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Nutritional Needs for Kids with ADHD

Guest Blog for Loretta Holmes – ADHD Life Coach
From: Mary Tate – Tree of Life Health Coaching
Topic:  Nutritional Needs for Kids with ADHD

So your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or has exhibited signs of ADHD and you are wondering if there is something that you can do naturally to support them.  Well, the answer is yes. There are several nutrients that your child might be deficient in. Here’s a few that you might want to check into:

 

 

  • MagnesiumKnown as the calming herb, magnesium is involved in brain functions and research has linked a low level of magnesium with decreased attention span.  A small study of 75 magnesium deficient children showed an improvement in behavior after supplementation. Magnesium also helps with sleep and relaxation which can be a challenge for adults and children with ADHD.   The dosage varies per the age of the child. Check with your pediatrician or functional medical doctor to find out the recommended dose. Food with magnesium include pumpkin seeds, almonds, dark chocolate and black beans.

 

 

 

  • Zinc – Dr. Mark Hyman has reported that “Low zinc levels are associated with lowered immunity, poor heavy metal detoxification and ADHD.”  Low levels of zinc correlate with inattention. Dr. Neil Ward of the University of Surrey did a study of 530 hyperactive children and found that those children who had 3 or more courses of antibiotics before the age of 3 tested for much lower levels of zinc. Foods high in zinc include organic chicken, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds.  Recommended dosage – 10-35mg Check with your pediatrician or functional medical doctor for the proper dose for your child.

 

 

 

  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) – These MUST be obtained through diet.  We’ve all heard that we need to get more good fat into our bodies as our western diet has too many Omega 6’s due to the highly processed foods we consume.  So, it’s Omega 3’s and 9’s that we need to increase. Why? Well, an Australian Study showed that an increase in Omega 3’s were associated with improved spelling and attention and reduced oppositional defiance, hyperactivity, cognitive problems and inattention.  Dr Sears. Recommends 12 oz of oily fish such as wild salmon weekly and/or 500-1000mg of Omega 3 EPA/DHA fish oil supplement. doTerra has a fantastic Omega supplement and it tastes like wild orange. Nordic Naturals is also a brand I recommend as it doesn’t have a fishy aftertaste and kids love it. Also Barlean’s is a great brand as kids love the different flavors.
  • Probiotics – Probiotics have become very popular in recent years as research has shown   the importance of gut health with an overall healthy body. Nearly 2000 years ago the Greek doctor Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut and new research is showing how true that is.  There are many things that damage a healthy microbiome which is why it is so important to supplement with a good probiotic that can withstand stomach acids. It’s important to have this strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus in your probiotic. Once again, doterra has a multi strain probiotic called PB Assist for Adults and teens and PB Assist Jr. for kids.  I also like the Jarrow formulas for probiotics.

 

 

As I am not a doctor, it is always recommended that you consult your child’s doctor when introducing supplements.

Along with supplementation it is imperative that we clean up our diet and the diet of our family for optimal brain health, focus, attention and a better outlook on life.  I can help you with that. I have group coaching opportunities and 1:1 family coaching where I dive into your unique family and we problem solve to get you all squared away.  Please contact me at mary@treeoflifehealthcoaching.net  for more ways that I can come alongside you and help you nourish your family from the inside out and check out my website at https://www.treeoflifehealthcoaching.net/ for a Free download of Brilliant Breakfasts – Quick, nutritious recipes and videos.  

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