128: ADD, ADHD & Behavior Challenges with Psychologist and Nutritionist Dr. Nicole Beurkens

ADD, ADHD & Behavior Challenges with Psychologist and Nutritionist Dr. Nicole Beurkens

I know I always say it, but I’m excited to share this interview with you because I get so many questions about ADHD and just learning and behavior problems in children in general. I’m honored to have a holistic child psychologist and absolute expert on this topic, Dr. Nicole Beurkens, on the show today.

If you have questions about your child’s learning, mood, and behavior challenges, including ADHD, autism, anxiety, and even brain injury, take a listen …

How to Improve ADHD & Related Behaviors Naturally

Dr. Nicole Beurkens is a unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special education teacher. (Not to mention a mom to four!) For over 20 years she’s supported children and families in finding ways to improve behavioral problems naturally. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in special education and nutrition, and is a board-certified nutrition specialist.

As parents we are all always searching for answers on how to help our children be happy and healthy. It’s my hope this episode helps some answers come to light for any moms out there wondering what to do next.

Turning it over to Dr. Nicole!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • the combination of factors increasing ADD, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and learning and behavior problems in children
  • why developmental issues are higher in some areas than others
  • why medication is just a band-aid (and what to do instead)
  • the five main areas parents can address to help with behavior problems
  • the scary truth about psychiatric medication in children
  • how to use nutrition to help with  behavior problems
  • the interesting research that shows 25-40% of kids diagnosed with ADHD actually have a sleep issue
  • movement — what kids need and why (hint: brain development depends on it)
  • what the parent-child relationship and peer relationships have to do with ADHD and related disorders
  • ways to improve thinking, resilience, and problem-solving skills in children
  • the big foods to avoid for any child with a behavioral challenge
  • the surprising way that water intake is tied to behavior issues
  • how zinc can help kids learn to love new foods
  • the benefits of outdoor time for kids and why this needs to be a priority

Resources We Mention

Follow Dr. Nicole Beurkens at DrBeurkens.com

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Reader Comments

  1. Dr. Beurkens briefly touched upon a link between ADD/ADHD and quality of sleep. Indeed there is a link, but many people (including the vast majority of pediatricians) don’t fully understand the connection. In short, we are raising a generation of kids who have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea: A significant number of children have not experienced proper facial and jaw development (due to a lack of nutrition in their diets and their mothers’ diets), and as a result have an obstructed airway, either in the nasal cavity or pharyngeal airway, or both. An obstruction can cause multiple apnea events (when one stops breathing) throughout the night, therefore precluding restorative sleep, which Dr. Beurkens correctly argues is absolutely essential for adrenal health and young developing brains. The signs and symptoms of an obstructed airway in children can include crooked teeth and narrow arches, an “overbite,” habitual mouth breathing, bed wetting, cognitive/learning impairments, hyperactivity, speech articulation issues, acid reflux, teeth grinding, and much more. This is a serious health crisis in our society that is not being recognized by 99% of healthcare professionals. I learned this the hard way with my 10-year-old son. Parents, if you are raising a child with ADD/ADHD, I highly suggest that you listen to the podcast before this one, with Dr. Steven Lin, who explains how and why this is happening. This is one of the biggest missing links in healthcare today.

  2. Wow thanks for this podcast ! We have been treating ADHD with the Feingold Diet/fragrance AND chemical free home for a year now and seeing incredible improvement.
    Medication was awful for us. She had emotional outbursts, sleeplessness, intensified Social Challenges, physical overstimulation, heart racing etc.
    Even though we follow strict limitations with dyes and chemicals, we still struggle with willingness to start liking new healthy things.

  3. How do I access this podcast? It won’t play or download on either my computer or phone. ??

    • Looks like we’re having some issues with our server. Hopefully it will be working correctly really soon.

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