Q. Dear Terry, “My grandson has pretty severe hyperactivity and has been diagnosed with ADHD. He struggles quite a bit in school and at home. He’s not currently on medication and my daughter would like to keep it that way. What are your natural approaches to ADHD?”– Martina R., Tyler, TX
A. Dear Martina, I think diet is incredibly important when it comes to focus and attention. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your grandson’s diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Some additional diet resources include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I believe omega-3s are necessary for proper brain functioning. Omega-3s have been shown to help increase focus and attention. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids and bioactive peptides, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – which means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. I would have your grandson take omega-3s twice per day.
For additional support, you may also want to consider adding vitamin B6, DMAE, phosphatidylserine, rhodiola, French grape seed extract, L-tyrosine, NAC (N-acetyl-L-cysteine), and L-taurine. These nutrients help support the function of neurotransmitters, which are messengers in the brain. The herb rhodiola has long been used for its ability to increase focus, concentration, and memory, especially during stressful times. Each of these ingredients influences focus and concentration from a different perspective, which is why I like to recommend them in combination. I would suggest having your grandson take these ingredients two to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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