Natural ADHD Solutions

hey guys dr. Josh axe here welcome to ancient medicine today today we will be talking about natural ADHD solutions you know I was diagnosed with ADHD and ATD every year almost since birth in fact my parents almost put me on medications because my symptoms were so bad so this is something that's sort of near and dear to my heart and in this video I'm going to go through the top essential oils the top vitamin supplements and diet and things you want to stay away from all of these things that can really help ADHD and hey do me a favor be on which mission with me right now the number of people that are being diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed synthetic medications with serious side effects of staggering take a minute right now punch that share button click that like button let's teach the world how to use food as medicine let's dive right in here we go foods to avoid number one this is the big one its processed sugar added sugar will cause insulin and blood sugar spikes what that's going to do is cause a lot of those hyperactivity reactions now the other issue with sugars that it feeds Candida in the body when Candida excess pathogenic microbes start lining your gut lining they will literally produce poisons that start to eat away or cause inflammation of your intestinal lining when that happens it can cause a condition called leaky gut syndrome – where proteins toxins and bad bacteria can leak through the gut wall into the bloodstream causing inflammation and this can cause again ADHD and ATD a lot of those symptoms – where the child can't focus pay attention in school or the adult for that matter so again sugar probably the worst of the worst when it comes to causing symptoms of a DD and ADHD now the next one here is gluten again gluten a similar thing it will cause intestinal inflammation getting the blood stream and cause issues now gluten not only will cause leaky gut syndrome it can also contribute to issues like autoimmune disease over time but gluten a big thing you want to stay away from if you're a parent or an adult either way that it has a child with ADHD or you yourself have ADHD another big thing you want to stay away from is conventional dairy now listen if you were doing a little bit of goat's milk yogurt from your local farmers market or sheep's milk yogurt or kefir that's fine in small amounts okay you're going to do fine with that most kids will do fine with that but conventional dairy especially conventional milk and cheese products they contain a protein called beta casein a1 and this a one casein is actually worse than gluten in fact there are more receptor sites in your body it could be anywhere from from two to twenty six times more inflammatory to your body if your body is not doing well with casein as well as lactose is in there as well so that's a milk sugar that can be difficult for some people to digest so again staying away from conventional dairy a big one you want to get rid of and can be a major trigger for ADHD food dyes there are studies showing that food dyes and food additives can cause outbursts in people with ADHD which was a study that was done so you can see here you know these these colors these artificial colors and food dyes or something that can absolutely cause a reaction so here's the big thing if you flip over a box of food if it says like yellow 5 or blue 22 or red number 4 anything with a number or anything that doesn't sound like a real food ingredient you should need it the person or a child with ADHD shouldn't eat it stay away big things to avoid refined carbohydrates remember fine carbohydrates are essentially they're going to turn to sugar within your body in minutes and cause major inflammation most refined grains contain gluten and sugar so in fact they might be worse than straight sugar so stay away from refined grains you know all of the cereals the breakfast pastries the you know food bars all of these things they contain refined grains you want to stay away from them nitrates or nitrites these are found oftentimes in lunch meats okay they're found in breakfast bacon and things like that these are found in processed meats these nitrates they cause major in the body that can cause major gastric inflammation you want to stay away from nitrites artificial sweeteners listen just because it doesn't have sugar doesn't mean it's not inflammatory you know the product sucralose actually has chlorine in it which can kill off probiotics in the gut one of the most important things for anyone struggling with ADHD is that we build up those good microbes and probiotics well artificial sweeteners have been linked to short-term memory loss causing issues with the brain issues with the gut that gut brain connection that's so important for people with ADHD artificial straight sweeteners destroy that gut brain connection you want to stay away from those in soy you know soy is very high in phyto estrogens now if we're talking about a fermented soy like a miso or a up like a natto for instance that's going to be fine you know organic natto fermented soy from you know used often within japanese medicine but other soy products soybean oil soy protein these are inflammatory to the gut they tend to be very high on the allergen spectrum of things that many often times adults and children are allergic to so I would stay away from all swing grants and flip over reed bottles if it says soybean oil don't consume it food sensitivities here's another big one many different foods can be somebody's kryptonite okay so think about this when Superman gets around this green kryptonite it weakens his body it doesn't weaken others the same thing can happen with you you might have a food sensitivity to eggs it could be certain types of nuts it could be certain types of dairy and your buddy it just wrecks it so one of the things you can actually do for if you have ADHD or someone you love you can get something called an IgG food antibody test and see if there's something like to see if your buddy's really reacting strongly to certain foods you can cut it out and see how you do or another option is going on an elimination diet where you just add in a food at a time and really journal and pay attention to after you eat does your nose run or does their nose run do they get stuff is there any redness anywhere is there a change in bowel movements to where they become – Lou or constipated all of those are warning signs that you have a food sensitivity another big one is peanuts many kids today and adults are allergic to peanuts because and have those mold allergies that can be associated