Monday, November 28, 2011

ADHD and ADD

Have I mentioned that I now have three foster siblings of the ages 3 and under?  That explains why I don't have much time to post, but I thought this was important.  However, not important enough, apparently, to go in depth and give stats and research findings on this stuff.  I'll probably do that later, because that's what I always look for in any article.  Being a health consultant and researcher for just over two years here, I see a lot of this, and I want to share the solutions with you, because (I'll give you one stat today :) about 16% of children in America are diagnosed with ADHD alone, along with 8% of adults.  And I know for a fact that few of those suffering from these brain disorders are not clinically, officially diagnosed.  The drug intake is going up, and so are the disorder stats.  I think it's time to take initiative and responsibility and take care of our bodies, not our medication budget.

The big 3 that trigger, prolong, and feed ADHD and ADD, as well as OCD (I have that), in many cases
  1. Sugar/too many carbs
  2. Preservatives/chemicals
  3. Gluten (and possibly dairy, in some cases)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) produce these effects:
  • Hard time focusing, concentrating and remembering obligations (the Attention Deficit part)
  • Hyperactivity beyond what is "normal"
  • Obsessive restlessness
  • Sudden strong cravings or urges
  • Defiant behavior
  • Obsessing over a subject
  • Inability to retain one thought or subject for more than a minute
  • The feeling of being "caged in", almost claustrophobic, to the point of panic
  • Emotional highs and lows in extremes
If you have been diagnosed, or suspect that you have one of these disorders, these are the steps to take!  {First make sure you are taking a balanced, food-based multi-vitamin.}
  • Cut out sugars and most simple carbohydrates
  • Take Vitamin D - 2,000 IU daily
  • Get adequate rest and exercise
  • Take a balanced fish oil supplement - make sure it's minimally processed!
  • Try going gluten-free, or reduce your gluten intake
  • Incorporate lots of good, unprocessed fats - coconut, olive, palm, fish, flax, walnut, etc.  (avoid canola oil!)
  • Reduce TV time or computer, including video games, movies, and web browsing.  This shortens drastically the attentions span, and encourages negative ADHD, ADD, and OCD behavior.  Recommended tops for "screen time", and less is encouraged, for teens and adults is one hour daily, according to Dr. Spears, pediatrician with various degrees, and his wife MD Mrs. Spears, who are approved by many doctors, parents, and teachers, and authored several books on brain development.
Other helpful supplements and tips.
  • Consider taking GABA (200-500mg for children, 700-1000mg for adults), an essential amino acid responsible for anxiety-control, calm and peace of mind and body, and a positive, focused brain.
  • Other helpful supplements include L-Triptothan (another amino acid), Magnesium (a mineral used in small amounts for restful thoughts, muscle relief, and sleep aid, also used as a laxative in the Oxide form taken in larger doses), and several herbs include Lemon Balm (different from Lemon or Lemongrass), and Holy Basil, used most often for anxiety relief and calm.
  • A Heavy Metal detox is often very helpful.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables daily
  • A raw Probiotic.

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