podcast episode 1
Hey there, you're listening to the ADHD holistic wellness podcast. I'm Nikki Smith, a board certified holistic health practitioner, a clinical herbalist, and a wellness coach. And I have a focus on helping humans with ADHD. I created this podcast offer trustworthy information on how to manage ADHD holistically.
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So, how do you know if you could use more vitamin C or if your vitamin C levels are low? So the first thing we can look at is physical and mental symptoms, right? And for me, I get this from my clients intake or on our first one-on-one session together. We do a pretty deep dive into the health history and I'm listening for clues and patterns for all sorts of things.
What clues me into their need for vitamin C are when I hear things like the following list. And I want you to pay close attention to these symptoms because you're going to actually. You know, see a pattern and that you're going to see something familiar. So those symptoms and clues could look like bleeding, gums, fatigue.
You can have increased brain fog, increased hyperactivity. Your wounds can be really slow healing. Low vitamin C could show up as anxiety or panic attacks. It can cause restlessness impulsiveness low vitamin C has also been linked to moodiness and increased anger. So I'm sure you notice that many of those patterns include actually mimic ADHD symptoms and traits.
Right? It's a lot of complaints we already have when we have ADHD. So, if you think about that, a step further, this, this think about this. When you have a need for a nutrient or you're actually deficient in a nutrient that is needed by all the systems or multiple systems in your body, your body is basically going to busy work out.
It's going to work out, trying to manage that nutrient and processing, get it to where it needs to go. And ADHD, when you have ADHD, that is going to look like an aspiration and feel like an exasperations in your ADHD symptoms. So on the contrary, you know, having optimal level. Getting the nutrients in, you need to balance neuro-transmitters and to support your nervous system, making sure all your processes in your body are functioning normally and optimally, you know, you're going to feel really good.
And you're going to see a decrease in. The ADHD like symptoms. So how do you test for this? Right? How do you know if you have an actual deficiency? If you're showing the symptoms, you want to have some blood work done and routine blood work shows so much, and it's super important. If you plan to use supplements to manage your ADHD symptoms, I always suggest getting labs done before taking therapies, therapeutic doses in any sub.
So you can have the vitamin C blood serum level tested on its own, just directly have the vitamin C level, or you can have routine lab work that you know is going to give us a bigger picture of things, such as a CBC, a complete blood count and a CMP, which is a comprehensive metabolic panel. And those will also show clues and patterns.
If there's a vitamin C need. But if you're to have your vitamin C level just tested, you're like, Hey doc, I think I need vitamin C tested your regular PCP, your conventional. Doctor's probably going to tell you that you're okay. As long as your vitamin C is testing at points. Yeah. Point seven, zero milligrams per deciliter.
And I like to see it a lot higher, the optimal range I like to see for vitamin C and my clients that I work one-on-one with is at a level of 1.3 to four milligrams per deciliter. So, you know, that's almost double of what your regular doctor wants to see the level at. And, um, This is a more optimal level.
This is the level that if you have your vitamin C at you're going to see all the processes involved with vitamin C a lot more balanced. So another test, it's a test that I love. It's an easy test it's done through urine. You send off a urine sample and that's an organic acids test, a K a O. And this easy urine test includes 76 biomarkers.
It shows vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress levels, and it has markers for IMR, a neurotransmitter level. Fungal toxins, all sorts of good stuff. That's really useful in managing ADHD. So that's another test to think about.
So let's get to the nitty gritty and talk about supplementing or if we need to supplement for vitamin C. So I always, always, always suggest working with a trained professional before starting any supplements. Make sure you pick a practitioner who is very knowledgeable in ADHD and understands the needs of ADHD.
Reducing trial and error is best. You want to really make an educated guess before you just jump into a bunch of supplements. And vitamin C is generally well tolerated. Yeah. Doses. If you're just taking the RDAs, the recommended daily allowance suggestions that, um, you're pretty safe doing that, but for therapeutic or replenishment doses, in theory, high doses of vitamin C can cause things like increase iron absorption.
In theory, it can cause kidney stones reduce your vitamin B12 levels. Teeth and Amara, sorry, tooth and now more and even cause loose stools or diarrhea. So you want to be very careful and work with somebody who can help you pick the exact dose you would need. If you are showing a vitamin. Uh, vitamin C need on your lab work.
So another important thing to talk about is you should take vitamin C supplements away from your ADHD medication. If you do take ADHD medication, it is known to interfere with the metabolism of ADHD medication. So it's better to be safe than sorry, and take your vitamin C supplement. Two hours before or two hours away from your, uh, after your ADHD medication, minimum two hours, you'll be fine.
There are medications also, you know, it's important to talk about that can deplete the body, the body of vitamin C. And those actually include ADHD, medications, aspirin, and birth control pills. So really common things, right. I strongly strongly suggest that you do get your vitamin C foods daily. You get your vitamin C in daily through organic whole fresh foods.
And that's not always true, right? There are some herbs or some veggies. There are different ways to get vitamin C in a food source. If you're trying to stay away from fruit, you have sensory issues with fruit, whatever the issue is, and I'm going to include a link to my favorite sources of vitamin C rich foods.
It'll be a PDF and I'll include that down in the show notes. And I think this is, uh, you know, a handy little. She, that is a cheat sheet. Let's you know, of a variety of vitamin C seafood. So you don't get bored on them. But also if you look at this sheet and you realize you're not eating a variety of these foods, it could be a clue.
You know, you need to step it up a notch and make sure you're getting in some vitamin C. So I hope that was super helpful for you. I hope you enjoyed my episode one. I appreciate you hanging in there to the end and take care. I will talk to you soon.