Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are conditions that are often treated by physicians with medications like Adderall, Strattera, and Dexamphetamine. Critics of these medications say that they actually do more harm than good and are being pushed on patients too frequently as a result of big pharmaceutical companies wanting to turn a profit. Physicians are encouraged by these companies to prescribe these medications, and often they can be overprescribed.
So are there any natural alternatives for this disorder? Yes, there are.
1. Avoid foods that contain preservatives and food colorings
Studies have shown that certain preservatives and food colorings may actually lead to an increase in hyperactive behavior. These include sodium benzoate (typically found in salad dressings, fruit juice products, and carbonated drinks); FD&C Yellow No. 5 (found in pickles, yogurt, and cereal); FD&C Yellow No. 6 (found in cereal, candy, and soft drinks); D&C Yellow No. 10 (found in sorbets and juices); FD&C Red No. 40 (found in ice cream, gelatin, and sodas).
2. EEG Biofeedback
Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback is a sort of neurotherapy that actually measures brain waves. A biofeedback specialist will work with you during a session to teach new focus techniques.
Studies have shown that supplements such as magnesium, zinc, L-carnitive, and vitamin B-6 have all had promising results when it comes to decreasing symptoms of ADD and ADHD. However, you should always consult your physician before you begin any supplements so that he or she can suggest the best supplements for your unique situations.
4. Yoga, tai chi, and meditation
Studies have shown that techniques learned in yoga and tai chi classes or techniques used during meditation have improved many focus issues for a number of individuals. There may be many other benefits associated with beginning a meditation practice or beginning a yoga or tai chi class such as having a more peaceful outlook and being less stressed and anxious.
So before trying a potentially harmful and addictive medication, it may be worth it to give these techniques a try. They have shown to have positive results in many cases.