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24. November 2013 16:14
by jennifer
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Grain Brain Challenge, ADHD, and Autism

24. November 2013 16:14 by jennifer | 11 Comments

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Grain Brain.

Last month I received life changing book: Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. As part of the #GBChallenge, we had 4 weeks to implement 4 healthy habits.

  • Week 1 – Food: Shifting your body way from relying on carbs for fuel and adding brain health supplements. These supplements include resVida – enhances blood vessel dilation and supports healthy blood flow, Omega-3 Fish Oil – helps maintain heart, vascular health, and brain health, and DHA – a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid the body needs and important for brain health. 
  • Week 2 – Incorporating a fitness routine
  • Week 3 – Getting restful, routine sleep seven days a week
  • Week 4 – Establishing a new rhythm to maintain these healthy habits

We were only supposed to read and follow chapter 10, but I was familiar with Dr. Perlmutter so I read the entire book. Chapter 6, Brain Drain How Gluten Robs You and Your Children's Peace of Mind.  He states "As I've already hinted at throughout the previous chapters, a diet heavy in inflammatory carbs and low in healthy fats messes with the mind in more ways than one-affecting risk not just for dementia but for common neurological ailments such as ADHD, anxiety disorder, Tourette's syndrome, mental illness, migraines, and even autism."

I have an autistic son. He also has severe ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and a Generalized Mood Disorder. We've known something was special about him since he was 15 months old. He's 7 now. Because of the Grain Brain Challenge 4 weeks ago we began a new therapy of super high doses of fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids DHA/EPA) in combination with his RX meds. The entire family started taking the high doses. I noticed a difference immediately, not only in myself, but in my kids and husband. We were all happier. Less moody.

But what's more important is that someone else noticed. My son's child psychiatrist noticed a remarkable improvement in Ronin's mood and behavior and asked what was different, what had changed in the last month (we see him monthly.) I told him we majorly increased the fish oil. This is in addition to our normal intake of Salmon at least 3X per week. Some people just need more DHA/EPA than others.

He explained how he was just at a national conference and there is a ton of empirical data that shows that fish oil is not only beneficial for ADHD but also for children with autism with explosive anger issues, mood disorders, etc...

We "graduated" from monthly visits to a 3 month visit. This is a big step for us.

 

This photo was taken just after Ronin got the news that he wouldn't have to see the doctor for 3 months!! He was pretty proud of himself.

During this past month I have watched my son transform in to a more patient, less aggressive little dude. He swallows his 4 large soft tabs without any issues and I'm most proud that I haven't forgotten to give them to the kids, and I've even re-stocked!

I have done good by my son. A huge thanks to FitFluential and Dr. David Perlmutter for the #GBChallenge. This has been a huge breakthrough for us.

Do you take a daily fish oil supplement???

Comments (11) -

susan

I have taken it in the past, but stopped...

Mama to 5 Blessings

thank you for the information, they said my son has asbergers, I was going to look into switching his diet and see if that helps. I appreciate all your info.

Tara

I haven't tried fish oil yet.  I think it's something I need to look into for my whole family.

Kristin Wheeler

Glad he seems to be doing well! Seems like an interesting resource with new ideas!

shari

Diet is so important.  Having a child who can't eat Gluten is very difficult.  I have company coming and am at a loss as to what to serve.

Tammilee Tillison

Thank you for sharing this great info. I have been looking for more info on veering away from a grain heavy diet.

Courtney

I'm so happy to hear how well he is doing. You must feel so much better!

Jeannette Fender

I'm glad he is doing well.  This is something i need to look into for my boys!

Steph

After following No Sugar No Grains for over a month now, I can definitely see a difference in my mental clarity. It really is amazing. I also take a fish oil supplement. So glad Ronin is finding success!

Mitch

This is great info, the carb addiction is a hard one to break!

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