Is my diet the cause of my ADHD?

Is my diet the cause of my ADHD?

Is ADHD a sign of poor nutrition?

Doctors have speculated that certain foods may be linked with ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s not clearly proven that food can actually cause ADHD. What some foods do seem to do however is worsen ADHD symptoms or affect behavior that mimics the signs of ADHD in learners. “Excessive use of caffeine and take-out or fast food, with a poor nutritional value, can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD,” said Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of “Mistaken for ADHD.”

The following foods can trigger ADHD-like symptoms:

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
  • Cake Mixes and Frostings
  • Energy Drinks
  • Seafood.
  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruit

diet and adhd

It is crucial for parents to realize that our children may suffer from reacting to the high chemical value in their diets and perhaps these “symptoms” are not an indication of ADHD, but rather poor nutrition!

There are deficiencies in certain types of foods that can worsen ADHD symptoms. An ADHD diet that ensures you’re getting adequate levels of the right foods optimizes brain function. Maslow indicates clearly that the most basic need is proper nutrition and we need this, to be able to achieve self-realization.

Protein is important!

Foods rich in protein like lean beef, pork, poultry, eggs, beans, and low-fat dairy products — can have beneficial effects on ADHD symptoms. Also consider vegetables such such as broccoli and spinach that is rich in protein. The body makes neurotransmitters, the chemicals released by brain cells to communicate with each other, with the help of protein-rich foods. Protein can prevent surges in blood sugar, which will increase hyper-activity.

“Because the body makes brain-awakening neurotransmitters when you eat protein, start your day with a breakfast that includes it,” says Laura Stevens, M.S., a nutritionist at Purdue University and author of 12 Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child. “Don’t stop there. Look for ways to slip in lean protein during the day, as well.”

Try: Think thin protein bars, Lara-bars, Raw Food snacks or bars, berry blend smoothies and green smoothies. Raw-chocolate & chia porridge with fruit is a favorite. The ideas are just so many!

An ADHD correct diet should focus on “more” rather than “less”.

There is a clear link between children with ADHD and children suffering form obesity. It is important for a parent to make your child understand that he of she is not being limited. Rather teach them to increase their variety, to learn the modern new food ideas and to make better choices for their health. We are responsible to eat for the highest possible sustainable energy and to use our energy as wisely as we can. We do this because you, as an individual with a great potential, is important enough to only eat that what will give you the best results.

Our performance is just as good, as the fuel that we use, to produce it!
Parents that allow their children to eat what ever they want for the sake of glamour and speed, is busy to keep their children back with all the wrong messages. Parents that love their children, give them the nutritional value to become the greatest they possibly can.

Include your children and hunt on the Internet for Blogs and Pinterest Posts for new and energy wise foods. There are so many quick ways to prepare these, rather than cooking for hours. Many of these options are easy, quick and safe for children to make for themselves. Children feel independent, motivated and successful by being included in the process of learning to make better choices.

Your health is your wealth! It is the best present to give a child and a great way to secure their future!

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About the author:

Tanya has been providing dietary guidance since 2009 as a registered dietician licensed in South Africa. Her goal is to help patients understand the connection between diet and diagnosis for improved nutritional well being.

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