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Diet For Attention Deficit Disorder - Five Simple Strategies

By Robert William Locke 

 

Are you at risk of becoming insane because of your ADHD child? Apart from the question of ADHD meds, you know that the old adage 'you are what you eat' is true but how on earth do you find the time to put it into practice. Here are five simple strategies which can change your child's diet for attention deficit disorder (ADHD) without going crazy in the process.

1. Forget Feingold diet and other elimination diets. There are too many restrictions in the first and there is too much difficulty in the second! Feingold does not allow fruit which I and lots of nutritionists disagree with, so the first strategy is to pile up on fruits and vegetables in whatever form you like. Smoothies, soups, and whatever!

2. Get rid of all the processed food which is full of additives, colourings and pesticides and all sorts of toxins. There is enough evidence out there, believe me, which says that this rubbish ruins concentration and hypes up kids so that they are hyperactive. That means going organic when you can but without making it a big deal. Most diets for attention deficit disorder make a big deal of this and say you have to bake your own bread!

3. Either buy and serve lots of fish and serve it up. If you cannot buy fish, or you hate the smell, then buy a good Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement or fish oil supplement. These are also called essential fatty acids (EFAs) and they are just great for brain function. A daily dose of 400 mg is enough. Flax oil comes into this category and without making a big fuss, just put it into the smoothies you prepare for the kids. If you do like fish and the kids do as well, it is better to avoid the fish which have high levels of mercury. These are swordfish, shark, and mackerel.

 

4. Reduce the level of glucose and try and increase protein. The child's brain needs a steady supply of glucose throughout the day. In practical terms, that means having smaller regular meals throughout the day and favouring protein snacks with nuts and whole grains over the carbohydrates, ice cream and chocolate snacks. Discover your health food shops and buy snacks with nuts and other goodies there.

5. Get a good source of multivitamins - this will cover all the things you haven't fed the whole family with. I go for one which contains Gingko Biloba as well because I know that research on that one says that it really helps the brain .

Finally get the whole family in on this diet for attention deficit disorder - there are no great changes so if you introduce these gradually over time, nobody will notice.Well, you will notice because your ADHD child will be calmer and even lovable again! A diet for attention deficit disorder is not going to cure your child but it really does help and everybody in the family will be healthier as well.

The other thing which probably keeps you awake at night is what sort of ADHD medication you should go for. The side effects of the ADHD psychostimulants are often so severe ( weight loss, irritability, anxiety, listlessness etc) that your child has to take other medications to combat these side effects. This is ridiculous! Why not find peace of mind by going for ADHD natural cures which are not going to turn your child into a zombie ? Make an informed choice - the link below will open your eyes!

Are you at risk of becoming insane because of your ADHD child? Apart from the question of ADHD meds, you know that the old adage 'you are what you eat' is true but how on earth do you find the time to put it into practice. Here are five simple strategies which can change your child's diet for attention deficit disorder (ADHD) without going crazy in the process.

Robert Locke is a Health enthusiast who specializes in Children's Health. He has written extensively on ADHD.  Discover what ADHD Alternative Therapy is available.  

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