This five month, Level 1 program thoroughly introduces students to the use of amino acids, and the Pro-Recovery Diet in addressing symptoms of neurotransmitter depletion such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, cravings and relapse. The use of vitamin and mineral co-factors, blood sugar regulation, and the Pro-Recovery diet, all of which further support brain function, are covered in detail.
Graduates should be able to confidently utilize the “Amino Acid Therapy Chart” to create effective programs using targeted amino acids and other nutrients to support clients in their efforts towards mental health, emotional well-being, and addiction recovery. Towards this end, they will also be able to help their clients identify deficits in their current diets, and create healthy meal plans tailored to their own lifestyles and cooking abilities.
Month 1: Amino Acids, Neurotransmitter Function, Addiction and Mood Disorders, part 1
♦Using the Amino Acid Therapy Chart for neurotransmitter assessment and dosing.
♦Catecholamine function and use of L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine
♦Addressing caffeine & stimulant addiction and detox
♦Low energy depression and ADHD
♦GABA function and use of GABA support nutrients such as GABA, Taurine and Theanine
♦Addressing Benzodiazepine Addiction and detox
♦Insomnia, anxiety, and muscle tension
Month 2: Amino Acids, Neurotransmitter Function, Addiction and Mood Disorders, part 2
♦Serotonin function and use of 5HTP, L-Tryptophan and Melatonin
♦Addressing SSRI dependence and detox, and use of sugar, ecstasy, marijuana and alcohol
♦Obsessiveness, social anxiety, agitated depression, irritability and insomnia
♦Endorphin function and use of D-Phenylalanine
♦Addressing Opiate Addiction and withdrawal
♦Chronic emotional and physical pain, self-mutilation and high risk activities
Month 3: Crucial Nutrient Co-Factors; Hypoglycemia
♦Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, water.
♦Genetic Polymorphisms such as MTHFR, COMT, Pyroluria
How and why Blood Sugar Dysregulation affects mood, behavior and recovery.
♦Use of food diaries and other hypoglycemia assessment tools with your clients.
♦How to keep blood sugar stable using diet and supplements.
Month 4: The Pro-Recovery Diet (Taught by Pati Reiss)
♦Roles of Protein, Carbohydrates, Healthy and Non-Healthy Fats, Fiber and Water in the Pro-Recovery Diet
♦Adapting the pro-recovery diet to a variety of lifestyles and blood types.
♦Making the Pro-Recovery diet work for you: shopping, cooking and meal planning