Dr. Lam answers questions on B vitamins, anxiety, and candida overgrowth and adrenal fatigue

Q: How important are B vitamins? How do I incorporate more B vitamins into my diet?

A: B vitamins play important roles in cell metabolism by helping the cell burn fats and glucose for energy. They are critical nutrients for all things mind-related: mood, memory, and help make neurotransmitters. Some B’s also assist with the production and repair of DNA. It is important to take in plenty of dark-green vegetables, protein from animal sources, and whole grains in your diet to get enough vitamin Bs.

Q: What are some good natural alternatives to prescription medications for anxiety or panic disorders? Also, since those medications are hard on your liver, what are some ways to try and heal the liver?

A: It is important to have a good dose of Omega-3 to start. Getting to the root of what causes anxiety or the panic would help too. Then, clean up your diet by reducing caffeine and sugar intake, improve sleep, hygiene and lifestyle, and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water to help the body to remove toxins. You should perform moderate exercise regularly to help improve neurotransmitter function and keep toxins from accumulating. When all the above is all done, and symptoms still persist, then you may try GABA or Seriphos.

Q: I have adrenal fatigue syndrome and Candida overgrowth. Should I focus on the Candida treatment before starting my adrenal fatigue recovery, or should the adrenal fatigue recovery take precedence?

A: IF you have advance adrenal fatigue, it is important to improve your adrenal fatigue first before embarking in an aggressive Candida treatment. Many come to me to seek help because of such crashes after doing Candida cleanses. If you have mild adrenal fatigue, you can try to go onto Candida treatment.