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ADD Combined Type

This ADD type is often identified early in life, especially in boys. The level of hyperactivity, restlessness and impulsivity causes them to stand out from others. Brain studies of this subtype reveal decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex and premotor cortex in response to an intellectual challenge, most likely due to low dopamine availability.

Diet can be especially helpful in this part of the brain. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet that is relatively low in fat can raise dopamine levels in the brain and has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels. It also helps both with energy level and concentration.

Nutritional supplements can also have a positive effect on brain dopamine levels and help with focus, energy and impulse control. A combination of L-tyrosine (500-1,500 milligrams two to three times a day), Grape Seed or Pine Bark Extract (1 milligram per pound of body weight) and Gingko Biloba (60-120 milligrams twice a day) is very helpful.

 
Diet & Exercise

A higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet is extremely beneficial. Don't forget that eating some form of protein is important for breakfast. Avoid simple carbohydrates, including white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugar, corn syrup, honey and candy. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruit.

Strive for 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week. A fast walk is fine, but whatever exercise you choose needs to raise your heart rate. As always, consult your doctor or a certified personal trainer before starting a rigorous exercise program.

 

 
 
SYMPTOMS
   
Easily distracted
 
Difficulty with sustaining attention span for most tasks
 
Trouble listening when others are talking
 
Procrastination
 
Trouble keeping an organized area (room, desk, book bag, locker, etc.)
 
Frequently late or hurried
 
Tendency to loose things
 
Poor attention to detail; makes careless mistakes
 
Forgetful
 
Restless or hyperactive; trouble sitting still
 
Fidgety or in constant motion
 
Hard time being quiet
 
Talks excessively
 
Impulsive
 
Has trouble waiting his or her turn in a game
 
Interrupts or intrudes on other people's games or conversation


 



Gingko biloba supports the brain and central nervous system and is also well-known for its effect on memory and thinking (cognitive function). Read more >

 

 
 


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