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ADHD, how it can be managed

ADHD natural treatment

As we prepare to launch into yet another school term, I thought this might be a great time to discuss ADHD. Did you know that Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder, that is closely with associated mineral deficiency?

Most children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have limited treatment options, because their doctors believe that stimulant medication is the best way to manage the condition. Although ADHD medication does provide short-term relief, long-term use can lead to many health and neurological consequences. Due to Western medicine's myopic perspective on the disorder, many children are denied supporting treatment options that bring long-term relief with no side effects.

Children with ADHD may have an imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the front part of the brain. Some doctors believe they don’t have enough of a neurotransmitter called dopamine.

Magnesium deficiency afflicts 90% of all people with ADHD and triggers symptoms like restlessness, poor focus, irritability, sleep problems, and anxiety. These symptoms can lessen or vanish one month after supplementation starts. Magne­sium can also prevent or reverse ADHD drug side effects.

Natural remedies for ADHD begin with finding the root cause of the disorder, and research suggests that nutritional deficiencies are some of the primary triggers of hyperactivity and inattention. Magnesium is usually among these deficient nutrients. It is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, with 50% stored with calcium in the bones. The rest of the body's magnesium is used for over 300 chemical functions, such as regulating blood pressure, assisting the immune system, and maintaining normal nerve and muscle functions.

Above everything, however, magnesium is thought to be the "relaxation mineral.". It can induce a calm state without causing lethargy and sluggishness, and enables the mind to think clearly and focus on tasks.

A magnesium deficiency is caused by numerous things. Because the two minerals are biologically interlocked, a magnesium deficiency is sometimes linked to a calcium deficiency. Leaky gut syndrome, or a damaged gastrointestinal tract, can also account for a magnesium deficiency.

Most of the time, however, the lack of magnesium in meals causes the deficiency. These days, a child's meals are primarily made up of refined sugar, white flour, and processed foods, which deplete the body's magnesium during digestion. It is hardly surprising that the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency resemble the symptoms of ADHD: poor memory, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and hypersensitivity to sounds.

ADHD food to cure

Treating a magnesium deficiency is not difficult, but it will require some dietary and lifestyle changes. Slowly eliminate all junk food, refined sugars, and soda from your child's diet and replace them with magnesium-rich green vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, and spinach. 

Depending on the advice of your child's nutritionist, you may also want to give your child magnesium supplements, bear in mind that topical magnesium chloride is without side effects, is absorbed directly into the bloodstream - bypassing the GIT. Several studies also suggest that magnesium is best taken together with vitamin B6.

Never give your child magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate, magnesium sulphate, or magnesium sulphate; not are these forms poorly absorbed, but they can cause diarrhoea in high doses.


This website is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is written purely to provide alternative information to discuss with your healthcare practitioner. 

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