ADHD and balanced diet

Sticking to a balanced diet can help relieve some of your ADHD symptoms.

ADHD and balanced dietThere are many different ways to control your Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, and one of the easiest is by simply altering your diet. For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may play a role in ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s still not believed that food actually causes ADHD. Diet does however; seem to play a role in either alleviating symptoms of ADHD, worsening existing symptoms, or triggering symptoms that mimic the signs of ADHD.

Many foods contain key nutrients that are highly beneficial to people suffering with ADHD. These nutrients play key roles in regulating body function and can relieve symptoms associated with ADHD. Studies also show that there are some food choices that you should steer clear of entirely, in order to avoid worsening of symptoms. Along with visiting Trifecta Health – an ADHD treatment center,

here are some diet tips to control symptoms.

Let us first start off with key nutrients that you should be sure to get enough of. Each essential element is also paired with several food options you may choose to incorporate into your diet.

Magnesium

This is an important mineral for the upkeep of the nervous system and metabolism and possesses potent relaxing effects. Foods that contain ample amounts of magnesium include blackstrap molasses, peanuts, black beans, oysters, pumpkin seeds, seaweed, unrefined sea salt and whole grains.

Chromium 

Chromium is a vital nutrient for regulating blood sugar. Out of control blood sugar levels can cause hyperactivity, poor concentration and a foul mood which may exacerbate symptoms of ADHD. Rich sources of chromium include apples, oysters, bran, potatoes, liver, beer and wine.



Potassium

Potassium helps to flush excess salt from your body and is also needed to maintain proper electrolyte balance. Like magnesium, it also has a strong calming effect. Eating potatoes, peanuts, bananas, citrus fruits, apricots and grapes can supply you with plenty of this nutrient.

Omega 3 

Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial to health but are lacking in most modern diets. They’re known to greatly improve focus, relaxation and overall cognitive function. Foods highest in these fatty acids are wild-caught fish, pastured meat, eggs and dairy, wild game, fish oil and most seafood.

As stated before, there are also several foods that should be cut out of your diet completely. The following are foods that should be especially avoided.



Candy

Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colors, which is a bad combination when it comes to children with ADHD who often need to follow an ADHD diet. Both of these components have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms in studies. “With the high content of sugar and artificial coloring, candy is a huge contributor to ADHD,” says Howard Peiper, author of The ADD and ADHD Diet.

Soda

If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soda. These sweet drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea. Soda also has other ingredients that can help worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. “Excessive sugar and caffeine intake both cause symptoms of hyperactivity and easy destructibility,” says Dr. Barnhill.

Cake Mixes and Frostings 

Cake mix and frosting contain the high amounts of sugar and artificial colors that can lead to hyperactivity and other ADHD symptoms. Naheed Ali, MD, ADHD expert and the author of Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach, adds that these products are often also loaded with several artificial sweeteners. “When frosting and cake mix contain artificial sweeteners, they increase the risk of ADHD symptoms more than natural sweeteners would,” he says.



Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately, they also have a veritable treasure trove of ingredients that can worsen ADHD symptoms: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, caffeine, and other stimulants. “Energy drinks are high on the list of things that cause teens to display behaviors mimicking ADHD,” says Barnhill. They have no place in a healthy ADHD diet.



Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables are healthy choices for an ADHD diet, but some frozen varieties can contain artificial colors, so check all labels carefully. Barnhill says these can cause ADHD symptoms for another reason as well. “Foods treated with organophosphates for insect control have been shown to cause neurologic-based behavioral problems that mimic ADHD and many other behavior problems,” he says.

Sticking to a balanced diet can help relieve some of your symptoms. However, seeing a trained professional is extremely important to properly function, and reach your full potential. Call Trifecta Health Medical Center today (212) 233-2830 for an ADHD consultation with NYC Psychiatrist Dr. Edward Fruitman.

Trifecta Health Medical Center is dedicated to helping professionals working in the Wall Street / Financial Center area of New York City to get rapid relief of their ADD/ ADHD symptoms.

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