Dr. Arwen Podesta, a psychiatric physician in New Orleans, discusses how her clinical practice, Podesta Wellness, takes a holistic view of the brain and body when treating addiction and mental health. She recommends Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients to patients regularly and has witnessed very positive benefits from this special blend of micronutrients over the years.
The experts at Podesta Wellness focus on helping patients transition off of drugs and overcoming the damage that occurs after years of chemical dependency. Patients who are medication-intolerant or who are dealing with drug addiction come to Dr. Podesta looking for relief through functional medicine treatment. Dr. Podesta says that medication works for some, but for others, the root cause of the disease needs to be addressed.
In this video interview, Dr. Podesta discusses the power of applying nutrition when it comes to chronic anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and addiction. She says that every cell in the body requires micronutrients, which can be depleted from long term stress. Being under constant mental or physical stress requires additional nutrition in order to overcome the damage that the stress causes.
For instance, the body should make and regulate its own melatonin in order to facilitate healthy sleep cycles. However, if a person is under lots of stress, due to mental illness or other factors, the melatonin cycle can be disrupted. Rather that introducing synthetic melatonin or drugs, providing micronutrients in order to support the body in regulating its own melatonin production is crucial to healthy sleep. Healthy sleep is crucial to balanced mental health.
In the video, Dr. Podesta discusses an ADHD patient with a video game addiction. The stimulant medications prescribed to increase his focus caused him anxiety. Dr. Podesta was able to help him overcome his anxious ADD symptoms and thrive using Hardy Nutritionals Amino Acids and Daily Essential Nutrients. In fact, she says, he is finishing his PhD right now.
There are many patients who need to be on medication for life, and that works well for some people. However, some of those medications cause nutritional depletion; so those patients may also benefit from additional micronutrients such as Daily Essential Nutrients.
"I have many patients who use Daily Essential Nutrients...I have a handful that have been on them long term who were able to get off of their ADD medications and off of their bipolar medications and still have really good attention and focus and still have no mood swings that are too far up or too far down. So they stay within normal range when they are on this for bipolar, and it's really successful."
When Dr. Podesta sits down with a new patient, she asks about energy, focus, anxiety, mood, sleep and cravings. She says every one of those categories improves when her patients are on a good micronutrient supplementation such as Daily Essential Nutrients. The micronutrients refill the depletion that occur from stress, lifestyle or from the medications themselves.
"People feel sharper. People feel better focus. People feel more energy...We know that people are constantly depleted in so many micronutrients...If you look at the number of micronutrients that are in Daily Essential Nutrients, i find that people are depleted in so many...when I do the testing. I don't need to do the testing on everybody just because I see the clinical relevance of it, so just by filling in the missing pieces, I see the functionality improve."
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