My six year old daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD.
Q. Hello Terry, “My six year old daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD. The doctor has suggested a prescription medication, but I do not feel comfortable with his recommendation. What natural ingredients do you think would help?” — Tina L., Boise, ID
A. Dear Tina, I think diet is incredibly important when it comes to a child’s development. I would start by removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your daughter’s diet. Her diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, and fish, with non-starchy vegetables and fruits. She can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.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 absolutely 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, 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. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I would have your daughter 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 taking these ingredients two to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally