Monday, May 6, 2013


Does your child or loved one have ADHD?

Would you consider natural treatment to meds?

Although experts aren't quite certain why it occurs, ADHD affects 3 to 5 percent of school age children, causing symptoms such as inattentiveness, anxiety, and forgetfulness.
Kids with ADHD typically respond to meds designed to calm and focus, but some of these drugs carry unpleasant side effects, such as appetite changes, and muscle spasms.
You don't need to rely solely on meds to alleviate this condition.
Consider natural options to compliment your childs treatment plan.

Up Omega-3s
Childrens diets should contain omega-3 rich foods such as chia, hemp, nuts, and fatty fish.
Try Magnesium, also known as a calming mineral. Low levels are associated with restless legs, anxiety, and irritability.
Boost B vitamins, they are important building blocks for brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, and dopamine.

Give up gluten, avoid processed foods.
High fructose corn syrup and artificial colors such as yellow, blue and red, are linked to hyperactivity in children.
Choose whole real foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits and organic meat.

Lead by example.
Model the behavior you want to see in your child, for example if your child is not allowed to eat in the living room, the rules should apply to the whole family.

Set boundaries.
Rather than offer kids unlimited choices, give them two or three options. This will help them feel safe.

Work with Teachers.
Some children with ADHD might have trouble fitting into schools, when speaking with your child's teacher use words such as partnership to obtain healthy cooperation.
Teachers have a whole classroom to deal with, not just your child.
If you address them with respect and understanding, your child will benefit.

I do not personally have a child with ADHD, but I have researched this with a feeling that the foods we eat can have a lot to do with it.

Let me know if this has helped you in any way.

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