health brief

Dealing with Back to School Stress

Natural Remedies for ADD/ADHD

by Lee Rossano


Whether kids are physically back in school or doing studies online, in today's environment the lack of a consistent schedule can cause stress that often increases symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Here are 4 natural remedies, to help reduce some of those symptoms:

Avoid Food Sensitivities / Artificial Coloring
Follow an elimination diet and focus on the most common sensitivities such as; gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn sugars. Eating foods you’re sensitive/allergic to causes inflammation in the body and the brain.

Artificial coloring and flavors can increase hyperactivity. For one week avoid all food and drinks that contain anything artificial. Stick to a whole/real food diet.

Heal the Gut and Support Digestion
Children with ADD/ADHD tend to suffer from digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. By taking a probiotic we can begin to rebuild the good bacteria in the gut and improve bowel function as well as the immune system. Digestive Enzymes work hand in hand with probiotics. They allow the body to properly digest/break down food so the body can then use the nutrients.

Add High Quality Supplements
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Magnesium, B Complex, GABA, 5HTP, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D, Folate.

These supplements help relax the central nervous system, balance neurotransmitters, and eliminate nutritional deficiencies. Schedule an appointment with Lee to gain an in depth analysis and specific supplement recommendations for your child.

Maintain a Consistent Routine
Create a mock daily schedule. For example: the time they wake up, when they will eat, what time they will go to bed etc.
Consistency helps create a calm and relaxing environment. Ask them what activities make them feel the most relaxed and add a time each day they choose one of these activities (drawing, yoga, reading, walking, bike riding, cooking – minimize electronics)

With environmental changes, proper supplementation, and dietary modifications children can begin to reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD and live a happy, calm and focused life!

Lee Rossano is a Certified Nutritional Counselor and founder of Advanced Nutritional Solutions in Lake Orion, MI. For more information, call 248-652-4160, visit

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