How to Increase Your Child's Mental Focus Without DrugsADD and ADHD are both complex problems that science has been unable to explain adequately. Chemicals in the brain and neurotransmitter problems are just two of the possible explanations, but overall, the medical response to ADD has been to medicate the patient, which does help in some cases, but not in all. Children who have ADD usually have a hard time staying focused in the classroom. They fidget, talk at inappropriate times and sometimes act out from boredom, which inevitably affects their marks. As a parent, you can help your child remain focused, by following a few of the tips below.

Healthy Food Choices The answer begins in the kitchen. Often, our refrigerators and cupboards are full of high fat, high sugar, and high carbohydrate foods. Sugar and caffeine can make a child more hyper than they already are, which isn’t a good thing, especially if your child has ADD or ADHD. A well-balanced diet can go a long way in helping your child operate at optimum levels. It will also stave off obesity issues now, and in the future. Instead of buying chips and chocolate, pick up some healthy snack food, such as fresh fruit and raw vegetables. By doing so, you’ll probably notice a positive change in your child’s behavior and mental focus.

Make Exercise a Habit You can increase your child’s focus by ensuring that their bodies are healthy. Make it a habit to do something every day. Whether you go for a walk after supper, hit the park on the weekends or throw the ball around in the backyard, it’s important that your child stay active. The more oxygen flow they have to their brains, which is increased by exercise, the more mentally focused they’ll become.

Try Antioxidants Our bodies save up toxins, but antioxidants can help rid the body of these harmful chemicals, and increase mental focus at the same time. Antioxidants can be found in foods, such as blueberries, or in supplements, such as fish oil. Remember, the healthier the body, the healthier the mind. Both facets are inextricably linked. If your child has ADD or ADHD, try out the above three tips for immediate results. Children learn by example, and by practicing the three tips above, you can lead them into a brighter, healthier future.

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