ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric conditions in children and adolescents. While about 75% of ADHD cases are thought to have a genetic component, environment and diet are also thought to play a significant part in the severity of symptoms and in the management of ADHD.
Experts believe that dietary modifications can help significantly in managing the symptoms of ADHD – eliminating certain foods from the diet and adding some foods to the diet can help. In particular certain foods are thought to be triggering for individuals who are genetically predisposed. Though there are those who argue that one’s diet has no bearing on ADHD symptoms, it can make sense to dovetail the diet of an ADHD child along the following lines:
Foods to avoid with ADHD
There is evidence to show that artificial food additives such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial food colors, MSG etc can trigger ADHD symptoms. Refined foods such as while flour and sugar, candy, corn syrup etc are also thought to be bad for individuals with ADHD. Studies have demonstrated that the mix of additives commonly found in children’s foods can increase hyperactivity and that eliminating these ingredients from the diet can in fact help control symptoms.
Foods that can help control ADHD symptoms
On the other hand there are some foods experts have identified as being good for people with ADHD, particularly children. A high protein diet is thought to be good for ADHD – in include plenty of lean meat, dairy products, buts, eggs and fish in the diet. It is thought that high protein foods can help improve concentrations among children and could possibly increase efficacy of ADHD medications too.
Complex carbs that offers sustained release of energy, obtained from fruit and veggies may help kids sleep better. Healthy fats such as those found in nuts, oily fish, seeds and olive oil are also recommended for ADHD.
Other substances that could contribute to ADHD
It isn’t just foods, but other substances that are absorbed by the skin that could be contributing to ADHD. Temporary tattoos, magic markers and other inks or dyes that are to be applied directly to the skin of kids could also be contributing to the problem. There could also be adverse reactions from artificial fragrances. Some of the ingredients in body care and hygiene products could be triggering and switching to fragrance free cleansers can also help.