For most children and adults who are diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) the automatic treatment is medication. However, nutrition and meditation are also effective methods of addressing the disruption that comes with this disorder.
One of the areas that has gained substantial attention in the treatment of ADHD is nutrition. Many proponents of nutritional counseling suggest that individuals with ADHD benefit from eating a diet high in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Start off the day eating a breakfast high in protein and whole grains. For example, a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter or scrambled eggs on hearty whole grain toast is a great way to start off the day. Protein provides support for cognitive function and overall health.
Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids include fish, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to healthy brain function and heart health.
Many nutritionists also believe that food sensitivity may be a contributing factor in ADHD behaviors. Common suspects are gluten, dairy, artificial sweeteners and food additives. Try slowly eliminating these foods from your diet to determine if they are impacting behavior.
Another complimentary treatment for ADHD that has shown some success is mindful meditation. This approach has been especially successful for adults with the condition. Mindful meditation teaches practitioners how to focus their attention on their activities.
This form of meditation is not about sitting with your legs crossed and chanting to yourself. Instead, it helps a person focus their attention on what is happening in the moment. As a result, it becomes possible for a person with ADHD to become attentive to their behaviors, identify problem areas and determine an appropriate course of action.
ADHD can be extremely disruptive. It impacts a person’s ability to relate to others and their ability to focus their attention and complete tasks. Although medication is often effective, many people do not like the side effects that come with it. Alternative therapies can be extremely effective if they are used consistently.
Do you or a family member have ADHD? What strategies work for you? Let us know in the comments section.
– The Alternative Daily