A Mother's Journey Blog


What Antioxidants Help With ADHD?

I am looking at some natural foods that can provide more antioxidants for my nephew who has ADHD.

Have you ever looked at XOCAI? If so, I was hoping you could share what you know.

Thank you!

Rick

 

Hi Rick,

As a matter of fact yes I know about XOCAL. Great product and expensive. We had wonderful results on this product but after a few months I switched to raw organic cacao powder that I purchase on Amazon.com. It’s pretty much the same thing except you need a higher serving size of the powder. I made shakes, smoothies, raw energy bars, crackers, and desserts with this powder. Soooo delicious!!! I always add a natural sweetener (Stevia) vs sugar in my recipes too. Although if I had to pick between the two, XOCAL is the better product.

As far as antioxidants, look to alpha lipoic acid  a water soluble super unversial antioxidant), green tea ( powerful antioxidant, great for calming, helps with concentration, and elevates alpha waves), and the Mack daddy of all antioxidants- glutathione (usually found in avocados and asparagus). You could also opt for super foods such as chia seeds, salba, algae (spriulla and chlorella), and fruit extracts from either Noni, mangosteen, and acai which are all high in many different super antioxidants. Also Biometics Cell Care is wonderful product too. It not only has super antioxidants but it also contains  Co Q10. Biometics Bio Nite is also a super antioxidant.

Eating foods with antioxidants is a great starting point. But you would need like 10-20 servings of veggies or fruits versus taking an antioxidant supplement or extract. I’m not saying do not eat your veggies and to only take supplements, I’m saying that you should do both. They each have their benefits. Eating veggies and whole food will help with ph balance and fiber content. And supplements will help you obtain optimal results which is a requirement since ADHD are so deficient in their b vitamins, minerals, and neurotransmitters.

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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Are Ear Infections Related to ADD/ADHD Symptoms?

In the book “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” Revised 2nd Edition by Michael Murray N.D & Joseph Pizzonno, N.D on pg. 442, it says ear infections are an important consideration for ADD/ADHD because of frequent use of antibiotics. Ear Infections are common with kids age 6 and under. The most common cause for ear infections are stopping breast feeding to soon (should be a minimum of 4 months), day care, smoking, and wood-burning stoves. Over 90% of allergies are linked with ear infections. Because children’s digestive tracts are permeable to food antigens (especially the first 3 months) try to avoid in your diet: wheat, eggs, fowl, and dairy for the first 9 months. Allergic reaction causes the blockage of Eustachian tube by two mechanisms: 1. Inflammation of the Eustachian tube or 2.) Inflammation of the nose ( because swelling of nose this causes mouth and nose to close off forcing air and secretions into the middle of the ear). Humidifiers are a great remedy for ear infection treatment. Also a high quality probiotic should also be added daily especially after antibiotics use (minimum of 1 month use). Constant use of antibiotics kills all bacteria including good bacteria. This causes dysbiosis of GI flora which is manifested as an overgrowth of yeasts (fungus) and mold. In time this causes damage to the GI tract allowing partially digested proteins to enter the bloodstream and cross the blood-brain barrier to affect the normal development and function to the brain, thus leading to many characteristic symptoms of ADD/ADHD or autism. Persistent GI damage results in reduced nutrient, mineral, and vitamin absorption. Yeast overgrowth is the #1 ADD/ADHD mimicker. Enthusiastically yours, Shirley Highers http://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.

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.


My Son Who Has ADHD Becomes Violent, Depressed, & Has Anger Problems; Any Advice?
Q: My son has been diagnosed with AD/HD about 5 years ago.  As he has gotten older everything they put him on had a side effect.  And we have had to put him on more meds just to counter react the effects of the other drugs.  He has become violent, depressed and has a sever anger problem.  We said enough no more! We want our son back.  Any advice?
 
