Tag: Calcium

Episode 5: A conversation with Irma Jennings

Bone Boot Camp Podcast
Bone Boot Camp Podcast
Episode 5: A conversation with Irma Jennings



Sarah interviews Irma Jennings. Irma Jennings, INHC, went from the boardroom on Wall Street to the cutting board in her kitchen after returning to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2003. Her diagnosis of osteopenia in 2005 inspired her to create her company, Food for Healthy Bones™.

She is happy to report her bones are strong. For the past 13 years, Irma has blogged monthly on Food for Healthy Bones.

In this episode Irma shares her favorite mineral water for calcium and magnesium as well as her substitute for milk in her coffee. We discuss Calcium and vitamin D and straighten out some commonly misunderstood aspects of these vitamins. Oxalates are discussed as well!


Irma Jennings from Food for Healthy Bones Joined Sarah to discuss how we all can eat well and support our bones.

2:00 Irma writes a blog that gives insights and information on healthy eating for our bones.You can find it on her website: https://www.food4healthybones.com/

You will also find her free offer of a document on 30 essential foods for bone health that you can sign up for on the website.

3:23 Irma recommends buying foods without packages and ingredients you can pronounce.

4:51 Myths that confound us:  Milk is essential for bones.

5:31 Your body will tell you when something does not work for you because your body will have a difficult time with absorption.  Your digestive system or your sinus’ or a headache may alert you.  An alternative to milk is Laird superfood creamer.

6:30 Irma reveals her special coffee recipe

7:10 Irma uses Dr. McCormicks collagen as well as his goat whey.

7:55 Irma’s green tea ritual

8:15 Mindful eating outline 

9:54 What type of calcium is best if you are buying fortified foods.  Answer: marine calcium.

10:57 Calcium carbonate is the cheapest calcium and it is harder to digest.  Be aware that you need more stomach acid to break it down.

12:56 One should do an elimination diet under a doctor’s supervision.  Irma will be involved in offering one with a doctor soon.

15:00 The idea of “eating well” is generally misunderstood.  Variety is often ignored.

15:46 Understanding how much protein you need.

17:18 Straight talk about oxalates.

18:30 Do not get bogged down in what you can not have to the point that you are not eating a variety of foods.

18:50 Vitamin D and testing

24:00 Gerolsteiner Water is a natural mineral water that is high in calcium and magnesium.

25:44 Start your day with lemon water and a discussion of the controversy about acid and alkaline balance.

27:46 Eat a plate of veggies with different colors

29:10 Cronometer to get to know what nutrients you are taking in.