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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Home Remedies and Cures for ADHD Part 2

Last week I talked about the symptoms and causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This week I will discuss the natural home remedies and cures you can use to help ease the severity of ADHD.

As I have said before, diet is the number one most important thing to keeping your body well and feeling good. Buy fresh foods and prepare them yourself for your child with ADHD and the whole family. You will all be healthier from the effort. B vitamins are found in brown rice, brewer’s yeast and leafy green vegetables and are healing to stressed-out nerves.

Changing to a healthy diet is the first and very important step to natural home remedies and cures. Prepare and eat soy products, live unsweetened yogurt, whole grains and organic turkey and chicken. These have tryptophan in them which encourages the production of serotonin, a chemical that produces a sense of calm. Also a good snack before bedtime.

Provide plenty of protein with meals, such as nuts, legumes, lean poultry and fish. Eating smaller, more frequent meals and snacks, every 2 to 3 hours, works best and keeps the metabolism going. Don’t skip breakfast, as it sets the biochemical balance for the rest of the day.

Regularly serve brain-healthy foods, such as fish (trout, salmon, halibut, sardines), nuts (walnuts, almonds) and ground flaxseed, all of which are very good home remedies and cures.

Avoid foods that might trigger behavior problems. Some of those could be wheat, dairy, corn, chocolate, peanuts, citrus, soy, food coloring and preservatives. Eliminate fast foods, junk food and processed foods. Even food items labeled “all natural” may contain small amounts of additives.

Obviously avoid candy, sodas, sweets and items containing sucrose, which is in many foods including most store-bought fruit juices. These are not natural home remedies and cures.

Here is a list of home remedies and cures to try out:
Fish Oil - take 2,000 mg. or more of combined EPA and DHA daily, improves ADHD symptoms and learning
Phosphatidylserine - take 300 to 500 mg. daily for three months. A maintenance dosage of 100 to 300 mg. may be effective for some kids and adults. It helps brain cells function properly. In 90% of cases attention and learning were most improved in studies.

Pycnogenol - take 1 mg. per 4.9 pounds of body weight per day. Found to have significant reduction of hyperactivity and improved attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration.
L-carnitine - take 100 mg. per 2.2 pounds of body weight daily.
High-potency multivitamin - take as directed on container.
Calcium and magnesium complex - take a combination of these two minerals at a dosage of 500 mg. of calcium and 250 mg. of magnesium twice daily. These two minerals relax the nervous system.
Probiotics - as directed on bottle to maintain good bacteria levels in the digestive tract.
Vitamin B6 - take 100 mg. daily for children five years and older along with a B-complex for balance.
Ginkgo Biloba - look for a product standardized to 24% flavone glycosides. Sixteen and older should take 60 to 120 mg. twice daily. Children ages 10 to 15 take 30 to 60 mg. twice daily and 10 years and under take 15 to 30 mg. twice daily. It brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
GABA - take 250 mg. two to three times daily between meals. It is an amino acid that has a calming effect on the mind.
Zinc - children ages two and older should take a total of 10 to 15 mg. daily along with 2 mg. of copper. A zinc deficiency can contribute to ADHD symptoms.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) - can be effective in calming children. Children 16 years and older should take 100 to 200 mg. twice a day. Those 10 to 15 take 50 to 100 mg. twice a day and under 10 take 25 to 50 mg. twice daily.
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum) may help with depression. Ages 10-15 take 50 to 150 mg. twice a day. Under ten should take 25-75 mg. twice a day and 16 and older can take 100 to 300 mg. twice a day.

See a homeopathic practitioner for special symptoms such as tending to be cruel to animals, impulsive and violent, major temper tantrums, fear of the dark or animals and so on. There are natural home remedies for these as well, but they need to be under a doctor’s care.

Other home remedies are acupressure, massage, reflexology, craniofacial therapy, aromatherapy, biofeedback and yoga. Other recommendations would be to encourage children to play or exercise outside in the fresh air and limit sedentary, passive activities.

Consider buying an air filter to purify your house of environmental allergens. Also, you might consider working with a counselor to help your child with behavior modifications and learning styles.

ADHD is not an easy thing to live with but there are many natural home remedies and cures to help starting with changing to a healthy whole foods diet. Hope this helps someone in need.

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