Natural remedies for ADHD
NICE guidelines for the management of Adult ADHD came out in 2008 and recommend starting medication such as Lisdexamfetamine (Elvanse) first line. This improves ADHD symptoms in most people fairly quickly if they are tolerated well. However, some individuals may be apprehensive to start stimulant medication initially and seek out natural remedies first. Others may be looking for complementary treatments to enhance their recovery from ADHD with suitable medication.
It can be helpful to think of the gut as a "second brain" feeding the brain with essential nutrients for increased dopamine production. ADHD symptoms such as inattention, distractibility, forgetfulness, hyperfocus, impulsivity, and emotional dysregulation can all have a negative impact on diet and nutrition. Experts and research recommend good food and nutrition, regular balanced meals, increased protein (and water) intake, ADHD supplements and vitamins such as omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc, and herbal remedies such as Ginko and Ginseng. Many of my patients have found having breakfast regularly with more protein and water and improving their diet and nutrition particularly helpful in their recovery. Improved diet and nutrition are most effective when complementing medication.
However, it is best to avoid Vitamin C in the morning with stimulant medication as it will make them ineffective. Caffeine intake with medication is also best avoided as it can increase your pulse and blood pressure and make you feel on edge.
Please click on this web link to read the helpful ADHD article "10 Foods (and Supplements and Vitamins!) to Boost Your ADHD Brain".
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