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How To Eliminate ADD (Without Pesky Medications)

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Most traditional physicians treat attention deficit disorder with medications. That’s standard clinical practice and something they’ve been doing en masse for at least twenty years. 

But it turns out that there are plenty of other ways to deal with ADD, besides drugs. And they’re often more effective, particularly when you combine them into a holistic lifestyle strategy

Do you have ADD? Take a look at some of these alternative ways to manage and treat the condition:

Change Your Diet

People with ADD tend to do better when they reduce their meat and simple carbohydrate consumption. That means less steak, sugar, candies, and white pasta, and more beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

Changing your diet can have a profound effect on how you feel. Many people find that their ADD disappears entirely after a couple of months in a new regime, allowing them to live their lives normally. 

Reduce Screen Time

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It can be hard to limit screen time in the modern world, particularly if you need it for your job. However, if you have ADD, you may notice that it helps you better manage your symptoms. Studies, for instance, find a positive correlation between screen time and people’s ability to pay attention. 

Eat More Omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids may also help with ADD. There’s evidence that they contain compounds that reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity. They may be able to regulate the brain, allowing it to function more calmly for extended periods, particularly while working and studying. 

Go To The Chiropractor

Going to the chiropractor isn’t just about fixing sore joints or posture issues. It’s also a way to control ADD and ADHD. Making simple adjustments to the body can rectify imbalance issues and help you to feel more normal as you make your way through life. Corrections change how you feel by changing how you carry yourself. 

Get Screened For Other Problems

Sometimes an ADD diagnosis indicates an underlying issue elsewhere in the body. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get screened for any additional potential problems that you might have. For instance, many people with ADD have Irlen Syndrome, a condition that makes visual processing more difficult. This might be causing impulsivity and inability to concentrate.

Get Behavioral Therapy

Another strategy is to address ADD from a cognitive perspective. Getting behavioral therapy can teach you new ways to reward desired behavior while cutting back on the behavior that you don’t want. 

For adults with ADD, the best type of therapy is CBT. This helps you think about life situations differently so that ADD symptoms don’t get the upper hand. The technique lets you challenge beliefs that you have about yourself in a more positive light. 

Try Exercising More

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Evidence suggests that exercise improves the regulation of the ADD brain. That’s because it releases serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which improves focus and attention. Short-term bouts of exercise, particularly aerobics and yoga, appear to benefit attention and executive function positively. Walking for just a few minutes a week can make all the difference. 

Karla Urwitz
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