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Help Beyond Meds for Melt Downs

ADD, ADHD, Outbursts, Anxiety, Meltdown?

Did you know that you can improve (and sometimes even eliminate) symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

(Is it a meltdown or a tantrum? The tips below will help with both!)

Read below for dietary tips and other options, then read Julie Matthews Book, Nourishing Hope for Autism.

Knowing that some of the commonly prescribed drugs can be addicting and have problematic side-effects, many parents are looking for safer alternatives.

Do these side effects scare you?

Here are common side effects listed for drugs typically used for ADD/ADHD

  • Feeling restless and jittery
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Tics

Three drugs used to treat ADHD and their reported side effects:

Adderall – people say they feel “zombie-like” and apathetic

Full prescribing info lists these side effects

slowing of growth (height and weight) in children

seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures

eyesight changes or blurred vision

headache

stomach ache

trouble sleeping

decreased appetite

nervousness

dizziness

Concerta – people say they feel extreme insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, headaches, depression, social anxiety

Full prescribing info lists these side effects

headache

stomach pain

sleeplessness

decreased appetite

nausea

vomiting

dizziness

nervousness

tics

allergic reactions

increased blood pressure

psychosis

Ritalin – People say they experience loss of appetite, hair loss, anxiety, insomnia, tics, violent behavior, dry mouth and depression

Full prescribing info lists these side effects

slowing of growth (height and weight) in children

seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures

eyesight changes or blurred vision

headache

decreased appetite

stomach ache

nervousness

trouble sleeping

nausea

Brain Balancing Foods and Tips

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  1. Avoid sugar and high glycemic foods like bread, pasta, baked goods, chips, crackers and processed grain foods.
  2. Avoid corn and soy and GMO foods. 
  3. Balanced blood sugar will help balance moods. Every meal include animal protein, 1 Tbs. healthy fats (grass-fed butter/ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, Mac Nut Oil, Avocado/Avocado Oil) and fresh vegetables
  4. Avoid artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, chemicals and flavors (natural and artificial)
  5. Avoid man-made, Enriched and fortified foods and cereal.
  6. Enjoy omega-3 foods like wild caught salmon, grass-fed meats, free range eggs
  7. Go gluten-free and dairy-free and evaluate other possible food sensitivities with the help of a naturopathic physician or nutritionist. Gluten is inflammatory and can inflame the brain. Removing dairy products can have similar benefits.
  8. Supplement with magnesium glycinate, cod liver oil, B vitamins, probiotics
  9. Eat Real Food. Whole, unprocessed, unrefined.

Take steps today to implement alternative therapies that can really help calm your child and improve behavior.

 

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