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Supplments & ADHD

Updated: Nov 1, 2018


If you have been diagnosed with ADHD or are just suffering from these symptoms, there’s a lot you can do to help from a natural approach! Supplements have an amazing ability to make a significant improvement and because there are so many different options, your treatment plan can be modified and adapted to suit your specific needs. Below are some of the most well-researched supplements that can safely help everyone with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms:


Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in over 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body. This means that magnesium is required for a ton of different processes that are happening in your body every single day. When it comes to ADHD, the most important role that magnesium plays is in the production of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that your brain uses to communicate with your body and your mind, they help you regulate your emotions and are also what your medications are having an effect on.


If you are deficient in magnesium, you aren’t able to make neurotransmitters properly. That means your medication won’t work as well as it could and also means that in general, you won’t be feeling as good as you possibly can. There are also widespread impacts on your body beyond your mental health that a magnesium deficiency contributes to.


Fish Oil

Fish oil supplements provide you with omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are the building block of every single cell in your body because they create the wall that encloses the cell. The structural integrity is critical to making sure your cells, whether they are heart cells, immune cells or brain cells, are healthy and functioning properly. Omega 3 fatty acids are also the precursors to important chemical messengers that regulate the inflammatory process of the entire body, including the brain. Some researchers have been studying the metabolism of people diagnosed with ADHD, discovering that their fatty acid metabolism is compromised, which highlights the importance of supplementing.


Probiotics

The connection between your “gut health” and your mental health is becoming more and more well-known and researched. Some researchers call your digestive system your “little brain” because so many important mental health processes are taking place there. There are over 100 million brain cells and 30 neurotransmitters directly acting on your digestive system, which means you can’t really tease apart digestive health and mental health.


Part of making sure your digestion is able to function optimally is making sure that there are adequate amounts of good bacteria and minimal levels of bad bacteria. Lots of things can disrupt this balance and an easy way to to get back on track quickly is by using a probiotic.


As a starting spot, the Magnesium, Fish Oil and Probiotics work well together. Without worrying about side effects or interactions with your medications, these improve your focus and attention.


For a more detailed and personalized consultation, schedule an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctor today.


To find more about our ADHD integrative program, book a session with our Psychiatrist.

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