ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is one of the most common conditions of modern times, both in children and adults and, unfortunately, the drug treatment and therapy sessions are often difficult and don’t have the desired results. Among the symptoms ADHD there are hyperactivity, attention deficit or lack of focus; symptoms that are usually associated with severe deficits of speaking, understanding of things that surrounds you or emotional imbalances.
Course of Treatment and Side-Effects
In most cases, the treatment for ADHD is Adderall, a psycho-stimulant drug that works by increasing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. While Adderall is generally well-tolerated, there are cases in which severe side-effects are encounters, such as: tremor, fear, anxiety, dizziness, headaches, restlessness, nervousness or excitability.
In some rare cases, Adderall can also lead to drug addiction, severe depression, aggressive behavior, heart attack, mental impairment, hallucination, seizures, stroke or loss of normal personality.
The Need for Natural Alternatives
As in the case of thyroid conditions, ADHD is treated with mainly one drug and often that drug, Adderall, can do more harm than good, which is why people have started to look for a natural alternative to it. Luckily, nature provides us with some of the best remedies for most diseases and conditions, and the case of ADHD is no exception.
From meditation to aerobics, from Omega-3 fatty acid to zinc or magnesium, there is a natural alternative for you, so stay with us and read about some of the best courses of natural treatment and alternatives to Adderall.
Omega-3 is one of the most effective natural remedy to Adderall and a great ally in preventing ADHD.
Fatty acids are essential for healthy development of the brain, precisely for proper functioning of the central nervous system, which is why the lack of healthy fatty acids is considered a major influence on the development of ADHD. Most of the foods that we eat these days are very low in healthy fats and high on unhealthy ones, and combined with genetic causes they can lead to developing ADHD.
How to use it?
If you or a member of your family are in this situation consider introducing more Omega-3 fatty acid into your diet by eating more fish, flax-seeds, pecan oil, spinach, basil, cilantro, mint, or parsley. You can also take some Omega-3 supplements but make sure that they are natural and have no synthetic ingredients.
Also, remember that some fish might contain high quantities of neurotoxic substances, such as mercury or lead and should not exist in the diet of people suffering from ADHD, especially if we are talking about children under 16.
Other foods that have healthy fats are eggs and liver but should be used moderately if combined with a diet based on vitamin A supplements.
Vitamins and minerals help the healthy development of the brain and body, prevent and improve ADHD.
Zinc has multiple functions in the human body, including the control of neurotransmitters and fatty acids which is why Zinc deficit can lead to ADHD. Studies have shown that children affected by ADHD have shown considerable improvement after following a Zinc diet. Also, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 reduce the classical ADHD symptoms after 2-3 months of treatment.
How to use them?
Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 can be added to the daily diet by people suffering from ADHD which have a deficit of vitamin and minerals, so it is best to get tested before starting treatment, researchers have mentioned that people who do not have a deficiency only show results after a couple of months.
You can take supplements or introduce foods in your diet that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Foods rich in Zinc: pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, cooked oysters, beef and veal, dark chocolate, sea fruits, carp, yoghurt, beans
Foods rich in Magnesium: sardines in olive oil, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, clams, cilantro, curry, ginger, black pepper, wheat bran
Foods rich in Vitamin B6: spinach, pepper, garlic, cauliflower, mustard, bananas, celery, cabbage
Not only natural supplements can be great alternatives to Adderall, but also regular meditation and exercises such as aerobics.
Aside from introducing natural supplements and healthy food into your diet, an important part of the fight against ADHD is made of relaxing your mind and improving your physical activities which is why meditation and aerobics are perfect alternatives to Adderall, combined with a healthy diet and natural remedies.
Studies have shown that transcendental meditation reduces the symptoms of ADHD and, if done regularly can significantly improve your overall state. Meditation reduces stress, anxiety and increases activity in the memory, learning and focuses part of the brain.
As for aerobics, it is a known fact that exercises boost brain power and minimize hyperactivity symptoms.
How to practice them?
If you want to benefit from the wonders of meditation and aerobics you must practice both regularly and for a longer period of time. Find a program of meditation or aerobics near you and ask your friends or family to accompany you or practice it in the comfort of your own home (although it would be best to do it outdoors, to also benefit from the perks of fresh air).
Studies have shown that a mixture of Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba can be a good natural alternative to Adderall.
A group of French researchers who were studying ADHD found that plant treatments can have beneficial effects on children suffering from ADHD.
They tested a combination of 300 mg North-American Ginseng and 50 mg of Ginkgo Biloba, on children with ages from 3 to 17 and have discovered that after only four weeks the participants were showing significant signs of improvement not only in problems related by social issues but also in hyperactivity.
How to use it?
There are supplements of those two plants combined, and you can find them in natural health stores, or you can prepare them yourselves at home. You can also use Ginseng tea.
Additives are dangerous for everyone, that’s why an additive-free diet is mandatory when treating ADHD.
You probably hear every day about the risks of having a diet based on additives but unfortunately not many foods these days are additive-free.
Still, if you are suffering from ADHD you should be more careful and try to find additive-free foods because studies have shown that most additives (especially the ones found in food color processors) can increase the risk of ADHD.
How to avoid additives?
First of all, you should know most of the unhealthy additives and look for them on the packages of foods.
Here are some of them: E102, E104, 107, E110, E122, E123, E124, E128, E133, E142, E150, E151, E154, E155, E180, E221, E222, E223, E224, E226, E227, E228.
Foods that have among their ingredients one or more of these additives should not be consumed by people suffering from ADHD. In fact, they should not be consumed at all, since additives can have severe consequences, long-term, even on healthy people.
Bio-certified food should be additive-free but not all is, so be careful when buying it also.
Another aspect of living a healthy life and using natural alternatives to Adderall is improving your quality of life. From meditation to exercises, from reducing stress to keeping your brain healthy and active, they all play a small part in keeping your ADHD on hold or in preventing you from ever developing it so don’t just settle for taking some natural supplements, make the all the necessary changes.