ADHD and Future Obesity

Avoid ToxinsADHD and future obesity, the connection is proven in the study (link below).  I am not surprised by this finding at all.  There are many other things that worry me about the rising percentages of children with neurological disorders like ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, autism, etc.  These are brain disorders on the face of it, but in actuality they are whole body disorders with the key originating in the gut and in toxins.  There is a hormone imbalance issue, with, for most, a developing insulin resistance due to the craving for carbohydrates and the relative exclusion of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and meats. This results in the diets of these individuals stimulating an increased insulin response which, along with insulin resistance, then results in the message to the body to store fat. Add to this set-up a compulsive nature and a disrupted neurotransmitter system in the brain, with dopamine systems out of whack and you have a population growing up that will be plagued with addictions from food to drugs and alcohol. 

Sometimes the messages of my blogs sound depressing as I write them and think about them.  My hope is that we parents and young adults will take the information and rewrite our destiny.  Just because I was a bit ADHD as a child, and have struggled with my weight all of my adult life, does NOT mean I will end up obese.  I choose to use that fact to prompt me to work ever harder at having the right diet, avoiding toxins in my life, and taking essential supplements that I cannot get from my diet.  To be sure, ADHD is just a set of symptoms (inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity) just as obesity is a symptom (too much weight for your height).  Is there a link? Well obviously!

The key to health is really rather simple and universal. If we are having symptoms, then either we are toxic or we have deficiencies or both.  I can assure each person living on this earth; it’s a combination of both.  We must do everything in our power to avoid ongoing toxins Sure, there are infections to throw in there (likely due to the first two, toxins and nutritional deficiencies), and genetic vulnerability affects each of us but not in the way you might think.  Most of our genetic vulnerability has to do with epigenetics which is how our bodies and genetic code responds to the environmental stresses. 

 

DO:    
– Eat organic, lots of fruits and vegetables and meat and certain fish in moderation (wild and smaller species).

– Take extra vitamin D, B-6, B-12, folate, fish-oil, probiotics, and for many, there will be other deficiencies that may need to be addressed.

– Get your exercise and sleep and minimize stress surrounding yourself with loving family and or community.

– Get help figuring out your food sensitivities. Naturopaths and most alternative providers and some MD’s can assist with this.

 – Get busy living!

 

DON’T:
 – Eat processed foods, and for most, avoiding all but whole grains or all grains completely will be needed to avoid that insulin response that triggers obesity.

 – Smoke (anything) and avoid alcohol and drugs. For the rare few adults who can truly take it or leave it, a daily half glass of red wine is healthy.

 – Continue to do things that keep you stressed, anxious, and too occupied to spend quality time with loved ones and time with yourself to exercise.

 – Don’t consume sugar, HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup) or use any artificial sweeteners (so no soda period).  Occasional honey and as last resort Stevia is OK.

 – Submit to hopelessness.  Get busy living and embrace the journey to a healthy life that can and will be yours.

Here is the study regarding ADHD and Obesity: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/05/15/peds.2012-0540

 

Dr. Paul

 

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