My name is Annabel Ruffell and I am the founder of Journey for Earth, a socially conscious media company that shares the personal journeys of inspiring individuals making a positive impact in the world.
On a regular basis I am also going to be posting other peoples articles that I find inspiring – and also inviting people to submit a piece – on the topics of: environment, animals, humanity, health, parenting, and anything else that inspires thought, connection and supports us in being the best that we can be.
My guest post today is by Tammy Mahan who has been a freelance writer for several years. She specializes in medical and health related topics. She frequently submits articles to Healthline.com.
How Diet Choices can Affect ADHD Symptoms
ADHD = Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Eating the proper foods can treat ADHD, and allow for either no medication or a low dose of medication to be used. You just have to learn the proper diet choices. You will learn as you go while you are eliminating and adding foods, which can make it difficult for both you and your children. The symptoms of ADHD can increase if this is done too quickly, especially if there has been a reduction or stopping of medication.
The food that you eat every day is included in ADHD overall nutrition. The belief is that there are foods that can either worsen or improve ADHD. There could be foods that improve the symptoms better, that are missing from the diet.
ADHD and Elimination Diets
Foods or ingredients in foods that are believed to be a factor in the symptoms of ADHD are removed with an elimination diet. The reason behind this is the belief that behaviors are being triggered or made worse by something unhealthy that is being eaten.
Effects of Overall Nutrition on ADHD
The addition of foods that are high in protein such as cheese, beans, nuts, meat and eggs, to morning meals or afternoon snacks, can help to make concentration better. There is also the potential to extend the amount of time that medication for ADHD works.
Reduce simple carbohydrates and increase complex carbohydrates and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Additives and Allergies to Food
There are some things that should be avoided because they have been linked to hyperactivity:
- Red, yellow and other artificial colors
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- Sodium benzoate
- Other additives that are put in food
Creating an ADHD Diet Plan for Yourself
You should consult with your doctor before you begin the creation of an ADHD diet plan for yourself. Some things will make it easier for you to eliminate foods and add supplements from your diet:
- It is easier to make the changes and determine the actual results if you make changes individually.
- Track the changes to the diet and the effects that they have on you so that you can be sure what foods trigger what effect.
- Remain on the diet for at least a month or longer in order to see what the changes are achieving.
Additional Steps to Aid ADHD
- Seven to eight hours of sleep every night to ensure that you are getting adequate rest.
- Exercise regularly for up to a half hour at a time.
- Prescription ADHD medication should be taken as ordered.
- Distractibility can be reduced, while focus and concentration are increased with meditation and relaxation training.
- Aid anger and anxiety with techniques for deep breathing
The more knowledgeable you are about your own ADHD the easier it will be for you to make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle. Removing things that trigger the symptoms of ADHD and replacing them with things that improve the symptoms will make the condition easier to live with which will make your life easier. In time, you will know what additives, supplements and other things make life easier for you and are able to avoid the things that make the symptoms worse.
By Tammy Mahan
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