with peanuts as well so again be query of food sensitivities here are some great natural remedies to support the brain in ADHD one of my favorites which is used over in Eastern medicine is bacopa but Coppa has been shown to help nourish the brain and overall improve focus so again bacopa is great because it actually comes the mind and improves focus at the same time so this is a great herbal extract you want to look into for ADHD is bacopa the next one here omega-3s you know omega-3s if you can get fish in your diet like wild-caught salmon mackerel sardines wild tuna these are great superfoods to support the brain now if you can't do those omega-3s I would recommend taking a fish oil supplement a fish roe supplement and whether it's a liquid or in a gel capsule or regular capsule but I would recommend omega-3s you know you typically want to be getting about depends on the milligram dosage but again you typically want to be doing about two one to four capsules a day of those omega-3s and omega-3s are high in specifically if it comes from fish epa and DHA and that's more important than getting the omega-3s that are found in flax and Chia and hemp but EPA and DHA have been shown directly to support the brain in fact there's a study on children who took a fish oil supplement and it showed a significant improvement and their ability to focus and concentrate in school so again omega-3 is an absolute must I believe in terms of supplements for anybody struggling with ADHD and again you can add flax seeds to a smoothie and chia seeds and things like that but ideally get it getting wild caught fish in the diet or if you can't do that taking a good fish oil cod liver oil fish roe supplement on a regular basis can go a long way at improving ADHD symptoms probiotics remember you are not what you eat you are what you digest I mean to a degree you are what you eat but you've also got to be absorbing those nutrients okay so again probiotics most of us have had probiotics wiped down I really believe this is at the root cause of a lot of kids that struggle with ADHD and ATD today and I'll give you example here's kind of how this works from birth if the mother does not have enough probiotics oftentimes she doesn't pass off quite enough to her child and then if a child is born c-section and they are not born through the vaginal canal that's really when the child is flooded and first exposed to a lot of microbes and so if their c-section they can be some probiotic deficient there then kids are typically given probe given antibiotics for ear infections for common colds for flus for eczema for all kinds of things those prescription antibiotics destroy a lot of the probiotics and the gut and then they consume foods like conventional dairy products with antibiotics and pesticides in the food supply and they're not in touch and outdoors with nature and being exposed and building up their gut microbiome so what happens is most people today especially our youth are majorly deficient in probiotics so it is more important than ever before that we are getting probiotics in our diet on a daily basis I recommend filing a good sbo that the soil based organism probiotic supplement so look for SPO type of probiotics and I would also get probiotics in the food you're eating you know some great sources of probiotics our sauerkraut is one of the best things you can get there's kimchi kombucha and small amounts to a degree coconut kefir can be very beneficial and then sheep's milk yogurt goat's milk kefir and small amounts as well if someone tolerates dairy well enough but again probiotics are key for building up that microbe um and listen probiotics are incredible probiotics themselves in your gut produce vitamins and minerals like vitamin b12 which supports the brain and focus or other types of B vitamins they support the absorption of zinc other nutrients that can help focus and concentration so getting more probiotics is key by the way if you're enjoying this live training right now on how to overcome a DD and ADHD naturally do me a favor help me spread the word that food is medicine punch that share button click that like button more people need to know because you know what's happening there are so many parents that are bringing their kids into doctors they're being prescribed medications out there today with serious serious side effects I'm the side effects or mind bug in fact hey after this episode go online into a Google search for ADHD medication side effects or look up things like Ritalin and Adderall look those up and find out for yourself what the side effects are so I want to say thank you for everyone who's sharing this message right now more people need to know the truth let's talk about another incredible form of natural medicine for ADHD and it's essential oils you know essential oils have been used for thousands of years they're referenced in Egyptian medicine biblical medicine Greek medicine Chinese medicine they are powerful my favorite oil for focus concentration is vetiver there's a medical study done showing that vetiver helped almost all kids improve their overall focus so vetiver a powerful essential oil to use another great one is rosemary oil rosemary oil has been shown to help memory and then along with that cedar wood is great and lavender oil is great as well lavender is very calming if you want to use that oil if you have is there really a lot of hyperactivity issues there lavender can calm the body rosemary helps with that memory that alpha pining and the other compounds in rosemary oil and and vetiver so what I would do is make a blend I would do two drops of each oil and rub it on the the neck the head and even a little bit of the temples of your child who's going into school or yourself if you're strung with ADHD but use essential oils especially if you're homeschooling another thing you can do is get a diffuser and add those oils the vetiver the cedar wood the lavender the rosemary add those into a diffuser and having it diffuse around the home and I know professors and teachers who have actually diffused them around their classroom in their classrooms both in elementary school in high school and in college there as well a few other great things that are great and by the way I'd love to hear from you if you've ever benefited from an essential oil when it comes to the brain or memory or use that for ADHD or focus or memory or concentration let me know your favorite essential oils also let me know if you've used them to help improve your memory focus concentration there in anyway coconut coconut is a great form of healthy fat thick and support