After what feels like ages, schools are finally reopening this month. Whether you are choosing to continue home schooling or are getting your kids ready and prepared to go back to school, we know, that as parents, you are making the best decision for your family and children. We have to acknowledge how brave our children have been through this whole pandemic. Their lives have been turned around, they haven’t been able to go to school or see friends or even family. Everywhere they go, people’s faces are covered with masks and sanitiser is being dished out at every entrance way. For many parents, it has been difficult to explain this pandemic to their children, but our kids have shown such strength and resilience! One of the biggest challenge’s kids (and parents) have faced is doing classes over zoom or skype. It is usually a struggle to get kids to concentrate for a period of time and without the classroom interaction, this can prove even more difficult. After such a long break from school, many kids may struggle to ease back into a normal daily programme as well. This may prove especially difficult for kids that have ADD or ADHD. We wanted to look at some natural treatments to help your kids concentrate better and get through this difficult transition.
ADHD and Covid
Let’s look at what ADHD is. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that usually starts in childhood and can last into adulthood. Children with ADHD can have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours and may be overly active. This can lead to difficulty at school. A 2016 study from the Centre for disease control found that that over 6.1 million children in the US had been diagnosed with ADHD. And this number continues to grow. We also want to understand how this pandemic may have affected children with ADHD. Children with ADHD generally struggle to deal with change. Changes to regular routines and activities due to Covid can be incredibly stressful for a child with ADHD so parents may experience more behavioural issues during this time. Not only this, but with online learning, children are required to be self-guided which is exceedingly difficult for ADHD children as there may many distractions in the home. The CDC study also found that many children with ADHD also have other disorders such as anxiety and depression. About 70% of children with ADHD have other conditions and changes to daily life can increase these conditions and symptoms.
Now, more then ever, we need to look at ways to help our children with ADHD find balance in an ever-changing world.
ADHD Medication and side effects
There are two types of medication for ADHD. Methylphenidates, which includes Ritalin and Concerta. And amphetamines which includes Adderall and Vyvanse. We acknowledge and understand that these medications have helped many people and continue to improve the quality of life for many. But we must be aware of the many side effects that these powerful drugs have. Side effects include, but are not limited to; nausea, stomach aches, decreased appetite, weight loss, fatigue, drowsiness, and mood swings. More parents are looking for natural alternatives to assist with the symptoms of ADHD that do not have as many side effects. There has been promising research in the use of CBD for assisting with ADHD.
CBD and ADHD
CBD works by engaging with two receptors in your body; cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2) which have direct effects on specific parts of your body. Increasing cannabinoids in your body can lead to several benefits including reducing anxiety and decreasing hyperactivity so CBD may be especially beneficially to children with ADHD. CBD has also shown to increase cognitive function and decrease impulsivity. It is for this reason that Nature’s Relief has developed our own blend of CBD aimed at improving concentration and managing the symptoms of ADHD. This blend of Nature’s Relief CBD and terpenes is designed to help you feel more alert and less distracted. CBD directly associates with the brain’s dopamine levels which is a chemical neurotransmitter that is in charge of memory, focus and mental awareness. Nature’s Relief CBD focus helps to assist with memory, concentration, and mental clarity.
Moringa and ADHD
There have been studies done that show a strong correlation between ADHD and diet. Foods that contain dyes and preservatives can disturb the chemistry of the brain. Nature’s Relief Moringa works as a natural detox which helps to eliminate toxins from the body. A recent study found that 84% of children with ADHD had low levels of iron. Moringa has remarkably high amounts of iron (three times the amount of spinach) and is loaded in protein, minerals and vitamins which would highly benefit an ADHD sufferer. Nature’s Relief Moringa powder is an excellent supplement to introduce into a child’s diet.
If you are still feeling hesitant and want to switch to more products naturally, why not start with a few single servings to see if CBD works for you. Our Nature’s Relief Nootropic mind is excellent for concentration. This nootropic is made up of CBD, Cacao and Lion’s Mane mushroom tincture. CBD directly associates with the brain’s dopamine levels which is a chemical neurotransmitter that is in charge of memory, focus and mental awareness. Cacao can improve blood flow to the brain which can increase cognitive function. Lion’s Mane mushroom increases nerve growth, boosts memory, combats Alzheimer’s and combats dementia. This is powerful blend to give your child mental clarity.
If your child has ADHD and you are wanting to switch to more natural alternatives to assist with the symptoms of ADHD; why not book a free consultation with our in-house health care professional who can assist with the best option for you and your female. Click the link below to book an appointment with us today.