Healing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) /
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD) with hyperactivity, is the newest name given to a group of disorders of certain mechanisms in the central nervous system.
ADD/ADHD is the fastest growing childhood disorder in the United States, reportedly affecting an astounding 9 – 10 percent of all school-aged children. Ten times more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
Although primarily thought of as a childhood disorder, ADD/ADHD can be found in adults as well. It causes a variety of learning and behavioural problems, often making it difficult not only for the affected individual, but for the entire family.
Although the ADD/ADHD child is often labeled as having a learning disability, the child usually is of average or above-average intelligence and is also highly creative.
Factors that have been linked to the development of ADD/ADHD include heredity, anxiety, allergies, smoking during pregnancy, hyperinsulinemia, oxygen deprivation at birth, environmental stress or pollutants, artificial food additives, injury, infection, lead poisoning, allergies, and prenatal trauma.
Many people with these conditions react to certain preservatives, dyes, and salicylates in foods. These items can throw off the balance in the chemistry of the brains, often producing undesirable changes in behaviour. A low-protein diet may be a contributing factor.
Though the topic has been hotly debated for decades, studies have definitely shown that food additives do play a major role in hyperactivity.
Some studies have found that many children with ADD/ADHD have:
- High levels of toxic byproducts of yeast and other harmful bacteria in their urine. The use of probiotics which add beneficial bacteria to the body can help alleviate this problem.
- Latest research suggests that low levels of iron can worsen attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children with the condition. A 2004 study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that 84 percent of children with ADHD had significantly lower levels of iron, compared with 18 percent of kids without ADHD. The lower the levels of ferritin — a protein found inside cells that store iron — the more severe the symptoms.
- Low protein levels
Moringa honey is a wholesome, nutritious and safe alternative to helping your child with ADD/ADHD. Moringa has very high amounts of iron (three times that of spinach), protein (twice as much of that found in milk), and numerous other precious minerals and vitamins which would benefit an ADD/ADHD sufferer. The organic honey, the moringa is infused with has natural probiotics. Depending on the honey it may contain up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria.
Other Dietary Recommendations:
Include all fruit and vegetables (except those containing salicylates), plus breads, cereals, and crackers that contain only rice and oats.
Include cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and herring in your diet. These are good sources of docohexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential fatty acid that is thought to be vital for brain development and is often deficient in those with ADD/ADHD.
Follow a high protein diet. Proteins are needed to supply the body with amino acids. Some researchers are studying a possible connection between hypoglycemia and ADD/ADHD.
Avoid all processed, refined foods especially those containing food colourings and additives.