The Storm Before the Calm - Getting started with Neural Balance & possible adjustment effects

We have the pleasure of interacting with our users in a variety of ways.  Social media plays a big role in this and all the feedback we get is greatly appreciated.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  We’d like to address some of the challenges we occasionally hear about from new users. Or, the “Storm Before the Calm”.

A few parents report that, after about three to five days of continued use, their children become a bit more aggressive or hyperactive or act out in school.  Understandably, this can be quite concerning.  Especially, since this is the type of behavior we are hoping to see less of, not more.  The good news is; most parents who report this also report that it subsides after a week or two and is worth it. 

There are two reasons for this.  First, our key ingredient, Anandanol, is a herbal/mineral/vitamin composition that nourishes and supports key functions within the brain.  Processes that control anxiety, sleep patterns, impulse control, sensory processing, etc. but have been out of balance or firing incorrectly are now being coaxed into a natural, healthy rhythm. Magnesium and B6 (P5P) are supporting and nourishing nerve cell communication and supporting healthy cognitive function.  In addition, our trio of passiflora (incarnata, edulis, and coerulea) is working to balance the endocannabinoid system as it regulates the release of neurotransmitters within the brain to eventually support a balanced calm and focus and support a natural sleep cycle.  It’s understandable that the body could possibly have a period of peaked behaviors and activity during this process.    

The second factor to consider is the introduction of digestive enzymes. Given that many of the folks who use Neural Balance also suffer from a compromised digestive system, Reid Eckert C.N.C., formulator and member of Spectrum Research Group’s Scientific Advisory Board, created a proprietary enzyme blend specifically formulated to help with the breakdown and absorption of Anandanol.  Digestive enzymes offer a number of benefits for people on and off the spectrum but, for some, there is an adjustment period at first.  Hyperactivity, loose stools, bedwetting, changes in appetite, and irritability are all potential adjustment effects when beginning enzymes. But they are temporary. 

So, why is this happening? Many things are affecting the system simultaneously during the first couple of weeks of enzyme introduction.  Die-off from yeast and pathogens, the flushing of toxins and waste from the gut, withdrawal effects from addictive foods, and the increased absorption of nutrients all play a factor in how the body adjusts and reacts.  All of this can result in acting out during that adjustment period.  The system seems to be flushed of toxins and more normalized after about two to three weeks. 

One way to help diminish these effects is to use the “low and slow” method of working your way up from a quarter or half dose twice per day for the first two weeks and increasing if necessary.  Be patient, be consistent, and use the entire first tub before you come to any conclusions.  You’ll be glad you did!

For tips and feedback from other parents and caregivers, join our Facebook group Neural Balance Support.