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Eat Well, Move Well, & Think Well
The motto for our practice stands on the three pillars of: eating well, thinking well, and moving well. While these statements require much more individualized approach they summate the whole body perspective to medicine that we stand for. Each pillar relies on the next to propagate health in the body. With that in mind, we evaluate our patients mental health including lifestyle considerations such as what is being eaten, nutritional deficits, and even exercise routines. All of these have impact on the patterns at work in the brain. Together we see the whole picture of how we can help our patients Live Well.
We understand after working with thousands of patients that the primary treatment for mental illness has been medication. Although this has helped some with the experience of attention deficit disorder it doesn’t address why. We believe mental health exists on a spectrum, as opposed to being a light switch where you are or are not struggling to focus, be organized, etc.
We all experience some degree of struggle and some sit higher on the spectrum naturally than others. The impacts of daily life on where your natural tolerance to stress resides, can vary significantly. Our goal is to help our patients reduce the obstacles to their peace, as much as possible, whether it is a nutritional, chemical, neuro-electrical, or a lifestyle factor.
The Nutritional Approach
Did you know that the foods you eat can impact your behavior? Everything we ingest, our body tries to use. Likewise the nutrients you don’t get that you do need impact your body’s chemical makeup. 90% of your body’s serotonin (neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, sleep, satisfaction, etc.) is made within your GI tract. Therefore the connection between the gut and the brain is key.
Prolonged exposure to junk foods that don’t satisfy the body’s need for vitamin and minerals create internal chemical coping mechanisms that increase fat stores and disrupt hormones. What you eat matters!
Deficits in B12 impact energy, deficits in amino acids don’t allow our body to make neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Pharmaceuticals impact chemical absorption, as well. We can test the microbiome of the gut and find out absorption rates of necessary nutrients to see how we need to assist your body in getting what it needs to restore health.
The Lifestyle Approach
Attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are both linked to poor dopamine regulation, as well as, deficits in epinephrine/norepinephrine. Dopamine levels increase and sustain for hours after mild to moderate exercise.
Short walks outdoors are associated with increased immune response and the release of endorphins and serotonin. As an added benefit exercise promotes neuroplasticity and oxygenation of the brain. Movement for the benefit of mental states does not have to be high exertion: even a walk, stretching routine, or mild exercise regimen would make a significant difference.
The Mental/Neuroelectrical Approach
Attention deficit disorder can be described as a 4 way intersection with traffic lights. The lights are signaling at the wrong times, the mind is going way above the speed limit, and thoughts and behaviors are colliding. What we understand is that all these factors have to be addressed. We encourage positive self talk, organized routine, and healthy lifestyle at the basic level.
Advanced evaluations can include an EEG to evaluate persistent brainwave patterns associated with the symptoms of attention deficit disorder. If these patterns are found, Neurofeedback may be a recommendation to interrupt those patterns and train the brain to respond appropriately. To get sleepy when you lay down for bed, to feel excited about upcoming events, satisfaction when enjoying time with family, focus when working, etc. Irregular brainwave patterns can have a significant impact on the response to daily activities.
Stigma surrounding mental health is reducing. We are a safe place to bring your concerns and questions even if you are not officially diagnosed. Attention deficit disorder is extremely common and intensity ranges significantly from person to person. We run an EEG to determine whether the reported symptoms match the patterns in the brain. Treatment is based on the presence of issues found in alignment, chemical makeup, and neuroelectrical wave patterns.
You may have signs of attention deficit disorder and coped with it in your own way for years, but, that is a stressful way to live. You may have made lists, set alarms, and tricked yourself into accomplishing everything you need to do for years now. What would it look like for you to be able to eliminate or lean less on some of those routines? Your peace of mind is priceless, let us help you Live Well!