ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) both affect a person’s ability to stay focused. This can range from schoolwork to social interactions to even simple everyday activities like brushing teeth and getting dressed. The biggest difference between ADD and ADHD is that those with ADHD tend to be hyperactive. They have trouble sitting still and might be restless or they may not be able to keep their thoughts on one subject at a time. On the other hand, those with ADD might fly under the radar because they are just the opposite. Instead, they often appear shy, in their own world, or “day-dreamy.” In either circumstance the condition can vary from person to person.
Most people are surprised at how much nutritional support can help. There are many studies that demonstrate how targeted nutrition for ADD/ADHA can result in significant symptom improvement. This is because these conditions are linked to imbalances and/or deficiencies of critical nutrients that are used to make neurotransmitters in the body. Clinical studies have proven children with ADD/ADHD, suffer from poor digesting and utilization their food, stemming from genetics to food intolerances, dysbiosis or some other serious GI imbalances.
Stimulants like amphetamine are the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD. While considered safe by conventional medical practice, their use has generated a great deal of controversy over the years. This is mostly because of undesirable side effects, especially uncertain long-term effects. The bottom line is they treat the symptom not the system. That is why identifying and supporting the individual nutritional needs of children and adults with ADD/ADHD can be critical for helping to control these conditions. Solid nutritional support for ADHD needs to include support for the brain but often also for physiologic functions specific that their own needs.
May of the contributing factors involved with ADD/ADHA that we take into consideration and can help with are listed below.
- Your diet –
- Nutrient Deficiencies –
- Toxic Burdens
- Poor Sleep –
- Neurological Disorders or Imbalances –
- Chronic Stress –
- Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications
- Dysbiosis –