Managing ADHD Naturally, Part 2

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are, of course, a healthful part of any diet, including The Med Free with ADD program.

Fruits and vegetables add fiber, color, and nutrition to a meal, as well as taste, and all for very few calories.

The current USDA requirements are 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. A serving is ½ cup.

It’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you get the maximum nutritional benefits.

Berries, for instance, contain antioxidants, which are especially important in relation to brain health. Antioxidants contain anti-aging properties, and in terms of the brain, will slow the aging process.

Fruits and vegetables also contain important nutrients that nourish and maintain healthy brain cell growth and improve memory.

In general, fruits and vegetables with darker or more vibrant colors are more nutritious than those with little color.

For instance, you will get far more nutritional benefit from a salad containing spinach leaves or leaf lettuce than you will one made with iceberg lettuce.

Of special note are the blue, purple, and red fruits and vegetables:
Purple cabbage
Purple grapes
Elderberries
Plums
Raisins
Eggplant
Blueberries
Red apples
Red onions
Cranberries
Cherries
Beets
Pomegranates
Raspberries

Of course, this is just a partial list.

Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, especially more colorful ones, can benefit your physical and mental health, so enjoy!

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About Brenda Nicholson

I am an ADHD Expert, Coach, and Consultant. I want you to learn how to celebrate your life with ADHD too.

Comments

  1. Diet is certainly an important part of managing ADHD without meds. I’ve been reading what Brain Balance – http://brainbalancecenters.com – has to say about changing the brain. They contend certain exercises, activities, behavioral modifications tailored to the individual can help rewire missed connections in the brain, leading to a reduction of symptoms. They couple these interventions with diet changes to treat the whole person. Their site is worth a read.

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