Attention Deficit Hyper- Aactivity Disorder (ADHD)is a condition that becomes apparent in
some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD. ADHD was first described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. A physician who wrote books on medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Hoffman was also a poet who became interested in writing for children when he couldn’t find suitable materials to read to his 3-year-old son. The result was a book of poems, complete with illustrations, about children and their characteristics. “The Story of Fidgety Philip” was an accurate description of a little boy who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet it was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in England in which he described a group of impulsive children with significant behavioral problems, caused by a genetic dysfunction and not by poor child rearing—children who today would be easily recognized as having ADHD. Since 1 then, several thousand scientific papers on the disorder have been published, providing information on its nature, course, causes, impairments, and treatments. A child with ADHD faces a difficult but not insurmountable task ahead. In order to achieve his or her full potential, he or she should receive help, guidance, and understanding from parents, guidance counselors, and the public education system.
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from individual to individual, depending on environment, diet, and other factors.
Children may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADHD/ADD:
- Difficulty in concentrating and diminished focus
- Easily distracted
- Easily bored
- Difficulty organizing or completing tasks
- Prone to losing things
- Doesn’t listen
- Difficulty in following instructions
- Fidgety behavior, squirming
- Extreme difficulty being still and/or quiet
- Difficulty focusing and concentrating on a task, project, or conversation
- Overwhelming emotional and physical restlessness
- Frequent mood swings
- Prone to anger and a hot temper
- Low tolerance of people, situations, and surroundings
- Unstable relationships
- Increased risk for addiction
- tree nuts
Adults may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADD/ADHD:
Home Remedies for ADHD
Prbiootics and Apple Cider Vinegar:
You would be astounded to discover just how many health disorders are actually caused by digestive problems. And ADD and ADHD are definitely included on the list!
When the digestive system isn’t working properly and you have an overload of bad bacteria, the body cannot absorb nutrients effectively and you end up with a toxic overload of poisons and heavy metals. You also end up with a poorly functioning immune system.
This is a sure-fire recipe for disaster!
ADD and ADHD patients nearly always suffer from digestive problems and allergies (which are also primarily caused by poor digestion). Interestingly enough, our own daughter was a chronic asthmatic before we put her on the natural supplements we are talking about here for her ADHD. And much to our amazement, 6 months after she started she was able to throw her puffer away!
Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba:
Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba are renowned for helping ADD and ADHD sufferers and we can personally attest to their remarkable effectiveness. For best results, they work better in combination with each other rather than on their own.
The powerful benefits they provide to the brain include… increased blood flow to the brain, the boosting of neurotransmitter levels, the boosting of aerobic glucose metabolism in the brain, and the promotion of nerve growth in brain regions that are normally under-developed in many ADHD sufferers (and all of these problems are exactly what ADD and ADHD patients need to correct too by the way).
So this equates to one extremely potent natural remedy for ADD and ADHD without any of the terrible side effects you get from pharmaceutical drugs!
Certain herbs really do work extremely well for many ADD and ADHD sufferers. You already know about the benefits of Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba, but the herbs St. Johns Wort, Gotu Kola, Brahmi, Kava Kava and Skullcap are also producing some fabulous results, and thankfully, many Naturopaths are now prescribing these terrific natural remedies for ADD and ADHD to their patients
This herb can reduce anxiety levels and increase brain function substantially. It enhances memory recall as well as increasing blood flow to the brain (which of course is very important for ADD and ADHD sufferers).
St. Johns Wort:
St. Johns Wort is an excellent home remedy for ADD, especially if you or your child is suffering from depression, insomnia, fear or anxiety.
This herb exerts many positive effects on the brain including boosting overall cognitive function and increasing your (or your child’s) ability to learn.
Kava Kava produces a sense of tranquillity and significantly softens angry and violent feelings. It also improves mood, tension levels and sleep patterns.
Skullcap is another popular natural remedy and treatment for ADD and ADHD. It is used to treat restlessness and agitation, along with helping to cure insomnia.
Foods High in B-Vitamins
Like salicylates, allergens can be found in healthy foods. But they might affect brain functions, triggering hyperactivity or inattentiveness, if your body is sensitive to them. You might find it helpful to stop eating — one at a time — the top eight food allergens:
Tracking food-behavior connections makes your elimination experiment more effective. A doctor or dietitian can help you with this process.
Regular exercise not only helps build muscles and bone, but helps to relieve stress. In addition to your regular exercise routine, try something that engages your “fun” gene too. Dance, martial arts, playing tennis or volleyball, are all great ways to burn calories, balance hormones, and reduce stress.
Get More Sleep
Insomnia is a common side effect for adults with ADD/ADHD. With a proper diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques, you can get the rest you need. Practice good sleep habits including routine bed times, and turning off technology 45 minutes prior to sleep.
The dietary changes, supplements, and recommended lifestyle changes below will help you conquer ADD/ADHD. The solutions above are equally effective for children and adults alike.
For many people, removing the ADD/ADHD trigger foods, and replacing them with healthy foods that naturally fight ADD/ADHD will dramatically help cure this common neurological and behavioral disorder. Remember, detoxing from years of chemicals and unhealthy foods takes some time. Stick with the program above, and kick ADD/ADHD for good!