N-acetylcysteine – What you need to know …

Although not so well known, N-acetylcysteine – or NAC for short – is a natural compound that I LOVE and use regularly in my practice.
NAC is a slightly modified version of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine. When taken internally, NAC replenishes intracellular levels of the natural antioxidant glutathione (GSH), helping to restore cells’ ability to fight damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS).
NAC has been used in conventional medicine for more than 30 years, primarily to manage conditions such as cystic fibrosis, in which mucous is abnormally thick and tenacious – NAC acts to break down mucous.  Beyond this particular application, NAC has remained a relatively obscure and poorly understood compound until quite recently. Scientists all over the world are now beginning to understand the potential role of NAC as a frontline defence against many of today’s most pressing health concerns.
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Nutrition and ADHD

Proper nutrition and supplementation essential for treating ADHD
For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman (Family Physician, Nutrition Researcher, New York Times Best-Selling Author) has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases using smart nutrition. In the following article, Dr Fuhrman explains why Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) need more than just medication to alleviate symptoms. He outlines why it’s important to realize medication is not the cure all and can have side effects, and how providing proper nutrition and supplementation is crucial.
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The link between diet and mental health

“There’s a very strong link between quality of diet and the risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety,” Felice Jacka, associate professor, psychiatric epidemiologist and director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University told HuffPost Australia.  Jacka goes on to state that “Depression is very common and extremely disabling. The way diets across the globe have changed over the last 20 or 30 years is profound and very much for the worse. That has had a major impact on the health of the world.”
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Top ten rules for long term FAT loss …

“Fat loss eating is different from a weight loss approach to food. Weight loss places a sole focus on calories. Fat loss focuses on calories too, but puts more focus on hormones. Fat loss is about eating in a way that controls the natural compensatory nature of your metabolism. Metabolic sensations such as hunger, cravings, and energy are dramatically influenced by hormones. Balance your hormones and these sensations too will stabilize resulting in less food intake without much conscious effort.” Jade Teta
Click here to discover what’s required to turn indiscriminate weight loss into focused fat loss.

Avoiding drug-induced nutrient depletion

Have you ever considered that your fatigue, low mood and/or poor sleep may be a side effect of the medication you’re taking?
“A little known, but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete your body of a host of vital nutrients essential to your health.” Hyla Cass M.D.
Click here for a great article which highlights the most commonly prescribed medications and the nutrients they deplete our bodies of.