Treating ADHD With Diet

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In this informational article titled "Treating ADHD with Diet" we will first take a look at 6 year old Tyler and then examine whether ADHD and diet could be correlated. 

Tyler is struggling in school and his teacher has complained about him being a disruptive influence in class. While it is true that Tyler's parents have always known that he had a lot of energy and struggled to complete tasks they just assumed that as he got older things would improve. But school has seemingly made things worse. His teacher Mrs. Johnson has complains that Tyler daydreams often, can't or won't complete assignments, occasionally exhibits aggressive behavior towards his classmates, and won't stay seated. In a recent parent teacher conference Mrs. Smith suggested Tyler could have ADHD, leading his parent to consider that possibility. END.

The above story is not that uncommon with an estimated 8% of school aged children experiencing ADHD, a condition thought to be caused by irregular neurotransmitter activity in the brain with a genetic backdrop. But is it possible that diet could be the cause or at least a major contributing factor?

Diet and ADHD

While diet or food sensitivity issues are overwhelmingly not the cause most research suggests that a poor diet can make attention deficit disorder symptoms much worse. Let's explore a few areas in which this is particularly true.

*Simple carbohydrates: Hyperactivity is one of the most obvious symptoms of ADHD and simple carbohydrates seem to exasperate hyperactivity. Simple carbs metabolize quickly in the body creating an overproduction of insulin which produces a quick burst of energy making a hyperactive child even more hyperactive. Simple carbs make ADHD symptoms such as inattention and scattered thinking even worse. As a parent you may not even recognize that your child is eating so many of these foods. Examples of simple carbohydrate laden foods are birthday cake, pizza, and processed cereals. 

*Proteins: The amino acids that make up proteins are used as the raw materials for neurotransmitter activity. Some parents report that simply replacing simple carbs with protein rich foods have helped their children concentrate better and not be as hyperactive. 

*Sugar: Sugar is considered a simple carbohydrate but deserves its own category. Sugar quickly boosts energy levels only to be followed by tiredness and impaired mental function. The problem with eliminating or reducing sugar is you need to a detective to ferret out the foods that actually contain them because of tricky labeling. Examples of other names for sugars are fructose, maltose, corn syrup, corn sweetener, dextrose, glucose, and sucrose. 

In summary, diet modification techniques including reducing simple carbohydrates and increasing protein consumption are steps every parent with an ADHD child should consider. 

Additionally, many parents have found success by combining diet modification with natural ADHD remedies such as homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies for ADHD are safe for all ages and have shown to be an effective way of managing such problematic ADHD symptoms as inattention, impulsivity, erratic behavior, and hyperactivity. If you have been searching for a natural treatment option for your child homeopathy is an affordable option worth considering.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27