The organic food which available to us is one of the most valuable resource that we have at our disposal. Yet, we are constantly swayed by the fancy colors and the mouth-watering food photos. These foodgasm-causing pictures usually consists of processed foods and preservative-filled edibles, which in short – are not good for you.
What is ADHD?
Various studies have stated that in India, there are more than 10 million cases per year of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It is a chronic condition that includes difficulty in paying attention, hyper-activeness, and impulsiveness which can be curbed with the help of right and adequate quantity of protein and vitamins.
An ADHD patient may suffer from low self-esteem, troubled relationships and difficulty at school or work. It often begins in childhood and can persist into adolescence.
This neurodevelopmental disorder is usually first diagnosed in childhood. Children with this condition may have trouble paying attention, focusing or holding their attention span for longer.
Treatment for ADHD consists of medication and talk therapy. But if you avoid sugar, artificial flavors, and common allergens it can help control symptoms of attention deficit. Deficiencies in certain types of foods can worsen symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children and adults. No dietician or doctor can ever guarantee a cure for ADHD but can surely help in controlling the symptoms.
A symptom control diet:
Doctors have been speculating that having certain foods can be linked to managing the symptoms of ADHD. While several types of research have been done in this subject, but experts don’t believe that foods actually cause or cure ADHD. However, certain foods can make your child’s ADHD symptoms worse, proves research. Here’s what you need to create a better ADHD diet.
While it is suggested that one should get a diet supervised from a certified dietitian, here are foods that may be linked to the symptoms of ADHD.
Following are the items that you should Highly Consider as a part of your daily diet:
- Right Amount of Protein: 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 blood sugar spikes, which cause an increase in hyperactivity. This can have a beneficial effect on ADHD symptoms. This can be found in the low-fat dairy products, eggs, beans, nuts, and soy.
- Iron is Important: A paper published by Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2004 concluded that 84% of children with ADHD had significantly lower levels of iron, compared with 16% of kids without ADHD. Ferritin is a protein found inside cells which store iron, if the counts are low, it may lead to several severe symptoms.
- Have Healthy Carbs: Carbohydrates are an essential part of your health. There are two types of Carbs, the bad kind has been stripped of nutritional value, such as sugar and simple carbs – are the problem. Having carbohydrates that don’t spike your blood sugar and are high in fiber, such as those found in vegetables and fruits.
Following are the things to avoid and prevent the symptoms of ADHD:
- Confectioneries: Candies, Cake Mixes, Frostings are loaded with sugar and artificial colors, a bad combination for children with ADHD. Mr. Howard Peiper, a naturopath and the author of ‘The ADD and ADHD Diet!’ has said in his book, “With the high content of sugar and artificial coloring, candy is a huge contributor to ADHD.”
- Carbonated Drinks: These drinks often have the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for kids on the ADHD diet. While soda also has other ingredients that worsen ADHD symptoms such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. This also includes energy drinks which are fairly popular amongst teens.
- Fertilized Whole Foods: Foods which are treated with insect control have been shown to cause neurological-based behavioral problems that mimic the symptoms of ADHD.
The only way to reduce the symptoms of ADHD without having to consume drugs is by having a diet which would do so. While most experts agree that ADHD medication is the most effective treatment for kids with ADHD, having a strict diet plan may not only reduce the symptoms of the same but will also encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.
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