Cooking for ADHD: Ten Cookbooks For ADHD Diets

November 30, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Getting your kids started on a gluten-free casein-free diet (GFCF) or the Feingold Diet can be difficult. After all, these diets forbid children from eating candy, cookies, pizza, and other foods they love. ADHD diets make cooking and doing the groceries difficult for parents too; gone are the days when you can just buy bags of potato chips or whip up a plate of pasta to ease your children’s hunger pangs. But you don’t have to come up with gourmet dishes to cook for ADHD kids, and implementing an ADHD diet does not mean restricting your children to bland, uninteresting food while their friends feast on tasty morsels. With the help of these ADHD cookbooks, your kids can eat delicious, nutritious meals without becoming uncontrollably hyperactive and inattentive after.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

This book is an excellent primer for parents who are new to the gluten-free casein-free diet. Not only do the pages contain kid-friendly recipes without milk or wheat, but the authors also explain how and why the diet works. The ingredients used in the recipes are also explained, along with tips on how to find them.

The Autism & ADHD Diet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) and Other Interventions

Yet another useful guide for parents who are unfamiliar with the GFCF diet. This book also contains advice on where to buy GFCF foods, tips on avoiding cross-contamination, understanding ingredients labels, and how to make the GFCF diet work for your child and your family.

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Study Shows How Food Allergies Cause ADHD Symptoms

November 23, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

In the UnRitalin Solution, we place a lot of importance on diet and proper nutrition as a key to overcoming ADHD. Research shows that artificial additives and certain other food substances can aggravate the trademark symptoms of ADHD, including inattention and hyperactive behavior. These foods cause adverse reactions that impact the brain wave patterns in specific areas of the brain, which in turn triggers the ADHD-like symptoms.

Although very few researchers have looked into the actual mechanisms by which food allergies affect ADHD symptoms, a small study done in 1997 was able to document the phenomenon well. Researchers from Australia’s Institute for Child Health Research investigated the changes in brainwave patterns when participants with ADHD ate foods they were allergic too. The results are very telling and support the theory that an intolerance to certain foods are responsible for ADHD-like behaviors.

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Five Herbal Remedies for ADHD

November 9, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

If you look through the Unritalin Website, you’ll find several articles showing how herbal remedies alleviate ADHD. Aside from AD-FX and Vaxa Attend, there are five more herbal formulations that can boost brain functions and help children and adults overcome hyperactivity and inattention. Although these supplements are generally safe, seek the advice of your health care specialist before consuming or giving any to your child.

Flavay Plus for Healthy Immune and Nervous Systems

Research shows that the brain and the immune system have a direct influence upon each other’s functions. One way to achieve better neurotransmitter production is to consume vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can support this connection. Flavay is a powerful nutritional supplement that provides support for both the immune system and nervous system. As an immune system booster, it recycles the activity of vitamins E and C, providing the body with more ammunition against infection and antioxidant protection against free radicals. As food for the brain, Flavay Plus contains phosphatidyl serine, a group of fatty acids and amino acids from soy lecithin that is a proven therapeutic agent against memory disorders. In a clinical trial where 26 children with ADHD took 300mg of phosphatidyl serine daily, 25 of them had improved learning capacity and behavior without any side effects. Other published double-blind studies show that this nutrient can treat depression naturally.

Phosphatidyl serine has another positive effect child with ADHD. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders report that children with ADHD are likely to have abnormal rhythms in the stress hormone cortisol. Studies show that this nutrient can calm down exaggerated stress in young people by normalizing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal’s stress-induced activation of the brain. In other words, phosphadtidyl serine regularizes brain activity, allowing the child to concentrate on tasks without jumping from thought to thought.

Finally, Flavay Plus contains other vitamins and minerals known to benefit children with ADHD, such as gingko biloba, zinc, magnesium, B-vitamins, and selenium. A bottle of Flavay Plus costs USD 78 ( 120 capsules per bottle). Available at flavay.com.

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New Study Supports Multimodal Chiropractic as an Effective ADHD Treatment

November 2, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

There’s more to childhood ADHD than just chronic hyperactivity and inattention. Children with ADHD are likely to experience other psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety. What is less well known is the relationship between ADHD and motor coordination problems, particularly in the spine’s postural muscles and ocular (eye) muscles. For this reason, ADHD falls under an umbrella category called developmental delay syndromes (DDS), which encompasses conditions like learning disabilities, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. In fact, researchers discovered that dyspraxia, or poor motor coordination and muscle strength, is a common denominator of these four conditions. If these conditions persist in one child, can treating the co-morbid motor impairment problems have a positive effect on attention problems, hyperactive behavior, and impulse control?

The answer to this may lie in chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic is a profession that specializes in the correction of spinal dysfunctions called “vertebral subluxations”. Those spinal problems lead to neurological dysfunctions that can lead to symptoms similar to ADHD. The brain relies on a spine with proper structure and movement for it to function well, and any problems with the spine can affect how the brain receives and transmits information. By addressing these structural problems, chiropractic can treat both the motor coordination issues and cognitive deficits found in ADHD. The last decade has seen a number of studies on this subject, but a new long-term study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows how a multi-modal chiropractic treatment can help.

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