Finding Balance the Natural Way
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common, non-discriminatory ailment that is often hard to properly diagnose with some symptoms that are easy to recognize. Commonly found in children, it’s also diagnosed well into adulthood, and comes with a whole variety of challenges. This multi-faceted disorder brings havoc with it the way a tornado uproots and travels with everything in its path.
The traditional methods for treating ADHD include prescription medication and behavior modification and/or therapy. Many of these prescriptions have side effects that are just as scary as the disease itself, if not worse; and more people are turning to natural therapies.
Run a Tight Ship
Schedules are key to those suffering from ADHD. Everything from sleep patterns to meal times to extracurricular activities need to be regular and balanced. While this may not seem like an important thing to do, it is actually very important in helping the body’s natural hormone levels stay where they need to be, which in turn helps keep the body on a more even keel. This also means that getting enough sleep on a regular and eating a healthy balanced diet are extremely important. It’s been proven that diets free from food coloring, preservatives and other chemicals also have a positive effect, so strive for meals consisting of a variety of fresh, whole foods.
Make sure to disconnect from technology well before bedtime. No television, to cell phones, no computer games. While our modern technology has a great place in the world and helps organize our lives, it fragments the attention of the ADHD mind and exposes us to electromagnetic radiation (EMR). People with ADHD tend to be more sensitive to this and can often suffer EMR side effects including headaches, chronic fatigue, memory and attention problems, sleep disturbances, dizziness and distorted vision. So limit that activity and shut it down altogether in the evening.
Get Back to Basics
Therapies that aim to restore balance within ourselves can often be a very helpful treatment for ADHD. Things like biofeedback, massage, yoga or tai chi, meditation, guided imagery and hypnosis are all things that can calm the mind, balance the body, and help bring back that sense of focus on the here and now. If one therapy doesn’t work right for you, try another. While they are similar in purpose they are very different in practice.
Keep Your Body Balanced
We mentioned eating right and it’s worth bringing up again. If we don’t give the body what it needs, it’s not going to function the way it’s supposed to. On top of eating fresh whole foods, make sure you get your hormone and vitamins levels checked. Taking supplements, and sometimes even insulin, can help adjust our bodies’ levels to that precise balance needed for maximum equivalency and harmony. You can help your child with ADHD but it’s a hard and sometimes long road.
Remember that no everyone responds to medication and treatments in the same way; what works wonders for one person may have no effect at all on someone else. The disease is highly personalized and therefore the treatment must be, as well.