Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have behavioral conditions which can cause high levels of energy, lack of focus, and impulsive behavior. Over 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD surveyed by the CDC. The numbers continue to rise year after year. These disorders are different symptoms of the same underlying cause.
Exchanging Medication with Nutrition
The standard response in most medical situations is to prescribe a pill. Unfortunately, these pills are not a long term answer to the neurological function for children, and also adults. In fact, many disorders and diseases are prescribed medication to mask the symptom instead of dealing with the main issue. Prescription medications have never been tested or approved for kids, yet we prescribe them anyways. Luckily, there are multiple ways to improve ADHD/ADD solely through nutrition.
Chiropractic Plays a Role
There are many misconceptions of chiropractic care helping back and neck pain only. This is far from true. Chiropractic care helps with countless issues that stem from the nervous system. 90% of the stimulation to your brain is connected to your spine. When chiropractors adjust the spine, the spine comes back into alignment to function properly. Chiropractic works well with ADHD/ADD specifically from helping their body balance itself to a homeostasis state rather than a high stressed state. Chiropractic care helps clear blockage to the nervous system so the body can perform to its highest ability; your part is to eliminating nutritional interference for yourself or your children who have ADHD/ADD.
5 Nutritional Shifts to Help Underlying Issues
1. Essential Fatty Acids
Your body needs fat to function in a healthy way. Stay away from hydrogenated oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. Any oil with trans fat is hard for your body to break down. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados, flaxseed oil, grass fed meat, free range organic eggs, and hemp oil. The way these help ADHD/ADD is by fueling your brain and lowering inflammation.
Grains turn into sugar as soon as they are consumed into your body. Grain is one of the top genetically modified foods and contains preservatives, round up, and other toxins. Grains and sugar both effect the neurology in your brain. Reducing, but better yet eliminating, all sugars and grains (pizza, pasta, french fries) will allow the brain to neurologically function properly and even allow you or your child to get off medication.
Removing toxic chemicals in your food and home will decrease stress levels and allow the brain to focus more. This includes food dyes, preservatives, cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc. The rule of thumb is if you can’t read it, you shouldn’t be eating it. You have to become the expert of the food you buy and start reading the ingredients.
There are many supplements that will help ADHD/ADD such as magnesium, vitamin D3, probiotics, and CBD oil. The key is finding the right provider or physician you trust to suggest what natural supplements to get and where to get them. A natural way for fatty acids are chia seeds and a natural way for vitamin D is going into the sun without sunscreen.
Remove juice and sodas and drink more water, it’s as simple as that. After 72 hours, in a freshly squeezed juice, it loses all the nutrients and becomes more oxidized. Also, most juices have immense amounts of sugar. Water is vital to clean out toxins and carry nutrients to your brain.
If we are being honest, the world around us has a lot of unhealthy families. We are the leading country of infant mortality, almost 40% of our children are obese, and over 40 kids are diagnosed with cancer a day. Whether it’s emotionally or physically, there are several ways to make positive change. There are some obvious tips such as not feeding kids sugar, resting enough, or chemicals in the environment. We will dive into the important changes people often miss.
Although every parent worries for their children, there are lots of practical steps to take in order to avoid many of these statistics. These three steps will empower you to take charge of the responsibility we have as parents.
3 Practical Ways to Raise a Healthy Family
Honor Your Symptoms
There is no food, supplement, or pill to take when your immune system is showing you symptoms. If your child has a fever, their body is fighting bacteria, disease, or going through change. Pediatric journals state your body has to get to 102°F to kill a bacteria and 104°F to kill a virus. If you cough, your body is trying to eliminate what is in your body. If your sinuses drain, your body is creating a mucus build up to get rid of what is in your body. The worse thing you can do is give your child a pill to mask the symptom. Honor a fever, cough, or runny nose. Allow their body to do what it was created to do (Psalm 139:14).
Introduce Chiropractic Care
This is extremely valuable to the whole family, especially children. 90% of stimulation to the brain comes from the movement of your spine. The US has the highest infant mortality rate. With chiropractic care, adjustments align the spine to function properly and in return allow your body to respond properly. Your spine can get subluxated, or misaligned, even from birth. When your body is in a stress state, or fight or flight mode, you experience symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart rate, weakened immune system, and weakened digestive system. Chiropractic helps your body adapt to your environment, not because it treats your symptoms, but because it helps your body be able to heal itself.
This is not an article on whether you should or should not give your child vaccines. This is vital as a parent to become aware and active in researching what your children are being given. For vaccinations, research the physiological effects of giving multiple vaccines together. Don’t just research the prevention benefits, also research the ingredients and mechanisms of vaccines in the body. If you don’t study the anatomy and physiology of your children, you will never know what your doctor is prescribing. At the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for any outcome based on giving or not giving your child a vaccine. Research beyond one article and one video; researching for yourself has a more powerful foundation for what you believe in and stand for.
Bonus Tip: Screen Time
This tip is not just for kids. It is also for parents and teens. The amount of screen time for kids is damaging and stressful to their neurology. As their brain is trying to develop it stays in a high stress response. These are then labeled with diagnosis like ADD and ADHD. Not only is it neurologically damaging but it is also extremely addictive. Regulating the use or eliminating certain devices will increase focus, development, and quality family time.
That may seem surprising considering how many children’s over-the-counter fever-reducing meds currently exist (not to mention, the flu shot, of which, ironically, fevers and flu-like symptoms are a common side effect…)
As a chiropractor in Charlotte NC who has cared for many small children, I must say I agree with the article. Fevers are actually a healthy immune response to illness, and breaking them could do more harm than good. Here’s why:
Medicines mask symptoms. When symptoms are masked, children feel better. They may not realize just how sick they are, and sickness calls for plenty of rest and fluids. However, if they don’t feel sick, they may be inclined to insist on long periods of play that could drain them of the energy their body needs to heal. Taking medicine to reduce a favor may make your children feel better, and thus make you feel better as a parent in the short-term, but long-term, you could face worse consequences by not letting the fever run its course. Also, if your child (who seems better) is exposed to other kids before they’re fully healed, they could potentially pass on the illness unknowingly.
Fevers catalyze the healing process. A fever is your body’s response to illness. A natural defense mechanism. Evidence shows that it’s actually your body’s way of preventing disease-causing microorganisms from replicating, thus shortening the length of time it takes for your body to heal itself (which it does naturally, most of the time.)
Most fevers are mild. They usually come and go with no complications. Why take a fever-reducing medicine that’s likely to come with a long list of side effects, when you can sweat it out for a few days and strengthen your immune system in the process by letting your fever ride? Moreover, masking the fever symptom with medicine will likely have no bearing on how quickly you recover. In fact, as we mentioned in the previous paragraph, it may actually prolong the process.
A few chiropractic adjustments can go a long way in helping to speed up the healing process when you’re sick. If you or your children are feeling feverish, call us today at (980) 422-2000 to schedule your appointment!
Ear infections are typically treated with antibiotics. But with prescription drugs wreaking havoc on the immune system, more and more parents are turning to alternative therapies to treat their children’s ear infections. In this post, we discuss the common causes for ear infections in kids and how Charlotte chiropractic adjustments can help.
What causes childhood ear infections?
Infections occur when a child’s immune system function is lowered, and there can be a variety of causes for this, the most common being a cold, flu, or other recent illness. It is important to keep your child’s immune function as strong as possible to prevent and treat such illnesses when they occur. You can do this by ensuring a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and other antioxidant-rich foods. You can also administer a daily Vitamin D3 supplement or get your children outdoors on a daily basis so they get plenty of Vitamin D3 from the sun.
You can also assist their immune system function by taking them to a Charlotte chiropractor for regular adjustments. 🙂
How does chiropractic care work to treat ear infections in kids?
Charlotte NC Family Chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, specializes in chiropractic for people of all ages, including babies and children. She has been known to successfully cure an ear infection in her young patients through a series of adjustments and other natural treatments such as diet and supplement recommendations.
Simply put, Charlotte chiropractic care works by strengthening a child’s immune system, which thereby helps them fight off the virus or bacteria that is contributing to their ear infection. It may seem hard to believe that cracking your back could treat or prevent ear infections, but a chiropractic adjustment is more than a simple series of back cracks. Dr. Holly targets specific areas of the spine that communicates with your body’s internal organs through nerve impulses. When your spine is not properly aligned, it puts pressure on your nerves, causing those impulses to be weakened. This leads to weakened organ function, and when your organs are not fully functioning the way they should, your body’s overall systems break down—including the immune system.
Your nervous system is at the core of your entire body’s ability to fight off illness. You can go approximately 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water. But you cannot go one second without nervous system function. Considering this, it makes perfect sense that for your body to operate at max capacity to keep you healthy, your nervous system should be at its very best, and proper spinal alignment is a key part of that.
Let’s face it: kids are picky eaters. As parents, we all want our children to eat healthy, but … #thestruggleisreal. Right? Getting them to eat their vegetables feels like pulling teeth, and preventing them from inhaling that cupcake at their cousin’s birthday party? Well, you might as well not even try. Or at least that’s what grandma and grandpa are telling you.
