When I say ADD – a play on ADHD and the word add – and subtract, I’m talking about food.
Better nutrition means better brain health which leads to fewer ADHD symptoms or at least more manageable ones.
Here are 5 foods to add to your diet:
Wild caught salmon which has beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids good for brain health.
Leafy green vegetables for their vitamin B complex nutrients.
Blueberries for their antioxidant properties and their ability to help memory.
Protein because it helps stabilize your energy, making hyperactivity less of a problem.
Water because your body and brain need it to function well.
And here are 5 that you should avoid:
Sugar because it disrupts your body’s blood sugar levels and decreases vitamins and minerals in your body.
Processed foods may contain high levels of sodium, preservatives, sugars, chemicals, additives, and coloring. Any of these may make your ADHD symptoms harder to deal with, not to mention that they are just no good for you.
Any kind of hydrogenated oil is bad for your brain and body. Not only do they contribute to weight gain, they also interfere with proper brain function.
Soda has high sugar content or artificial sweeteners if you’re drinking diet. It also contains caffeine which some experts feel contributes to hyperactivity.
While I agree that all of the sugars and other things contained in soda are bad for you, I have to differ on the caffeine part. I consume caffeine daily and just did a recent review on caffeine water as a treatment for ADHD.
My suggestion is to cut back on soda as much as you can and try to add in more water.
This is a surprise, right? We’re not talking all vegetables here, just certain frozen ones. Some contain artificial coloring and others have been grown with the use of organophosphates, a kind of pesticide. These are not only bad for you, they can be bad for your pets, too, if they eat them. Here is an article with more information.
I know they are more expensive, but consider organic instead. Or in the summer, check out your local farmers markets and ask.
My last piece of advice?
Take it easy and slow. No one expects you to be perfect and only eat perfect food. Maybe you need your caffeine; I know I do. Just do what you can to make yourself healthier.
And you know what? If you just gave up fast food that would be a great start.