Thursday, February 17, 2011
There are a number of therapies that can be beneficial for ADHD depending on the source(s) of the condition. Studies support holistic approaches rather than just addressing the behavioral component with drug therapy or suppressing the symptoms. That being said, the condition can improve with nutritional strategies including the consumption essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and the elimination of caffeine, white bread, and simple sugars. In addition, identifying food allergies and eliminating these foods from the diet can help. Finally, environmental toxins and heavy metals can interrupt normal mental/emotional and cognitive processes. So enhancing the body's natural detoxification pathways is beneficial. Supplementation recommendations should be tailored to the patient's unique health care needs. However, some general ways to support detox are by sweating (with exercise, wet sauna or hot espom salt baths), increasing dietary fiber and water intake to promote healthy bowel function, and eating organic cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower).