Why ADD And ADHD Are Good For You (And Supplements, Foods & Lifestyle Strategies To Help With ADD & ADHD).

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Peter Shankman, my guest in this podcast, truly believes that ADD and ADHD are good for you. He believes they're not just good for you, but that they can be keys to success.

He hosts the website Faster Than Normal, a blog that focuses on the benefits of having ADD/HD and a podcast that interviews CEOs, celebrities, and other successful people who have ADD/HD, and have turned it to their advantage.

For several years, Peter has been public about the fact that he's ADD/HD, and that he blames ADHD for most of his success. He's best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing and customer service strategy firm located in New York City.

Peter spends the majority of his time on the road, keynoting corporate events for clients including AmericanExpress, Sheraton, Saudi Aramco, Cisco, SAP, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor in multiple start-ups, sub-4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-licensed skydiver. A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He also recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. He lives in New York City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and two psychotic cats.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Peter thinks that ADD and ADHD are good for you…[7:30]

-How do you know if you have ADD or ADHD or if you're just a “busy” person…[16:20]

-The best book to read if you have ADD or ADHD…[16:46]

-Famous people who have ADD and ADHD (you'll be surprised), including Ben Franklin, Seth Godin and more…[18:17]

-Whether ADD and ADHD is an actual condition, or just an overdiagnosis for people who are busy and get stuff done…[21:35]

-Peter's top three easy and simple ways to “fast reboot” an ADHD brain…[30:14]

-Specific supplements that can help with ADD or ADHD…[38:27]

-How to eliminate decision-making fatigue and keep too many choices from “paralyzing” you…[41:40]

-What are the most important things you can do if you live with someone who has ADHD…[45:50]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

Dopamine Brain Food by NaturalStacks

-Book: Delivered From Distraction

-My original interview with Peter: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus!

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Peter or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!

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11 thoughts on “Why ADD And ADHD Are Good For You (And Supplements, Foods & Lifestyle Strategies To Help With ADD & ADHD).

  1. GJ says:

    Hey Ben/Peter

    What is your take on grapeseed extract and lithium orotate as supplements for ADD?

    Are they safe to take?, as they are mentioned to be helpfull in some protocols.

    Especially grapeseed extract is critisized for not being natural and for containing chemicals, from the production progress.

    Hope to hear from you. Thanks.

  2. John says:

    Also, could you make it so we can post comments without interrupting audio?

    1. John, thanks for the suggestion. I have my team looking into making this happen.

  3. John says:

    Links to brain-changing systems around 28 min?

  4. Leila says:

    Hi Ben, in this podcast you were talking about tips for drinking water it seemed like you got interrupted, I was wondering if you have more tips other than water filter.

  5. emily says:

    Hey Ben, I am trying to order at nuts.com and get the 4 free samples but having trouble figuring out how to do that. I used the code and have called their company but no one seems to know about the code? any tips?



    1. Enter code ‘fitness’ when ordering at nuts.com for the 4 free samples.

  6. Allison says:

    I found it fascinating that the foods (and the response to those foods) you mentioned were seratonin precursors were also foods high in copper. Is it possible ADD/ADHD folks are “copperheads” as well and overloaded with bio-unavailable copper? I also found myself wondering if there were any studies showing goal setting/self-rewarding habits can produce serotonin in the body?

    1. This is a really interesting thought. One podcast I'd highly recommend you listen to on this is my episode with Wendy Myers. We talk copper https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/01/everythi…

  7. Linda says:

    Enjoyed today’s podcast – with a son on the ASD spectrum but his ADHD results were high (only reason he wasn’t classified ADHD was because the ASD was higher – so to me whats really the difference!) Anyway big believer re diet, we give him lots of protein for breakfast which definitely sets him up for a better day. What I really loved was how today it was talked about using his challenges for him not trying to cover them up – thanks.

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