I’m a huge advocate for balance in all areas of life. There are many parts to ADHD management that, added all together, can create a well balanced plan for clients. Exercise, coaching, diet, supplements, medication, and meditation are all key factors in overall ADHD optimal success.
I’m super aware of the multitude of options in managing the symptoms of ADHD. The majority of my clients use medication for help. Medication fulfills one checked box of ADHD management, but, as a whole, the overall treatment is multi-faceted. You can take all the medication you’d like, but it may not necessarily help you manage your time after school or your workload or your project deadlines, or even how to plan your day. You’ll need additional strategies for success. To give you a little insight: just like one friend can’t fulfill all of our wishlist categories of a perfect BFF, nor can medication be the one and only answer for all things ADHD. We have to look at the whole package.
Natural Strategies for ADHD
One of the areas of balance I am a huge advocate of is supplements and diet. No eye rolling here, please! Maybe you’d like to decrease or eventually come off your meds altogether? There are key supplements that support optimum brain function and are proven to aid in the improvement of ADHD symptoms. With strategies and natural alternatives, coming off meds or decreasing them could be a high probability for some.
Here are the 3 primary supplements that support healthy brain function, mood and impulsivity in the brain.
Omega 3: One of the best vitamins to help support brain health and keep our chemical neurotransmitters functioning is Omega 3. Just like oil is to a car, so is Omega 3 to our brain. It supports mental clarity (minimizes brain fog), helps keep all the “highways” in the brain running smoothly, and helps with overall concentration and mood.
Food sources: Salmon, eggs, walnuts, flaxseed oil, spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, winter squash, chia seed, wild rice
Zinc: Zinc helps reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. Zinc also helps regulate the function of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which, supports the feelings of pleasure and rewards.
Food sources: Red meat, shellfish (oysters, crab and shrimp), chickpeas, lentils, beans (kidney, garbanzo beans), seeds (pumpkin, sesame), nuts (almonds, pine nuts, peanuts), eggs, milk, cheese, whole grains (quinoa, rice, wheat), dark chocolate
Magnesium and B6: Magnesium and B6 are essential for overall brain function because they help the binding of neurotransmitters. Symptoms from a deficiency of magnesium include irritability, difficulty with concentration, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
Food sources: Spinach, peanut butter, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate, almonds, tofu
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