Never before in the history have we labeled so many children with a mental disorder. Just this month the CDC announced that 1 in 5 U.S. children have a mental disorder—that’s 20%. While we question those diagnoses in light of the fact that U.S. doctors basically work on commission for Big Pharma, we also know that our foods, environmental toxins, and other factors could be playing a role in what some parents consider “symptoms”. This is especially true for issues like ADHD, which can actually be solved with natural remedies and dietary changes.
One of the major disorders being affixed to today’s youth, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is said to affect about 5.4 million American children, and many of them are being drugged for it. The drugs most commonly used for ADHD are stimulants and come with a whole host of side effects. They might mellow out a child, but they also cause poor appetite and weight changes, drastic mood swings, and the child to be a mere shell of what he/she was before.
While your medical doctor may have you believing there are only so many things you can do outside of medicating them, you have to remember who you are talking to. It’s sad to say that ADHD drugs are so “in” that they are bring prescribed to ‘all academically struggling’ children. This mind-altering, backwards solution is leading neurologists to even speak out against ADHD drugs.
3 Natural Remedies for ADHD
There are numerous natural remedies for ADHD—from dietary changes to lifestyle activities and herbal remedies. These solutions simply don’t get the same amount of coverage in today’s medicated world.
- Diet - Modern foods are chocked full of man-made ingredients designed to make them look cooler, last longer, or just be addictive. But it’s these ingredients within processed foods that pose the greatest danger to the kids they are targeted at. Artificial colors, MSG, and pesticides have all been linked to ADHD in children. The solution: eliminate them. Because nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities have also been linked, feed your child a healthful diet of mostly plants. Sugar, processed grains, and other foods that raise your child’s blood sugar should also be avoided. Quite simply, simple dietary changes can be the answer to ADHD-related issues. That, and a stop to the false labeling of children.
- Lifestyle - Today’s children are less active than ever. They spend more time in front of technology devices and far less time outdoors. When a child is forced to “sit still” all day, it is normal for them to fidget or have difficulty paying attention. The solution: limit television, video game, and computer time. Prescribe some outdoor activities. And if your child is resistant, remember they learn by example—so get out there with them!
- Herbs - Diet and lifestyle changes should be the priority, but when those are taken into consideration and your child still needs assistance, there are several herbal solutions. Keep in mind, just because they are herbal doesn’t mean they aren’t without side-effects. Do your research and pay attention to how your child responds. Things like Siberian ginseng, gingko biloba, green oats, and gotu kola have all shown promise as natural attention deficit treatments.
When a “medical phenomena” seems to come out of nowhere and affect such a large amount of people, let alone children, we need to be suspicious. There is no simple explanation for ADHD and there is no simple solution. Total body and mind health, however, is a good place to start.