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Aspartame Bad For ADD/ADHD, Lowers Serotonin Levels

     As I have mentioned many times before and will continue to do so; it’s important for ADD/ADHD to avoid all artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. So I’m gonna mention some of the harmful effects of aspartame. Did you know when aspartame is paired with carbohydrates it causes your brain to slow down its production of serotonin which most ADD/ADHD, depression, and bi polar already have low levels. 

    

     Did you know that the FDA has received more complaints about aspartame than any other ingredient to date? Aspartame not only effects ADD/ADHD but it has been linked to arthritis, birth defects, lupus, diabetes, seizures, depression, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and many more. Aspartame is a carcinogenic, that’s means it can cause cancer. And it’s totally toxic. How? Well when the methyl alcohol which is a component of aspartame, enters the body, it turns into Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. Anytime you see the word “neurotoxin” that means this is SUPER BAD for ADD/ADHD because they already have problems with lack of neurotransmitters. The last thing they need is a toxic agent that destroys or damages the neurons they do have left. 

    

     O and for you adult ADD/ADHD who like drinking sugar free drinks loaded in aspartame because you think regular sugar drinks make you fat, just know aspartame is highly acidic. What does that mean to you? Acidic foods and drinks equal fat cells. When your body is overloaded with acidic foods and drinks, it has to convert the acid into fat cells then stores it to protect your organs from this acidic damage. Your body will also pull calcium from your blood stream in order to neutralize the acid. And if there isn’t enough calcium in your bloodstream, it’ll pull it from your muscles, and it there is not enough calcium there, your body will pull it from your bones to neutralize all the acid in you stomach. The long term effect of this results in acid reflux, heart burn, osteoporosis, bone spurs, kidney spurs, acne, Oh and lots of mosquitoes bites (they love people who are acidic). BTW, ADD/ADHD are already highly deficient in calcium and magneisum.

      FYI, Aspartame is in NutraSweet, Equal, almost all sugar free gums, sodas, and energy drinks. Bottom line: Don’t buy anything that’s Sugar Free. It’s worth the 3 seconds to read the label. Stick with Fructose a natural slow releasing sugar.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

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Tyrosine Is A Key Neurotransmitter For ADD/ADHD

Tyrosine Is A Key Neurotransmitter For ADD/ADHD

Tyrosine is an essential amino acid that plays a major role in improving alertness and focus. It is also necessary for the body to be able to make the natural skin pigment melanin. But most importantly, it’s needed to produce the hormones Norepinephrine-Revving Up Neurotransmitter and Dopamine-Focus Neurotransmitter (both important to the brain and the nervous system) which are extremely important for ADD/ADHD. Tyrosine also produces the thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine.

Tyrosine is considered a natural antidepressant. It is currently being studied for its effects on the body’s production of neurotransmitters, depression and other mood disorders because it is so closely tied to hormones. Tyrosine is not only being studied for it’s benfits with ADD/ADHD and depression but also it’s benefits for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

Most people who take Tyrosine as a supplement are using it to boost their energy, since it is so closely connected to the brain and the nervous system. However, Tyrosine has to be taken in combination with a B-vitamin complex or with a multivitamin containing the B-vitamins, because there are several vitamins that the body needs to be able to convert Tyrosine into neurotransmitter Dopamine (Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, and Copper).

Tyrosine is a very safe supplement, and is not known to have any side effects. Large doses, up to 7 grams per day, have been taken by people participating in a variety of medical studies with no problems, although the average person would never get that much Tyrosine in their diet. L-tyrosine is most commonly found in proteins, as well as in dairy products, wheat, oats, and fermented foods such as yogurt and miso (a kind of thick paste made from soybeans and usually used in soups).

Biometics Get-Go N contains 500mg of Tyrosine and contains B-vitamins too.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

 



Choline Is A Key Neurotransmitter for ADD/ADHD

If you think you or your child may have ADD/ADHD, you should request to take a neurotransmitter test. It’s always nice to have a starting point and to also see the exact neurotransmitters you are lacking. After 2-3 months down this natural remedies path for ADD/ADHD, take another neurotransmitters test so you or your child can track your results. You should also become familiar with your key neurotransmitters. One of your major players is Acetylcholine (memory neurotransmitter) which is synthesized from Choline.

Choline is in the B-vitamin family. One of the most important functions of Choline is to be turned into both Phosphatidylcholine and Acetylcholine by the body. Phosphatidylcholine is essential for normal brain function, and proper liver health and function. Acetylcholine is important for normal brain development in infants, and for conduction of nerve signals and brain function in adults. Researchers have concluded that during pregnancy, the Choline intake of the mother can influence memory and brain development in the growing infant. For this reason, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences has recommended that pregnant and nursing women increase their intake of Choline. There was a study done at NC State where children at the age of 2 were given an IQ test. The children that took Choline during pregnancy tested higher on their IQ test than children who did not get this supplement during pregnancy.

