Food for thought (…and much more!): The GI values of some popular foods

GrainsOver the past two weeks we looked at the Glycemic Index (GI) and its importance in regulating our ‘fuel supply’. Understanding its role in doing this is especially important for people who are faced with the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. This is because the maintenance of stable blood sugar levels is one of the key factors in controlling the inattention, impulsiveness and mood swings that so often go hand in glove with ADD/ADHD. Continue reading “Food for thought (…and much more!): The GI values of some popular foods”

The GI index: What it is, and why it is important

Can something as ‘simple’ as proper nutrition really make a difference in the life of a person struggling with ADD/ADHD? I am convinced that the answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes!’

I am particularly convinced of the fact that a Low-GI diet can be a force for good in terms of building higher levels concentration and better emotional health. It is also becoming clear that it can act as a very effective tool in the struggle against the conditions that lead to the irrational impulsiveness and mood swings that are, sadly, often associated with ADD/ADHD. Continue reading “The GI index: What it is, and why it is important”

ADD/ADHD Drug Guide – Part 6

You may have heard of Wellbutrin, a common drug used to treat depression and sometimes, back pain.  However, it has been used on people with ADD/ADHD.  It seems to act as a stimulant and its drug manufacturer says that their research shows it is just as effective as Ritalin.  Many physicians prescribe Wellbutrin if a patient is unable to tolerate other stimulant medications.

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ADD/ADHD Drug GUide – Part 5

This week, we need to take a look at a non-stimulant drug used to treat ADD/ADHD.  It’s brand name is Atomoxetine, but you may recognize it as Strattera.  Despite its very hefty price tag, it is becoming widely used for adults and children.

Strattera is known as a selective norepinephrenine reuptake inhibitor.  This means that it strengthens the chemical signal between the nerves that use norepinephrine to send messages.  It does not seem to affect the dopamine systems as directly as stimulants drugs do, but it does cause a secondary increase in dopamine levels in the brain area located behind your eyes.   This is the area that is associated with the ability to mentally rehearse responses and inhibit impulsivity.  It’s also associated with your working memory.  It is not thought to be at such a high risk for abuse because it is not a Schedule II drug (known for significant potential for addiction) like the stimulants. Continue reading “ADD/ADHD Drug GUide – Part 5”

Step #3 Techniques and Mindset

In this step we will learn some tips, tricks, and techniques that will allow you to not only “conquer” your ADD-ADHD, but turn it into a powerful advantage.
We will continually add more and more tips and techniques as they develop!

Step #2 Fuel Up

This section discusses how to “Fuel Up”.
In order to eliminate your ADD-ADHD symptoms you MUST give your body the building blocks it needs.
It has been proven that ADD people lack certain vitamins and nutrients.
ADD people also use certain vitamins and nutrients at a must faster rate.
Explore the following areas to learn how to “Fuel Up”

ADD/ADHD Drug Guide – Part 4

This week, I am going to give you a summary of the side effects for the class of stimulants known as Dextroamphetamines (Dextrostat, Dexedrine, and Dexedrine Spansule) and Mixed Amphetamines (Adderall).  You may see that some of the side effects are the same as those for taking Methylphenidates (Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Metadate, and Methlyn), but some are different, so read carefully so you won’t miss anything.

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ADD/ADHD Drug Guide – part 3

In the first two articles of the series, we explored the drug class known as stimulants and their role in the treatment of ADD/ADHD.  While the drugs each have unique and differing properties, they also have many side effects.  These range from mildly bothersome to intolerable.  Listen up, people – these drugs are dangerous!  The drug companies don’t want you to know that, and they typically play down what stimulants can do to your body.  They use statements such as, “The benefits far outweigh the problems.”  This is their attempt to alleviate any concerns you might have so that you will buy their medications and use them regularly on a long-term basis! Continue reading “ADD/ADHD Drug Guide – part 3”