Can Nutrition Help With ADHD? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 532
Did you know that diet can impact both ADD and ADHD? If you’re eating sugary foods, you may be making things worse, but foods packed with vitamins and minerals may help.
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Did you know that diet can impact both ADD and ADHD? If you’re eating sugary foods, you may be making things worse, but foods packed with vitamins and minerals may help.
You’ve probably heard about omega-3 fatty acids and their benefits for a healthy heart and fending off inflammation, but have you heard of DHA? This omega-3 is incredibly important for supporting brain health in people of all ages.
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Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
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Amanda Williams, MPH: If you want to get your day started off right, I suggest you set down that sugary beverage that maybe you turn to each and every single morning that you think, “Huh, yeah, this gives me energy.” I want to tell you about our Multi Energy Powder because this actually packs a punch when it comes to cellular energy production and really giving your body the nutrients that it needs to get the day started.†
I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH and I want to talk about the importance of taking in the right nutrients when it comes to the things that you’re drinking. We know that Americans just do horrible when it comes to fluid intake, first and foremost, so most people walk around in a state of dehydration. Now we do know that bottled water is probably the most common thing that people purchase in this country. However, when it comes to what follows that, then we’re looking at the sodas, we’re looking at the sugary drinks and juices and those certainly do not do anything when it comes to nourishing our body. Water, yes, we definitely want to be consuming our water, but we want to be substituting out the sodas and the juice drinks for something that’s actually going to do something beneficial for our body.†
Let me run through the Multi Energy formulation because not only is the Multi Energy formulation designed to help to generate up that adenosine triphosphate, or that energy within the cellular mitochondria, this also is a complete multivitamin, multi-mineral formulation, so I guarantee you that your soda and your juice is not giving you any of those things. This is a full spectrum multivitamin, multi-mineral formula, so you’re getting all of those B-vitamins, you’re getting your Vitamin D, you’re getting Vitamin C and you’re also getting those key critical minerals. Now we know that all of these are so important, even when it comes to just our immune system. So obviously, just having the multi-mineral, multivitamin complex as part of the Multi Energy is really a super thing.†
But now let’s look at what really helps to set this formulation apart and if you want to have a good kick start to your morning, then I definitely encourage you to take a scoop of this. Add it in with some water and this is all natural, so there’s no sugars added into this. This is all natural. It has power nutrients to help to power up and recharge those cells of yours.†
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It has things like choline and choline is essential when it comes to brain function. Now, think about that for a moment. If I drink a sugary drink in the morning, is that going to do anything for my brain? Certainly not. It feeds the addiction, but it’s not doing anything for actual brain support. Remember, choline is this amino acid that helps in the support of acetylcholine synthesis and acetylcholine is our primary memory neurotransmitter in the body. So just, say, if we had the Multi Energy Powder and you just knew it had choline, that should be enough to say, “Yeah, that’s brain healthy for me.”†
But let’s look at other nutrients that are contained within this that help to enhance that cell energy production. It has L-carnitine in it. This is another key amino acid. The carnitine helps with transporting fatty acids from the outside of your cell to the inside of the cell to generate energy. So bam, right there there’s an energy pusher.†
And then we have dimethylglycine. We know that dimethylglycine not only helps for the facilitation of energy production, but it’s also a very powerful booster for glutathione, which is our body’s most important endogenous antioxidant. When we think about how our body is trying to fend off oxidative stress each and every single day, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we’re constantly trying to fend off oxidative stress. Having the dimethylglycine on board is an excellent way for you to enhance that cellular function. Remember, dimethylglycine also plays a critical role when it comes to over 40 different biochemical pathways in the body, so if you think DMG isn’t important, think again.†
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This contains RNA, which is ribonucleic acid. We know the importance of RNA when you think about your genetic makeup, for example. Ribonucleic acid is a nucleic acid that’s found inside of the cell, where it plays this really fundamental role in protein synthesis, as well as cellular function. When we think about our immune system and we think about generating energy, having RNA as part of this formulation really makes this quite unique.†
We also have some coenzyme Q10 in this. There’s a wonderful enzyme blend that aids in the digestion of food. It has an amylase-protease-lipase blend, along with hemicellulase, which aids in the breakdown of different vegetables that you may be intaking throughout the day. I shouldn’t say may be, you should be intaking throughout the day. It has alpha-lipoic acid. I was mentioning glutathione being the most important, well, that’s, I suppose, debatable. We know that alpha-lipoic acid also is a power antioxidant in the human body. It is so critical for so many different functions, as well as for the stabilization of other amino acids.†
You start to look and you see all of what’s contained in the Multi Energy Powder. In just one scoop, you’re getting all of these different nutrients to help to support digestion, to help to support the immune system, to help to target inflammation and, most importantly to help generate cell energy. It is certainly a wonderful alternative to the typical way that you may start your day. Even if you’re having coffee, hey, that’s fine, but try to do organic coffee and don’t make your coffee a dessert. That’s the problem. It always baffles me when I see people go into a Starbucks or something like that and they’re ordering a coffee, but the next thing you know, there’s a ton of whipped cream on it and it’s more like a dessert than it is actually a coffee. If we want to get the benefits of the chlorogenic acid coming from coffee, we don’t want to adulterate that. We don’t want to be adding in sugars and all those heavy creams into that. We want to have things as they should be. If you’re going to have coffee, try not to sugar that up because that certainly is going to alter the actual health benefits that go along with the coffee.†
Same thing with tea. If you’re going to be doing a tea, it shouldn’t be a processed tea that’s been sweetened and then you try to pass it off as being healthy. If you’re going to be doing a tea, it needs to be an organic tea or, if you’re using the Green Tea or the White Tea TxⓇ, also very good options because we know we’re getting a high amount of that powerful catechin, that EGCG, when we use the Green Tea and the White Tea TxⓇ. At the end of the day, we want to make sure that you start your day with the ability to feel good, to nourish ourselves with the key vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants and all of these key amino acids that help to really facilitate the brain functions throughout the day for us. When we think of paying attention and staying focused, it’s really important to make sure that we are getting exposure to these key nutrients on a regular basis so that we can maintain our health even in high-stress environments or if you are not having adequate intake of key vitamins and minerals just from your diet alone.†
That is all that I have for you for today. I want to thank you so much for tuning into the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now, do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @invitehealth and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.†
Are you having a hard time maintaining focus or attention throughout the day? This may be brought on by stress. Turn to powerful nutrients that have been shown to support the body’s ability to fight stress and promote brain function.
Let’s discuss nutrients that can be beneficial for optimizing attention, focus and overall brain-supporting power when dealing with stress.
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As summer starts to wind down, we know one thing. We know that means school days are starting to gear up. This is certainly a different time for many students. I talked about Phosphatidylserine and the impact that can make in terms of stress and focus and how beneficial Phosphatidylserine can be, but I also want to focus on other nutrients that can be beneficial to school age children.
It doesn’t matter if we’re looking at elementary school, if we’re looking at middle school, if we’re looking at high school. Across the board, we have to understand the stressful nature that the new school year can bring upon for many children, especially with the pandemic going on and how this can really disrupt their normal learning environment. Maybe they are going to be doing virtual schooling, perhaps they’re going to be in some type of a hybrid type of focused learning, so it’s not going to be the norm. Usually kids are used to going back and they go and they get all their school supplies and get their new school clothes or their uniforms for school, and there’s this kind of normal routine.
While this year is certainly different, we want to make sure that we create new routines that help prepare the body for all that the school year requires of us.This impacts not just school children and high schoolers and college students, but can also impact parents as well. For many parents, if your children are going to be doing virtual learning, you may have to make some major modifications to your schedules. This is where phosphatidylserine can be very beneficial to offset a lot of that stress.
I want to kind of focus on basic nutrients that would be advantageous to consider as the school year is upon us. At the end of the day, what we want to be able to do, is to make sure that we are taking a comprehensive approach to our overall health and wellness.