So for ADD/ADHD pregnant women or for any pregnant woman for that matter, I would highly suggest being on a Choline and Omega (also important for proper brain development) supplements. For children and adults with ADD/ADHD, Acetylcholine is the most vital neurotransmitter when it comes to memory and cognitive abilities!! It can boost your memory for up to 4-5 hours. If you are an athlete, this is great supplement to take 15-30  minutes before games (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc) because it helps with eye and hand coordination.

BIOMETICS’advanced liquid nutritional Bio Alert supplement contains 1000mg of Choline. Remember Biometics has a patent process that allows you to absorb 85-100%, so it’s very powerful! You should start with 1/2 tbsp for about 3-5 days before going up to a full serving size. Great stuff!!!! If you decide to go with another brand of Choline, try to purchase a high quality liquid form versus capsule.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com



How Do You Increase Higher Serotonin Levels To Help With ADD/ADHD?

I always tell parents or adults with ADD/ADHD that you should donate at a minimum 1 hr a day for researching information for you or your child. Well here is some of the information I came across today. Did you know ADD/ADHD have low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin? This is also common for Bi polar and depression as well. Did you know that serotonin is produced between 2-3am during your deep REM sleep. So the more often your sleep is disturbed the less serotonin is produced. If you have low levels of serotonin then you are going to have low levels of melatonin because serotonin converts into melatonin. A remedy for proper sleep is to take melatonin before bed. Personally I use Biometics Bio Nite because it’s a delicious liquid form of melatonin. Also taking amino acid L-Trypotophan (5-HTP) will also help synthesize serotonin.

Did you know that you can naturally raise your serotonin levels by:

1. Doing random acts of kindness (Giver)

2. Being the recipient of someone that gives or acts out kindness (Receiver)

3.Witnessing random acts of kindness, you don’t even have to do ANYTHING but just notice a good deed (Observer)

4. Everytime you pet your cat, dog, bird, whatever….

5. Choosing a hobby or career path that you love (having passion) to do.

Individuals who have low levels of serotonin not only do not sleep well but always have a craving for chocolate or starchy foods because it’s a quick serotonin fix. Some of the major reasons for low levels of serotonin are:

1. Yo Yo diets, not getting enough amino acids

2. Medications use up large amounts of serotonin and dopamine

3. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine depletes serotonin levels over time

4. Chronic stress depletes serotonin levels

5. Aging; neurons make smaller amount of neurotransmitters as you get older

6. Neurotoxins (Pesticides, insectidies,etc) decrease serotonin production

7. Hormone Imbalances influence serotonin release and activity

8. Genetics, you are born with low neurotransmitter level

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

 



Bio Nite Really Calms My Daughter Down and Makes Her Nice and Sweet, What Ingredient In That Product Is Doing That?

Q: Something I notice is that the Bio-nite really calms my daughter down.  She is taking ½ mg (1/2 dropper) 30 min before bed and it is enough to make her drowsy.  But as it is taking effect, she gets really nice and sweet. What ingredient in that product is doing that?

Christy

A: Bio Nite not only contains micellized melatonin but herbal extracts of Chamomile and Valerian too. These are soothing anti-stress and relaxing herbs which help calm your daughter down. Bio Nite is so effective because it’s a high quality micelled liquid form supplement. Biometics has a patent process called emusol micellization. This means your body absorbs almost 95% of this product versus 5-10% if it was in a pill form. So you really do not need much of this product. Most children and adults start with just a few drops under their tongue and eventually work up to 1/2 dropper or 1 full dropper. In my personal experience rarely do indiviudals take the full serving size of 2 full droppers (3mg) before bed. Bio Nite can be taken every night without fear of dependency unless you exceed more then 3mg a night. When you take more then 3mg of melatonin a night, you are telling your body it doesn’t need to produce it anymore. Bio Nite purpose isn’t to make you feel sleepy or drowsy before bed but to help you reach deep REM sleep which is where all the healing and recovery takes place. Deep REM sleep helps regulate and balance your brain chemistry which is extremely important with ADD/ADHD. Your neurotransmitter seretonin is produced during deep REM. Not many people know this about melatonin, it’s a Super Antioxidant, a major anti-aging, it scavenges for free radicals, and it helps boost the immune system. Even if you sleep well you should take Bio Nite for all of these health benefits!*Remember since melatonin is a super antioxidant, if you are an adult and you do not ease into this product your body could go through a slight detox causing you to toss and turn at night, or get sweaty, or wake up with a slight headache in the morning. During the day you can drink water to flush out those toxins but at night you are sleeping so those toxins are trying to get out of your body. Children usually do not go through a detox with Bio Nite because they do not have the years of toxin overload like adults.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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