ADHD and Oxidative Damage – What You Can do About It
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and I do not dispense medical advice. This is in no way a substitute for continuous doctor care. Please consult with your licensed healthcare provider if you have any questions.
ADHD used to mainly be associated with children.
It seems that as children with ADHD get older, they just develop coping mechanisms that help to mask some of the symptoms.
The issues associated with ADHD continue to cause problems with emotions, brain function, relationships and many other things for life unless the causes are addressed. Notice that I said causes, not symptoms.
A fast growing number of children and adults are being placed on very dangerous stimulants to try and treat their symptoms. Even when there are countless ways to treat it naturally without the use of dangerous amphetamines.
We won’t go in to much detail about the causes of ADHD in this article, but if you guys want one, just drop a comment down at the bottom of the post.
One of my good friends called me up a while back trying to find an alternative to putting his son on drugs. I decided to write this for anyone struggling with this, either as a child or adult.
What is ADHD?
To really understand that would take a whole article by itself.
What I will say in this article is that ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelomental disorders diagnosed in children and teens. It also carries on in to adulthood.
ADHD is cause by oxidative stress in the brain. Oxidative stress is caused when there are to many free radicals in the brain and not enough antioxidants to neutralize them.
What are free radicals and antioxidants?
Here is a quick quote by John Gray from his book “Staying Focused In A Hyper World”
“Most simply stated, free radicals are are incomplete molecules looking to bond with a stable molecule. Antioxidants are special stable molecules with extra electrons to bond to free radicals.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is or knows someone struggling with ADHD.
They work together in many different ways to sustain optimal brain health and cognitive function.
The free radicals look for other molecules with electrons to bond with. This works great as long as there are enough antioxidants to bond with.
Where do free radicals come from?
Some free radicals come from the normal process of metabolism. Other times our immune system creates them to attack viruses and bacteria.
Here are some other sources of free radicals and oxidative damage
- Toxins, chemicals and pollution
- Prescription and OTC drugs
- Cigarette smoke
- Wifi, cellular and other radio/electrical signals
- Lack of sleep
What can we do about it?
With all these sources that we are exposed to on a daily basis, it’s impossible to avoid.
Don’t let that overwhelm you.
There are some ways to reduce the amount of damage caused by the free radicals.
Here are the first 3 steps
- Decrease your exposure to extra free radicals
- Increase your production of antioxidants
- Increase your consumption of antioxidants
Decrease Your Exposure
Easier said than done, right?
With all the different sources of free radicals, its hard to know where in start. Here are a few tips to start with.
- Learn some type of stress management skills(meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong).
- Eliminate all GMO foods and MSG from your diet.
- Reduce your sugar intake.
- Turn your WIFI router off at night. You can set it on an outlet time or remote control outlet.
- Keep your cell phone away from your head when talking on it and turn airplane mode on at night
- Only use non-toxic cleaning, hygiene and beauty products.
- Avoid grilled or charred food.
- Get plenty of sleep. Check out our whole series on sleep hacking.
Increase Your Production of Antioxidants
The best way to increase your body’s production of antioxidants is with the food you eat. One of the most powerful antioxidants is glutathione. Here are a few foods that will help you body make more glutathione.
- Tomatoes (avoid if you have a nightshade allergy)
Increase Your Intake of Antioxidants
In a perfect world, we would get all the antioxidants that we need from the food we eat. This however isn’t usually possible due to increased free radicals and nutrient depleted foods.
Here are some foods and spices that have high amounts of antioxidants
- High Quality Dark Chocolate!!!
- Green tea
As I said before, eating tons of antioxidant rich foods may not be enough. There are some natural supplements that can help though. These are just a few but we will cover even more in upcoming related articles.
- Vitamin C– A power antioxidant.
- Glutathione Force– Glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant, is often depleted by environmental toxins, health stressors, poor diet and more. The problem with most glutathione supplements is that they aren’t absorbed in to the body very well. BULLETPROOF’s activated liposomal delivery system increases the bioavailability of glutathione beyond normal liposomal delivery — supporting optimal cellular function and protecting against oxidative stress.
- Activated PQQ and CoQ10– PQQ is a very powerful way to reduce the effect of oxidative stress on the body
- 2AEP Membrane Complex– Membrane Complex enhances your body’s natural defense mechanisms at the most fundamental basis of health the cellular level. 2AEP delivers the minerals it is combined with to your outer cell walls to strengthen, seal, and protect your cells from toxins and diseases entering and infecting your healthy cells.
- Anti Aging Formula– This contains oxaloacetate, which is shown to protect neurons in the brain from oxidative damage and common environmental toxins
I hope this information helps anyone struggling with ADHD. Don’t hesitate to comment with any questions you might have and we will try to answer them to the best of our ability.
I will be writing many more articles on this subject because I feel that if more people knew about effective ways to reduce ADHD, we wouldn’t see some many children and adults resorting to dangerous stimulants.