Today is the first day of summer!!! Let’s rejoice and enjoy the season. With kids out of school, this year’s pandemic, and years of getting to know your children, I bet you’ve spent a lot of time with your children. Has your child ever been labeled or diagnosed with hyperactivity or ADD/ADHD? Have you ever wondered if your child may be? Do you ever wonder if there is something causing their hyperactivity or inattention or if that is just the way they are? Well the good news is that there are a wide array of factors that can contribute to hyperactivity.
One of the first places to start is diet. There are plenty of scientific studies that attribute food sensitivities to ADD/ADHD symptoms. One of the most common is gluten. This protein found in many grains, when removed from the diet has resulted in increased focus and attention with decreased activity levels. In some children, food additives like colors and preservatives can be stimulating to the nervous system making activities that require dedicated attention hard to focus. In conjunction with food sensitivities and food additives are compounds called oxalates. Oxalates are byproducts of plant foods. If eaten in overabundance and not bound by minerals, calcium and magnesium, they are absorbed into the blood stream and precipitated into any tissue in the body. This includes the nervous system. In some people this can cause hyperactivity.
Other aspects can affect neurotransmitters levels that can lead to ADD/ADHD symptoms. In some children there is an overgrowth of bacteria. This bacteria is clostridium. When clostridium overgrows due to factors such as decreased immune function, antibiotic use, etc., it leads to an environment where dopamine increases. Dopamine in normal levels leads to stable moods, pleasure, and feeling good all around. In over abundance it can lead to anxiety, depression, bipolar symptoms, and even hyperactivity. To determine if this is happening to your child you should consider testing with the Organic Acids Test (OAT) through the Great Plains Laboratory. So if you think your child may have issues with hyperactivity it may not just be your child but in fact there may be some happening internally.