Quotes from "Fuel Your Mind Right" presentation. September 29 2014
Did you attend the Third Annual ADHD Conference at Utah Valley University? Here are some of our favorite quotes from Melissa Warner’s hour-presentation on "Fuel Your Mind Right: A Review of Nutrition as a Restorative ADHD Treatment."
- “Years ago I would never have fathomed that I would be speaking at an ADHD Conference. That’s because I only understood the correlation between food and physical health. As an athlete, I knew that eating protein strengthened my muscles and carb-loading meant I’d be able to run hard for 90 minutes on the soccer field. But, like most Americans, I had no idea that food had such a big impact on my mental health.”
- “The inspiration to come up with a dietary approach to treating ADHD has come from my experiences teaming with drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities. Research shows that an addict who enters a traditional recovery strategy has a 25% (one in four) success rate of maintaining sobriety after they leave treatment. Evidence further suggests that if you combine the traditional strategy with a strong nutrition program including diet and supplementation, chance of full recovery increases to 83% (or five out of six). That’s a huge difference, especially when dealing with decisions that impact the future and quality of someone’s life. I also want to gently mention that there is a high correlation between individuals who come into the facility on harder substances who are also on prescription stimulant medications (like ADHD drugs). We know that if you want to help someone with a full recovery that you have to introduce complete sobriety, which includes avoiding all prescriptions. And then we start to support the biochemistry of the brain with nutrients and food enzymes.”
- “I have to point out that you’re not given a lifetime supply of neurotransmitters at birth. Instead, you’re given the genetic machinery to continuously produce those brain chemicals. You’re given the instruction manual (DNA) that tells the chemical factory in your brain how efficiently to work. And if you want to have regular levels of neurotransmitters in your head for life, then you must have the primary raw materials for neurotransmitter synthesis in your body. These are all nutrients – amino acids from protein, vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, and other natural biochemicals.”
- “The idea of influencing your genes to work better is a newer science that has really emerged over the past 20 years and is starting to have mainstream influence. Epigenetics is the study of how external factors like diet and lifestyle influence gene expression without changing the DNA sequence. Isn’t hearing this the best news ever?!? This means you can start to influence and control how your ADHD-prone genes behave."
- “Another way nutrient therapy impacts biochemistry is that nutrient choices influence energy distribution. Take for example the practice of getting Vitamin B12 in your diet through food or supplement choices. Getting B12 straight from the source is always the best choice, because the body immediately recognizes and uses this natural form in the body. If you can’t eat natural foods then the next best option would be getting B12 in the methylcobalamin form from a supplement. This form is the most natural form of B12 and is utilized effortlessly into the body. Unfortunately, most supplements provide B12 in the cyanocobalamin form, which is bad and causes the body to exert extra energy to biochemically change its form into something the body can use. Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of B12 and contains a cyanide molecule (like in poison!) that the body has to remove and eliminate before absorption. The same idea goes for vitamin B3. Choose B3 in the niacinamide form – not the commonly used Niacin form, which often causes adverse reactions and inefficient energy usage in the body.”
- “Having a genetic predisposition to ADHD means more than simply having ADHD symptoms. It means that you’re more genetically vulnerable to specific nutritional deficiencies and that your reactions when exposed to certain toxins are more severe than those of most peers. You have to start thinking about your genetics in a new way and remember that there is a way to support them… through diet, supplementation, and lifestyle decisions.”
- "So let me ask you: Are you simply relying on your genetic predisposition to ADHD or are you consciously supporting your ADHD genes to be stronger?”