Dr. Rebecca Carey began looking into nutritional factors when her son, Mark, was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten:
⇰ She found that milk, sugar, and artificial food additives made her son's symptoms worse.
⇰ Dr. Carey found that the research was there to support her observations. Ohio State University, for example, found that the addition of fatty acid supplements, such as omega-3 supplements, significantly improved the symptoms of ADHD.
⇰Dr. Carey worked with a specialist and effectively reduced Mark's medication regime while still offering him the support he needed.
It shouldn't be a surprise that malnutrition negatively affects mental clarity and performance. But for some reason, it is usually an afterthought and does not get recommended as a form of primary care. The good thing is that the right foods and concentrated supplements can be used for healing as well. Integrative psychiatrists implement a focus on nutrition along with meds for more comprehensive care. Without the understanding of this interplay, medications are often only masking symptoms.
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