What is ADD and ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder (ADD).  ADD/ADHD is the fastest growing childhood disorder affecting an astounding 9 to 10 percent of all school-aged children.  Ten times more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. 

 Although primarily thought of as a childhood disorder, ADD/ADHD occurs in adults as well. It causes a variety of learning and behavioural problems, often making it difficult not only for the affected individual, but also for the entire family. Although the ADD/ADHD child is often labelled as having a learning disability, the child usually is of average or above-average intelligence and is also highly creative.


Causes of ADD and ADHD

Factors that have been linked to the development of ADD/ADHD include the following:  anxiety, allergies, smoking during pregnancy, hyperinsulinemia, oxygen deprivation at birth, environmental stress or pollutants, artificial food additives, injury, infection, lead poisoning and trauma.

In recent years, more emphasis has been placed on the role of diet in ADD/ADHD.  Many people with these conditions react to certain preservatives, dyes and salicylates in food.  These items may affect the brain, often causing undesirable changes in behaviour.  Although this topic has been hotly debated in the past, studies have definitively shown that food additives do play a major role in hyperactivity.


Symptoms of ADD and ADHD


Problems adapting to change

A tendency to disturb other children

Self-destructive behaviour

Difficultly doing assignments or chores on one’s own

Temper tantrums

Impatience, difficulty waiting

Low tolerance for stress and otherwise ordinary problems

A tendency to become frustrated quickly

Inability to sit still for any length of time

Impulsive, unpredictable or daring behaviour

Clumsiness or awkwardness

A tendency to talk too much

Disruptiveness in the classroom

A tendency to blur out answers, without having heard the entire question

Failure in school, despite average or above-average intelligence



Difficulty solving problems or managing time

Extreme distractibility


Forgetfulness, a tendency to lose things frequently

Disorders of speech and hearing

Difficulty in organizing of finishing tasks

Absentmindedness, inability to remember sequences or events

Sloppy and/or impulsively completed schoolwork that contains obvious mistakes

Lack of concentration

Continuous “brain chatter”

Learning disabilities

Emotional instability with daily or hourly mood swings

Sleep disturbances

Lack of goals

In Adulthood, failure in career or relationships


The ADD child may be harder to diagnose than the ADHD child because the hyperactivity is more obvious than the inattentiveness. However, the procrastination, difficulty in concentrating and inability to start or finish projects that is characteristic of the disorder, can have damaging effects that can last throughout adulthood.  Children with ADHD may have the ability to pay attention and complete assignments, often spending hours doing things that interest them.  Adults with ADHD seem to constantly be going and getting things done, but they often easily grow inpatient and have a tendency to lose their tempers quickly. The combined form of ADD/ADHD can be the most debilitating – children with this type of disorder often have low self-esteem, are impatient, do not follow rules or act responsibly, are often clumsy, think that they are always right, do not want to accept change and do not adapt well.


Natural alternatives for ADD and ADHD


Rafaa Live Probiotics contains antioxidants, amino acids and live probiotics that promote general good health. Rafaa helps to replenish the “friendly” bacteria needed for digestion, for the manufacture of the B-Vitamins and energy. It may help to streamline the metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, support the adrenal glands, improve overall mental and physical processes.


MineralUP Liquid Supplement     

MineralUP ™ has a calming effect on the entire body and is used in over 1300 different enzymatic, metabolic and hormonal functions.


Adrenia Drops

Adrenia Drops may alleviate moodiness and irritability. The herbs in Adrenia Drops may enhance the function of the pituitary gland, increase alertness and improve memory. It may help to counteract the toxic effect of excessive stress, alleviate depression, stimulate the central nervous system and assist with the release of Norepinephrine and Endorphins.


Nerve Drops

Nerve Drops are used as a natural tonic to strengthen and support the whole nervous system. It contains relaxing, sedative and analgesic properties. This tonic may be used against nerve pain as well as stress related or nervous disorders. Use 20 drops before bedtime; It will help induce natural sleep with no side effects.


DiSTRES Capsules and COCONUT OIL                                     

Coconut oil may help to stabilize blood sugar levels and bring relief of ADD/ADHD. Flaxseed oil contains essential fatty acids needed for brain function. De-Stress will help the person to relax and may supply important vitamins needed for proper brain function


Boesmanland Sout™ Calming BATH SALTS                             

Use the Bath Salts to relax and to optimise the amount of Magnesium you may absorb.


It is good to do a Parasite Detox at least once a year – see our ParaSIT Detox Pack here.


LINK:  Article - Lifestyle and Dietary Recommendations for People with ADD and ADHD