Pay Attention! How to Treat ADD More Naturally
Do you have a child who has a hard time concentrating? Is it affecting not only their daily routine, but also yours, your family and their classmates? They could have attention deficit disorder (ADD), but you likely already know that. But what you may not know is that there may be ways to help treat it more naturally.
The increased diagnosis of ADD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children in the U.S has become a serious concern. From 1997 to 2006, an average increase of 3 percent per year of the population received the official diagnosis, yet by 2007 the average rose to 5.5 percent. Geneticists report that inherited genes cannot account for such a rapid increase, so it opens the question to whether there are environmental, dietary, cultural or lifestyle contributions for this rising epidemic.
Noteworthy of mention is the even greater increase in parent-reported ADHD [un-official] diagnosis – a staggering 22 percent – which stands out of correlation with the official increase. This is the portion that indicates a cultural, miseducated expectation that some parents have of their child's performance and natural maturation, perhaps through the amount of partial (and often biased) knowledge available today.
There are significantly different viewpoints among doctors who diagnose this condition. Some well-reputed doctors state that only about 10 percent of the officially diagnosed ADD cases have true neurological damage or deficits. Whether the issue comes from damage at birth or slow developmental issues, the two areas of the brain distinctly related to ADD (impulse inhibition and attention) can be trained through appropriate therapy to correct the issue.
Treat ADD at Home More Naturally
Set Up Routines
- Implement a consistent, vigorous and preferably outdoor exercise
- Take up a hobby that requires the use of impulse inhibition
and attention, such as playing a musical instrument.
- Have a set sleep/wake schedule. Try going to bed
consistently before 10 pm to achieve the best rest possible.
- Avoid the habit of multitasking. Focus on one thing at a
Diet Makes a Difference
- Avoid refined carbohydrates like cookies, candies and soda.
- Avoid dairy products, especially if your child has or had chronic ear
- Avoid any other possible food sensitivities such as wheat,
corn or eggs.
- If your child experiences mood swings throughout the day, it could
be blood sugar. Revise their diet to include a consistent amount of carbohydrates
and healthy fats and participate in regular exercise.
- Avoid artificial ingredients and food additives.
- Eat plenty of healthy fats like nuts, seeds and wild-caught fish and probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, miso soup and honey.
Use Homeopathic Treatments
Vitamin, mineral, herbal and homeopathic supplements can help. Homeopathic remedies and tissue cell salts are known to help the body make corrections. Supplementation habits must be sustained for several weeks to achieve the best results. What to use?
- A high consumption of B vitamins is recommended.
- Consume plenty of calcium and magnesium (not carbonate). It is safe for children who are at least 6 years old to take 500 mg of each.
- Herbs such as gotu kola and ginseng can increase
microcirculation in the brain, thus helping the areas related to impulse
inhibition and attention.
Create a Safe Environment
- A safe, honoring environment that provides consistent
discipline and meaningful relationships is ideal.
- Enforce habits like keeping
a clean room and bathroom or making the bed every morning.
- An environment that stimulates creativity and personal growth,
yet avoids distractions is also preferred.
- Avoid excessive distractions, especially virtual technology. A room with a calculated amount of well-chosen, purposeful decorations is stimulating and encourages focus.