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  • Ask the Practitioner: What Are Some Natural Remedies for Adult ADHD?

    Q. I have taken prescription stimulants for ADHD in the past, but would like to stop taking Ritalin and try a natural remedy instead. What can I take to help keep me focused on my work and other responsibilities during my hectic day?

    A. It's great that you want to try more natural remedies! There are many supplements that can help calm the mind, but here are my top suggestions:

    DHA is one of the two main essential fatty acids in fish oil (EPA being the other), and is very nourishing and supportive to the brain. Nordic Naturals makes a product called DHA Xtra that features a very concentrated dose of DHA in 2 pills per day. Give this supplement a few weeks of consistent dosing to build up in your system, as it is a fat-soluble oil.

    Albizzia Calm by Planetary Herbals is a wonderful herb for calming the mind and spirit as well as promoting happiness.

    Cut out or seriously minimize sugar, alcohol and caffeine. These all act as stimulants and have a draining effect on the body. Avoid processed foods, especially those with food dyes. Adopt a whole food-based diet. Eat smaller meals packed with protein throughout the day, as healthy sources of protein will stabilize your blood sugar and help your brain to stay focused.

    Exercise daily. Elevate your heart rate for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. Exercise increases serotonin, norepinephrine and epinephrine—three brain chemicals found to be lower in those with ADHD and required in proper amounts for calmness, focus and happiness.

    Try calcium and magnesium to help relax your body and ease tension (and support your bones while you're at it). I like Natural Vitality’s Calm Plus Calcium or Pure Essence Lab’s Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus—both in powder form for rapid and optimal absorption.


    The information provided here is intended for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

  • Secrets to Stress Management

    Finding ways to reduce or relieve chronic stress is important for your overall wellbeing. Stress has been linked to physical ailments including high blood pressure, fatigue, infertility, insomnia, headaches, and indigestion. Fortunately, Pharmaca is here to help.

    Dr. Paul Podwojski, DC, of La Vita Wellness Center, deals with chronic stress every day in his practice, helping patients relieve tension in the body and spine through chiropractic treatments.

    “We should look at what causes stress and see if we can eliminate it, or look at any behavioral changes we need to make to deal with the stress in a healthier way,” says Dr. Paul. He recommends these four daily steps for staying stress-free:

    1.    Start the day with 5 minutes of deep breathing
    2.    Drink two glasses of water in the morning
    3.    Exercise for 20–30 minutes before going to work
    4.    Take short breaks every 2 hours during the day

    “Once the body learns to release tension, it can function more efficiently to restore its health,” says Dr. Paul.

    If you do get thrown off balance by stress, visit your local Pharmaca for treatment options. Jessica Fieo, L.Ac., of Mill Valley Acupuncture and former lead practitioner at our Mill Valley store, uses Chinese medicine and herbs to help the body return to homeostasis.

    “The number one thing I do with stressed patients is help them sleep well,” says Jessica. She loves Ionic Fizz by Pure Essence for treating insomnia. You get instant relaxation from the calcium and magnesium in this product by mixing one scoop with six ounces of warm water at bedtime.

    Jessica’s new favorite discovery is a group of herbs called adaptogens that exert a normalizing effect on the body. When stress causes stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands, adaptogens help check that reactive response to bring you back into balance.

    “I’m noticing the power of Vital Adapt by Natura Health right now,” says Jessica. In addition to good results with her own patients, she has had customers return to the store in awe of this adaptogenic formula that incorporates Chinese and ayurvedic herbs with medicinal mushrooms. Jessica also often recommends Good Mood Tonic by Herb Pharm to those struggling with stress.

    Come speak with one of our health care practitioners whenever the weight of the world overwhelms you. After a delicious cup of tea and a helpful conversation, you will rediscover the comfort of taking complete control of your health.

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