April 2015 - Hey Mr. Vitamin

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The production of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication has exploded over the past two and a half decades. Ritalin prescriptions alone top out around 11 million annually. If you are wary of treating yourself or your child with ADD or ADHD prescriptions or if they haven’t provided relief, natural treatments may be the answer. Practicing biofeedback can help improve ADD and ADHD, and Melatonin helps kids with ADD and ADHD sleep better. Exercise and massage can have positive effects on ADD and ADHD symptoms. These natural treatments offer both physical and mental benefits. Also, avoiding certain foods, food colorings, and preservatives can show improved symptoms. Keep these natural treatments in mind when you are looking for methods other than medication.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Insomnia is the most common sleeping issue for American adults. Between 30 and 40 percent of adults suffer from occasional insomnia while 10 to 15 percent of all Americans struggle to fall asleep on a regular basis. A number of factors contribute to insomnia, most of which require lifestyle or environmental changes. Alcohol, caffeine, and large meals can contribute to insomnia while a bedtime routine, mantra, and exercise will help you fall asleep sooner. Magnesium and melatonin can also help those with insomnia. These natural treatments will help you to enjoy a full night’s rest.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Depression affects almost 16 million Americans each year, many of whom are using antidepressant drugs. While antidepressants can be quite effective for individuals with moderate to severe depression, typically they aren’t as effective for those with milder cases. Natural treatments work alongside of or in place of antidepressants, which means that they can be a great option for virtually anyone suffering from depression. Some natural treatments to consider are a mood journal, diet and exercise, St. John’s wort and 5-HTP.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Women going through menopause experience fluctuating levels of progesterone and estrogen, which can bring about hot flashes, breast pain, insomnia, depression, and mood swings. While there are prescription medications that may provide relief, many women opt for home remedies. Aerobic exercise and yoga helps stop weight gain caused by menopause and decreases irritability. Black cohosh can offer relief from hot flashes while Vitamin D promotes hormone balance and bone renewal. St. John’s wort is a popular menopause home remedy. Also, Ginseng helps relieve anxiety, fatigue, and stress caused by menopause. If you decide to try supplements or herbs, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider first.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

People who overeat at least once a week consistently over a three month period have binge eating disorder or BED. It’s important to keep in mind that overeating in and of itself does not necessarily make you a binge eater. Some people eat more than they should throughout the day while other people only resort to binge eating when dealing with negative feelings such as loneliness or stress. Regardless of the nature of your overeating problem, you must recognize that you have an issue. Start by seeking help and steering clear of labels. Develop a healthy, balanced diet without banning foods altogether. This natural treatment allows you to eat balanced meals without cutting out all treats. Also, take a moment to think before eating and stay hydrated. These natural treatments will help your overeating problem.