If you knew of a cure for ADD and ADHD that could really change your child for good, would you be interested? I would like to share three simple, inexpensive changes you can make to eliminate or greatly reduce the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
1) Eliminate all wheat, cow dairy, and refined sugar from your child’s diet.
This is easier than ever with so many new grocery stores offering alternatives. You can replace wheat products with rice products. Linda C’s Kitchen Table and Elana’s Pantry offers up all manner of wheat and sugar free goodies you can bake to satisfy those yearnings for homemade treats. Try her brownies or chocolate chip scones; simple to make and amazingly delicious. Cow dairy can be replaced with almond milk, coconut milk or flax seed milk. Butter is acceptable. Goat and sheep cheese can be found in many varieties. You can use agave syrup, maple syrup or coconut sugar for a sugar alternative. You can do this and it does make a difference.
2) Use Amber glasses 2-3 hours before bedtime to minimize your child’s exposure to blue light.
We live in a culture with constant noise and unnatural light. The environmental chaos is bound to have an effect on developing children. (buy amber glasses here: lowbluelights.com)
Blue-blocking Glasses To Improve Sleep And ADHD Symptoms
ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 9, 2011:
Scientists at John Carroll University, working in its Lighting Innovations Institute, have developed an affordable accessory that appears to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Their discovery also has also been shown to improve sleep patterns among people who have difficulty falling asleep. The John Carroll researchers have created glasses designed to block blue light, therefore altering a person’s circadian rhythm, which leads to improvement in ADHD symptoms and sleep disorders.
3) Change a few things in your child’s environment.
– Fill the child’s environment with your unsolicited, loving, positive, supportive attention.
In his book, Scattered, Gabor Mate says, “Show me a child who can’t pay attention and I will show you a very sad child.” He says that environmental factors play a huge part in the development of a child and that children who don’t pay attention have trained themselves to “look away” to avoid hurt or abandonment. He makes a strong case for the attention deficit child needing “attention” and not getting it and so giving up to look away so as not to feel the loss. In essence, the attention the ADD/ADHD child is lacking is from the parent. Your ADD/ADHD child needs your positive loving attention in a consistent manner. Your child is not deficit in brain chemicals; he is deficit in positive loving attention. By filling this need in the child, he is more trusting of paying attention. (Here’s where EPTworks can help the child and the family by releasing the sadness the child is looking away from and helping the family love each other more fully.)
-Enjoy a family meal together at home at the same time each day.
Everyone must sit together and enjoy the meal with healthy family conversation. No tv or devices allowed. Your child’s brain development is dependent on structure. Creating one dependable structure in your family routine such as a meal together at the same time each day, will help your child get the positive attention from you he needs and help his brain develop structure of paying attention.
Sherry Hamilton says
The Pinterest link doesn’t work because there isn’t an image associated with this article. Really love this article! Tough advice for tough issues.