Back to school with ADHD: Natural tips to help with the transition

It’s back to school time and for those parents whose children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) this can be a challenging time of transition.  It is a time for establishing new routines and adjusting to the structure of the school system.

Pharmaceutical medications are helpful for many children, however often parents come to my office looking for some natural options. Choosing medication is a personal decision based on the needs of your child, family and teachers. The following is a list of natural tips to help support your child with the back to school transition, regardless if they are on medication or not.


  1. Stay hydrated! Equip your child with a water bottle and encourage them to finish it throughout the day. Dehydration contributes to lack of concentration and information processing.
  2. Avoid artificial chemicals: Pack lunches full of whole foods versus packaged foods which often contain artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. These chemicals stimulate the nervous system and contribute to restlessness and mood changes.
  3. Add more protein: Protein keeps blood sugar levels from fluctuating. High and low blood sugar levels lead to hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating and mood changes such as irritability and anxiety.

Check out these Healthy nut-free snacks for back to school which are high in protein!

Vitamin and mineral supplements:

  1. Consider zinc supplementation for hyperactivity and impulsivity. Always speak to your doctor or naturopath before taking supplements to figure out if they are needed and what the appropriate dose should be. Try adding more zinc containing foods to the diet such as chicken, turkey, fish, pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed butter (great replacement for peanut butter!).
  2. Additional B vitamins can be helpful for improving cognitive function.  B vitamins are essential for producing neurotransmitters that influence mood and can be helpful for anxiety and depression. A B-complex is generally safe because the body breaks down these vitamins and you urinate them out daily.  Make sure you take a b-complex vitamin with meals to prevent nausea.  It is best to take it in the morning with breakfast because it also helps improve energy throughout the day.
  3. A fish oil supplement is the best way to get an appropriate dose of omega-3 fatty acids.  The two major types are ecosapentanoic acid  (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).  A combination of EPA and DHA is important for supporting nervous system function leading to improved learning, attention and concentration in the classroom.  Nourishing the brain with omega-3 fatty acids is essential for improving mood.

    Fish oil is available in liquid or capsules.  You can freeze the capsules to prevent it from repeating or purchase an enteric coated brand.  Liquid fish oil is great for children because it can be mixed into a smoothie or juice.  There are even delicious gummies and chewable capsules for the picky eater!

    If you follow a vegan diet or are allergic to fish, omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flaxseed oil, chia seeds and hemp seed.  However, much higher doses are needed to absorb the same amount that is found naturally in fish oil.

Botanical medicine:

  1. Calming lemon balm or lavender tea: Brew a batch of lemon balm (aka Melissa officinalis) or lavender tea and store in a glass jug in your fridge. It can be added as a smoothie base, as a popsicle base, frozen into ice cubes and added to your child’s water bottle, or mixed in with a little juice. These are all creative ways to have your child experience the calming effects of lemon balm and lavender without having to drink the hot tea directly.
  2. Chamomile tea has digestive healing properties in addition to a calming effect. Paired with ginger root, licorice root and peppermint tea, these make a great addition if your child suffers from ‘nervous stomach’ or is experiencing digestive side effects from their medication.
  3. Concentrated herbal tinctures: Teas are generally safe because they are very dilute. However, if you are looking for something with a stronger effect a herbal tincture where the herbs have been soaked in alcohol and the medicinal properties of the herbs have been extracted is another option. There are many options at the health food store such as St. Francis brand Tilia Calm. Be sure to read the instructions based on your child’s weight and avoid herbal tinctures if your child suffers from allergies to any of the ingredients.

Building at Healthy Home Workshop!

You’re invited to the Building a Healthy Home Workshop at Dr. Ellen Simone ND & Associates!

Hosted by Kelly Sabara, Reiki Master and Kayla Robinson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist!

  • Inform yourself about the common chemicals found in your everyday cleaning products and how they can affect your health.
  • Learn how to incorporate natural alternative products into your home and reduce your toxic load. 
  • Find out how you can use essential oils to make your own safe home care products and… Make your own All-Purpose Cleaning Spray!
  • Get amazing bonuses including giveaways, special rates on services, and take-home handouts and recipes. 

Workshop date: Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: 1390 Prince of Wales Drive Suite 205, Ottawa, K2C 3N6

Cost: $20/person (includes materials for All-Purpose Cleaning Spray)

Limited seats available. Please contact to save your spot!


