Non-Drug Help for ADD?

3 Legal Non–Prescription Stimulants For ADHD

By Kelly Babcock

Is it legal?
Is it legal?
Prescription stimulants are the things that help many of us focus.

Why do they help us focus? Well, it seems that they actually make the part of our brain that functions in a … shall we say “scattered” way, work better. That means that the part of our brain that should focus our thoughts is unable to do that well, allowing our brains to wander from this to that. Stimulants seem to stimulate focus.

There also seems to be, in the ADHD brain, an increased speed of thought that isn’t regulated. When our focus is more easily controlled, that rapid firing of our brains is either also controlled, or since we are better able to focus, not relevant. The speed of our thinking doesn’t matter.

Sadly, for one reason or another, some of us can’t take prescription stimulants.

I can’t

I can’t take prescription stimulants because of one of the side effects that a few of us experience. They cause anxiety in me.

So I’ve had to find more natural stimulants that I can use. I thought this was going to be a difficult search. I don’t generally take what the marketers affectionately call “supplements” because production regulation is not mandated externally and because they are often either untested or tested in unconventional ways.

In short, I don’t trust some of them because of claims made using false logic. And I have no way of knowing which ones can be trusted since they are not required to publish descriptions or results of their testing.

So what have I found?

Coffee works well for me, though it does do unattractive things to my digestive tract since I suffer from acid reflux at times. I’ve got one of those hiatus (“I hate this!”) hernias. So I have to keep current on what’s happening in my oesophagus.
There’s more to walking than just getting there

Exercise helps more than one might think. There are great stimulating benefits to increased oxygen in the blood stream. And you will also get a charged up brain because of the release of endorphins, adrenalin and other good brain chemical stuff.
And it doesn’t have to be amped up, all out, extreme exercise. I rarely do anything more aggressive than brisk walking.
If fish is brain food, is brain fish food?

I’ve found that meat based protein is the best food for my brain, and the meat that works best for me is fish or fowl. Don’t get me wrong here, I still eat beef and pork and other meats as well. In fact, I eat them lots, but I’m more aware that the things that swim or fly (or at least are capable of trying to fly) are the better sources of protein for me.
There are other ways of stimulating ones self that are all natural and don’t come out of a bottle. Some are good and some aren’t so good. We’ll talk about the ones that aren’t good for us next.

But that’s on Wednesday, right now, I need a coffee, or a walk … or maybe a tin of sardines.

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better.
Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.


One thought on “Non-Drug Help for ADD?

  1. my teenager has ADHD and she drinks lots of coffee and exercises (running all over the place – outside and in the house) biking . She has to run around in between sitting activities like studying. The one thing she can do for over an hour without moving is draw . She is an excellent artist. I wonder if the art activates or satisfies a different part of the brain than reading or writing?


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