How to beat ADHD without prescription drugs

By on February 28, 2013

(NaturalNews) The latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 5.4 million American children  between the ages of four and 17 living today have been diagnosed with the  behavioral disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  And among these, roughly 2.7 million are taking some sort of  pharmaceutical-based psychostimulant for the condition, which includes powerful  mind-altering drugs like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine and  dextroamphetamine).

While these drugs are typically marketed as an easy  way to mellow out overactivity and impulsive behavior in children while focusing  their inattentiveness, their side effects are often glossed over as  inconsequential or even nonexistent. But such side effects include serious  things like loss of appetite, sleeping problems, drastic mood swings, and loss  of personality. Many parents have reported that their once creative and outgoing  children become submissive robots upon taking ADHD drugs, with some even  developing odd tics and other neurological misfirings.

Boys represent the  majority of children diagnosed with ADHD, which suggests that the “disorder”  might just be the excess energy that comes naturally with being a developing  young man. So what is a parent to do? If your child suffers from behavioral  problems that you are sure extend beyond just normal childhood excitement and  curiosity, there are some simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can implement  to tame this behavior naturally without the use of drugs.

1) Cut out  the refined sugar, artificial colors, processed flours, and chemical  preservatives. Most of the snack foods that parents and teachers alike  shovel down children’s throats from a very young age are loaded with additives  that have been linked to hyperactivity and an inability to focus. High-fructose  corn syrup (HFCS), for instance, which is found in virtually all conventional  soda pop beverages, has been shown to spike blood sugar levels and alter normal  metabolism. A 2007 study out of the U.K. also found that artificial food  colorings and pesticides are both linked to ADHD in children (

“Nutritional  issues may play a huge role in ADHD,” wrote Daniel Burton in a 2008 paper for  the Ohlone Herbal Center. “After genetics, diet may be the second most  important factor. Nutritional deficiencies and excesses, as well as food  sensitivities can have a huge impact on ADHD symptoms” (

2) Replace  high-sugar junk foods with higher-protein, nutrient-dense “superfoods”.  Children with characteristic ADHD symptoms are often severely lacking in proper  nutrition, which means it is essential to first reform their diets before taking  any other drastic measures. According to Burton, high-glycemic,  high-carbohydrate diets, which many American children today typically eat, are  directly responsible for the epidemic of ADHD we are witnessing today.

Instead of feeding your children greasy,  processed snack foods throughout the day, teach them instead to enjoy eating  whole foods like raw almonds and almond butter, for instance, and fresh organic  fruits and vegetables. Organic, grass-fed meats are high in omega-3 fatty acids,  which directly feed the brain and balance neurological function, while nuts and  seeds provide lasting energy and nutritional support. And even if they prefer  not to eat it, teach your children to eat leafy greens  like kale, spinach, and broccoli anyway, as these “superfoods” are packed with  amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that directly combat  behavioral problems.

Be sure to read the section of Burton’s paper  entitled “Nutrition,” as it explains more fully how deficiencies in complex  proteins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, trace minerals, and vitamins all  play a role in ADHD:

Another factor involved  in ADHD is food allergies. Modern, hybridized wheat varieties;  genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); lactose and casein in processed milk  products; petroleum-based food additives; and soy ingredients all lurk  throughout the food supply,  oftentimes in food items that you would least expect. Having your children  tested for food allergies, and actively avoiding those foods for which they test  positive, will be essential in keeping ADHD under control.

3) Put away  the video and computer games and spend time with your kids outside. Once you  have already addressed the potential nutritional and environmental triggers, a  promising next step in the fight against ADHD will be to encourage your children  to engage in more physical activities. Too many children these days are allowed  to “zombie” themselves out in front of the television set or in front of the  computer screen for hours on end, which has been linked in numerous studies to  behavioral problems. Teach your children to enjoy physical activities like  playing outdoors and riding their bicycles, and raise them in an environment  where they are able to spend lots of quality time with their friends, siblings,  and other family members in an engaging way.

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