Thanks,
DJ
 
 
A: Your son sounds like our son many years ago minus the anger issues. When a parent tells me their ADD/ADHD child can instantly become angry or aggressive with them or other children, I will often ask them if they have had their child’s cortisol level checked. Every time you are stressed, cortisol (stress hormone that’s released by your adrenal glands) is dumped into your body. Over a long period of time stress can destroy nerve connections and neurons affecting short-term memory. ADD/ADHD have a high level of frustration because of the constant stress they are put under. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress and depression are closely linked. Stress doesn’t just affect your mind psychologically but your body as well. In The Journal of Autisms and Developmental Disorders say that ADHD children have abnormal levels of cortisol. High amounts of cortisol can cause problems in metabolizing carbohydrates, protein, and fats affecting their ability to concentrate. And Yale researchers have confirmed that children with ADD have a problem in metabolizing glucose. In my opinion, if my child was constantly stressed, easily angered, or depressed I would so have his cortisol level tested by salivary hormone analysis done by a doctor or on-line.. There are many 100% herbal formulas that come in capsules or liquid form that you can take with juice that will help balance healthy cortisol hormone levels. Plus adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, ginkgo boloba, or rhodiola (which is our favorite) will also naturally help with stress. Biometics AM/PM program will also help with balancing his cortisol levels too. You will need to contract Rae Ann if you any questions about prices or programs for Biometics hayneskr@cox.net. She has had adrenal and cortisol issues that she currently balances with natural remedies and vitamin supplements. And her son has ADD and is med free.
 
Second, try to keep in mind that a child’s liver, especially when their organs have not properly developed, is not meant to filter an addictive control substance long term. And I do not care if a doctor says differently! I had my son on meds for 2 1/2 yrs. I KNOW personally most of the side effects that are associated with ADHD meds. The longer a child stays on those meds, the worst the side effects become and more meds are called in to neutralize side effects from the previous medications. And before long, you have a young child on 3-5 different meds. Plus these meds throw the body and brain chemistry totally off balance!!! I would go through the 6 steps I listed on my Natural Remedies page. You don’t have to do them all at once or in the same order. It is there as a guide to give you a starting point. The goal is to remove the toxin burden and maximize their nutrient intake (such as high quality vitamin supplements). It will take some time to get your child’s chemistry back in check. Do not give up! I’m here as living proof that you CAN manage ADHD without medication….but it will take commitment and consistency on your part.
 
P.S Aggresive behavior is a warning sign that indicates low serotonin production in the brain.
 
Enthusiastically yours,

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


Why Are ADHD Deficient in Their Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc?

Q: You mention in your blogs that ADHD are highly deficient in their minerals (zinc, calcium, and magnesium). Why are they so deficient? You also mention that your son started off with 2 serving of Cal/Mag twice a day. Does he not take that amount anymore? If not, when did you know to cut back his serving size?

Carol

A: ADHD are deficient in their minerals because of their inability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients. Poor diet is also a factor. We worked up to 2 servings (2 scoops) of Cal/Mag a day. Lucky for us, it only took a week. We gave Charlie 1 serving (1 scoop) after breakfast to keep him calm during school. But by the time the got home from school he had already burned off his B vitamins and cal/mag. So we would have to give him a small serving after school. Depending on how hyped up he was, we would give him either 1/4 to 1/2 scoop. When it was time for him to go to bed, I’d give him another 1/2 scoop. It really depends on what’s best for them. And I found that this is what worked best for Charlie. Biometics Cal/Mag is PERFECT for ADD/ADHD. This product is a calcium citrate form which absorbs 2.5 times faster than calcium carbonate. One scoop not only has 1000mg of calcium and 300mg of magnesium but it also contains zinc (15mg), vitamin C (60mg), vitamin A (beta carotene 2000IU), and vitamin D (200 IU). Having this combination of vitamins and minerals not only ensures that you absorb all the calcium but that that your body holds on to it. Without vitamin D or magnesium, calcium would just pass right through your body. It be more like a “drive by.”

Be careful when you start out on this product. The citrate form can make your stomach bubbly if you do not have the proper amount of good bacteria in your gut. If you do not ease into a full serving, you may end up with diarrhea. So always start out SLOWLY and on a FULL stomach. The goal was to keep Charlie on 2 servings of cal/mag a day until his hyperactivity seized. Although Cal/Mag offered pleasing results, it did not stop him from being fidgety. However, once he finished his heavy metal cleanse, we found that we were able to drop him down 1 serving (1 scoop) size of cal/mag (before bed).

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.

 



What’s A Good Protein Product To Give My Son With ADHD?

Q: What’s A Good Protein Product To Give My Son With ADHD?

Lauren

A: Most ADHD children are athletes so this is a very good question that I have been dying to answer! I do not know why haven’t blog about this sooner. I use a unique amino acid supplement called PeptoPro from Protein Factory. Often times teen athletes are told by their coaches to start on 40g or more of either a protein drink or bar 3-4 times day to “Bulk” up. I adamantly disagree!! For one thing those drinks and bars are loaded with sugar and have artificial color, flavor, and preservatives which is horrible for ADD/ADHD. Children and teenagers have no business taking in that large amount of protein. Their organs are still developing and that amount of protein is very hard on their kidneys and other organs. Plus I was told by a Biochemist that teaches at University of North Carolina that your body can only process 17-20g of protein at a time. However, I do agree with the the masses in the body building world that an individual wanting to achieve LARGE body mass should consume protein every 2-3 hrs. 

So why does an individual need to drink or eat all that protein? Because in order for your body to build muscle mass it has to break down the protein first and convert it to amino acids. PeptoPro allows your body to skip the process of breaking down protein and provides you with “water soluble” amino acids. This is the first amino acid product of it’s kind out there today. Other amino acids are not water soluble. Being water soluble makes the protein more digestible because they are quickly taken up by the gut and are released into your bloodstream WITHOUT digestion (just like Biometics). It totally bypasses the exhausting burden that your body must go through to digest protein. As soon as I read “water soluble” I ordered this product. The whole reason why I’m so in love with Biometics Liquid Supplements line is because of their patent process that converts all fat soluble vitamins to water soluble allowing your body to absorb your supplements quickly and also lets you flush out what your body doesn’t use.

If you have more question, just call the company. That’s what I did and they transferred me to some guy (Alex) that was more than willing to answer any of my questions or concerns. I asked him how much should my entire family take. He said 1 tsp 2-3 times daily. He said friends of his that were body builders take 3 tsp (1 tbsp) total a day. He said he also gives this to his son just because it’s good for him. Because PeptoPro is the BEST mixing protein EVER it will actually turn clear when mixed in water and mixes up so quickly. He gives 1 tsp to his son in his favorite juice once a day. Also this product can be used before work out, during work out, and after work out. Take PeptoPro on an empty stomach. If you eat food especially protein before taking PeptoPro, your body will have to focus on breaking down the protein first before it can absorb the amino acids. You should wait about 20-30 mins before you eat.

Here’s the link: http://proteinfactory.com/shop/product.php?productid=823&cat=0&page=1. Below are the additional items I order in this product.

PeptoPro

Options:
Flavor:  Real Strawberry
Sweetener:  None
Aminogen:  Yes
Carbogen:  Yes
Glutamine Peptides:  Yes
MicroLactin:  Yes
Muscle Cocktail:  L-Glutamine
Peak ATP:  Yes
Vitamins & Minerals:  Yes

$36.70   1 $36.70  

You can mix this stuff right up in your Biometics AM drink or right before bed in your Cal/Mag after it stops fizzing. Ooor you can make a protein shake with it. For example, if Charlie wants a shake he will pour 6-8ozs of either unsweetened coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc into his Bullet (Target). He will add less than 1/8 tsp of “Pure”Stevia Extract powder http://nunaturals.com/product/46. Because this stuff is “Pure it’s extremely powerful!!!! A bottle will last you FOREVER. He will sometimes add 1 tbsp of organic peanut butter. Mix all this up in your bullet for 30 secs. It’s soooo delicious. If he’s feelin like his taste buds want chocolate flavoring, he will add anywhere from 1 tsp to 1/2 tbsp of Chatfield’s Carob & Compliments Powder (No chocolate, cocoa, or caffeine).

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.

 



Should You Only Test For Heavy Metals With ADD & Food Allergies With ADHD?

Q: I read one of your old blogs that mentioned ADD should be tested for heavy metals and ADHD for food allergies. Does that mean I shouldn’t have my daughter tested for food allergies too?

Taylor

A:  Too many times children who DO NOT have ADD/ADHD but mimic those symptoms are quickly put on medication because parents are told that this is their only option. The reason I wrote ADD-heavy metals and ADHD-food allergies are because they both mimic ADD/ADHD symptoms. BUT that’s not to say that food allergies do not mimic ADD or heavy metals mimic ADHD symptoms. In my personal experience I have found it more common the other way around. For a child that actually DOES have ADD/ADHD, then food allergies, yeast overgrowth, heavy metals toxicity, deficiency in DHA, etc will only compound their problem. You will have to regain a balance with their body and brain chemistry by removing toxins (cleanses, eating organic, pulling artificial crap from diet) and maximizing nutrients (HIGH quality supplements).

If it’s food allergies, your child will make a quick recovery (within a week). If it’s heavy metals, well that could take much longer (6-12 mons or more). I suggest taking a natural chelator (chlorella or zeolites) and also clay baths for maximum results. I have listed my recommendation on my website. Also keep in mind that yeast overgrowth (which is probably the #1 mimicker of ADD/ADHD) can be a side effect of both food allergies and heavy metal build up. So you will need to do a cleanse for that too.

In my opinion, take both tests!

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.

 



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.