Natural Treatments for ADHD
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is characterized by such symptoms as an inability to focus, easily distracted, difficulty organizing or completing tasks, impatience, not considering consequences of various actions, and even the inability to be still.
Many times the symptoms can interfere with the quality of life for that individual, being adult or child. They find that they are making bad choices, turning people against them, and even suffering from financial difficulties when forgetting to pay important bills or focus at work. Kids may be receiving bad grades due to concentration difficulties at school.
Some people seek out medical treatments for ADHD and find that those are scarier than the condition itself, with many side effects that they do not want to deal with.
Thankfully, there are some natural treatments for ADHD that you can try if the medical and pharmaceutical treatments do not work for you or are not right for you for whatever reasons – such as side effects or affordability.
Natural Effective Treatments to Consider:
* Eliminate Certain Things from Your Diet
Many people believe that additives and food colorings can promote issues with ADHD. It won’t hurt to try an elimination diet to get rid of these potential causes of ADHD. Try eliminating added sugars, MSG, processed foods (nitrites), artificial sweeteners, and unnatural food colorings and preservatives.
* Avoid Various Allergens
In addition to eliminating the above from your diet, conventional dairy (goat’s milk or cheese could be tried instead), soy, corn, and wheat to figure out if you are having an allergic reaction to these common food ingredients. Or if you want to get tested, go to a trusted kinesiologist for guidance.
* Try Biofeedback
An EEG is attached to the head to measure brainwaves and then certain activities are performed to see what activities cause issues with paying attention. The machine can tell when the person is concentrating and when they are not, thus enabling the therapist to recommend coping techniques.
* Get Regular Massages
Many people with ADHD have a very hard time relaxing, so doing things that help improve the ability to relax such as massage can help improve the ability to concentrate.
* Get Regular Exercise
Any type of exercising is going to help your brain work better due to the increased oxygen intake and the focus required to exercise. Try yoga or tai chi for the best results. Exercises that you can do alone that force focus are best.
* Consider Supplements
It is best to get a blood test (or go to a kinesiologist) to find out if you have a deficiency before using supplements, however, many people have reported results from herbs such as ginkgo biloba, omega 3 supplements, and a B-complex to name a few.
* Eat Regularly
Dips and dives in blood sugar can cause problems with focus and concentration. Try to eat six small meals per day to keep your blood sugar regulated.
* Find Ways to Improve Sleep
A good night’s sleep can improve a lot of factors to do with losing focus. Try meditation and taking a hot bath with lavender essential oils to help you relax enough to sleep well.
* Limit Screen Time
One of the biggest factors today in our lives that cause lack of attention are screens. Try to limit the time you spend on screens before work/school and before bed to help your mind focus.
By giving these natural treatments a go before or in place of medication, you may find that you do not need to introduce potentially dangerous chemicals into your life. Many people can control their ADHD symptoms naturally given the time and effort to do so.