Does too much protein cause osteoporosis?

Does high dietary protein cause bone loss? Documentary films such as “Forks over Knives” and “What the Health” would suggest so.

But a meta-analysis of protein intake and it’s effect on bone health, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (August 2017), we learn that dietary intake of protein is fundamental for bone building across all life stages. The study suggests that protein intake above the current RDA (or minimal daily recommendation) may be beneficial for bone health.  After all, it makes sense that we need plenty of the building blocks derived from protein to rebuild a new skeleton every 7 years!

It’s important to note that there was no difference between animal or plant protein. The important thing is total protein intake, although according to the author, data in this area is scarce and requires further study.

In addition to optimizing protein intake, let’s discuss the BeWell approach to preventing bone loss or rebuilding bone density:

  • Assess bone building nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, boron and Vita D+ Vita K through blood and urine testing.
  • Assess bone building hormones such as progesterone, estradiol and DHEA using saliva for greatest accuracy
  • Assess hidden food allergies (did you know that undiagnosed non celiac gluten sensitivity is a major cause of osteopenia?)
  • Check ability to digest and assimilate bone building nutrients and improve bone mass
  • Begin a targeted dietary, supplement, and exercise program for rebuilding
  • Check the efficacy of the bone building program after 3 months using a simple at home urine test. (Bone Resorption Test $72)

If bone loss is still occurring we alter the program and check again until we have evidence the bone health is improving. The benefit of this approach is that you’ll know within a few months if your program is effective rather than waiting till the next Dexa bone scan, which is often two years apart.

No waiting, guessing and hoping.  Just solid science.

If you need help with your bone mass, call us for a Free 15-Minute Consultation to see if we can help you.


Hear from two of our many clients who experienced improved bone mass on one of our Custom Support Programs:

Increased Bone Mass

I am thrilled to find out that I have gained bone mass in both my spine and forearm since following Monica’s bone building program of diet and supplements. I was really grateful to be able to check my program after being on it for a few months with the urine test, so that I had confidence that I was doing enough to save my bones. And my last Dexa Scan proved it!
H.H., Pt. Matilda, PA

Debilitating Leg Cramps

I had been suffering with debilitating leg cramps in my thighs for several years, so severe that they would reduce me to tears and immobility. The cramps were taking over my life and I did not know when or if they would happen. I became afraid to leave my house. My family doctor had no answers, even after he did bloodwork which showed normal potassium and magnesium etc. I drank Gatorade by the boatload……took 2000+ mg Magnesium and Potassium supplements……I even resorted to drinking Pedialyte trying to get enough of what I knew I needed.

One day my chiropractor recommended Monica Montag, CN at Be Well Associates. She had been able to help his little girl with her many skin issues. I was a little leery but willing to try anything to stop the pain and be able to live a normal life.

At the first meeting Monica discussed what she thought was going on……ordered in-depth blood work that would get to the bottom of my problems. I was skeptical about the whole process but after listening to the nine plus pages of test results I was a believer. We came to find out that a hidden infection in my intestines was preventing me from absorbing magnesium. After four month of seeing Monica I am down to only a handful of cramps. That is such a blessing in my life,

Other benefits: I’m off my blood pressure medicine…..and the acid reflux meds that I have been on for almost THIRTY years and I’ve lost 55lbs!

I could go on and on about what help they have been but do not have the time or space to do it. If you are having problems that mainstream medicine just kind of pushes away…..let these women give it a shot. I am so thankful that I have. I can’t wait to see where this leads. Thanks so much Monica… literally didn’t save my life……but you certainly saved my mind!
C.T., Clearfield, PA