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My Son is 11 Years Old and Has ADHD, What Would you Recommend he Eats for Breakfast? Also How Does Your Son Start Off his Day with His Supplements?

Q: My Son is 11 Years Old and Has ADHD, What Would You Recommend he Eats for Breakfast? Also How Does Your Son Start Off his Day with His Supplements?

 Cindy 

A: Charlie is 14 years old now and will be 15 in December. The first thing he does when wakes up in the morning is take his an Biometics AM drink (1tbsp of Bio Fuel, Aloe, Bio Alert, Cell Care, 1 scoop Xcell Fuel and 4 scoops Get-Go-N). He follows with a big cup of water and takes three Neu-Becalm capsules and three OmegaXL capsules. He waits 30 mins until he eats breakfast. I would say about 5 days out of the week he drinks Wheatgrass and takes five capsules of bentonite clay. He usually does this right after he takes his vitamins. He also takes Bio Immune fives on and two weeks off. He will mix that up in his Biometics AM drink.

For breakfast he mixes in our bullet blender 1 packet of Biometics Chocolate Pro Fit (17g protein) with one heaping scoop of MaraNatha all natural organic creamy peanut butter in 8ozs of vanilla rice milk.  After his protein shake he eats organic French toast. He toasts 2 slices of bread from Nature’s Own Organic Honey Wheat Bread (No High Fructose Corn syrup). In a large pan big enough to cook both toasted slices of bread, he puts 2 tbsp of Organic Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut oil. In a wide bowel he beats up 2 Organic cage free eggs. Then he drips the bread in the eggs on both sides put them in a pan to be cooked. After both sides are cooked, he cuts up an organic banana or peach and put it on top of the French toast. Finally he pours 2 tbsp of organic Maple B syrup and sprinkles a handful of Walnuts on his French toast. It’s very delicious and a healthy choice for ADHD!!!!!!!!!!!!

With ADHD you want to try and have 60%-70% protein (helps stabilize their blood sugars) and 30%-40% complex carbohydrates. These are the best carbs because they are high in fiber. This means the body must work to break these carbs down into glucose. This is a slow process releasing glucose into the bloodstream gradually which provides lasting energy versus a sugar rush and crash.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it. 

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Bio Nite Really Calms My Daughter Down and Makes Her Nice and Sweet, What Ingredient In That Product Is Doing That?

Q: Something I notice is that the Bio-nite really calms my daughter down.  She is taking ½ mg (1/2 dropper) 30 min before bed and it is enough to make her drowsy.  But as it is taking effect, she gets really nice and sweet. What ingredient in that product is doing that?

Christy

A: Bio Nite not only contains micellized melatonin but herbal extracts of Chamomile and Valerian too. These are soothing anti-stress and relaxing herbs which help calm your daughter down. Bio Nite is so effective because it’s a high quality micelled liquid form supplement. Biometics has a patent process called emusol micellization. This means your body absorbs almost 95% of this product versus 5-10% if it was in a pill form. So you really do not need much of this product. Most children and adults start with just a few drops under their tongue and eventually work up to 1/2 dropper or 1 full dropper. In my personal experience rarely do indiviudals take the full serving size of 2 full droppers (3mg) before bed. Bio Nite can be taken every night without fear of dependency unless you exceed more then 3mg a night. When you take more then 3mg of melatonin a night, you are telling your body it doesn’t need to produce it anymore. Bio Nite purpose isn’t to make you feel sleepy or drowsy before bed but to help you reach deep REM sleep which is where all the healing and recovery takes place. Deep REM sleep helps regulate and balance your brain chemistry which is extremely important with ADD/ADHD. Your neurotransmitter seretonin is produced during deep REM. Not many people know this about melatonin, it’s a Super Antioxidant, a major anti-aging, it scavenges for free radicals, and it helps boost the immune system. Even if you sleep well you should take Bio Nite for all of these health benefits!*Remember since melatonin is a super antioxidant, if you are an adult and you do not ease into this product your body could go through a slight detox causing you to toss and turn at night, or get sweaty, or wake up with a slight headache in the morning. During the day you can drink water to flush out those toxins but at night you are sleeping so those toxins are trying to get out of your body. Children usually do not go through a detox with Bio Nite because they do not have the years of toxin overload like adults.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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Clinical Study on Deficiency in Omega-3 with ADHD

Purdue University researchers have found that boys with low blood levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, have a greater tendency to have problems with behavior, learning and health consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or (ADHD).

Some previous studies by other researchers have indicated that symptoms associated with a deficiency in fatty acids are exhibited to a greater extent in children with ADHD. Those symptoms include thirst, frequent urination and dry skin and hair. The Purdue researchers, however, were able to pinpoint omega-3s as the fatty acids that may be associated with the unique behavior problems in children with ADHD.

“There are two types of fatty acids that must be obtained from the foods we eat because the body cannot synthesize them,” says John R. Burgess, assistant professor of foods and nutrition. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are both essential to the body. However, evidence is accumulating that a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids may be tied to behavior problems, learning and health problems.” ADHD is the most common behavioral disorder in children, affecting between 3 percent and 5 percent of school-age youngsters. It’s diagnosed more often in boys than girls. The cause of ADHD is unknown, but research suggests many factors may contribute to it, including biological and environmental elements.

Stimulant drugs such as Ritalin often are used to calm children with ADHD and are effective about 75 percent of the time. “With our research we are trying to find potential causes of ADHD so that nutritional treatments can be developed for some children with ADHD,” Burgess says. For this study, the researchers compared the fatty-acid levels in the blood of 96 boys, ages 6 to 12. Fifty-three of the boys had previously been identified as having ADHD, and 43 did not. Teachers and parents also were asked to rate the subjects on a scale used to assess childhood behavior problems. The parents also filled out a health questionnaire for possible symptoms associated with essential fatty acid deficiencies. Approximately 40 percent of the boys with ADHD had a greater frequency of symptoms indicative of essential fatty-acid deficiency, as reported by their parents. Nine percent of the boys without ADHD had similar symptoms.

Burgess says boys with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids scored higher in the frequency of many behavioral problems. Children with lower omega-6 levels reported significantly more colds and health-related problems than those with higher levels, but they did not exhibit more behavioral problems. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and other seafood. Burgess says there are also small amounts of omega-3s in some polyunsaturated oils. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the proper functioning of the central nervous system. He says the body doesn’t need a great quantity of omega-3 fatty acids, and he speculates that in children who have low blood levels of omega-3s, their metabolism may be unable to adequately process the little bit that they need from the foods they eat. “While all children with ADHD are not deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, we believe that this may be important for at least a subset of ADHD children,” Burgess says. “However, at this point we don’t know what the relationship is between omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD

– Source – April/May edition of the journal Physiology & Behavior

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.



My Child has ADD, Does She Need Your Top 5 Recommendations for ADD/ADHD?

Q: My daughter has ADD. Her problem in class is day dreaming. She doesn’t have any other problems. Do I need to put her on all 5 of your top recommendations?

Lisa

A: ADD is a bit easier to control then ADHD. In my personal experience and research in dealing with adults and children with BOTH ADD/ADHD,  ADD need to start with 1.) a Heavy Metal Cleanse, 2.) Omegas-3, and 3.) Liquid Vitamins. Parents usually start to see results instantly after a Heavy Metal Cleanse and results gets better and better when they add the omegas and vitamins.

Note: You can start all 3 at the same time. However, a Heavy Metal Cleanse can take some time. This is not a fast cleanse. When you are pulling heavy metals from the body, you want to do it slowly, you need to be having regular bowel movements, and make sure you drink PLENTY of water.

Do keep in mind that diet is ALWAYS important for both ADD/ADHD. Stay away from sugars, processed or fried food, and dairy.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.



Can you make Biometics AM drink into ice-pops?

Q: I finally found a way for my son to take his daiy drink. I freeze his vitamins (Bio Fuel and Bio Immune) into apple juice and make an ice-pop. Does this effect the products?

Sara

A: Some separation of the micellized products may occur with freezing. This is normal, but does not affect the product effectiveness.

On a side note you can do a lot by mixing with juices for flavor with the Biometics AM drink (Bio Fuel, Bio Alert, Aloe, Cell Care, Get-Go-N):

1. Mix AM drink with lemon or grapefruit juice to give it a tart flavor.

2. Mix Kool-aid for picky kids who want a sweeter flavor.

3. Mix AM drink with warm not hot apple juice for an apple cider taste.

4. Most common juice to mix with AM drink is V8 Splash Tropical Blend for a sweeter taste.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

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When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

 

 



Bananas are Great for ADD/ADHD

Almost everyday in the Highers household clan, we eat a Banana because this is one of the BEST fruit for ADD/ADHD. My knowledge of Bananas in the past are that they are great for athletes (potassium-prevents muscle cramps). 

But Bananas are not only rich in potassium but calcium, magnesium, and iron too. It’s also a great source of Vitamins A, C, niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. But the most important fact about Bananas are that they contain ALL 8 essential amino acids which is verrry important for synthesizing neurotransmitters!! Therefore bananas are fuel for your brain.  Potassium is not only great for muscle craps but it also helps you with concentration and thinking clearer. This is an incredible fruit to eat prior to engaging in any strenuous mental activity.

Bananas are very high in sugar but it is a natural sugar. Which means that it can stimulate your brain so you can think faster and recall information quickly. Natural sugars are also absorbed slowly into your body (preventing radical swings in blood sugar level). Plus Bananas are a solube fiber, which means it dissolves in water and can be broken down by enzymes in the intestines, while insoluble fiber cannot. Because soluble fiber absorbs water in the intestinal tract it gives you a full feeling which is great for those trying to lose weight. Soluble fibers can also help with lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. 

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

http://www.addnaturalremedy.com/proper_nutrition.html

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.



The Importance of the different Colors for Fruits and Vegatables

When I punish Charlie, I make him write sections out of various health books that I own. Sometimes I’ll print articles or studies done by universities and have him write those as well. He hates to write!!!!!!!!! I figure if I have to make him write, it might as well be on information that will educate him about his health. I wasn’t sure I was accomplishing anything with this form of punishment. Well today we went to the grocery store together. Charlie started telling me about how important it is to have various colors of vegetables and fruits. I was like, “Does this mean you are going to start eating more of these types of vegetables?” He was like, “No, but you should because they contain all kinds of different pyhtochemicals in them and it’s suppose to help with your health.” It totally cracked me up. I guess the punishment is working. I’m sure when he grows up he will eventually apply this knowledge. Time will tell I guess. Anyway, here is one of the articles that I made him write:

Reds When you add deep reds or bright pinks to your daily diet, you are also adding a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is found in tomatoes, red and pink grapefruit, watermelon and papaya. Diets rich in lycopene are being studied for their ability to fight heart disease and some cancers.

Greens Do you know why this color is so essential to your diet? It is rich in the phytochemicals that keep you healthy. For example, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in spinach, kale and broccoli have antioxidant properties and are being studied for their ability to protect your eyes by keepeing your retina strong. Also, research is being done on cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale to see if they may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors!. Greens are also loaded with essential vitamins (folate), minerals and fiber.

Oranges/Yellows Orange vegetables and fruits like apricots and carrots contain beta-carotene. This carotenoid is a natural antioxidant that is being studied for its role in enhancing the immune system. In addition to being touted as a powerful health- protector, the orange group is rich in Vitamin C. Folate, most often found in leafy green, is also found in orange fruits and vegetables, and is a B vitamin that may help prevent some birth defects and reduce your risk of heart disease. Bright yellows have many of the same perks as the orange groups: high in essential vitamins and carotenoids. Pineapple, for example, is rich with Vitamin C. Yellow fruits and vegetables belong to many different families, but they all share the common bond of being health enhancing with great taste.

Blues/Purples Blues and purples add to your plate health-enhancing flavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Anthocyanins, a phytochemical, are pigments responsible for the blue color in vegetables and fruits, and are being studied for their role in the body’s defense of harmful carcinogens. Blueberries, in particular are rich in Vitamin C and folic acid and high in fiber and potassium.

Whites Vegetables from the onion family, wich include garlic and any variety of onion, contain the phytochemical allicin. Research is being conducted on: Allicin, to learn how it may help lower cholosterol and blood pressure and increase the body’s ability to fight infections. Indoles and sulfaforaphanes, phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, for how the may inhibit cancer growth. Polyphenols, another important phytochemical that may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

http://www.addnaturalremedy.com/proper_nutrition.html

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.