By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Learning the fantastic effects of ADHD and food can be life-changing for children with ADHD, all people with ADHD, and their loved ones.
Food feeds our brain, and having the right foods as part of the ADHD diets can optimize brain function. Doing a bit of research about the symptoms of ADHD that you would like to address may make a world of difference in you and your family’s quality of life.
ADHD and Food #1: Foods rich in protein can benefit your child’s mental health. Protein-rich foods are used by the body to make neurotransmitters, the chemicals released by brain cells to communicate with each other. Protein can prevent surges in blood sugar which means less of a chance it will increase hyperactivity! Nice!!!
ADHD and Food #2: Good fat should be part of a balanced diet for your child. When your child eats protein, for example, add some good fat to it. Or consider supplementing with omega three fatty acids
ADHD and Food #3: My favorite way to help improve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is elimination diets. We can run testing for food allergies, food additives, and artificial colors, which can trigger symptoms in a child with ADHD. Parents are always happily surprised when a few dietary adjustments work better than any behavior therapy and have no side effects like certain ADHD medications.
Adding specific supplements is also a great way to find that “brain” balance. When minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc are low, this may present itself as inattention. Zinc regulates the neurotransmitter dopamine; iron is necessary for making dopamine, and low iron levels correlate with cognitive deficits and severe ADHD.
Magnesium is also used to make neurotransmitters and has a calming effect on the brain. Having your vitamin and mineral levels checked via intracellular blood testing could give your more clarity to what your child needs.
Understanding ADHD and food will put you in control of the symptoms rather than your symptoms controlling your lifestyle!
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