October 24, 2017

RAISING A CHILD WITH ADHD

Raising a child with ADHD can feel like a whirlwind. As a parent we are always trying to find ways to help our child stay calm and focused! Even with the use of medication, school programs or tutoring, parents see little improvement in their learning abilities. You may be surprised to learn how much good nutritional support can help. Studies show that targeted nutrition for ADHD can result in significant symptom improvement. It can really help the brain, gut and metabolism. 

7 NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES FOUND IN KIDS LABELED WITH ADHD 

  1. Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with ADHD. Magnesium is known to have a calming, anti-stress effect on people. In studies, children with ADHD who were deficient in magnesium showed significant improvement in hyperactivity after taking magnesium supplements. 
  1. B-Complex Vitamins: A childs mental and emotional state are critically dependent on vitamin B in their diet. All of the B vitamins work together to support functions in the brain. B-complex vitamins have been shown to reduce hyperactivity symptoms and increase serotonin in children with ADHD, resulting in calmer and happier children! 
  1. Vitamin C: Studies have shown vitamin C to improve cognition and alertness.  Vitamin C is heavily concentrated in the brain and crucial to brain function. The earliest sign of vitamin C deficiency is confusion and depression.
  1. Antioxidants: Antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C and E and Bioflavonoids, protect the cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can damage fats, and it's main target is the brain. Kids with ADHD, have particularly high needs for antioxidants, to help support their body in dealing with the effects of stress.
  1. Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral crucial for memory formation and cognitive stability. Some studies suggest that children with ADHD may have lower levels of zinc in their body. It has been shown that zinc supplementation is helpful with memory, thinking and I.Q
  1. Fish Oil: Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) help with nerve and brain development, cellular communication, oxygenation, metabolism and immune response. In children with ADHD, Omega-3 EFAs such as DHA and EPA are particularly important for the brain, the immune system, and to help fight inflammation. Many studies show that EFA supplementation can also help with positive mood and attention. EFAs are considered "essential" because they are needed throughout the human life cycle, cannot be produced in the human body, and therefore must be provided through the diet. 
  1. Iron: Studies suggest that children with ADHD may have iron deficiencies. Supplementing with iron may improve ADHD symptoms, although this has not been conclusively proven. It's important to use caution when giving your child an iron supplement, rather speak to your healthcare provider.



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