The first eight week program of Healing Our ADHD Children includes adding kid friendly supplements, toxin removal, removal of chemicals from drinking water and a food sensitivity diet, which are the main building blocks to provide a strong foundation for a healthy child.
Week 1: We start with vitamin and mineral deficiencies and address these with kid friendly herbal supplements for adhd. Two of the most important minerals include magnesium, which assists in detoxification and zinc, which supports the immune system. Studies have shown that ADHD children are typically deficient in both these minerals. There can also be a build up of toxic chemicals such as lead. Your pediatrician can run a blood test to detect high levels of lead as well as low levels of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin D and others. The book will describe kid friendly ways to supplement these and other vitamins and minerals that are essential in order to create a strong foundation for the next step in this process.
Week 2: Next is a series of suggestions designed to eliminate toxins from your child’s environment. There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today in the United States. Chemicals sneak into our houses, our schools, our air and our water in all sorts of different ways. It would be hard to create a chemical free environment for our kids, but some simple steps can eliminate many of the chemicals in our home. Implement these easy to follow suggestions, such as moving to free and clear detergents and throwing away the chemical laden hand sanitizers.
Week 3: Drinking water can add unnecessary chemicals that your child ingests every day such as chlorine and BPA. Although the EPA sets strict standards for over 90 different types of contaminants that can find their way into our water supply, it is nearly impossible for them to perform sufficient testing and analysis to enforce these standards in every water municipality in the country on a routine basis. A review of water filtration and drinking habits can eliminate many of these chemicals.
Weeks 4 – 8: After building a strong foundation in the first three weeks, we will tackle a children’s version of an elimination diet. Every child and adult has genes in their bodies that create different reactions to various foods. As foods have substantially changed over the last 50 years, our genes have not had a chance to keep up with these changes.
Foods have fewer vitamins and minerals, they are sprayed by a variety of pesticides and they have been genetically modified and cross bred so that proteins that never existed in the past are now a part of our young children’s diet. Many of these proteins are very hard for our systems to digest and more and more studies are linking our digestion directly to our health and to our children’s ADHD symptoms.
Gluten, casein and GMO’s are a few of the substances we will be removing along with other foods that have been proven to cause sensitivities in children. The book contains many kid friendly recipes to get your family successfully through this portion of the program. We will slowly add foods back into the diet, looking for various physical and emotional reactions.
The diet will remove all processed foods that include dyes, which are proven to cause hyperactivity in children, as well as preservatives, MSG, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and other man made substances. During the diet we will be eliminating all GMO foods and eating as much organic produce as possible. I avoid recommending foods that kids typically will not eat such as spinach, kale and liver!
An important part of the program is to keep a detailed diary. This will take about 2 minutes each day and can produce unexpected results. You will be recording which foods and drinks were consumed and behavior patterns. The key here is for everything to be recorded. The foods being consumed will be the easy part. The reactions being experienced may take some sleuthing from an adult. Did the child have a stomach ache, did they pass gas or burp shortly after eating, did they experience a headache, do they feel lethargic? These are all reactions to foods that the body has a hard time digesting, but many times we gloss over them.
By the end of the first 8 weeks, your child should be experiencing a substantial decrease in symptoms. However there is still plenty of work to be done. The next section will tackle discipline and will provide insight into techniques to solve tough issues that are unique to our ADHD children.