n my 7 years of practice as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, I have worked with people of all ages struggling with Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and outbursts of impulsive behavior.
People with ADHD often struggle with lowered self-esteem, troubled interpersonal relationships and poor performance in school or work. In 2016, it was estimated that approximately 11% of children in North America we’re diagnosed with ADHD.
Typical treatment includes pharmaceutical drugs and behavioural interventions (if the family can afford it). The typical medical stance is that there is no cure for ADHD, but medications and therapy are ‘useful dealing with symptoms’.
Sounds like another band-aid solution to me.
Fortunately, the holistic health model offers a different explanation and more productive solution. Extensive scientific studies have shown that refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and chemical food additives as well as nutritional deficiencies, preservatives and food allergies are all causes of ADHD.
Additionally, a partial cause is related to a lack of interest or forcing people to learn in a way they do not naturally learn or by being pushed to do things that they do not want to do.
I have been able to apply this knowledge towards productive solutions with my clients and have seen incredible results. With the proper nutrition, supplements and playful lifestyle, children, teens and adults have been able to reverse their ADHD, increase their self-esteem and develop healthy relationships to themselves and others.
In addition to a health promoting diet, the most effective supplements for ADHD are:
A high potency fish oil- minimum 1000mg per day. The EPA & DHA in fish oil are imperative for brain function, repair and for protection against inflammation. Supplementing with fish oil helps reduce symptoms of ADHD, improves the ability to concentrate and boosts mood. Dr. Dave's Best Ultra 85 more than fills the bill, nourishing brain cells with high quality good fat.
A broad spectrum multi vitamin- Dr. Dave's Best Monster Multi with Minerals is a blend of essential vitamins, B-complex, minerals and botanicals helps with the formation of serotonin, relax the nervous system and reduce feeling anxious or scattered.
Children are the future. Raising happy and healthy humans is our responsibility!
Samantha LotusCertified Nutritional Practitioner