Chinese Herb Alternatives For ADD and ADHD Medicine

Chinese Herb Alternatives For ADD and ADHD MedicineWith all the different medications out there for attention deficit disorders (ADD,ADHD) such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall etc.. there also comes a price. Although some work better then others, most medications prescribed have unwanted side effects including headaches, sleep problems, and a blunted appetite. This shouldn’t be the case though, if your taking a medication to supposedly help reduce or cure your original symptoms then why should you have to deal with additional symptoms caused by the medication that’s supposed to help you? Instead, lets take a look at natural alternatives that have been used for thousands of years.

Thorowax root

This herb has been known to have cell-stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and sedative effects. The sedative effects are very mild, with just enough sedation to help with ADD and ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. Because of its mild effect, thorowax root is safe for children and adults.

Oriental ginseng

Oriental ginseng has been proven to have many memory-boosting effects and could be found in many supplements targeting this in particular. Ginseng has also been know for its ability to improve oxygen flow to the brain, in which increases normal brain development, endurance, and relieves stress. This herb is an effective alternative to typical ADD and ADHD medications without the unwanted side effects.

Skullcap root

Skullcap root is very helpful in preventing symptoms such as hyperactivity. Skullcap root can also create a balance of the chemicals in the brain that control your nervous system. In most cases of ADD and ADHD the balance is off, causing the symptoms of hyperactivity, restlessness and impulsive behaviors.

Red jujube

Although this herb has many different helpful properties, the herb is most effective with calming nerves and creating that peace of mind while being used as a ADD and ADHD medication alternative.

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba increases the amine neurotransmitter substances in the brain, which helps counteract some of the chemical deficiencies often seen in children and adults with ADD or ADHD. With the herbs ability to boost cognitive brain function, this makes it easier to have a clear mind and calm nerves.


Poria helps by improving digestion and calming nerves. As a supplement, poria can eliminate toxin from your body that also contribute to the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.


If your looking to use an alternative to a chemically induced medicine with unwanted side effects for your ADD and ADHD symptoms, try using a more natural way that has been proven and used for thousands of years. With previous studies there has been up to a 94% improvement rate in patients. What do you have to lose?


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Jujube Fruit (Da Zao)

Poria (Fu Ling)

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With most cough syrups out on the market today being unsafe for children under 4 years old, Dr. Zac Zarbee a pediatrician and founder of Zarbee’s Naturals, set out to research and develop a natural product safe for all children. As a pediatrician he knows first hand of the dangers and effects of the main stream pharmaceuticals being exposed to our children. With this in mind Dr. Zarbee had found research in clinical trial showing that dark honey as an effective way to soothe coughs and sore throats in children and young adults.

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How to gain muscle mass the natural way

Let’s talk about how to gain that muscle mass you have been looking for without taking the dangerous drugs and supplements that will effect your health. I mean, that is why we exercise to begin with right? To feel good and be able to enjoy life to the fullest… And of course to have that killer beach body too hahaha.

A good rule of thumb is that if you are trying to gain lean and healthy muscle mass you need to be eating 1-1.5x your body weight in grams. So for example if you weigh 150lbs you need to be eating 150-225g of protein per day. Now this doesn’t have to all come from throwing a big slab of beef on your plate for every meal. You can also use nuts, beans, soy, fish, etc. as a source of protein. Also, spread these meals out. Try to break it down to where you are eating 5-6 times daily. This will increase your metabolism and guarantee that your muscles always have fuel to burn throughout the day.

Include carbohydrates in your diet. It will be impossible to have the energy that you will need to effectively complete and push your workouts needed to get the size desired if you do not have a good source of carbohydrates to burn.

If you are targeting size in your workouts then you you need to limit your cardio. Cardio is also a very effective way to build muscle but for extended periods of time could also hinder this effect. I would suggest a couple days a week of light jogging, keeping it around 30 mins. You can also try doing sprints, this will get those fast twitch muscles working in intervals of sprinting and light jogging.

Keep your workouts under an hour. A lot of times we believe that the longer your in the gym the better shape your going get in. This is not always the case. It would be more effective have an intense workout with less resting time in between the dragging your workouts for hours. You will be sure to build muscle mass more effectively and burn fat as a result of your high intense exercises. Quality over quantity.

Comparing Sucanat vs. Raw Coconut Sugar!

As we hunt down some additional sweeteners that may be better for our health instead of refined cane sugars or high fructose corn syrup aka HFCS we may fine many promising alternatives such as say sucanat and coconut sugar.  Let’s take a look at what these two may offer.

