How to Get Enough Calcium

By: Andy De Santis, RD and Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Andy De Santis is a Registered Dietician practicing at Innate Wellness High Park. He focuses on creating diet plans for patients of Innate Wellness. If you are interested in having a customized nutrition program created for you, please call the High Park Clinic. 

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the human body. Most calcium is stored either in our bones or our teeth, leaving a small amount found in other tissues or circulating through our blood. The way our bodies use and absorb calcium depends on the presence of specific nutrients, such as Vitamin D, and specific hormones, such as parathyroid hormone and calcitonin. Calcium levels are also influenced by specific female hormones such as estrogen (which increases calcium absorption).

Declining levels of estrogen as women age, through menopause, after hysterectomy, or via estrogen reducing drugs such as Tamoxifen (post-breast cancer treatment) can dramatically affect calcium levels. Individuals who don’t consume dairy can also be at risk for calcium deficiency but they can obtain more than enough calcium from their diet if they know other calcium rich foods! What is most important to know is that supplementing with high levels of calcium can be unhealthy and even dangerous for the body. So if you are low in calcium or suffer from low bone density – you need a balance of diet and supplementation to achieve your daily intake.


Secret Supplements for Aging Skin

With Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

There is so much more we can do for our wrinkles than serums and creams – although these are important! Did you know that oral supplements also help? Yet when you take a look around a health food shop there aren’t many products available for ‘aging skin’. BUT, if you know what to look for the shelves are brimming with wrinkle repair solutions. Where should you head to find these gems? The JOINT REPAIR section! Aging skin and aching joints have a lot in common when it comes to prevention and repair because they are both types of connective tissue.

FACT: Supplements that repair joint connective tissue can also help repair aging skin


By |March 24th, 2015|Natural Skin Care, Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals|1 Comment

The Truth about Arginine, Lysine and Herpes

with Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Oral herpes is a virus (HSV-1) that can become chronic in the body by remaining dormant in the nervous system. It is able to hide from the immune system in this way however, when immunity is low, it creeps back down the nerves to the skin where it causes cold sores. Keeping our immunse system in tip top shape is one way we can fight this virus but watching our dietary intake of arginine and lysine can also help.


Top 5 Supplements for Back-To-School Kids


It’s a bit early to think ‘back-to-school’. Yikes! Starting a little early will help your child experience the health benefits before they are back in routine. Supplements can provide a natural advantage for your child by supporting immune function, physical growth, and concentration. This can keep your child feeling healthy, fit and focused!

Here are the Top 5 Recommendations from Innate Wellness Health Shop:

#1 – Kid’s One Daily by MegaFood

Multi-vitamins help ensure that your child is getting their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. From boosting the immune system to supporting growth, a well designed multi is a great idea for your child! This multi-vitamin is designed to nourish, nurture and protect. Mega Food is one of the rare ‘whole food’ supplement companies. This means that all of their vitamins and minerals are sourced from real food. No additives, no preservatives, no capsules!


By |July 29th, 2014|Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals|0 Comments