concentration contains medium-chain fatty acids that really help keep your insulin levels balanced you know when you're consuming a food let's say a meal here's a big one a lot of times today we consume a meal that's very high it may be high in a lot of carbohydrates if you consume excess carbohydrates and your body can't absorb them right then and your body can't store them as glycogen it really causes this major up and down blood sugar spike I'll give you example this happens with lunch especially you know kids at school eating school lunches or adults for that matter well let's start with school lunches you know they're eating the pizza they're eating the little whatever snack cakes you know they're there they're drinking dairy they're getting all this stuff so man and teachers you know what I'm talking about you get to about what two o'clock in the afternoon or right after lunch and kids are either in a carb coma or they are bouncing off the walls it is like crash and burn and same thing you know if you're at work and you ate a lot of carbs at lunch you go into this like carb coma at your desk that happens when you get too many carbohydrates in your diet and lunch and not enough healthy fat not enough protein and not enough fiber and not enough foods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals and that are energizing so your lunch and breakfast especially for kids should be loaded with protein healthy fat and fiber every single meal here's what the perfect meal would look like for someone with ADHD you wake up every morning for breakfast and you have a bone broth smooth you do one scoop of a protein powder that comes from bone broth one cup of a coconut milk one handful of berries and maybe add a little bit of a little bit of cinnamon in there I mean that is the perfect recipe you've got protein from the bone broth powder you've got healthy fat from the coconut milk you've got fiber from the berries perfect for breakfast and for lunch you know you could do let's say rice with some organic vegetables and with some meat or a big superfood salad with chicken breasts and spinach or a healthy soup like a healthy chicken vegetable soup is something great that kids love or even a healthy sandwich can be okay you know you get some Ezekiel bread some organic turkey and things like that but you know you want to make sure you're not doing a lot of excess carbs and processed foods for lunch because in breakfast for that matter but again every meal you want protein healthy fat and fiber that is the secret ingredient for fitness it's a secret ingredient for keeping blood sugar balance and keeping focus and memory good in fighting ADHD and then exercise you know we are created to move we're created to release some of this energy I believe and I can tell you this my parents and I've had teachers who said this is that when children are playing sports it actually helps their focus and concentration and actually helps their self-discipline karate and martial arts can be a great thing to do any type of sports such as soccer or basketball or volleyball or it just any type of gym exercise kids working out going out for a run or just doing some push-ups and pull-ups but exercise increases circular in the body increases blood flow and nutrients getting to the brain which overall can help the body heal can help with so many things so again exercise has so many benefits for supporting your body with more nutrients releasing that pent up energy and remember we are created to move it's part of how we nourish and heal our bodies so again exercise and sports for adults and for kids can be huge at combating ADHD symptoms so again here's the big things to remember by the way if you're enjoying this live training right now help be on mission with me I remember when I was a kid diagnosed with ADHD the doctor put me on medication I took it for a day it really I felt like I was a zombie my I immediately got off of it when I was a kid and but there are parents today still that feel like they have to do that because they don't know the natural ways to help people with ADHD so take a minute right now hey click on that share button right here on Facebook live and YouTube live as well as the like button right now as well so again big things you got to get out get rid of sugar get rid of gluten conventional dairy food dyes or fine carbohydrates really anything if you look at a food box and you can't you don't know exactly what the ingredient is don't consume it packaged meats which are full of nitrates artificial sweeteners soy products like soybean oil and foods that are high of sensitivities oftentimes like peanut butter hey almond butter cashew butter better options here's some things you want to consider doing taking bacopa as a supplement omega threes probiotics essential oils like vetiver cedar wood lavender and rosemary oil coconut protein healthy fiber and fat exercise I mentioned a couple one other here a vitamin B complex vitamin B complex is actually been shown in clinical studies to support those with ADHD especially vitamins like vitamin b12 so again that's the other one I would consider up there so again kids in terms of supplements with ADHD an omega-3 supplement a probiotic and a B complex would be the best along with maybe a protein powder that comes from bone broth and a morning smoothie listen if anybody follows this advice and plan telling you you will absolutely see results in ADHD I've seen it myself I've worked with thousands of patients with ADHD and seen improvements I know it can help those you love and let's say thanks again for everybody that's on mission with me and helping change the health in the world by spreading this information and this live video and hey think about if you know somebody who may be as a parent who has a child with ADHD you can go on to the dr. Josh axe Facebook page click on videos and send them a link to this live video more people need to know the truth about how to use food as medicine and hey if you're not subscribed here to our channel make sure you're subscribed and if you want to learn more of my tips on how to overcome ADHD naturally just google search my name or go to my website look up dr. axe ADHD and I've got even more articles and videos on the topic on my website guys say have a great week hi dr. axe I want to say thanks so much for checking out this YouTube video and also don't forget to subscribe if you want to get more great content on things like herbs essential oils natural remedies and how to use food as medicine also check out more of our content on my youtube channel thanks for watching


