Dear Dr. Terri K: Do you have any natural suggestions for Adult ADD? My doctor suggested yoga. I’ve also heard that certain foods can help. – ANNA, New York
Anna: First, congratulations for seeking an integrative approach to your healing! Remember that any treatment should only be considered and tried under the careful supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Here are some suggestions:
Exercise Regularly – Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (such as running or biking) 3-5 times per week to improve your general health. It may balance production of neurotransmitters and reduce stress levels.
Practice Yoga – Yoga has been found to be helpful for ADD because it combines physical activity with self-awareness, which promotes a mind-body connection that many ADDers lack. The combination of breathing techniques, asanas (postures), deep relaxation and meditation can help you feel calm, centered, and in control.
Eat Smart Food – Think of your diet as feeding the brain rather than the stomach. Follow a high-protein diet. Also include fruits and vegetables, cold-water fish and natural whole grains. Limit dairy products. Remove all forms of refined sugars and all foods that contain artificial colors, flavorings, monosodium glutamate (MSG), yeast, preservatives or salicylates.
Include Specific Supplements – Add calcium and magnesium, Vitamin B complex, Quercetin and Essential fatty acids to your diet.
Try Natural Herbs – Herbs that may be beneficial for hyperactivity include valerian root, catnip, chamomile, kava kava, skullcap, and St. John’s wort. Ginkgo biloba may be helpful for brain function and concentration.
Today, take control of your mind and body. It starts with the Power of Choice!
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA.
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