is that collagen shouldn’t be a whole protein, proper? It’s lacking tryptophan, you continue to should be positive you’re getting full proteins in your weight loss program, however it may be an awesome addition. And it’s a straightforward addition for lots of people too. One other various for upping your protein consumption, which is tremendous necessary. You recognize, ensuring you’re hitting your protein wants is tremendous necessary. Whey protein could possibly be an possibility if any individual can really tolerate that, that’s an necessary observe additionally. After which, you recognize, complete meals, precise complete meals, canned sardines, issues like that. And also you don’t all the time must eat the canned model of issues simply to get the bones. Sure, you may nonetheless eat the opposite cooked salmon or baked salmon or rooster or, you recognize, no matter it’s that you simply’re incorporating, however incorporating that animal protein is completely one thing that, you recognize, I believe is necessary to be doing in your weight loss program.


Katie: Yeah. And I do know that there are a variety of additionally hormonal causes that ladies typically are extra affected by this than males, however a number of the factors you simply introduced up made me suppose, particularly for ladies, there’s two actually necessary issues I wished to spotlight 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 below eat sufficient protein. And this was actually pivotal for me after I really began mapping out how a lot protein I used to be consuming after which ensuring to sufficient protein, I spotted I used to be approach under what I wanted to get earlier than. And it grew to become a lot simpler to construct muscle and truly drop a few pounds even by consuming extra meals after 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 cause, girls aren’t as inspired to eat as a lot protein. And that possibly is an space of deficiency for lots of girls, together with the sorts of train that you simply talked about.


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


Kevin: Yeah. So protein targets, I might look extra towards being not less than, on the very least, you recognize, in the event you’re 0.545 occasions your physique weight in kilos could be in regards to the variety of grams of protein that you’d need. So let’s say you’re, you recognize, 100-pound feminine, 0.545 occasions your physique weight and kilos could 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 in the event you’ve obtained that extra intense train and also you’re really lifting and doing the resistance and issues like that, you wish to have the gas there and the vitamins there to supply that muscle development too. As a result of keep in mind what I mentioned, while you’re really constructing muscle, that’s gonna assist construct bone too. So resisting coaching is tremendous necessary.


Loads of occasions too what I see with train is individuals are doing…possibly they’re long-distance cyclers or they’re long-distance runners they usually simply rely the operating. Perhaps they run a variety of marathons or they’re clocking 5, 6, 7 miles each single day, however they don’t have some other different train. Primary, you’re not getting the various influence in the event you’re simply, you recognize, operating the identical path. There’s no variation within the influence, that may have a unfavourable impact in your bones long-term. After which additionally in the event you’re not really lifting weights, constructing muscle power, that’s actually solely working, you recognize, for essentially the most half, the decrease half of your physique, however we’ve obtained different bones in elements 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 number of the bigger compound actions, the overhead presses, the deadlifts, the squats, these sorts of actions that interact essentially the most muscle and which can be really, you recognize, we’re doing them not less than within the 5 to 10 rep vary. That’s what’s gonna be most useful for exciting muscle and bone development.


I say that with an asterisk is that in the event you shouldn’t have a background in weightlifting, don’t simply soar on YouTube, watch a video of any individual deadlifting, after which go soar on the market to strive to try this by yourself. That would result in potential damage. However in the event you get some steering, you get assured in this stuff, particularly on the youthful teams. In case you’re 20s, 30s, 40s, in the event 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 afterward in life. And lots of people don’t…the those that I work with a variety of occasions too, in the event that they’re of their 50s, 60s, particularly once they get to their 70s, they’ve obtained daughters, I hear this every single day, proper? They need they’d’ve finished extra to be on the aspect of prevention. And in the event you’re in that age vary of 20, 30, 40s, maintain your bone well being in thoughts. Do this stuff now which can be gonna set you up for an energetic future.


Katie: Yeah. I noticed a extremely fascinating graphic on that one time of evaluating girls who had lifelong weightlifting interest or apply, 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. And so they regarded 30 years aside in age. It was actually, actually drastic. In order a aspect profit, this stuff additionally appear to have a reasonably sturdy anti-aging impact.


Kevin: Completely, completely.


Katie: And also you talked about, individuals as they become old, and I do know that that’s a way more widespread 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 individuals listening who’re both in that age bracket or have possibly mother and father or relations who’re, I do know I’ve an prolonged member of the family who has been recognized with bone loss, what are a number 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, irrespective of the place somebody is at, you may construct bone power at any age. In case you keep in mind what I used to be saying earlier, you recognize, it simply turns into tougher. You will have much less bone cells concerned within the course of as you become 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 irrespective of while you begin, in the event 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 power, the physique, thoughts, and bone, you are able to do these issues at any age. So in the event you’ve obtained root trigger points. I might encourage individuals if in case you have a mum or dad, proper, that possibly you recognize has bone well being points they usually’re simply sort of ignoring it or placing it off or not listening to it, encourage them to make assumptions, or not make assumptions and make goal selections, proper?


Encourage them to be their very own finest advocate and to ensure they’ve all the information info they should make educated, knowledgeable selections shifting 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 really the route that they want even to go as a result of a variety of occasions it’s not. And simply determining the basis trigger points, getting their diet plan in place, doing the correct issues for workout routines are all tremendous, tremendous necessary.


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


Kevin: So primary, DEXA scan. There’s additionally one other take a look at on the market proper now known as the REMS take a look at. And this take a look at really appears to be like at your bone high quality and your bone density on the similar time, okay? And that’s Radiofrequency Echographic Multi Spectrometry know-how. 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 danger. And it’s gonna additionally let you know your bone high quality, bone density, bone high quality mixed to create bone power. So you would get that as a baseline. It’s extra prevalent in Europe, not a lot right here, however it’s gonna make its approach, I believe 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 will get a serum CT low peptide take a look at to only perceive what the extent of your bone breakdown is earlier on.


That approach, afterward in life, you sort of have a benchmark. After which a number of the different ones, vitamin D, that’s an excellent necessary take a look at that we wanna make certain we’re getting. Take a look at the 25 hydroxyvitamin D. Once more, that vary is de facto extensive. Usually, in the event 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 little bit bit extra. After which, clearly, the celiac take a look at, checking your intestine well being. You recognize, in the event 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 will get your thyroid testing finished. So you are able to do a TSH. You may have a look at your different thyroid markers, together with your ferritin too. You wanna have a look at your ferritin. Complete metabolic panel, CBC, after which your PTH, your parathyroid hormone, okay? That is gonna…your PTH, you wanna have 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 number of the common fundamental checks. There are much more than that the place you may dig, you recognize, particularly deeper into sure areas primarily based on what these outcomes flip up, however that’s start line.


Katie: Superior. And I do know you’ve got a variety of sources about this. The place can individuals discover you in the event that they wanna be taught 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 main channels and a podcast too. So you may all the time discover me @BoneCoach.


Katie: And people shall be linked to you guys as properly at, so you could find 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 quite a few books which have had a profound influence in your life? And in that case, what they’re and why?


Kevin: I might say for me, which might be an uncommon reply, “Little Blue Truck,” which in the event you’ve obtained mothers, you recognize, 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 children, proper? For me, it’s not a lot, I learn management and improvement books and enterprise books and well being books, and issues like that on a regular basis. There are a variety of nice ones on the market, however when it comes to the books I really care essentially the most about it will be those that I learn to my children at night time. It’s as a result of I didn’t have that with my dad after 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 the perfect books for me.


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


Kevin: For positive.


Katie: Are there some other issues that folks don’t know or misunderstand about bone well being that we haven’t already coated right this moment?


Kevin: I don’t know. Loads of occasions I get questions on, you recognize, excessive issues when it comes to like, ought to I by no means do that once more, or ought to I… You recognize, probably the most widespread ones I get is espresso and caffeine, for instance. Like, do I must utterly cease ingesting espresso? Caffeine very barely will increase calcium excretion and reduces GI calcium absorption. Most individuals don’t must utterly keep away from espresso. And I sometimes spotlight that as like drink much less. So caffeine intakes larger 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 satisfactory each day calcium consumption. In order that’s tremendous necessary, proper? I believe a number of the different ones, you recognize, individuals all the time ask me about dairy.


You recognize, it’s a wealthy supply of calcium. That may be a reality. Slightly over 30% of calcium in dairy is absorbed. Ideally, that calcium must be coming…you recognize, if we’re consuming cultured and fermented dairies, so your kefirs, your yogurts, these could possibly be useful additions. However on the similar 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 right 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 a good way. Cruciferous greens, the absorbability of calcium there’s fairly excessive, 40% to 60% about. After which it’s lots much less as you get into issues like Spinach, actually poor absorbability. Yeah, I might say these are a number of the larger questions that I get. You recognize, ought to I incorporate dairy? No, it shouldn’t be your solely primary supply. For growing children, I believe it could possibly be useful.


Katie: I believe lots of people shall be relieved to know that espresso doesn’t must go away solely. And it feels like we are able to popularize sardines and occasional for breakfast and clear up 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 might simply say, you recognize, be form to your self. In case you’ve ever been on a well being journey in any respect, you recognize that it may be irritating. It may be difficult. You strive, you recognize, a variety of the various things. They don’t work out. You pursue a special path. You make investments your time, your vitality, you recognize, all this stuff into it and it won’t work. Be form to your self, be affected person. You recognize, progress is rarely good, however it’s all the time doable. You could intention for progress. That might be my factor.


Katie: I really like that. I believe that’s an ideal place to wrap up. And thanks a lot on your time right this moment. This has been a extremely enjoyable deep dive. I do know I discovered lots, 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 the perfect 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 vitality, and your consideration with us right this moment. We’re each so grateful that you simply did, and I hope that you’ll be a part of me once more on the subsequent episode of “The Wellness Mama Podcast.”


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