A Natural Approach To Health
Living With ADHD
I had a question the other day about ADHD.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition where you have trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks, you may act without thinking, and have trouble sitting still.
It may begin in early childhood and can continue into adulthood.
Without treatment, ADHD can cause problems at home, school, work, and with relationships.
The exact cause isn’t clear, but ADHD tends to run in families.
The 3 types of ADHD symptoms include:
1. Trouble paying attention.
People with ADHD are easily distracted and have a hard time focusing on any one task.
2. Trouble sitting still for even a short time.
This is called hyperactivity.
Children with ADHD may squirm, fidget, or run around at the wrong times.
Teens and adults often feel restless and fidgety and aren’t able to enjoy reading or other quiet activities.
3. Acting before thinking.
People with ADHD may talk too loud, laugh too loud, or become angrier than the situation calls for.
Children may not be able to wait for their turn or to share.
This makes it hard for them to play with other children.
Teens and adults seem to “leap before they look.”
They may make quick decisions that have a long-term impact on their lives.
They may spend too much money or change jobs often.
There’s no cure for ADHD, but treatment may help control the symptoms.
Making changes in your environment may help.
To deal with ADHD it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Consider hair analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity.
*Support liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Maintain exercise regimen, relaxation techniques.
*Increase oxygen with deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Review my post on candida as it may play a contributing role.
*Consider orthomolecular (high doses of vitamins and minerals) treatment under guidance of qualified practitioner.
*Consider energy medicine or mind/body/spirit techniques.
*Decrease and and all toxic exposures because they can harm brain cells and function.
*Decrease “hidden allergies” and sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease indoor and outdoor environmental pollutants/sensitivities.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure in the workplace, with hobbies, etc.
*Decrease hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products.
*Decrease “lifeless” processed, instant, fast, junk, packaged foods.
*Decrease sugar, white flour products, sweets.
*Decrease dairy; wheat products (check for gluten sensitivity).
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides, etc.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners because they are neurotoxins.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine.
*Consider effects of metal dental amalgams and other dental work; consult a holistic dentist.
*Decrease blood sugar fluctuations and hypoglycemic tendencies.