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What Are Healthy Snacks For ADD/ADHD Who Have Yeast Overgrowth?

Q: Since you always say that yeast overgrowth is common with ADD/ADHD, I talk to my DR and she is going put my son on a fungal cleanse. Right now she has him taking some antifungal product and probiotics that she has recommended. I was wondering what are some healthy snacks you send to school with your son? I find that cutting sugar out of my son’s diet is impossible! But I’m trying :).

Lizza

A: You only have to cut sugar out when you are doing a yeast/fungus cleanse for about 3-4 weeks. The point of the cleanse is to kill the yeast/fungus by starving them from their unusual supply of food (sugar, refined carbs, processed and junk food). Yeast overgrowth is so common with ADD/ADHD. It is also one of the #1 mimickers of ADD/ADHD.  Many adults and children find that after a yeast/fungal cleanse they no longer have mood issues and problems with memory or concentration. Food allergies, heavy metal toxicity, poor diet, over use of antibiotics or prescription meds (ADD/ADHD meds, steroids, birth control, antacids, etc) all contribute to yeast domination. Charlie seems to have a sensitivity to sugar. Even after a cleanse if he eats high amounts of sugar (especially refined sugars) it doesn’t take much for the fungus to proliferate again. Because of this it definitely makes searching for healthy snacks extremely difficult. His Biometics AM drink already has over 50g of sugar in it. Even though it’s a healthy sugar that is time released through out the day, starting the day out at that high of a number makes me have to work extra hard at finding snacks that are low in GOOD sugars. You are always going to have yeast in your body. But the ratio should be 15% yeast and 85% good flora. As long as I can keep the good sugars down to less than 100g a day, the balance of good flora in his gut is maintained at that ratio. But also keep in mind, he will take a probiotic first thing in the morning with his Biometics AM drink which ensures that the good bacteria flourishes and is established early on in the day. Next we always cook with extra virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil, which yeast and bad bacteria absolutely hate. And last, we juice in our vitamix one veggie drink after school that has one organic clove (we always select a nice big clove, not a skimpy one) per person in it….which fungus and parasites totally hates! Garlic is a natural antibiotic. I believe the correct saying is “A garlic clove and probiotic a day, will keep the doctor away!” Plus cheating on bad foods and dessert once on the weekend doesn’t affect the balance of Charlie’s natural flora because we have establish a healthy routine all week that allows his good bacteria to thrive. Depending how bad we cheat when we go out to eat, Charlie will sit in our infrared sauna or take a clay bath the next day. But we ALWAYS take a digestive enzyme when we eat out.

My two favorite places to shop on line are www.vitacost.com and www.VitaminShoppe.com. However Vitacost does seem to have the better savings but there are certain products that I can not buy on vitacost that I can only get at vitamin shoppe. I’m always on the prowl for healthy snacks. I bought a dehydrator but can’t seem to master the protein bar recipes. I think I need to take some kind of class or something. A dehydrator will allow you to make the BEST snacks such as your own organic trail mixes, flax crackers, and even veggie burgers. For some freaking reason I can’t seem to get pass the recipes for fruit roll ups and dehydrated fruits, which are all way to high in sugar for Charlie to eat everyday.

Favorite Health Bar

1. Organic Hempseed Bar (5g Sugar 9g Protein and 5g Fiber)

This is if I may say, a bad ass little bar. Low in good sugars but still high is protein (stabilize blood sugar) and fiber (binds to toxins & keep you regular) as well which are both important for ADD/ADHD. Forget about the fat content. The fats in this bar are the good fats. It contains a perfect balance of omega-3, omega 6, and GLA. Ingredients for this bar are: sunflower seeds, honey, shelled hempseeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. How simple is that?? A light bar that is o so good for you. Charlie takes one bar with him for lunch everyday. A box of 24 will run around $33.74 at vitaminshoppe. Nutiva donates 1% of all sales to exemplary organizations that support and promote sustainable agriculture. So far they have donated over $30,000. It was also one of the first food companies to place Non-GMO (Genetically Modified) symbol on their labels.

** KIND Healthy Snacks

This health bar is our “cheat bars.” They are not bars that we would eat daily. These are handmade bars made with all natural ingredients and premium nuts (almonds, Brazilian nuts, etc) that are all naturally dried and held together with honey. These bars are just so yummy without compromising your health. These bars are made by Peace Works which is a non profit company who seeks to foster peace through business. Our favorite bars are Kind Bar Sesame & Peanuts with Chocolate (15g Sugar, 6g Protein, and 15g Fat) and  Kind Fruit Nut Bars Almond & Coconut (11g Sugar, 4g Protein, and 14g Fat). These bars are a bit heavy but sill a good all natural product that supports a good cause. When Charlie takes these bars with him other kids are always begging him for a bite. They are delicious! A box of 8 will cost $14.99 at VitaminShoppe.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

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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How Does Far Infrared Sauna Benefit ADD/ADHD?

