Alternative Therapies for ADHD


add adhdAlthough ADHD is often considered a childhood disorder, it affects people of all ages. Children who suffer with ADHD are often deemed unruly because of their impulsive behavior. Affected adults may seem irresponsible due to their lack of organization and inability to follow through with important tasks and responsibilities. ADHD affects people in varying degrees, causing some only mild irritation while others find that it interferes with life and inhibits happiness and success. Doctors often recommend medications for people whose condition is problematic. Some people prefer to explore alternative therapies, however, to avoid potential side effects.

Diet Changes

Various diets are available for those who believe food may be increasing their symptoms. Some experts believe that consuming additives in foods, artificial sweeteners, and eating foods that are high in allergens aggravate or cause ADHD symptoms. That is why many try elimination diets.  Others say nutritional deficiencies can be a  problem. In either case, most health experts agree that diet can play a role, because the brain functions better when you maintain a healthy diet. Many agree that making sure you get enough protein and reducing your sugar intake has been found to be very important for helping. I think its always beneficial to eat green salads, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and make sure to start your day with a protein rich breakfast.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for ADHD

Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in salmon, tuna, nuts, oils and supplements, are essential to health. They have become popular for heart health, with doctors recommending the supplements to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent health complications. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that are crucial to normal brain function. Some experts suggest them as an addition to treatment for ADHD.

Additional Supplements

Additional supplements that may help you manage ADHD symptoms include:

  • Probiotics
  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Multivitamin and Mineral
  • Focus Attention
  • B-Complex
  • Calming herbs like Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm

Exercise

Regular exercise can also help decrease ADHD symptoms while improving your overall health. Whether you enjoy sports, gardening, or sweaty sessions at your gym, aim to perform your preferred activity for at least 30 minutes daily, most days of the week. An additional benefit to exercise is better sleep, which helps improve concentration.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing techniques may also be helpful for the sufferers who struggle with anger and impulsive behavior.

Behavioral Therapy

Adults and children alike can benefit from behavioral therapy. An expert can introduce various techniques to help manage anger and other ADHD symptoms. Those who struggle with disorganization can learn how to contend with a busy schedule and reduce distractions.

References: University of Maryland Medical Center: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  ttp://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/attention-deficit-000017.htm
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-diets

Mara Gerke