“Everything in moderation” is a popular saying these days, especially when it comes to food. But the problem with this saying is that everyone’s definition of “moderation” is different. What may seem moderate to you may be gluttonous to someone else. How do we define “moderation” and make it easy for our kids to consume healthy foods?
Here are 5 strategies to get your children to eat healthier that you can begin implementing at home right away.
1. Make healthier versions of common junk foods.
Substitute store-bought potato chips for homemade kale chips. Replace sugar in their favorite baked sweets with stevia or xylitol. Replace white or wheat flour with gluten-free alternatives like almond or chick-pea flour. Instead of buying ice-cream at the store, make your own dairy-free alternative at home. All you need is a frozen banana, coconut milk, berries, and a blender!
Believe it or not, there is almost always a healthy recipe out there for some of your children’s favorite junk foods. Check out this recipe for avocado chocolate mousse—a much healthier version of the chocolate pudding cups you can buy in grocery stores.
2. Sneak greens into smoothies.
You can mask the taste of kale and spinach easily in a smoothie. All you need is half a banana. You can also add in other fruits like peaches and apples, and even peanut butter. The possibilities are endless. 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder and you’ve got a healthy breakfast or mid-afternoon snack they’re sure to love!
3. Avoid eating out as much as possible.
All it takes is one trip to Chick Fil A, and they’re hooked. Trust me, I’ve seen it many, many times among my patients. Finding healthy alternatives to common foods is much harder when you go to a restaurant. Also, you can’t be sure that you’re getting grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and organic fruits and veggies when you eat out. While many restaurants are incorporating more “superfoods” into their menu, it’s much safer to cook your own food at home.
4. Allow the occasional unhealthy treat.
There will be birthday parties and various other celebrations where your children will be enticed by a platter full of store-bought cupcakes. Grandma and Grandpa will want to spoil them with s’mores or candy on occasion. This is all part of being a kid. The good news is, it truly is “moderation” when you know it only happens while they’re visiting friends or relatives. So let them get their fix on occasion. If they are consistently eating healthy meals at home, they may not even have a taste for unhealthy foods anymore, which means the likelihood of them even finishing that cupcake is much smaller anyway.
5. Educate them early on good and bad foods.
Education is key! Take time to teach your children about the foods they’re eating, especially while they’re young. Teaching them early helps instill healthy habits for a lifetime!
Parents, what are some other tricks you use to encourage healthy eating habits in your home? Share them with us in the comment section below!
Children are often dubbed “little germ factories.” When they get around each other, they seem to pass illness around like candy, don’t they?
This is why it’s so important to take measures to prevent disease, especially during the school year. Here are a few tips we recommend to keep your children’s immune system strong as they head back to school in just a few weeks. (Some of these may surprise you…)
1. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently. Especially after using the restroom, before eating food, or after touching surfaces that a lot of other kids may touch. You may even want to include some natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizer or a cleansing essential oil in their backpacks in case they are unable to get to a sink for any reason. doTerra’s OnGuard and Purify essential oils are both great for preventing communicable diseases from spreading, and you can buy both from Dr. Holly by clicking here.
2. Avoid vaccinations. This may sound surprising to you, but vaccinations work by providing synthetic immunity, which wears off and sometimes does not even work at all to prevent the intended illness. We especially recommend that you avoid the flu shot, as it contains toxic ingredients and often does little-to-no good to actually prevent the flu. In contrast, by allowing your child to contract normal childhood illnesses like chickenpox or even measles, you ensure that they build up natural immunity, which lasts a lifetime, unlike the temporary synthetic immunity that vaccines provide.
3. Make sure they spend lots of time outside. Vitamin D3 strengthens the immune system and you can get it naturally from the sun. Being outdoors also gives them plenty of time to run around and get their much-needed exercise for the day, which in turn will help them to sleep better at night and improve their overall energy levels. This is essential to maximizing results while they are learning, which, after all, is the whole point of school in the first place, right? Recess is an important part of your children’s school day, so make sure it is implemented into their schedule, whether they are homeschooled or attend public school.
4. Pack a healthy lunch. This ensures that you know what your children are eating. Cafeteria food may be lacking in nutrients, and if they don’t enjoy it, they could resort to vending machines or pizza to fill their bellies. Neither of these options are good for their energy levels or their health. Furthermore, if they contract an illness, you want to make sure they are able to fight it off as quickly as possible so they don’t miss school days, and eating healthy foods will only help.
5. Get them adjusted regularly. Proper spinal curvature is imperative to your children’s health. The stress of school and carrying heavy back packs can contribute to poor posture and subsequently, poor health. Encourage good posture and make sure they come in regularly for adjustments, especially on days when they’re feeling under the weather.
What other tips do you have for keeping your kids healthy during the school year? Share them with us in the comments below!
Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.