Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD as it’s commonly referred to, is a medical condition which affects a child’s ability to pay attention, sit still and have self-control. While there is no scientific evidence that ADHD is caused by nutritional problems, certain foods can trigger some symptoms. There are 3 types of ADHD- inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive.
As a mother who has had 3 children diagnosed with ADHD, I can’t help but point out that ADHD wasn’t a “thing” years ago when our foods weren’t being pumped full of GMO’s, hormones and chemicals. Or when vaccines weren’t full of poisons, human dna, and other garbage slowly poisoning us all.
It’s also important to point out that North America seems to be the only place where ADHD and other issues run rampant. I’ve been to Asia. They don’t have the illnesses and issues we do over here…. and they eat organic foods without chemicals, GMO’s and hormones.
Just saying 😉
Foods To Eat for ADHD
Many health experts believe that the food and drink consumed by a child with ADHD can help to ease their symptoms.
High Protein Foods:
Protein can be sourced from beans, cheese, eggs, meat, and nuts. They may improve the concentration and possibly allow ADHD medications to work longer. (I am NOT an advocate of medicating children with heroine-based solutions).
More Complex Carbohydrates:
A child with ADHD should eat lots of vegetables and some fruits such as oranges, tangerines, pears, grapefruit, apples, and kiwi. These complex carbohydrates in the evening may help the child to sleep.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in tuna, salmon, and other cold water white fish. They can also be found in walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil and canola oil.
Now, I think it’s rather important to point out as well that many studies and trials have been conducted on using the Keto diet for children with ADHD and there are many successful results. Once we clean all of the toxins, chemicals, and garbage out of our children’s bodies, we start to see incredible results. They are not even the same children anymore, and they don’t require medications.
Foods to Avoid with ADHD
Simple carbohydrates should be avoided. These include:
- Sweets & Candy: Sweets contain plenty of sugar and artificial colours and flavorings. Both of these ingredients are known to promote hyperactivity in ADHD children.
- Sodas and Soft Drinks: The sugars and sweeteners in sodas also exacerbate ADHD symptoms. Sodas also tend to have high fructose corn syrup and caffeine which triggers symptoms of hyperactivity and easy distractibility.
- Frozen Fruits & Vegetables: Although these may be considered to be healthy food options, some brands include artificial colors.
- Cake Mixes and Frostings: These have high sugar and artificial color content. These can lead to hyperactivity and other ADHD symptoms.
Most of these foods to avoid with ADHD are no-brainers. Sugar is bad for all humans, including children. Start taking a look at your child’s diet. What types of foods seem to trigger the hyperactivity? Are you choosing certified organic foods or store-bought processed and chemicalized foods? And don’t forget to check out our other article on Keto for kids. The results may just surprise you!