Let’s face it – prescription drugs are not always the right fix. Over the past few years, several prescription drugs have been discontinued because of their long term and/or side effects on the human body. In addition, many prescription drugs on the market today clearly state in their literature that the long term use effects are not known. Therefore, it pays to exercise caution when it comes to what you are putting on and in your body.
Homemade Remedies for ADHD
There has been a lot of talk in the past couple of years about the incidence of ADHD in both children and adults alike. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a issue with excessive activity, poor impulse control, inattentiveness or a combination of all of these, that is out of the ordinary for that child’s age group. The number of prescriptions for Ritalin® , the most often prescribed drug for the treatment/control of ADHD has risen since the mid-nineties. Ritalin® ’s side effects can include, but are not limited to agitation, sleeplessness and loss of appetite.
It seems the simpler route to take, especially with children, is through diet. It is common knowledge what goes into the body effects what comes out of the body. Too many children today are on a highly processed, fast food diet which is high in fats and sugars. Modification of this diet may lead to alleviation of ADHD symptoms and contribute to overall well being.
Change the diet, change the behavior.
Reduce the consumption of these foods to no more than once a week: high fat foods, fast food, processed foods, artificial sugars such as aspartame, artificial colors, processed (lunch) meats, MSG,
Increase the consumption of these foods: Lean protein, whole grains, fish, walnuts, fruits and vegetables. Protein and good fats feed the brain, which is about 66% specialized fats.
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as found in sardines, walnuts, faxseeds, kidney and soybeans, were found to have an effect on alleviating at least some of the symptoms of ADHD.
While a change in diet may help ease the symptoms of ADHD, please consult with a medical professional before increasing, decreasing or discontinuing medication. This article is meant for informational use only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition.