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Dealing Adhd You’re driving along the road, when you notice that one of your tires is flat. You take it to a shop and they tell you that you’ve got a nail in your tire, but not to worry, because they’ve refilled the tire with air. You won’t even notice the nail, and you won’t have to deal with that annoying flatness. Also, if it starts going flat again they’ll be glad to put more air in it. Sounds ridiculous, right? Why not take care of the cause, rather than just address the symptoms? Often, those with ADD/ADHD go through the same thing. More and more children are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD than ever, and are prescribed mind-altering medications from medical doctors and psychiatrists to “calm the storm” of their distractive (and frustrating for parents) behavior Doctors explain the medication is necessary to correct a biochemical imbalance in the brain and use Ritalin, Adderall, and other Class II drugs to synthetically correct the imbalance.

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Core Causes of Adhd However, medications generally just mask the symptoms. The core causes of ADHD and ADD involve nutritional factors interacting with specific genetic vulnerabilities. When children suffer from deficiencies of important vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential nutrients, their brains’ biochemistry is thrown out of balance, the result is often getting labeled as “broken,” or ADD/ADHD. Calcium (link to blog), magnesium (link to blog), chromium (link to blog) and selenium deficiencies are among the common mineral deficiencies detected in children with hyperactivity disorders. Check out our previous posts for information about the importance of the first three. This one’s all about selenium, and how it benefits your brain and body.

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Selenium Mineral Selenium is a trace mineral, meaning you only need it in small amounts. Don’t let “small” fool you, though, because selenium is a multi-tasker when it comes to health. It functions in a number of key systems in the body. Selenium helps your body make a specific antioxidant protein called selenoprotein. It also helps the body make more glutathione, which is the mother of all antioxidants. Oxidative stress can increase our vulnerability to inflammation, infection, and other disease. Furthermore, the presence of toxins in the bloodstream has been shown to be a trigger for ADHD. Both antioxidant molecules help your body naturally detoxify and rid itself of harmful free radicals. Selenium also helps you make thyroid hormone, which is necessary for proper mood and brain function. Selenium plays a key role in helping your body make essential fatty acids, which have a huge impact on brain health as the brain is about 70% fat. These fatty acids significantly impact mood, ADD/ADHD, autism, and just about everything and anything related to the brain. Nature Optimized has included naturally-sourced selenium in it’s Pure Clarity blends so you can feel confident about getting the appropriate small but powerful amount of this important mineral. Nature optimized

ADHD Medications

Food for the Brain


Brain food – selenium