Last Modified on Feb 05, 2015
Natural remedies for ADD and ADHD can sometimes reduce ADD symptoms. Many parents and adults with ADHD are finding success with home remedies and nutritional supplements. While most doctors just want to put a “Band-Aid” on the condition by prescribing a medication, natural options help rebalance the system and effectively mediate the condition.
The Problem with Prescription Medication
While many prescription medications are used to treat ADD, these options can actually be dangerous. Among the most common options are stimulant drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin. Many individuals who take these drugs end up with severe side effects such as painful headaches, insomnia, and depression. There have even been reported cases of sudden death, cardiac abnormalities, and serious heart problems.
Are There Any Natural Treatment Options?
While most treatments present some level of side effects, those associated with more natural treatments are extremely limited in comparison to those of prescription drugs. Natural options function to regulate the system and provide balance of the body overall. Consider these before trying a more aggressive approach.
1. Nutritional Supplements
Research suggests that ADD is connected to certain nutritional deficiencies, so nutritional supplements are a good way to mediate the condition. Magnesium and iodine are most often noted as linked to ADD, so you may want to give those a try first.
2. Dietary Changes
Most individuals have an adverse response to certain foods and food additives, so it should be no surprise that specific dietary changes can also mediate behavior linked to ADD. Try eliminating trigger foods until you experience a positive reaction. Many individuals with the condition react to sugar and gluten. Aim for a diet with whole foods – fruit, vegetables, and healthy proteins.
3. Consistent Routines
Consistency can also help an individual navigate ADD. A regular routine of sleeping, waking, completing daily tasks, exercising, and other activities helps the individual establish a norm for behavior.
While ADD is an aggressive disorder that affects all sectors of life, it can be treated without medication. Continue reading below for treatments from Earth Clinic readers who have tried various natural cures for ADD and please let us know if you've discovered a treatment that works.
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Jus wondering if ACV will help my sons with their learning troubles of adhd and add deficeit.. I have started to take if for the weight loss part of it.. And I rather like it.. But.. They have been medicated for soo long with the troubles.. If I could find a way to mask the smell and the taste.. They would drink it like juice I would hope... pls get back to me thank you ..
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