Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 11:28 AM

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterized by symptoms like difficulty focusing on studies and work. This disorder can occur in both children and adults. Sufferers remain in a constant state of hyperactivity. To treat the root cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, it is essential to understand that a few dietary changes may help overcome the condition. These dietary changes include:
  1. Elimination of Phosphates: Phosphate is a common ingredient in our diet. It is heavily used in processed foods. This food additive is used in emulsifiers, thickeners, preservatives, and stabilizers. As a main ingredient in soda and other cola drinks, it is present as phosphoric acid. Excess phosphate has been observed to increase episodes of hyperactivity in children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hence, it is essential to eliminate aerated drinks as well as reduce consumption of processed foods in a diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  2. Elimination of Dairy Products: Eliminating dairy products, especially cow’s milk, is essential for a healthy diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Using almond or rice milk is a healthier option than dairy products.
  3. Reducing Sugar: This is an essential exclusion from the diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as it may increase blood sugar levels in the body, resulting in hyperactivity. It is a good choice to exclude any foods rich in sugar from the diet.
  4. Addition of Proteins: One of the best diets for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder includes the increase of protein and reduction of carbohydrates in the diet. Eliminating breakfast cereals can be a healthy start for individuals suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Protein supplements such as protein shakes are a good inclusion in a healthy diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  5. Mineral Supplements: Diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should include easily absorbable, fully chelated, or colloidal minerals. A good choice is MinPac from VAXA. These help control the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  6. Flaxseed and Primrose Oil: It is essential to include omega fatty acids in a diet for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The best plant sources of these acids are flaxseed and primrose oil. You can add them to fresh vegetable salads and dressings to optimize their effects.
  7. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A diet plan for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should include fresh fruits and vegetables.
These tips can help you create a healthy diet for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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