November 25, 2012

The Diet Cure book: supplements that can help

I'm reading the book The Diet Cure by Julia Ross right now.  As with so many books out there, it's not 100% on track.  Her sections on thyroid issues is appalling!  (Seriously, will someone send her a copy of Stop the Thyroid Madness?) 

But her information on nutrition, the affects of good nutrition, what our bodies are telling us when we're craving things like sugar, carbs, alcohol, chocolate, even tobacco, is excellent. It goes along with everything I have learned elsewhere, too. 

ere is what I've learned from the book about supplements that can help with various symptoms. 
L-Glutamine (500-1,000 mg x 2-3 early morning, mid-morning, mid-afternoon) can help with frequent cravings for sugar, starch or alcohol, and also for those who become irritable, depressed or shaky if meals are delayed.

L-tyrosine (500-1,000 mg taken in the early morning, mid-morning) can help those who crave pick-me-ups from caffeine, sweets, starches, chocolate, aspartame, diet pills, cocaine, meth, tobacco, marijuana; and also those who suffer from apathetic depression, lack of energy, drive, focus, concentration, attention deficit disorder, or are easily bored.

GABA (100-500 mg, taken as often as needed), and also relaxing taurine or theanine, if needed, can help those who are overstressed, have stiff, tense muscles, find it difficult to relax/loosen up or get to sleep, are overwhelmed, burned out, or eat to relieve stress.

DL-phenylalanine (or D-phenylalanine) (100-1,500 mg, taken mid-morning, mid-afternoon), can help those who are overly sensitive to emotional or physical pain, tear up or cry easily, crave treats for comfort, enjoyment, reward, or numbing, "love" or get a high from foods (such as sweets, starches, chocolate, exercise, heroin, oxytocin, marijuana, alcohol, flour or milk products, fats), drugs, or behaviors such as overexercise, infatuation, self-harm, starving, purging.

5-HTP (50-150 mg) (or L-trypotophan 500-1,500 mg), mid-afternoon and, if needed, for sleep, can help those who have afternoon or evening cravings, negativity, depression, worry, anxiety, self-esteem, obsessive thoughts/behaviors, winter blues, PMS, irritability, rage, panic, phobias, fibromyalgia, TMJ, night-owls, difficulty getting to sleep, insomnia, disturbed sleep, hyperactivity, benefit from SSRIs.

It should be noted that it is not recommended that those who are taking SSRIs take 5-HTP, as it's a contraindication.

Melatonin can also help those who are having difficulty sleeping, but it should be noted that it can lower cortisol levels.  It is a good option for those who are having sleeping troubles due to high cortisol at night.

For those with adrenal fatigue (low cortisol levels), 100 mg licorice with glycyrrhiza can help, but can keep some awake if taken after 3 PM.  Also, it should be taken for no more than 3 months. 

Also for those with adrenal fatigue, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 100-500 mg can help support the adrenals to heal.