If you have been following my blogs or read my website and e-book, then you will have heard me say this many of times, “ADD/ADHD do not detox well.” My favorite two forms of detox through the skin are bentonite clay baths and far infrared saunas. Your skin, known as the “Third kidney” is your largest eliminator of toxins. Certain toxins and pesticides can leave your body ONLY through sweat glands. Approximately 99 percent of perspiration is water; the remaining 1 percent is toxic waste!

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d choose infrared sauna every time! Don’t get me wrong……I LOVE clay baths…..HUGE FAN….and we have benefited greatly from this type of detox. In fact we still take clay baths from time to time. For a big plastic tub of bentonite clay (15 baths per tub) will run you about $45-65. However, one visit to the spa for a 30 min sitting in an infrared sauna will run anywhere from $30-40 per visit. Some spas let you purchase a package deal (usually from $200-300) where now each visit is only $25. My husband went on eBay and purchased a 4 person sauna red cedar far infrared ceramic corner unit for ONLY $1500 (includes shipping and warranty too). Most sites sold this type of sauna for $3000-5000. This purchase is like the Vitamix for me. It’s an investment that will last you decades. EVERY DAY we use this sauna. My husband and I sit in it once to twice a day. Charlie sits in it 3-4 times a week. If he eats bad when he spends the night with his friends, he’ll sits in the sauna to purge out the toxins. Plus this type of detox gives us the upper hand with Charlie’s ADHD.

Difference between Traditional Sauna and Far Infrared Sauna

Traditional sauna heats up the air making it humid and difficult to breath which results in you feeling over heated. This humidity causes condensation to form on your skin limiting the amount of toxins your body can expel.

Infrared Sauna only heats you up..not the air. This sauna is 100% therapeutic. When your body is penetrated with the far infrared waves, it can reach up to 1.5-3 inches of depth into the body. That means it will penetrate deep down in your muscular tissues and even into your internal organs.

What You Need To Know:

1. Fat (stores toxins) becomes water soluble at 110 F. This deep penetration from the rays of a far infrared sauna melts away toxins and acids that are released into your blood stream and therefore excreted out through your skin. Since most ADD/ADHD have a toxic build up of heavy metals, prescription ADD/ADHD drugs, and many more chemicals from insecticides/preservatives,etc, a far infrared sauna will help reduce this toxic burden and stimulate the healing process in their body.

2. Infrared sauna will increase secretion of endorphins (neurotransmitters) which many ADD/ADHD are deficient. Other techniques that stimulate endorphin secretion are acupuncture, mediation, and massage therapy.

3. Infrared saunas actually have the EXACT same kind of light that the sun does! This means that you get all the benefits of sunlight minus the harmful UV rays. It will help you create vitamin D for your body.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

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



Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables for ADD/ADHD

Q: We have began making the proper dietary changes in our diet. In the morning I will cut up bananas and apples with my son’s oatmeal (organic). When he gets home from school he will eat more pre-cut fruits; apples, grapes, strawberries- all organic 🙂 that I keep a Tupperware of it in our refrigerator. It’s been hard getting him to eat veggies. He will eat green beans or a romaine salad with ranch dressing sometimes. I will try to increase his veggies. Any advice?

Angela

A: The first time we changed our diet to more fruits and veggies, I didn’t really notice much of a difference in our bodies. However, when I pulled the bad stuff (MSG, artificial colors, dyes, preservatives, HCFS, etc) we saw immediate changes within the first week. We did notice one thing from eating more fruits and veggies, we all began having regular daily bowel movements (sometimes 2-3 times a day). It would take many more months down this road before I finally understood the importance of living foods and enzymes, over cooked veggies, and eating more fruits IS NOT the same as eating veggies.

Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables

1. At least 60% of food intake should come from vegetables, roots and tubers, FRESH herbs, baby greens, salad greens, and the most important veggie of them all…..sprouts.

2. Less than 15% of your food intake should come from fruits.

3. Next, you need to know the difference between fruits and vegetables. For instance, Did you know that tomatoes and celery are classified as a fruit? A very helpful site for me that you should check out:  http://www.greenforlife.com/.

4. Also, Did you know that you shouldn’t eat fruit mixed with other veggies, carbs, or meats? The sugars and acid in fruits slow down the digestion of the carbohydrates causing them to ferment and spoil in your belly resulting in bloating and gas. When you do eat fruit, you should eat it by itself. It only takes 15mins to 30 mins to digest.

5. Did you know that fruit is VERRRY high in sugar? Which is something that ADD/ADHD need to avoid especially in their first month down the natural remedy’s path. Once their body is cleansed of yeast/fungus then you can start introducing good sugars (in moderation) back into their diet. NOTE: Any fruit that ends in “berries” are always good for your kidneys.

6. Living food IS NOT the same as cooked veggies. Once food is cooked above 115 F many important nutrients and enzymes are destroyed. Living foods are chlorophyll and enzyme rich and this is what takes the burden off a toxic overloaded system and allow your body to begin to heal. If your cooking the green beans over this temp then at this point your really only eating it for it’s fiber content. Try to do your best to steam, dehydrate, or eat more raw veggies. Some veggies are better on your digestive system such as carrots when cooked but for the most part try to eat raw when possible.

7. And last, sprouts have the MOST amazing nutritional value (broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, etc)! Because they contain the highest level of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, they are considered  to be one of the MOST PERFECT FOODS known to mankind! For instance, mung bean sprouts have 25% more protein than  a T-bone steak. Sprouts are easy to grow at your home and will help on cost even growning orgainc seeds ;). You can always top sprouts on any sandwich or you mix them in a smoothie.

My Advice:

1. Look into whole foods such as barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella, spirulina, bee pollen, etc. and begin making green smoothies. To help with cost, take a powder form during the week and on the weekends juice the real thing. For example: We take organic wheat grass powder Mon-Thurs. Friday is our day off. On Sat and Sun we juice real organic wheat grass in our vita mix. 

2. Purchase a vita mix www.vitamix.com. I’m telling you that this will be one of your best investment on your journey. Go to their site and check out their videos. I can tell you that we can not eat fennel, beets, or radishes but we sure can drink it! If you can create a veggie drink of your choice that only takes a few mins, this will be a lot easier on you getting your child to cooperate and it will open the door to endless selections of vegetables that he would not normally touch.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

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



Charlie’s Results From Spring Break

We went ahead and started Charlie back on Biometics yesterday. I was going to wait to start him back this Monday morning but my husband and I decided he didn’t need to go any longer without them. Everything on his cleanse went smooth last week. No detox and he still had plenty of energy. Charlie said he didn’t even notice a difference being off of his Biometics AM drink after his first day last Sunday. However, last Tuesday we noticed that mult-tasking for Charlie was becoming more difficult than usual. We never mention any of this to him because we didn’t want to influence him with “The power of persuasion.” Instead Chuck and I just logged down his results in our journal. Thursday I would tell Charlie to take something out to the trash, etc… I would have to tell him like 20 times to his face. Finally I started yelling at him. He would say, “Okay, all you had to do is just tell me!” So I repeated myself……again to him. About an hour later I come back into the kitchen and the trash is still fricking sitting there. Now I’m like livid! I scream for Charlie to come into the kitchen. He looks at the trash and he’s like I could of swore I took that out. Starting form Thursday to Saturday he was like this. On Saturday, he was a bit irritable. Not bad but his attitude was lazy and a bit whiny. So Sunday morning my husband and I were like forget starting him back on the supplements Monday, he starts back on them today! Charlie has been on Biometics for almost 3 years. This is the first time we have ever taken him off his AM drink. Wow just imagine had we not given him his Cal/Mag during spring week, he would have been way too hyper to tolerate. This morning I asked Charlie if he noticed any difference being off of his AM drink last week and now being back on it and you know what he says to me??? He says, “Not really. I had plenty of energy during the week and I still felt good too.” I said well what about your focus? He said, “I think I felt a little bit more focus yesterday and today.” I beg to differ! I wanted to scream but instead I calmly pointed out to him all the tasks I had asked him a million times to do all week. Finally he was like, “Yeah come to think about it, it wasn’t like I had problems focusing, I just thought I had done things when I didn’t.” I said like, “Forgetting to turn off the stove, or putting up the groceries, or forgetting your skim board at the beach…twice?????” He thinks because he still felt an overall well being last week that it didn’t affect his focus or memory in any way. I guess he relates his lack of focus to feeling bad and not being healthy like he felt as the beginning of this journey before we started down the natural remedy path.

P.S Can’t say I feel any different from being on “Cell Food” this week. I probably will not re-order this product again. I have been taking this product for a week now so I can’t really give a full honest testimony. Easy product to take and is pretty much tasteless.  I’m not saying it’s not beneficial but I feel like I accomplish the same results with Wheat grass….which BTW, I miss not being on wheat grass this week! Perhaps this is a product that we could take with us on vacation because unlike wheat grass, it can be taken with or without food, it’s easy to pack, and it’s not messy to mix up daily.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers

www.addnaturalremedy.com

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