  1. 💕💕💕👍👍👍

  2. Looks like I'm pretty much doing everything wrong… ☠️☠️ And i became vegetarian and started eating soy … It makes sense why my focus worsened

  3. Dr. Axe is always spot on and when it comes to diet and overall well being, I take his word as gospel. He has helped me through a kidney cleanse, and has helped me improve my overall lung health. Now I am taking on a much more challenging task in addressing my child's ADD/ADHD. Thanks for everything Dr. Axe!

  4. You say conventional dairy… so is raw local organic milk and kefir okay?

  5. What do you do when you have been staying away from these for 10 years and your symptoms are still really bad??? Anything else you can suggest??? Although I didn’t know about the sucralose!! Only started that one in the last few months so I’ll definitely implement that.

  6. Have been diagnosed with ADHD since age five. Started on Concerta at age 56. On keto|intermittent fasting and watching my diet carefully (to push type 2 diabetes into remission). A noticeable side effect has been the reduction in my ADHD meds.

  7. Excellent help! Thanks Dr. Axe 👍🔔
    …but not supermarket saurkraut

  8. Thanks for the video man. if i can, i have to try to find natural solution. so that's what i want to know

  9. If we use those diet so how much time it will take time for recovery

  10. Its easy to say when your add adhd caused by your life style. Be sure that if these works for you you didn't needed the medication all along but any advice ,meditation life style changes diets etc. cant change your nervous system even medication cant but it can make you normalish kinda i lived with adhd without knowing it and always blamed myself. Diet impacts your life energy levels not having simple carbs even none can help with your hyperactivity but it isn't just hyperactivity side i tried my hardest failed so many times everyone says that they are harmful to your body but the stress of not being like other not being able to compress your feelings is very very bad too you will live with this feelings but you can always stop taking it for a week maybe for a day a single dose maybe .dont push yourself to reject medication.

