What Is A Supplement?
dietary supplement is a product intended for ingestion that contains a “dietary ingredient” intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet. A “dietary ingredient” may be one, or any combination, of the following substances:
- a vitamin
- a mineral
- an herb or other botanical
- an amino acid
- a dietary substance for use by people to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake
- a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract
Dietary supplements may be found in many forms such as tablets, capsules, soft gels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders. Some dietary supplements can help ensure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients; others may help you reduce your risk of disease.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body! Probiotics hold the key not just to better health and a stronger immune system, but also for treating digestive issues, mental health illness like depression and anxiety and neurological disorders. Research continues to prove that probiotics benefits and side effects go far beyond what we previously thought.
In addition to the impact on our immune systems, our digestive systems are the second largest part of our neurological system. It’s called the enteric nervous system and is located in the gut. This is why it’s called our second brain!
Many people with health issues, such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism, depression, anxiety, and many other conditions don’t realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.
Many health and nutrition experts agree that to a large extent, health really begins in your gut. Why? A large portion of your immune system actually resides within your gut (about 75–80 percent), where billions of bacteria live (both good and bad). Your gut communicates with your brain to control things like appetite, mood and stress levels — plus it helps control your body’s ability to defend itself from sickness.
tudies suggest that certain nutritional supplements can ease symptoms of ADHD. Other studies show that children with ADHD are normally lacking the vitamin and minerals listed below. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medication.
The EPA/DHA in fish oil are critical for brain function and are anti-inflammatory. Supplementation has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve learning. Children with ADHD often times have low levels of omega-3s, specifically EPA and DHA.
Supplement: 1,000mg daily
Children with ADHD may need more B-vitamins to help with the formation of serotonin, especially Vitamin B6.
Supplement: 50 mg daily
Calcium enables the release of neurotransmitters? If you look at the symptoms of calcium deficiency, you’ll see behaviors similar to ADHD – irritability, sleep disorders, inattentiveness.
Supplement: 500 mg calcium
There’s a link between ADHD and low iron levels. A 2012 study shows that iron deficiency may increase the risk of mental health disorders in children and young adults. Iron is important for dopamine and norepinephrine production. These neurotransmitters help regulate the brain’s reward system, emotions, and stress.
Supplement: 5 mg zinc 2x daily
Magnesium is another important mineral for brain health. A magnesium deficiency can cause irritability, mental confusion, and shortened attention span.
Supplement: 250 mg of magnesium daily
Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in brain health. A zinc deficiency may have an effect on other nutrients that help the brain function. The Mayo Clinic reports that zinc supplements may benefit symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and social problems.
Supplement: 5 mg zinc 2x daily
ADHD may be connected to digestive issues, therefore taking a good quality probiotic daily will help maintain intestinal health. Probiotics hold the key not just for better intestinal health and a stronger immune system, but it also helps with mental health illness like depression and anxiety and neurological disorders.
Probiotic: 25-50 billion units daily
Glucaric acid is found in our bodies as well as in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, apples, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. … Calcium D-glucarateis used for removing cancer-causing agents, and flushing toxins from the body.
Here is a list of products that my daughter uses. All products were purchased through Amazon.com (direct links are included to make your life easier).