MENTAL HEALTH

Stress is a part of life.  Everyone experiences “routine” stress related to regular aspects of life.  For example, school, family, and daily responsibilities can all be a source of “routine” stress, which comes and goes.  Stress can be good or bad. For instance, graduating, getting married, or having a new baby are all “good,” but they still cause stress.  Our ...
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is far more common than people realize. Approximately 8% of American adults have PTSD during any given year, and about 4% of children under age 18 develop PTSD (Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2018) (Stanford Children’s Health, 2018). That’s about 25 million Americans, but it is most likely underestimated because many people live with ...
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Anxiety disorders afflict 40 million people in the United States with 8% of them being children and teens (Anxiety and Depression Association of America [ADAA], 2018). If you are one of them, you are clearly not alone; and there are a variety of natural ways to manage it. It is worth noting that anxiety is a normal experience for most ...
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ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

In a review of natural product-derived treatments for ADHD, Ahn et al. (2016) explain how the amino acids glycine, L-theanine, L-tyrosine, taurine, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), GABA, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), are all considered potential complementary ADHD interventions.  The authors’ review was thorough, but since we don’t take anything at face value, let’s take a deeper look at each one of these amino acids, ...
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1. Artificial Food Coloring: Lay off the Fruit Loops Artificial Food Coloring that is found in many foods marketed to children and adolescents are known to contribute significantly to ADHD and in some cases may push a child over the diagnostic threshold (Arnold, 2012). Artificial food coloring has been proven to interfere significantly with the absorption of zinc, which is ...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered a neurodevelopmental disorder. Currently, the treatment for this disorder is primarily with various forms of the central nervous system stimulants methylphenidate and amphetamine. There is very little research on the long term effects of these drugs, and what we know from the research that does exist is not encouraging. For instance, we know that long-term ...
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There is consensus in the medical community that the long term brain effects of the medications now being used to treat ADHD is not well documented or well understood. Considering the fact that as of 2016, 6.1 million children and adolescents were diagnosed with ADHD and about 62% receive medication for it, I would say we have a major public ...
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GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH

If you are suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), it is possible that you could achieve remission by supplementing with amino acids. CD and UC fall under the IBD umbrella term, so from here on out I will be referring to all of them simply as “IBD.” There is no known cure for ...
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WOMEN’S HEALTH

Our bodies contain about 25 grams of magnesium, of which about 60% is in our bones, 39% is in our soft tissues, and only a mere 1% is in our blood (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2018).  Put more simply, 99% of our magnesium is intracellular (inside of our cells). Therefore, it is impossible to identify if a magnesium deficiency ...
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We don’t know the exact cause of preeclampsia or eclampsia, and current treatments are only moderately effective. Many women who develop it will deliver preterm. Since is a severe progression of preeclampsia which involves seizures, we will only be using the term “preeclampsia.” Converging evidence suggests that supplementation with certain vitamins, micronutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids could prevent or ...
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