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Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) >>

Have you ever had difficulty focusing on a particular task, found it hard to keep shut, stand still, and acted aggressively without thinking about consequences? Most of us can visualize ourselves behaving this way at some point of time throughout our lives. But for some people, these impulsive behavioral patterns are persistently interfering with their ability to manage relationships both on personal & professional front.

 

Unlike life threatening medical conditions like HIV or cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not show physical signs that can be diagnosed with the help of a lab test.

 

ADHD is a complex mental health disorder that can affect a person's interpersonal relationships. Unfortunately, the symptoms of ADHD may overlap with other physical and psychological disorders which make it difficult to recognize them on time. Here are some common signs that may indicate ADHD.

 

Self-centricity:

A common sign of ADHD is self-centricity because of which people are not able to recognize needs of others. A person with ADHD may disturb others engaged in a conversation. They may find it troublesome to wait for their turn for things like food in a restaurant, check-out queues at shopping centers etc.

 

Emotional Turmoil:

People with ADHD may have sudden outbursts of emotions like anger, anxiety, depression, happiness at inappropriate times. ADHD makes it difficult for people to keep their emotions in check.

 

Constant Fidgeting:

You may find people constantly fidgeting with nearby objects like chair, paper, pen etc or murmuring out of anxiety. You may also notice body movements like tapping the feet, cracking knuckles, shaking legs, rolling hair streaks etc. These are certain easily noticeable symptoms of ADHD.

 

Incomplete Work:

People with ADHD move onto new tasks before finishing the tasks at hand. They may have interest in lot of different tasks but may have problems in completing them in time as they move on to other things interest that catches their interest.

 

Lack of Focus:

People often hear things but find it difficult to repeat what was being told. This is because they find it difficult to pay attention even when being addressed directly.

 

Day Dreaming:

Everyone daydreams to some extent, but not as much as those with ADHD. People with ADHD can get lost in their thoughts, completely unaware of what is going on around them.

 

The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but the condition has been shown to run in families, and research has identified a number of possible differences in the brains of people with ADHD compared to those who don't have the condition.


Other factors that have been suggested as potentially having a role in ADHD at various stages of pregnancy include:

Excess alcohol consumption

Drug abuse

Smoking

Premature birth (before the 37th week of pregnancy)

 

Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education and training, or a combination of treatments. These treatments aim at reducing the symptoms of ADHD and improving functioning



 

Plant foods with Phytochemicals may help prevent Cancer >>

Phytochemicals refer to plant compounds that may affect health of human beings. They are found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. They are promoted for the prevention and treatment of many health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular ailments and high blood pressure. There is some evidence that certain phytochemicals may help prevent the formation of potential carcinogens. Experts propound that consumption of plant foods containing phytochemicals can significantly reduce the risk of cancer. Some of the key phytochemicals are listed as under:

 

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are phytochemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and certain beverages that have diverse beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects.

 

Limonoids

Peels of citrus fruits contain compounds called Limonoids. Based on a recent study, researchers propagate that limonoids have the potential of preventing cancer. They produce anti-cancer elements that prevent spread of breast cancer. Skin cancers have been found to be particularly responsive to limonoid based creams.

 

Glucosinolates

Glucosinolate is a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, kale, collards etc. It breaks down into isothiocyanates & various other products when the food is being processed/chewed. It has the potential of stimulating the process of programmed cell death in human tumor cells.

 

Isoflavones

Isoflavones are organic compounds that act as phytoestrogens. They possess a wide range of biological properties that contribute to the many different health-related benefits. Soy foods and flaxseeds are the most abundant dietary sources of phytoestrogens.

 

Lignans

Lignans are compounds that contain phytoestrogens that help regulate the body’s estrogen production. When we eat plant foods, the lignan compounds create enterolactone, a substance produced during the process of metabolism that circulates in our blood. Research reports have revealed that high levels of enterolactone in our blood help in reducing the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown that high levels of lignans can support healthy weight and glucose metabolism, reducing the risk of insulin sensitivity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

 

Polyphenols

Polyphenols are antioxidants from plant foods that work in the body to enhance health in many ways. Their specific health-promoting actions are still being studied, and it is known that they can reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to protect the body from the risks of various chronic diseases.

 

Plant Sterols

Plant sterols help in lowering LDL – also known as bad cholesterol. They work by replicating cholesterol and competing with it for absorption. The result is that less cholesterol is absorbed into the body from the gut. This reduction happens gradually and depends on the amount of plant sterol consumed. 

 

Carotenoids:

Carotenoids are natural antioxidants and immune modulators that protect our cells from the damage that is part of both aging and cancer. Lower your risk of cancer by adding carotenoids to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choose the most deeply and richly colored red, yellow, orange, dark green fruits, vegetables and herbs to get a good dose of protection from carotenoids every day.