By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
Knowing What Foods Affect ADD and ADHD is crucial! Food feeds our brain and having the right foods can optimize brain function. Doing a bit of research about the symptoms you’d like to address may make a world of difference in you and your families daily “normal”!
For instance, foods rich in protein can have beneficial effects on ADHD symptoms. 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 hyperactivity! Nice!!! It’s also a great idea to begin your day with a breakfast that includes protein and some beneficial fat. And make sure you are adding protein into your meals during your day as well.
A well-balanced diet that includes veggies, complex carbs, good fat, low glycemic fruits, and protein may also balance our brain and keep good behavior consistent. Knowing what Foods Affect ADD and ADHD and what your diet is deficient in is key to finding balance. Adding specific supplements are 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 having low iron levels correlates 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 you clarity and help you eliminate or add foods to balance your diet.
Understanding your diet and What Foods Affect ADD and ADHD will give put you in control of your symptoms rather than your symptoms controlling your lifestyle! At Nutritionally Yours our staff is here to get you there!
Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.