In modern culture, our food is loaded with toxins, fillers, additives and chemicals that disrupt the natural rhythm of our bodies. To create an efficient and healthy brain and body, we must start with what we consume as fuel to improve focus and attention.
Not every additive will inflame those ADHD symptoms, first start with the items below to determine if it’s the culprit to inattention and lack of focus.
- Eliminate Red 40 (food coloring/artificial color) completely from diet. (Red dye can last up to 3 days in the body, so you may not see immediate improvement.
- Eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from diet.
If eliminating Red 40 and HFCS from your child’s diet doesn’t help, in addition to those above, consider removing other additives, such as artificial flavors, other artificial colors, nitrates, nitrites, soy, gluten, sugar or dairy.
The Feingold Diet is a structured diet that parents will turn to for their children diagnosed with a ADHD.
Other diet and cookbooks to improve ADHD:
“Healing Without Hurting” is a great resource for treating ADHD without Meds. The author is a therapist and has a son with Autism, so she is an expert in her field as a mother and a professional. She also manages a Facebook Group “ADHD Natural/Non Medication Children Support Group” and a Facebook Page, “Healing ADHD and Aspergers Without Hurting Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC“.
- Omega 3 fatty acid
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin C
Recommended Multi Vitamins –
- ChildLife Multi Vitamin & Mineral Liquid For Children
- Nordic Berries, Multi-Vitamin Gummies
- Carlson Labs Children’s Formulas – Carlson for Kids Chewable Vitamins
- Rainbow Light Memory/Cognitive Support – Brain & Focus for Teens & Adults
Essential Oil Blends
I prefer to diffuse oils in our home simply to avoid measuring for dilution purposes, or skin irritations. Applying topically can be beneficial and if you consider applying topically, please research how to dilute HERE.
Diffuse a blend of oils containing one or a combination of oils while studying or doing homework. Also consider a diffuser necklace or bracelet for your child to wear to school.
Ask your child’s teacher to diffuse a focus blend throughout the day. Every child can benefit from a boost in Attention.
To receive a more comprehensive list of oils that help focus and attention, CLICK HERE
Exercise and Movement
Kids today need to move more, not just hyperactive kids. Every child in the class can improve focus from frequent active breaks.
Allow several 5-10 minute breaks during the school day and in the afternoon while doing homework. The mind of a child diagnosed with ADHD works best and is most effective during movement. Do jumping jacks while reciting math facts.
Research has proven time and time again that children and adults with ADHD think, and focus best, when moving. Allow your child/student to use a fidget toy in class or during homework time.
When my son was in the third grade his teacher let him quietly fidget with mini lego’s during class.
- Fidget spinners
- Fidget cubes
- Mini Legos
- Different colors of pipe cleaners to twist, turn, and mold
- Stress Relief Toys
It seems counter-productive, but for children with ADHD, they tend to focus better when listening to music as they study or do homework.
Allow your child/student to use headphones if they would like, to complete assignments, study or complete homework.
CBD Hemp Oil
Since I initially wrote this article, I have learned so much about CBD Hemp oil and it benefits. To see our other articles, just select CBD from the Menu at the top of our site.
It’s very important to do research since there are so many companies starting, hoping to cash in on this emerging market with cheap, synthetic CBD oil. Please help me spread the word to always research and know a company is reputable and a product is made using high quality standards.
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