INCORPORATING BASIC NUTRIENTS INTO YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL ROUTINE
We can look at something as simple as a daily multivitamin. Only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy, which is a really clear indicator that most Americans are not eating the right foods. Even if you are trying to take in what you perceive to be good healthy foods, you may still be missing key vitamins and minerals, and we know the importance of our vitamins and minerals when it comes to all functions in the body.†
If we’re looking at younger kids, then we want to be thinking about a multivitamin. So we have the InVite chewable multivitamin. This is a really good option for younger kids to get a comprehensive multi spectrum vitamin and mineral combination. This is really quite essential because when you look at vitamin deficiencies in children, this is much greater than oftentimes people even recognize. American children generally have a greater likelihood of having that development of Vitamin D deficiency, for instance. Experts estimate roughly 10 to 40% of American children are deficient in Vitamin D, depending upon geographical area within the country. Vitamin D is not just critical for their bone health, but it is also connected to the brain and the ability to learn and to focus. It’s also estimated that 10-15% of American children have iron deficiency. When it comes to the intake of calcium, generally speaking, the National Institute of Health estimates 80 to 90% of school age children are not getting enough calcium from their daily dietary intake. These deficiencies are things that you definitely want to be cognisant of because they can certainly impact the entire learning environment as kids are going back to school. Taking just a simple multivitamin really helps us to cover a lot of those gaps.†
That doesn’t mean that we don’t need to focus on other areas. If there is a Vitamin D deficiency, it might be beneficial to add a liquid Vitamin D or a Vitamin D capsule, depending on how significant the Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency happens to be.†
We also have the Multi Energy Powder, which is a really nice way to incorporate all of these different nutrients. You’re getting your vitamins and minerals, but you are also going to be getting some added boosters for brain health. The formula contains choline, which is essential to the manufacturing of acetylcholine, a brain compound that helps with memory. This is especially important during the school year when it comes to learning new information.The Multi Energy Powder also contains inositol, which is really important for cell to cell communication, especially within the nervous system. Inositol helps make sure that the neurons are firing on all cylinders. The formula has carnitine in it, which is essential for proper energy production within the brain, as well as dimethylglycine. which makes sure that the body has the ability to filter out any free radicals and toxic buildup. The Multi Energy Powder is a very comprehensive way to make sure you’re getting all those key vitamins and minerals, but at the same time, adding in some additional brain health nutrients. It’s very easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Depending upon the age of who would be taking this, you may modify how much you’re taking. This is certainly something you can talk with one of the experts at InVite Health.†
The other options you can certainly look at would be the Reds and the Greens. This is very easy once again to incorporate into a daily routine. The Reds can be incorporated in so easily. You can add this into applesauce, you can add it into yogurt, you can mix it with water. There’s a lot of different ways. The formula is going to give you so many of those powerful antioxidants coming from fruit and vegetable extracts. What’s also nice about the Reds as well as the Greens is they both contain a broad spectrum probiotic blend. We always have to be thinking about how to support the immune system and remembering that gut-brain connection, so the healthier the gut, the healthier the brain. We’re taking in all of these powerful antioxidants coming from the fruits and vegetables, such as black currant fruit, which is really beneficial for eye health. For a lot of people, being in front of the computer or being in front of your cell phone on a regular basis, that can really start to stress the eyes out, so it has astaxanthin, which can really help to support the eye fatigue people often can get from staring at a computer screen long term. It has lutein in it, lycopene, all these powerful carotenoids to really enhance the way that the eyes are working to offset the oxidative stress and just the fatigue itself. As kids go back to school and as adults go back to school and back to work, being in a different environment and having exposure to higher levels of certain pollutants may trigger an immune system response. This can be helped by the green tea extract and quercetin contained in the formula, both of which can even target issues such as seasonal environmental changes like pollen. The Reds can also be a brain booster with ingredients such as spinach extract, collard extracts and resveratrol.†
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I always say an omega-3 fatty acid is critical when you think about brain health and overall systemic health, so even incorporating krill oil, fish oil or the Organic Flax Powder could be beneficial.†
These are the basics of what anyone should be doing, regardless of age. Right now is when people are getting out of their summer free time routine and getting into that school, focused routine, so this is the perfect time to make sure you incorporate in all of these key nutrients to give you that true balance. These basics can help offset stress, ensure you’re getting adequate nutrients to support your body, support the brain and enhance your learning capabilities, focus and attention.
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