When we think of ADHD, we often forget that many of the children who receive this diagnosis will continue to struggle with symptoms well into adulthood, where it can be disruptive in a whole different way with much more serious consequences, such as losing your job or a marriage. Interest in managing our health through more natural means is growing rapidly, particularly when it comes to conditions such as ADHD, where medications may not be working as well as we hope. The good news is, there are several natural means that can complement your standard treatments and hopefully lead to better management of symptoms.
Meditation has been the suggested solution to a variety of mental woes for thousands of years and research in the West is slowly confirming what people of Eastern tradition have known for thousands of years—it works. If you are interested in finding ways to cope with your ADHD naturally, you may be interested to know this ancient practice has been studied for exactly this purpose, with encouraging results. One study, which appeared in the Journal of Attention Disorders, tested the effects of meditation on adults and adolescents with ADHD. Adults meditated for about 90 minutes a week and 78 percent reported a reduction in symptoms such as inability to focus, as well as fewer feelings of anxiety and depression.
A lot has been said about ADHD and diet and while there is no definitive eating plan to follow applicable to everyone with ADHD, research has uncovered some suggestions that may be worth trying. It is important to note, however, that many interventions, such as eliminating common food allergens or preservatives and artificial colors, has only been shown to work for small subgroups of ADHD sufferers, such as people who are prone to allergies. You may be one of these people or you may not, so it is definitely worth trying but keep in mind these types of approaches may not work for you. A major study in Australia found that children whose diets were rich in protein sources such as dairy and fish, as well as whole grains, fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop ADHD compared to children whose diets were rich in the typical unhealthy Western fare of high-fat meats, sugar and processed carbohydrates and other foods. Omega-3 fatty acids may help some people with ADHD—these fats concentrate heavily in the brain and increasing intake may help address a number of mental disorders from ADHD to depression.
Certain types of body work have been recommended to mitigate symptoms of ADHD. Many chiropractors believe that imbalances in muscle tone cause imbalances in the brain and impede proper functioning. By performing spinal manipulation, you can improve brain functioning and reduce symptoms associated with ADHD. Massage may be something else to consider. Multiple studies have found that people with ADHD who received massage reported improvement in overall well-being, reduction in feelings of depression, reduced levels of stress hormones, as well as improved ability to concentrate, increased mental alertness .
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who specializes in health and wellness content; follow the link to find out about natural remedies for adult adhd.