Nutritional Approaches to Attention Deficit Disorders

  • 12 Mar 2009
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Help is at hand if your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). By changing your child’s diet there are many natural ways to combat hyperactivity and poor concentration.

Nutritional approaches to ADHD

Often blamed on poor parenting or schooling, potential causative factors linked to nutritional treatment has proven very helpful for many hyperactive children, and instead of masking the problem with stimulants (which further imbalance adrenal function) and potentially causing other side effects, offers a safe and intelligent approach to this distressing condition for children, parents and teachers alike.

Is Your Child Hyperactive?

It can be difficult to draw the line between the behaviour of a child that is within the normal limits of high energy and abnormally active behaviour.
Do these characteristics apply?

  • Overactive
  • Fidgets
  • Can’t Sit Still At Meals
  • Talks Too Much
  • Clumsy
  • Unpredictable
  • Doesn’t Respond To Discipline
  • Speech Problem
  • Doesn’t Listen To Whole Story
  • Hard To Get To Bed
  • Reckless
  • Impatient
  • Accident Prone
  • Destructive
  • Doesn’t Finish Projects
  • Wears Out Toys, Furniture, etc.
  • Doesn’t Stay With Games
  • Doesn’t Follow Directions
  • Fights With Other Children
  • Teases
  • Gets Into Things
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Defiant
  • Irritable
  • Unpopular With Peers
  • Lies
  • Bed wetter

Score 2 if a symptom is severe, 1 if moderate and 0 if not present.
A score below 12 is normal. Higher scores indicate your child may benefit from the following nutritional strategies.

The five step approach

There are five key factors that have consistently helped children with ADHD.
These are:

  1. Balance blood sugar levels
  2. Eliminate chemical additives and other potential allergens
  3. Supplement essential fatty acids
  4. Correct nutrient deficiencies of vitamins or minerals
  5. Test for and detoxify toxic elements

The optimum nutrition approach to ADHD involves a combination of these factors and practitioners have reported significant improvements in at least two thirds of children. This is substantially better than any drugs currently prescribed for ADHD. Ritalin, the most frequently prescribed, helps about a third of children and makes a third worse.

1. No sugar thanks, I’m sweet enough already


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