ADHD is the term now used to describe children who have an attention disorder (ADD) with or without hyperactivity. Fortunately, such conditions may be prevented or improved with diet and supplementation, and without the use of risky mainstream drugs.
Though ADHD may in part be a syndrome created to describe age-old problems and publicized in order to sell drugs, it is also likely that modern living conditions are resulting in an increase in childhood and adult concentration and attention problems.
The suspected culprits for these problems are multiple: excessive sugar and high fructose corn syrup, lack of vital nutrients, increased environmental toxins, increased vaccinations, food additives such as MSG, GMO crops, and exposure to microwaves and other electro magnetic radiation. In addition, lack of proper nurturing and parenting likely plays a big role as well.
One must remember that the brain is a vital organ just like the heart, lungs, liver, etc., and it needs optimum nutrition to function properly. Sadly, today’s standard American diet of fast foods, snacks, junk foods, microwavable meals and processed foods from the grocers’ shelves has left most of our kids, and us, woefully deficient in a great many nutrients the body was designed to utilize. Sometimes the consequences manifest themselves early on, and other times they are down the road a ways. But you can bet that there are consequences if nutritional deficiencies are not addressed and corrected.
To treat and prevent ADHD in children and adults, the first thing to do is to cut consumption of sugar to a minimum. High refined sugar consumption has been heavily linked to ADHD, bipolar disorder,depression and other mental disorders. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, and refined foods.
Eat good sources of lean protein such as cold water fish, including salmon, herring and mackerel, and free range organic chicken and turkey. These are all good sources of the omega 3 fatty acids that play a big part in brain health. Be sure to take two Omega 3 Plus (60) softgels on the days you don’t eat fish, and give Omega Kids to younger children.
Though low-carb and no-carb foods and diets have been popular in recent years, carbohydrates are an essential energy source for the body and mind, particularly for children. The key is to insure they are receiving the right kinds of carbohydrates. Unhealthy carbohydrates result in too much sugar which causes the problems we are trying to prevent. Healthy carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Examples are: apples, oranges, peaches, grapefruits,carrots, Brussels sprouts, bean, and whole wheat bread.
Supplement with magnesium in the form of Triple Mag if you are not completely sure you are getting enough of this vital mineral. Various studies have indicated that anywhere from 80 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include mental disorders, light or restless sleep, daytime sleepiness, and inability to concentrate.
Some other suggested supplements for treating and preventing ADHD:
- GABA (Gamma-amino-butyric acid) – calms the body
- Pycnogenol and/or Grapeseed Extract – powerful antioxidants offering cellular protection for the body and brain
- Quercetin- prevents allergies from aggravating symptoms
- Gingko – enhances blood supply to the brain and improves nerve cell function
- Colloidal gold – can improve mood and focus
- Valerian root extract – has been used for ADHD with dramatic results and no side effects
Lastly, consider a good all around whole food vitamin, mineral and other essential nutrient product like Absolute Greens. Some of the many benefits of getting regular optimum amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients include improvement in:
- Neuro-cognitive brain function
- Focus and concentration
- Mood regulation
- Short and long term memory
- Sleep and wake cycle
- Sugar control
- Brain growth and development
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC