Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that leads to difficulties in paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviors. The symptoms of ADHD begin in childhood but can continue through to adulthood. We also have a condition called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) whose symptoms are similar to those of ADHD but with the absence of the hyperactivity component.
If you find it difficult to pay attention then you could be suffering from this condition. Are you looking to treat your ADHD or the symptoms of someone you love in a natural way? Read on to learn the best natural remedies for ADHD.
Get Enough Vitamins and Minerals
These are the most important elements in the treatment of ADHD. You can get vitamins and minerals from supplements or from foods such as fruits, milk, grains, vegetables, legumes, among others. Some of the vitamins that can help if you are suffering from ADHD are Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, and the minerals include magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Some people just choose to go for prescription drugs to treat ADHD, but drugs can be a little expensive. However, there are certain pharmacists who offer coupons to help their customers access drugs at a lower price.
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Take an Omega-3 Supplement
If you are suffering from ADHD then your omega-3 level will be low and you will need to supplement it. Taking omega-3 supplements improves ADHD symptoms and can result in increased memory, focus, and attention.
Avoid Processed Foods
Practice clean eating by avoiding processed foods, chemicals, and additives. Some of the things you should avoid include sodium (avoid too much salt), monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), yeast extract, too much sugar, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners.
The case of caffeine is a bit challenging because some people use it to treat their ADHD. This is because it increases alertness and your focus by enhancing dopamine. However, it’s excessive use may lead to addiction. Furthermore, caffeine triggers the “fight or flight response” meaning it can cause side effects such as insomnia, nervousness, and anxiety.
It also interacts negatively with other stimulant medications. If you find that its negative effects are unbearable to you then it is better to avoid it.
Ensure Your Blood Sugar Level is Stable
You can control your blood sugar level by eating regularly (but don’t go snacking). A stable blood sugar level helps in issues such as attention and focus, low physical energy, and irritability, which are the symptoms of unstable blood sugar levels.
Secondly, you need to avoid skipping meals or eating foods that are rich in simple carbohydrates as doing so will cause your blood sugar level to fluctuate and this may worsen the ADHD symptoms. Some characteristics of ADHD such as hyper-focusing can make regular eating a big challenge because it will make you engrossed in activities until you forget to eat.
Another problem is that ADHD itself may also suppress your appetite. To ensure that you eat enough food, you can try to wake up early in the morning so you have enough time for breakfast, and it should comprise of proteins which are good at stabilizing the blood sugar level.
You can also set an alarm to help remind you of the meals times and carry some healthy snack with you if you are going to be away from home.
You should include proteins in your diet because they are good at managing the symptoms of ADHD. As has been stated, they stabilize blood sugar levels and also influence neurotransmitters thus improving your mental performance. Proteins also supply amino acids which help the brain to perform optimally.
Find out If You Have a Food Intolerance
Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a beverage, food, food additive or a particular chemical found in food. People with ADHD have higher chances of having food intolerance and food allergies than those without. The best way to discover if you have a food intolerance is by elimination method.
Try to eliminate the suspect foods one by one so you can find out which one you are intolerant to then eliminate it completely from your diet. This will greatly help in managing your ADHD. The top allergens are wheat, soy, corn, dairy, peanuts, yeast, shellfish, eggs, and chocolate.
Find out If You Have a Food Dye Intolerance
You might also be intolerant to a particular food dye. Try to find out which one it is and eliminate it completely from your life. Food dyes can be found in foods like cereal, snacks, candy, and also in products such as toothpaste and medicines. If you have discovered which food dye you are intolerant to, form the habit of reading labels so that you don’t buy foods and/or products with this dye.
Enough exercise can improve ADD and ADHD symptoms. Just pick the exercise that you enjoy most and participate in it regularly. You can consider jogging, cycling, running, martial art, swimming, or yoga. Exercise helps your body in producing dopamine and endorphins.
The dopamine will improve your focus and attention, while the endorphins will make you feel happy and relaxed, that’s why they are known as the ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Natural Remedies for ADHD
There are many other natural remedies for ADHD that you can try, including energetic play and also having a good sleep, among others. Energy play has the same effect as exercise and it is very good at lowering the levels of impulsivity and hyperactivity, especially in children.
If your child suffers from ADHD, you can let him/her participate in martial arts or organized sport. Getting enough sleep, on the other hand, improves one’s ability to concentrate and focus and this will improve your general health.
Natural Remedies for ADHD and Prescription Drugs
As can be seen, the natural remedies for ADHD may require a change in lifestyle. You will need to be more careful not to miss any meal while at the same time being careful about what you eat, so, it will require a high level of discipline. Doctors can also prescribe drugs as a treatment for ADHD.
These medications also help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. The doctor will carry out a diagnosis before prescribing for you the necessary drugs. But even with the drugs, you will still have to lead a healthy lifestyle to eliminate the symptoms of ADHD.
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