September brings back to school. For those with attention and focus issues, school can bring about multiple challenges. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder in children. ADHD is characterized by attention deficit, impulsivity, and sometimes over activity. Psychostimulant medications are generally the first choice in medication of ADHD. Approximately 70 percent of the children treated show improvement, although the benefits may not hold beyond two years. Currently, methylphenidate is the drug of choice; other stimulants include dextroamphetamine, or a mixture of four salts of dextroamphetamine (Adderall®).
The exact origin of ADHD is unknown; genetics plays a role, but major contributors include adverse responses to food additives (dyes, preservatives, etc), intolerances to foods, sensitivities to environmental chemicals, molds, and fungi, and exposures to toxins such as heavy metals and pollutants.
For those who don’t want to go with the medication route, they are some supportive supplements that may help. Nutrients are required by the brain, as they are by every other organ, so virtually any nutrient deficiency can impair brain function. Nutrient deficiencies are common in ADHD; supplementation with minerals, the B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, flavonoids, and phosphatidylserine (PS) may improve ADHD symptoms. When individually managed with supplementation, dietary modification, detoxification, and/or correction of intestinal dysbiosis, those with ADD/ADHD can lead a normal and productive life.
It is also best to eat a diet low in sugar and processed foods. Try to avoid any additional additives to preserve or color food (Ex: Blue #1, Red #40, Yellow #5, Glutamate).
If you would like to talk about other approaches and supplementation options, please ask the pharmacist or make an appointment with Brandi Grimmer, our Nutritional Consultant. Contact: 616-974-9792 or firstname.lastname@example.org