First off both are derived or extracted from plants.

          Sucanat (SUgar CAne NATural) is made from heating the sugar cane juice then allowing it to cool forming granular crystals while also retaining all of its molasses unlike refined sugar and its evaporation using process where the molasses ends up being extracted.

         Coconut Sugar is made from coconut palm sap using a process of heating until all water has been evaporated.  This can be done using low enough temperatures by which keeping it in a raw food state.  There is also palm sugar often mistaken as the same but it comes from a different kind of tree.

According to some testing it appears coconut sugar is far superior to sucanat in terms of having micro and macro nutrient properties.  While coconut sugar is also boasting in minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, including Vitamins B1, B2, B6, Antioxidants, Polyphenols and Short Chain Fatty Acids.  Sucanat on the other hand has trace amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium vitamins A and B.

By containing the fiber Inulin – coconut sugar is said to slow glucose absorption which is most likely why it is lower on the glycemic index at 35 as opposed to say refined table sugar which is right at 60.  Sucanat is virtually identical in terms to carbs as refined table sugar, and also 88% sucrose which puts it not too far behind white table sugar…. Coconut sugar is lower containing 70-79% sucrose with an estimated amount of 3-9% in each fructose and glucose. 

Both get the thumbs up being compared to regular table sugar but not near as healthy as say Stevia, and probably more comparable in some ways to honey.  Raw honey would still be a leg or two up on sucanat and coconut sugars in the health benefits department.

Coconut sugar works better with higher temperatures than sucanat for those needing it in cooking recipes.

My personal take on the two puts coconut sugar ahead of sucanat by a couple of margins, but all in all they are both considered sugars and for more optimum health should still be used sparingly and not consumed on a daily basis.   


Creating A Colorful Diet For Your Kids

When I was a child I loved all fruits and vegetables. I remember my younger brother didn’t like pickles on his sandwiches or burgers. I had no problem eating them for him until he started to get older and decided he no longer disliked them but actually loved them. Our taste buds change they grow, they adapt and as we get older we learn to enjoy the new and different tastes.

Growing up my parents would expect us to at least try something twice because the first time your taste buds might reject it if it’s new and you’ve never tasted that taste before. This brings me back to when I was about eleven years old and my Dad had what seemed to me at the time a HUGE jar of pickled artichokes. Dad was enjoying some for a snack and asked me to try some. I did and I remember thinking – “Yuck! How could he like these?” I ate it but wasn’t to thrilled about it at the time. After this my Dad encouraged me to have some again, I did and several times after that. Time had passed and one day I asked my dad why he never bought those one things in the huge jar. haha. He wasn’t sure at the time what I was talking about an I hadn’t remembered the name but once we figured out what it was I was describing he chuckled and said “oh the artichokes…so, you’ve decided you like them after all huh? Sure we can buy them again”. Ever since I have loved Artichokes pickled or fresh and every time I take a bite of them my taste buds are in heaven and think about this story.

My point in all this is that if we incorporate the good stuff now and introduce a rainbow of colors in our kids diets they will see, taste and learn to enjoy the good stuff. I have two young children and I always try to do this because I know it will be beneficial to their health. For a while my son who is six years old would always want to pick out his bell peppers and I would encourage him to eat them with other things on his plate. He would an low and behold now he loves them!

I always make sure to praise my children’s choices when they do eat well. In our home we don’t buy what would be considered unhealthy treats, snacks and foods. We grow most of our own veggies, I try to buy organic if possible and keep fresh whole foods in our home. But if we are out to to dinner or at a friends/family members or some place where they may not have the things we have at home. I’m always a proud mama when I see they choose to eat things that are on the healthier side. As I know they may have had the option to grab something that wasn’t so healthy.

Let’s try to teach our children to pick the healthy choice when they’re on their own. We can do this by keeping snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinners full of fresh wholesome food with lot’s of color!

Red: Tomatoes, Radishes, Apples, Red Pepper, Raspberries and Strawberries

Yellow: Lemons, Summer Squash, Pineapple, Yellow Pepper

Green: Kale, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Spinach, Limes, Kiwi and Avocado

Orange: Carrots, Yam, Squashes and Pumpkin

White: Cauliflower, Parsnips, Mushrooms, Garlic and Onion

Blue/Violet: Blueberries, Eggplant, Grapes and Red Cabbage