Last updated on Jun 18th, 2020 at 06:33 am
Children with ADHD sometimes experience an improvement in behaviour when certain foods are added or eliminated from their diet.
Does your intelligent child somehow manage to lose a homework assignment while walking from the car into the house? Do you find your child daydreaming when requesting focus on a task? When you send your child to their room to get ready for bed and 15 minutes later find them in another part of the house intrigued by a book or a game.
Are they just being willful and refusing to focus or do they perhaps suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Nicci Robertson founder of the Re-Invent Company and clinical nutritionist, master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Psycho-Neuro Immunology, shares some interesting insights regarding the role of nutrition in ADHD:
In todayâ??s day and age, ADHD has been a subject of great public attention and concern.
It is one of the most common psychiatric disorders that appear in childhood. Children with the condition can’t stay focused on a task or sit still, and often act without thinking. In general, they find it difficult to finish any project or activity they begin.
The types of foods we eat (or donâ??t) have a profound affect on ADHD in both children and adults
For many people, nutrition alone can go a long way to treating this disorder without the need for pharmaceuticals.
Overwhelming evidence proves that the vast majority of children and adults are suffering from nutritional deficiencies – especially with regards to Omega 3 essential fatty acids and amino acids.
Both of these are necessary in brain development, healthy cell replication, crucial for proper growth and hormone function, the immune system, concentration and not surprisingly – moods.
Foods to include daily in a healthy diet, specific to treating ADHD need to be rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and a good source of clean protein.
Your best choices are:
• A wide variety of vegetables, especially your dark green vegetables including spinach, rocket and broccoli. Preferably raw, juiced or lightly steamed.
But what if your kids are not big fans of oily fish?
Most children are not keen on oily fish. It is therefore really important to find a good quality supplement that really works. Re-Invent only prescribe Metagenics EPA DHA balanced liquid, as it works well for children as they battle to swallow the typically large softgels.
Another gem of a natural supplement, Lumina is designed to support healthy mental function and relaxation – issues related to proper focus, attention, learning, and memory – through modulating the metabolism of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, GABA, and norepinephrine.
Foods to avoid when trying to improve ADHD behaviour:
• Processed cereals
• White flour products
• Fried foods
• Full fat dairy
// When one eats these nutritionally sparse foods the digestive process becomes inefficient in absorbing what little vitamins and nutrition exist in these products.
Added to which, stimulants such as sugar which is hidden in most processed foods and caffeine cause a surge in adrenalin and blood sugar, impairing concentration while exacerbating irritability and mood swings.
Though some children with ADHD may respond better to diet modifications than others, foods with high nutritional value are beneficial to health overall.
Visit www.reinventhealth.co.za for healthy recipe ideas or to find out more about nutritional supplementation.
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