ADD/ADHD | Symptom

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ADD/ADHD Overview

Some symptoms of ADD/ADHD can include difficulty concentrating or focusing on simple tasks, lack of organizational skills, struggling to follow instructions, impulsive or reckless behavior, an inability to sit still, excessive talking, fidgeting, or engaging in eccentric behavior or quirks, as well as habitually blurting out inappropriate comments.

Causes of ADD/ADHD

Attendtion Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity, is a psychiatric disorder that has been recently acknowledged by the medical industry to be a psychiatric condition that is closely related to an overburdened and compromised immunity characterized by an imbalance of gut bacteria. Approximately 7% of all children have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and boys are three times more likely to have it than girls. Although it is more common in children, adults can have it as well. ADD/ADHD is more common or likely to occur in families that are dealing with other related conditions such as Autism, learning disabilities like Dyspraxia or Dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome, and mood and anxiety disorders, as these have all been found to be linked to gut health and compromised immunity.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With ADD/ADHD

Some health professionals advocate simple dietary changes like eliminating food dyes, simple carbohydrates like sugar, candy, corn syrup, products made from white flour, white rice, potatoes, and gluten. Other holistic specialists advocate ADHD is a complex gut problem that involves balancing gut bacteria. Such protocols such as The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome protocol, (GAPS) focus on healing the gut and restoring proper bacterial balance. This involves eliminating all foods that feed pathogenic bacteria, such as sugar, processed foods, gluten, grains, and pasteurized and processed dairy, while at the same time consuming only foods that will heal and nourish the gut. These healing foods include meat stocks and bone broths, vegetables and dairy that has been fermented at home to ensure optimal digestion, and organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Supplementing with probiotics and addressing nutritional deficiencies, in addition to proper detoxification and minimized exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins is an integral part of restoring proper gut and immune function and addressing symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

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