Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? Do you often find yourself unable to focus, unable to control impulses, or a mix of the two? ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders in existence, and it stays with you through adulthood as well. ADHD can negatively impact your work life, school life, your social life and relationships with your family. “Any child can be fidgety or have trouble paying attention. But a child with ADHD has these symptoms to an extent that they can become a distraction at home or in the classroom. (GPL)”
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are essentially the same thing, except Attention Deficit Disorder is considered a more outdated term. The difference between these two is now described via a specialization of ADHD. The first specialization, also called ADHD, is when a person’s symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive. This can look like squirming, interrupting people, difficulty taking turns, excessive talking, running around at inappropriate times, and appearing to always being on the go. The second specialization, also called ADD, is inattention or brain fog. ADD sufferers display symptoms of being easily distracted, forgetful, making careless mistakes, having trouble with organization, ignoring people even when being spoken to directly, and the constant losing of important things. The third specialization, and the reason that many now simply call the disorder ADHD, is that it is possible to have a mix of both inattentiveness and hyperactive impulsiveness in varying degrees.
Children with ADHD generally have one or more of the following: mineral and vitamin deficiencies, toxic metal accumulation, improper diet, hidden infections, or food sensitivities. The most common of which is either mineral deficiencies or toxic metal accumulation. Toxic metals can get into the body either by being passed down from a parent or from environmental sources, and can negatively impact brain function. An imbalance of minerals such as copper and zinc can also impact the brain. Copper affects the body’s ability to rebuild itself, while zinc affects the immune system. These two minerals have to maintain harmony or any excess levels can actually become toxic to the body. Every metal found in nature is also found in the human body and is used in its daily processes, but an imbalance or toxic level that is then deposited in body tissues or the brain can impact these processes by harming development or causing neurological damage.
While ADHD always starts at childhood, it is not uncommon for a diagnosis not to be made until adulthood. Since the symptoms vary in severity from person to person, it will usually be found either while looking at another disorder or by a loved one or coworker recommending a person get checked for ADHD. At Nutritionally Yours, we are not looking for a “diagnosis” of ADD or ADHD. We are looking to help children and adults suffering from these symptoms improve, naturally. Minerals and toxic elements can contribute to a wide variety of focus challenges.
At Nutritionally Yours, we believe those who struggle with ADD/ADHD should help themselves by taking a hair analysis tests to check their metal levels in their body. Metals in the hair are more than three hundred times more concentrated than in the blood or urine, so it is the most effective test for this cause. Metals in the hair are also not regulated by homeostatic mechanisms like they are in the rest of the body, so you can often see potential issues before they become issues. Hair can also serve as a time-line of sorts which allows you to see the changes in levels over time.
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Medical disclaimer: Hair Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All hair test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss concerns with your medical doctor.
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by Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC