5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Hyperactivity

Healthy Living, Kid's Health, Mental Health, Nutrition

Maximizing Your Child’s Focus & Relieving Hyperactivity

Home schooling and online classes are becoming ever more popular and so is the inability to focus for your child. Due to long hours in front of a computer screen or without interaction from other students a child’s hyperactivity can impair their ability to learn new material and stay focused.
Many children have a hard time staying focused and paying attention, which can be a long-term or short-term challenge, but either way it makes learning much harder. There are various causes for children to become hyperactive and lose focus, making it important to find the root cause for your child.
In The Meantime……. Here Are A Few Things You Can Do To Help Manage And Maximize Your Child’s Focus NOW!

SUPPORT A HEALTHY DIET and to KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STABLE

Keeping blood sugar stable is important because it allows the brain to maintain focus throughout the day. If blood sugar increases or decreases significantly, it causes cortisol (our stress hormone) to increase, which then decreases focus. It can also cause irritability, fatigue and moodiness, which all lead to an inability to focus, even for adults!
In order to fuel the brain, it is important to emphasize a healthy breakfast to stabilize blood sugar at the start of the day and be sure to include healthy proteins and fats, both of which are important for brain health and focus.

A breakfast of cereal and toast with jam or fruit will cause a huge sugar spike, which will then drop quickly, leaving your child hungry, crabby and distracted.

 

An example of a healthy breakfast is scrambled eggs with sautéed greens, or a breakfast taco with eggs, turkey sausage and zucchini, or full fat,  plain Greek yogurt with berries, sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey.

PROCESSED FOODS in particular can cause a child’s inability to focus is the components of. The food coloring’s, various sugars, glutens (wheat, barley, rye) and additives that companies add to foods are not natural and can cause hyperactivity in many children.

GLUTEN in any product has been known to cause both leaky gut and leaky brain, meaning that the barrier to the gut and/or brain become permeable to toxins and larger proteins, creating systemic symptoms including mood and behavior concerns and inability to focus.

Yellow and/or Red Food Dye Intolerance Have Been Highly Correlated With ADHD (Hyperactivity Disorder)

To support your child’s attention span, choose healthy whole foods including quality organic and grass-fed meats, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish and olive oil and complex gluten free grains.

Gut Health

The gut and the brain are very highly connected, a disturbed gut can cause hyperactivity, inability to focus, mood changes and fatigue.

The third important detail that needs to be supported for your child’s focus is his or her gut health! It is so common to have a compromised digestive system due to the numerous toxins and stressors in our environment.
The gut and the brain are very highly connected, so a disturbed gut can cause hyperactivity, inability to focus, mood changes and fatigue. The first thing to do is to add in healthy probiotics (which could come from fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, sugar free yogurt or probiotic drinks like Kevita, which are alcohol free) to support your child’s gut microbiome, however that may not be enough.
It may be necessary to look further at your child gut ecology using comprehensive stool testing to assess for bacterial and/or yeast imbalances. When there is an imbalance in the microbial ecology of the gut, it is necessary to remove the “bad” bugs, replace with healthy bugs and repair the gut lining. It is best to do this type of protocol while working with a Naturopathic Medical Practitioner to ensure safety and efficacy.

Exercise & Hyperactivity

Exercise is another very beneficial tactic to improve the cognitive functioning, behavior, hyperactivity and focus of your child throughout the day. Exercise promotes healthy neurotransmitter (brain chemical) levels and communication and even promotes the growth of new nerve cells and blood vessels! Moderate to intense exercise also helps your child release some extra energy he or she may have that if left to build up can cause hyperactivity and distraction. Find an activity or two that your child enjoys doing and promote those daily to support your child’s brain health, processing, attention and focus.

Calming & Relaxation Therapies

Lastly, if your child is still having a hard time staying focused or sitting still, it may be beneficial to help calm your child’s nervous system with Calming Therapies. Epsom salt baths are particularly calming for children, due to the magnesium in the salts and the warm water. Warm chamomile tea, diffusing essential oils such as lavender and rosemary and calming background music are also great choices to help refocus your child, especially during school hours and before bed.

There are many additional calming herbs that support attention and focus, however they work best when given as an individualized protocol. The main thing here is to support your child’s parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest one) to then allow your child to rest, recover and adapt to learning.

These five recommendations will help get you started in setting up you and your child for success. As more support is needed, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Naturopathic Medical Provider, as there are many natural healing interventions to facilitate learning for your child and ease some of your stress as well!

 

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