Did you know that natural remedies can be effective in relieving the symptoms of ADHD? While prescription medications work well for some people, they can also have negative side effects.
Here are four natural remedies that can help relieve the triggers and symptoms of ADHD. Try one or all of them to see which works best for you!
There are a lot of triggers that can set off concentration problems. These include:
- Stressful situations
- Lack of sleep
- Food additives – artificial flavorings and dyes
- High amounts of sugar
- Processed foods
- Overstimulation – from a phone or crowd
- Environmental toxins
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Symptoms of ADHD
If you experience any of the following, it could be a warning sign that you’re dealing with ADHD.
- Difficulty Paying Attention – If you can’t focus on something for very long, or it takes you a while to get through a task, you could be experiencing ADHD.
- Change In Work Habits – If you’re experiencing missed deadlines, forgetfulness, disorganization, and difficulty following instructions, it could be due to ADHD.
- Short Attention Span – Having trouble engaging in conversations, avoiding tedious tasks, and restlessness are all symptoms of ADHD.
A Closer Look At ADHD
With children and adults who have ADHD, there’s usually less gray matter in the brain. You’re not able to access every part of the brain that you need to. Your brain is not firing, and the synapses aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do. But there is a key to start unlocking that.
You have two parts of the autonomic nervous system inside of your body. The sympathetic nervous system, and the parasympathetic nervous system.
Imagine those parts like the pedals of a car: the brakes, and the accelerator.
The accelerator is your sympathetic nervous system. It’s what would tell you to run away if you saw a rattlesnake in the middle of the woods.
The problem is, a lot of times we are being stimulated by our accelerator while sitting at a desk getting stressed at work. Everyday things are creating anxiety and a lack of concentration.
What you can do to combat this, is to fix the brakes. Like on a car, the brakes are going to slow things down.
This is your parasympathetic nervous system. It calms you down and focuses you, and also digests your food and controls your reproductive system.
I’m going to give you four surefire solutions to snap yourself almost immediately out of an ADHD spiral. It may not completely remove those feelings of anxiety and restlessness, but can help you reduce the symptoms and focus more.
Paced breathing opens the ADHD brain. It taps into the parasympathetic nervous system and strengthens your brain brakes.
Take a 5-second deep breath in, and then let a 5-second deep breath out. It’s important to focus on the exhale to make sure it takes at least 5 seconds.
This will help calm you down by lowering your heart rate, which will deactivate your sympathetic nervous system so that you can focus.
Another exercise that can help with ADHD that you can combine with ADHD is positive thinking. Focusing on having a positive mindset will help strengthen your brain’s memory and concentration.
I suggest taking breaks throughout the day to practice paced breathing if you’re experiencing symptoms of ADHD.
Foods like sugar and processed foods burn like diesel fuel in our body. Not eating properly will lead to trouble concentrating.
I recommend eating fat instead, which is really good for your brain. In fact, the material of the brain is 60% fat. Fat burns cleaner in the body, and doesn’t leave any waste behind after it’s digested, meaning your body doesn’t feel drained of energy.
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Our brain is made up of 85% water. The less water you have inside your system, the more stagnation there is in the brain.
I recommend drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day. Spring water or filtered water are great sources of this.
Ideally, you should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces. This is going to help hydrate your body even more, and help you think more clearly.
EPA & DHA
A 2020 study in Nutrients Magazine showed that ADHD children and adults have been found to have lower levels of longer-chain omega-3 fatty acids in their cellular membranes.
These longer chain of omega-3s were associated with the following symptoms:
- Behavioral issues
- Learning problems
- Poor conduct
- Temper tantrums
- Sleep difficulties
Studies have proven there is a direct link with the quality of omega-3 going into your system and how your brain responds.
Another study done by a journal of attention disorders discovered that a combination of omega-6s and 3s reduced ADHD symptoms.
DHA and EPA are the main components of omega-3s and omega-6s. DHA and EPA are crucial when it comes to not only reducing symptoms of ADHD, but supporting your overall health as well.
DHA handles pre- and postnatal brain development, while EPA is more involved in your behavior and mood. That’s why you need both of these.
If you’re looking for good source of EPA and DHA, I recommend the following:
- Fish oil
- Pickled herring
Add these foods and supplements to your diet, and you’ll find that you have an easier time focusing.
Take breathing breaks, drink water, make small diet changes, and you’ll be on your way to reducing the symptoms of ADHD without having to rely on medications.
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