Dairy Free for Dummies Workshop!


Healthy glowing skin from the inside out

Hello! Lately I’ve had quite a few clients with skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. I personally have had acne and eczema and understand that horrible, itchy rash that won’t go away. Both were on my face too so that really didn’t help my self-confidence. I tried all those topical creams and ointments but nothing really worked until I discovered that skin issues are a manifestation of an internal imbalance, usually with your digestion, immune system or ability to detoxify.

Let’s talk about glowing healthy skin from the inside out!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and one of your primary sources of detoxification. Many factors can influence the health of your skin:

  • Chemical toxins built up in your body that your skin is trying to eliminate
  • Food sensitivities and poor digestive tract function lead to excessive inflammation molecules that deposit in the skin. Poor digestion also leads to poor absorption of essential nutrients like zinc, selenium, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids which are vital in maintaining healthy skin
  • Since 80% of your immune system is in the lining of the digestive system, digestive issues cause immune system issues and your immune system may not be able to manage inflammation effectively leading to skin issues. It’s all interconnected!
  • Hormone imbalances like excess estrogen and testosterone lead to acne, or lowering levels of progesterone and estrogen can lead to dry itchy skin especially in menopause.
  • Stress! If your nervous system is under constant stress you will release more histamine which leads to the itchiness and discomfort

Often there is more than one factor influencing the health of your skin and it can be challenging to identify where you need the most support. If you experience acne, eczema, or psoriasis it’s time to consider treating your skin from the inside out with some natural options.

Book your healthy skin appointment today!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

Nourish Your Spirit Spa Workshop at Le Nordik Spa

The Nourish Your Spirit Workshop is here!

Are you feeling run down? Tired of taking care of everybody else? It’s time to put yourself first and nourish your spirit!

The workshop includes:

Step by step guide to identify and clear out toxic sludge that is bringing you down. Both environmental and emotional toxins will be discussed.
Supercharged nutrition tips to give your body energy and recharge your batteries.
Practical tips to create your own spa experience at home so the pampering never stops!
Gentle relaxation exercises and a guided meditation to bring out your inner Zen.
FREE Same day admission to Le Nordik Spa!
Date: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Time 10 am to 12 pm then we head to Le Nordik Spa for as long as you want!
Location: Meredith Centre, 23 Cecil Road, Chelsea, Quebec, J9B 0A5 in the Meeting Room.
Cost: $120 + HST

Register today! Space is limited.


Host a Lunch and Learn session at your workplace!

Are you feeling inspired and want to bring healthy living to your workplace? Why not host a Lunch and Learn session for your colleagues!

I offer the following 45-60 minute lunch and learn topics:

  • Healthy Lunches on the Go
  • Reduce Stress and be Happy
  • Detoxify Your Kitchen Cupboard
  • Prevent the Cold and Flu Naturally

E-mail me for more info and to book your workplace Lunch and Learn session today!


10 tips for optimizing fertility

Are you trying to have a baby? How exciting!

Even if having a baby is not in your immediate future, it is important to think about the impact your diet and lifestyle choices have on your fertility. This applies to both partners and I would suggest changes start being made 3-6 months before actively trying to conceive.

Engaging in the following tips for optimizing fertility can support your journey and result in everyone achieving a state of optimized health and wellness.

10 tips for optimizing fertility

  1. Assume you are pregnant. There is truth in the power of positive thinking and setting the intention for welcoming a child into your life.  It will also help you follow the next few tips!
  2. Take a prenatal vitamin and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement regularly.
  3. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods from your diet.
  4. Identify and eliminate environmental exposure to toxins and consider doing a supervised detoxification program with the help of your naturopathic doctor.
  5. Quit smoking and recreational drugs. See your family doctor or naturopathic doctor for assistance.
  6. Visit your family doctor or naturopathic doctor to address existing health conditions.
  7. Speak to your family doctor or naturopathic doctor about the safety of your medications and natural supplements during pregnancy and change them accordingly.
  8. Communicate with your partner about your feelings regarding having children.
  9. To manage stress, make time for self-care by doing something you enjoy like exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music, etc.
  10. Track your menstrual cycle by monitoring your basal body temperature.  The basal body temperature chart can provide important information to determine when you are fertile and identify menstrual cycle issues.

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