It’s no secret that those with ADD/ADHD often find that their disorder creates secondary issues such as anxiety and depression. To help combat both primary and secondary symptoms, consider turning to these natural methods:
1. Choose Raw and All Natural Foods: Roy Dittman OMD MH, who will be speaking at the upcoming October 28 “Something Doesn’t Add up about ADD” WISH (Women’s International Summits for Health) Summit, is known for his sage advice about ADD.
He has long forewarned that the likes of genetically modified foods, pesticides, dyes and microwaves are damaging for all people, and holds firm that such dangers also contribute to disorders like ADD/ADHD. Dr. Dittman outlines ways parents can conceive and raise a healthy child by turning to organic foods in his book, “Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child .” (note: commissionable link) For everyone, not just those trying to conceive, this is excellent advice. In fact, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association says, “If you can’t tell where it comes from, don’t eat it.” They urge people to grow and prepare raw foods, look for “all natural” labels and avoid junk food.
2. Exercise: Studies show that about 50% of all people with ADHD also suffer from secondary issues, typically born out of frustration of coping with ADHD to begin with, including anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In ADDitute magazine, Dr. Edward Hallowell says, “Exercise is one of the best gifts I can give to my ADD brain.” He explains how exercise stimulates blood flow to the brain which releases essential compounds necessary for growth of new brain cells. Dr. Hallowell also says exercise is a natural antidepressant and anxiety-reducing activity.
3. L Tyrosine Supplements: This supplement has been shown to help with anxiety and depression which is associated with ADD/ADHD, boosting mood in mere weeks. Its effectiveness stems from the fact that L Tyrosine is a nonessential amino acid, necessary in proper nerve and brain cell function. Like herbal solutions for ADD, L Tyrosine works with functions of the brain and mental system.
4. Chelation therapy: Studies suggest a correlation between heavy metals, typically mercury (which is found in everything from baby powder and mascara to dental fillings and floor waxes) and those with ADD/ADHD. Basically, toxins enter your bloodstream and can destroy brain function. Chelation therapy, while sometimes a well-debated hot topic, has been embraced by those preferring to utilize more natural methods to reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms. The oral supplement, which works by attaching itself to toxins in the body and removing them from the system, has been used by health professionals for over 50 years.
5. Enjoy a Sauna: Suited more for adults who can better withstand hotter temperatures, saunas have been used to withdraw toxins from the body. The high heat is believed to draw toxins from the body with more intensity than what’s carried out from our pores on any given day.
How You can Help & Learn More
To help make others aware of ADD/ADHD symptoms and news, or to learn more yourself, you can download and distribute related materials found at the ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) website via this link: http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/resources/ (opens in new window)
You may also sign up for the “Something Doesn’t Add Up About ADD!” Summit that starts on October 28th. Just…
1) Go to this page (note: affiliate link)
2) Scroll to the bottom
3) Add your name and email
… and you will be notified when the first interview is available. There will be inspiring interviews with doctors, teachers, parents and passionate health-seekers made available to you. Sign up here.
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