Studies show that our ability to concentrate, have self control, assess a situation, and creatively problem solve for good decision making is determined in large part by the physical resources our brain. This is an excerpt from a longer seminar in which Dr. Allott explains how small frequent meals that contain protein help the brain synthesize dopamine and serotonin, and stabilize blood glucose to help you feel better. It is also important to eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
This is an excerpt from a longer seminar in which Dr. Allott explains the physical causes of anxiety, fatigue, agitation, insomnia and sugar cravings. It explains the way your body reacts to the different fuels, or foods, you consume throughout the day. Instead of addressing food in terms of calories or fat content, we are going to examine dietary choices from the perspective of brain optimization. The goal is to give you an understanding of how your food-based fuel choices can help your body and brain remain energetic and clear.
In this excerpt from August's Connectors Group, Dr. Allott answers a question about the difference between hypoglycemia and excess adrenaline, how these conditions are related, and how to differentiate them.
In July's Connectors Group we reviewed the Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment and then discussed the handout What Impacts Anxiety (WIA), a worksheet that captures information about anxiety in a format that helps us see the daily pattern of how the symptoms of anxiety show up in our lives.
The focus is on learning how meeting the needs of your body, which is the power supply for your brain, impacts energy, anxiety and mental clarity. Since food, sleep, exercise, and our environment impact your body’s ability to create a stable platform for your brain and mind to work, they can be significant drivers to improve fatigue and anxiety.
Further, WIA can be used with other interventions to track improvement of the symptoms of anxiety, such as the introduction of medications, mindfulness, exposure therapy, and observing anxiety levels in different environments or around different people.
The WIA Handout can help you with the people you connect with understand their anxiety better, may they be clients, family members, teenagers and most importantly out selves.
Introduction: 0-0:21 minutes
Review of the Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment and Q&A: 0:21-20:28 minutes
Introduction of the new tool, What Impacts Anxietyand Q&A: 20:28-34:17 minutes
In June, the Connectors Group discussed one of the assessments I developed for the book I am writing on Addressing the Physical Causes of Anxiety. The Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment handout reviews how to distinguish anxiety from functional hypoglycemia.
Introduction: 0-1.11 minutes
Part 1: GAD-7: 1.11-3.19 minutes
Part 2: Mind – Brain – Body Symptoms: 3.19-6.30 minutes
Part 3: Global Symptoms: 6.30-13.00 minutes
Part 4: Functional Hypoglycemia Score or the “It’s not in your head – it’s in your body” Score: 13.00-17.37 minutes
Identify what’s most important to you about reducing anxiety: 17.37-22.28 minutes
Estrogen over a lifespan, Estrogen vs. Progesterone and the Brain, and Estrogen and Serotonin-Melatonin interactions (0-17 minutes),
Estrogen dominant conditions and how to balance estrogen (17--40 minutes), and
Anxiety and the Vagus Nerve, the connection with urinary incontinence, 3 steps for urinary incontinence, and the differences between vaginal Estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (40-53 minutes).
You can also watch video clips of this webinar on our Blo
In the April Connectors Group we discussed how to deal with some of the challenges that come up when connecting with friends, family and colleagues. In this excerpt from that discussion, Dr. Allott talks about the importance of eating breakfast and how to use motivational interviewing as a tool to help people establish new habits around eating.
When all of our buckets are full or near full, we have less brain-space for other things. In this podast Dr. Allott introduces a helpful handout that will help put your commitments in perspective and help you to understand why sometimes the smallest of things may be forgotten or push you over an edge.
This podcast is a summary of the January 2017 Connectors Group webinar on how to prevent colds and flus and how to feel better quicker if you do get sick. It's the season of stuffy noses, aching muscles, coughs and headaches. Common daily interactions, no matter how careful we are, lead to sharing viruses and bacteria. These invaders slow us down and can even wipe us out.
Accompanying this podcast is a 4-page handout that includes:
- 6 simple steps to feeling better quicker,
- 5 steps for prevention,
- A worksheet for a Plan to Get Better Faster, and
- Guidelines for when to see a Doctor and how to get the most out of that visit.
In my first podcast I discuss some of the physical causes for fatigue and review a list of labs that I recommend that can help differentiate between fatigue and depression. In the podcast I reference my blog post with the same title, which may also be of interest.
I've created a sample letter that you can bring to your primary care physician, requesting the blood work discussed in the podcast, I hope this helps you start this discussion.