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  • Your Doctor Won't Tell You About This Bone Building Miracle Mineral

    When most people hear the word "silicon," they think of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.

    But it turns out that this valuable mineral is important for much more than creating cool new technology. Continue reading

  • 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Silicon Supplements

    Silicon supplements help build strong and healthy bones. An added benefit - they improve your appearance, and may even protect against Alzheimer's. The complete list of beauty and health benefits possible with daily silicon supplementation.
  • Bone Health Q & A: When Will I See Results with Silical?

    “How will I know if Silical System is working and when will I notice a difference? Will I see results in 30 days if I choose the 30 day supply preference?”

    In the first 30 days you will be able to sample Silical 1 and 2 and adjust to taking it around your schedule. Just like a multi-vitamin you are not going to see any outward change in one month.  Bone health is a life-long project, just like exercising to loose weight, for those who want to live a full and active life during their later years.

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  • 7 Health Myths About Breakfast

    breakfast for healthy bones Breakfast revs up the body after a night's sleep, gives us energy and nutrients to face the day and studies suggest that eating breakfast regularly is associated with good health.  But just as important as when you eat is what you eat. When it comes to supporting your bones, no meal really packs enough nutrients. Sure, breakfast staples like eggs and fortified cereal provide calcium and vitamin D, but bones also need lesser-know nutrients including magnesium, boron, L-arginine, vitamin K2 and silicon for real bone building and support. A healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day, and adding a natural bone health supplement picks up where your diet leaves off.

    1. People who eat breakfast are healthier, because they have other healthy habits besides breakfast.

    This is partially true. There is strong evidence that having a healthy breakfast within one hour of waking is very beneficial.  People who eat breakfast are also typically less likely to smoke cigarettes, more likely to exercise regularly, and have other good health habits. But it’s difficult to determine the opposite - whether people who skip breakfast can be healthy as long as they maintain other healthy habits throughout the rest of the day.

    2. Eating breakfast helps you lose weight.

    Again, partially true, because it depends on what you eat.  The right kind of breakfast can help you maintain a proper weight.  But research has not been able to prove definitively that eating or skipping breakfast has any real effect on weight. That’s partly because it’s better to skip breakfast than eat one that is loaded with eggs, hash browns, and sausage. Skipping breakfast may even be better than pancakes and sausage, and it’s certainly better than grabbing a breakfast sandwich, aka “cholesterol sandwich”, at a fast food place on the way to work.

    However, when types of breakfast were compared to skipping breakfast, it’s clear that people who eat healthy breakfast like those below have lower BMI compared to breakfast skippers, or meat-and-egg eaters

    3.  A smaller breakfast is better than a bigger one.

    This is interesting: when two people who are dieting  and eat exactly the same number of calories in a day - the one who consumes most of their calories in the morning loses more weight and feels less hungry than the person who eats most of their calories in the evening.

    Eating large meals at night is less healthy than eating in the morning or at midday. And it creates a vicious cycle, because big evening meals carry over causing less hunger in the morning.

    Other cultures are very fond of breakfast and they shed some light on breakfast debate. The Mediterranean diet is touted as a bone-healthy diet because it is rich in olive oil (instead of butter), nutrient rich seafood, and plenty of fresh, whole vegetables. Traditional cultures around the Mediterranean Sea eat breads and cereals for breakfast, then they consume a large lunch, and a very small dinner - often no more than fish and a salad. The average person in Spain consumes more than twice as much fish as the average person in the US, and most of that is during the evening meal several hours before bedtime.

    4. Breakfast doesn’t decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

    Not so fast. There is plenty of evidence that skipping breakfast increases blood pressure and cholesterol levels and increases the risk of heart attacks. Additionally, it raises insulin levels and insulin-resistance that is associated with developing diabetes.

    5. Children can get by without breakfast more easily than adults.

    False - it’s exactly the opposite. Children have greater metabolic demands than adults. Periods of fasting are in fact associated with lower learning skills and lower test scores, compared to children who are not hungry. Children need to break the period of fasting from the previous evening with a nutritious breakfast of cereals and healthy breads or muffins.

    6.  Coffee is bad for you.

    Coffee has many health benefits because it’s rich in antioxidants – but it gets a little dicey with bone health.  Too much coffee is bad for bones because it triggers calcium loss in two ways: coffee tends to replace people’s dairy intake, and the caffeine in coffee flushes calcium from the kidneys.  Bone health supplements are especially important for women who drink a lot of coffee, but a good rule of thumb is to consume no more than 18 oz.a day – about 3 cups.

    7. Eggs are bad for you

    Everything in moderation. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, but they are a good dietary source of vitamin D – an essential nutrient for bone hardness and strength. And one whole egg is a good source of l-arginine, which improves blood flow. The whole egg has proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Eggs in moderation have not been shown to increase the risk of heart disease

  • What Your DEXA Score Doesn't Tell You

    Changing orthopedic doctors may result in a change to your DEXA score - if your new doctor uses a different brand of DEXA machine. That’s because DEXA scan equipment varies from one machine to another by as much as 4%, and may be even higher for hip scans. 

    While there are many brands of DEXA machines, there is no unified program for measurement.  This can make it challenging to accurately measure the success or failure of your current bone health program. Adhering to the same machine is one way to streamline your DEXA results, but there are other ways in which your DEXA results don’t show the ‘big picture’ of your bone health.

    DEXA scans measure quantity of bone and not quality of bone.  Quantity of bone refers to bone hardness, or bone mineralization, which is maintained by supplementing with three important bone building-blocks: calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. Bone hardness is an important measurement for bone health, but there is such a thing as over supplementing with calcium, to the point where bones become stiff and brittle, and your risk of fracture actually increases.

    Quality of bone refers to bones’ ability to be resilient and flexible, and bounce back from impact or fall. Bone quality depends on the health of bone collagen. Collagen support and bone flexibility are two things that aren’t measured by a DEXA scan.  Collagen is the support structure of bone and it requires supplementing with an organic form of silicon to keep it healthy.  Silicon helps form bone collagen and strengthens collagen protein. This is the same collagen structure that supports hair, skin and nails - so silicon supplements have additional benefits for your appearance.

    Silicon is the one nutrient where bone hardness and bone collagen support intersect.  Silicon helps improve the effects of calcium and vitamin D by driving calcium into bone where it is needed, and keeping it away from the heart and other places in the body where it can do harm. Learn more: Silicon for Bone Health; Beauty Benefits of Silicon.

    A final variable of your DEXA scan is body mass.  A woman with a small frame who supplements with calcium, vitamin D, silicon, magnesium and other essential vitamins, might have a lower DEXA scan than a larger woman with the same routine. That’s because the X-ray beam doesn’t have to travel as far to scan the smaller woman’s bones, and the machine reads the lighter shadow as an indication she has thinner bones.

    It’s important to know how to read changes in your DEXA score, but understand that bone density is not the only point of success.  To see the ‘big picture’, your bone health program requires better diet, regular exercise, and supplementing with bone healthy nutrients that we don’t get enough of in our diets.

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