Many parents are accustomed to giving their children a break from ADD/ADHD medications and supplements during the summer months. This may be necessary for pharmaceutical drugs such as Adderall, Cylert or Ritalin that are associated with long term adverse side effects, but this is not true for nutritional supplementation. The fact is, not only should you continue to use nutritional supplementation for your children during the summer break, but also it is the perfect time to try out new nutritional programs as an alternative to some of the mind numbing pharmaceutical medications out there.
ADD/ADHD not only disrupts your child’s ability to learn in school and the classroom, it also affects their overall behavior at home and at play. Children with ADD often procrastinate, are forgetful and lose things, have difficulty finishing tasks, frequently make impulsive decisions (leaving impulsive mistakes), and continuously have to compete with ongoing internal “brain chatter”, which is the root cause of the behavioral problems. Children with ADHD have the same behaviors as well as temper tantrums, impatience, clumsiness, and self-destructive behavior. It is true that these symptoms really start to show during the school year but if you look close enough you will still see them in the way your child plays games with other children, does their household chores and in their personal relationships.
Natural alternatives that address ADD/ADHD, improves a child’s well being by providing his or her body, and more importantly his or her brain, with nutrients that are lacking. Various studies by Purdue University and research publications like Biological Psychiatry have singled out the specific nutritional deficiencies. One study found that boys diagnosed with ADHD have lower levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acids DHA, another study found that 95% of ADHD children tested were deficient in magnesium, and other studies have shown that these children also have extensively lower levels of zinc. Interestingly enough, these facts are also true of adults with ADD/ADHD and many children inherit this learning disorder from their parents.
This summer, don’t settle for extra stress: arguing over chores, dealing with unnecessary sibling rivalry, or temper tantrums and moodiness. Also, don’t feel chained to a pharmaceutical roller coaster. Try a nutritional program designed to address the specific needs of an individual (child or adult) with ADD/ADHD. Summer is the perfect time to get a child with ADD/ADHD acclimated to any new nutritional program, since it takes a little longer to see results. Nutrition is vital for life, everyday.