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Strategies to Address ADHD

Dr. Mark Hyman questions what’s really behind the increase in ADHD in children in recent years. Hyman notes that everything we do; what we eat, how we think, whether we exercise, toxins we’re exposed to and our gut microbiome, are important to brain wellbeing.

Hyman notes that many children on the spectrum of ADHD and autism live on, and crave, junk food. He suspects that there are many significant vitamin deficiencies.

Hyman’s case study of a boy named Clayton found deficiencies in tryptophan, which is needed for relaxed and happy mood, and deficiencies in omega-3 fats which are important for the brain. Problems with vitamin B, vitamin A, and low levels of vitamin D which lowered immunity, existed too. Clayton was also found to have low magnesium levels which contributed to headaches, anxiety, cramps, and hypersensitivity to noise.

Clayton clearly exhibited immune inflammatory problems. His immune system was bothered by environmental allergens, mold, toxins, infection, or a combination of those factors.

He was also found to have a problem or an inability to remove toxins from his system, called detoxification imbalance. Mercury and lead built up in his body, something clearly linked to ADHD in recent studies.

So how are kids like Clayton to be treated? By carefully finding the cause or source of the irritants to their systems! By identifying the missing ingredients to physiological function.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Eat a genuine whole foods diet. Remove additives, sugar, trans fats, and processed items. The obesity epidemic, ADHD, and behavior problems in children are closely connected, according to Dr. Hyman.
  2. Remove food sensitivities.  Start with gluten and dairy for six weeks. Test for others.
  3. Eliminate nutrient deficiencies.
  4. Fix your gut flora.
  5. Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation is linked to most brain problems, including  ADHD. Eat more wild-caught fish and plant foods.
  6. Consume antioxidants. A  diet of antioxidant-rich food includes a wealth of colorful plants.
  7. Detoxify. Kids with ADHD, often do not remove toxins well.

Read the full article here: 7 Strategies to Address ADHD