072 Bone Density: the Calcium Myth & the Real Cause of Osteoporosis

Dr Tom Nixon
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I learned so much in this one.

Dr. Tom Nixon is back. If you missed his first episode, you can check it out here. This time, I asked him to come on the show to share some new insights on how we can slow the aging process, maintain bone density and stand tall! 🙂

What osteoporosis looks like

What We Talk About:

  • What are osteoporosis, osteopenia and what are the true causes? (hint: It’s not old age!)
  • Menopause, hormones and the estrogen connection to bone density
  • The Calcium Myth
  • The dangers of calcium supplements
    • Avoid “calcium carbonate”
    • The link between calcium supplementation and bone fractures, arterial sclerosis and strokes
    • If you opt for supplements, look for “calcium citrate” and a hybrid of Vitamin D3 
    • You can get plenty of calcium through food!
  • Food sources of calcium: chia seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, leafy greens and my fave tahini. Click on the image to see more…

calcium foods

  • Vitamin D3 sources: sunlight and supplements (note: Vitamin D2 is NOT the same thing!)
    • “Test Don’t Guess”  – getting a D3 blood test is easy – aim for the 70-90 range in D3 levels for optimal health
  • Vitamin K sources: click to see this list of foods rich in Vitamin K (and click on the image below to see even more):

Vitamin-K-foods

  • Foods that harm bone density: sugar, all sodas (they leach phorphorus out of your bones!) and bread
  • The fat soluble vitamins are Vitamins A, D, E, K – for best absorption, consume these with dietary fats like coconut oil or a fish oil supplement 
  • We talk about probiotics, too. Dr. Tom prefers to get his from food – he opts for sauerkraut, and I love kimchi and kombucha 😉

Resources Mentioned:

    • Dr. Tom’s Vitamin D can be purchased within the US and Canada right here, and here’s a solid source for global shipping
    • Dr. Josh Axe’s probiotics and this comprehensive write up on natural and supplemental sources of probiotics (great read!)
    • Check out this study for the link between Calcium/Vit D3 supplements and arterial calcification 
    • Curcumin – I can’t say it, but I take it 😉 Here’s Dr. Nixon’s brand, called “Daily Defense,” and if you need it to shop globally, try the one that Dr. Vita Labs recommend on its site:

  • Bone broth – best when made at home or sourced from a local farm, but if you buy it off the shelf, try this brand 

PACIFIC 

About Dr Tom 

Dr. Tom Nixon

Dr. Tom Nixon is part of a movement to help transform the health of people through his 5 key essentials: an empowered mindset, corrective chiropractic care, quality nutrition, exercise, and minimized toxicity. 

Dr. Tom is dedicated to transforming the health of families in his community through his practice Twin City Health & Maximized LivingMaximized Living is most well-known for being the official chiropractic and performance team for Olympic Governing Bodies and their athletes to achieve optimal performance. Find a Maximized Living Doctor in the US here

Read Dr. Tom’s blog here, or follow him on Facebook.

Questions?

Have questions for Dr. Tom or Ella after hearing us chat? Leave your questions below –  and don’t forget to subscribe to the show in iTunes or wherever you consume podcasts so that you automatically get new episodes!

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  1. Noelle

    Hi Dr. Tom and Ella,

    My 11 year old son is vitamin D deficient (he has had the blood test done) and I was going to order Dr. Tom’s vitamin D however it’s not intended for children. What would be a good option that he could take instead? Thanks so much!

    • Ella
      Ella

      Hi Noelle, Dr. Tom has a quick follow up question for you. I will send you an email and copy him……xxoo