  11. Jelly beans especially the black ones totally cure this. Miso cereal about this. Soyaosily.

  12. What about camels milk?

  13. Thanks Josh, there's a lot of very helpful information in your video. There's not much info available on natural remedies for ADHD. I can't believe how many parents are quite willing to medicate their young children with very strong drugs.

  14. Just bought some Frankincense essential oils. Would that help me, you think?!!? I'm hoping so. Awesome video!!! I'm going to start incorporating some of these things into MY life.

  15. my add medicine always upsets my stomach. I’ve talked to my doctor and she said it’s because I don’t have a big breakfast. I had homemade Pancakes this morning and my stomach still hurt. I also had a panic attack today. Someone PLEASE help me I’m desperate.

  16. This is great. I'm excited to try adding in oils and Omega 3s. Unfortunately, I have 5 small kids and have a hard time cutting out all processed foods. But I'm going to switch our cereal in the morning with a healthy shake. Any other suggestions for a quick healthy breakfast. Thank you in advance for your kind responses. Blessings to you and your family. 😘🤗😊

  17. Please WATCH a video. Dr. Charles Barkley

  18. I'd have a lot more faith in this info if dairy was not spelled "diary."

  19. You basiclly nees to go on a kito diet

  20. Anyone else got here while searching for Adderall/amphetamine alternatives

  21. hi doctor can u suggest me any good liquid bacopa supplement for my daughter.

  22. Recommending fish? Really what about all the toxins in fish? Fish is really not safe to ingest due to the fact that we are killing our oceans with pollution and over fishing. You need to show more scientific evidence for a great deal of these. Food dye I can agree because they are just bad for everyone. High fat and high protein is not proven by any means, excessive refined fats will just clog arteries along with animal protein will just create health problems in adulthood. Refined carbs can suck, but carbohydrates fuel the body and brain. We need the good healthy carbs, potatoes, whole grains, brown rice. The best diet for almost any issue is still whole food plant based. Bone broth has no actual scientific backing. I feel like these are all things that have been said for ages about ADHD but have not been scientifically proven in any way. Recommending that we avoid something because it can cause allergies to some or theorized to cause autoimmune or leaky gut I find baffling in this video, are you suggesting or saying that there is a direct link to these disorders and ADHD? If this is what you are suggesting please show links to studies to support this claim. Please provide actual evidence that all soy products are bad for ADHD and explain how you come to this conclusion, saying that some people have sensitivity to soy does not prove it to be detrimental to those with ADHD. I will agree that some soy products are not great such as highly processed soy isolates, but minimally processed tofu or some soy beverages are ok, the best way to consume soy would be in its natural bean form: protein and fibre, good source of vitamin K. I like that you suggest avoiding dairy but I would change it to all dairy, nothing in dairy that is meant for humans. Dairy is meant to grow baby animals big, human milk is completely different from cow or goats milk. The only milk humans need is human milk and we only need it as babies, adults do not need milk. Any calcium that we need should be obtained from healthy plant sources. Milk is actual detrimental to health. I love the idea of treating ADHD naturally, but every time I watch or read one of these it’s always filled with stuff that isn’t or hasn’t been scientifically proven or it makes connections to other research that isn’t completely correct. Even more irritating is when any doctor keeps recommending diets that are bad for the planet: agriculture (meat) and fish diets are unsustainable and destroying the ecosystem.

  23. So love this natural adhd video!

  24. This is very helpful. I have adhd and found its linked to trauma and bad diet. I Was prescribed aderrall it destroyed my life and health so bad. Never give your kids that poison or take it yourself.

  25. so i just have to eat nothing

  26. thank you dr! i’ve ditched adderall and have been injecting lavender oil every day or as needed for the last few months and it’s worked wonders

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