Best Foods To Eat And Which To Avoid To Help With ADHD

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2. Sodas and Energy Drinks

Whether your child has ADHD or not, they should not be consuming sodas since they are one of the worst possible things they can consume. Sodas are loaded with GMO high fructose corn syrup. In fact, some sodas have so much sugar they actually make some candy bars look like they are good for you! High fructose corn syrup and caffeine are something that your child, especially if they have ADHD, should not be drinking! Energy drinks are very popular with teens but they are also loaded with ingredients that make ADHD symptoms worse.

 

3. Salicylates

Some people have a natural sensitivity to this product, which is found in many natural foods such as cranberries, red grapes, tomatoes, and red apples. In the early 1970’s, one doctor tried removing artificial dyes and salicylates from patients that were hyperactive. He found that a minimum of 30 percent of his subjects saw improvement in their behavior. Try removing red foods from your child’s diet for 30 days and see if there is any noticeable improvement.

 

4. Sugar and Simple Carbs

By simple carbohydrates, we are talking about things that are mostly made with white flour such as most breads, waffles, pancakes, cookies, cake, pie, and pasta. Your body digests these carbs and turns them in to sugar so quickly that the effect really isn’t any different than eating sugar right out of the bag. High sugar consumption leads to numerous health problems and should be extremely limited in your house. Most American children eat far too much white sugar and simple carbs. Avoid these foods as much as possible.

 

5. Common Food Allergens

Allergens can be in almost any food and they can affect the brain in ways that cause kids to be inattentive or hyperactive. Try removing the following common foods allergens from your child’s diet for 30 days, then reintroduce them one at a time to see if you notice any difference in behavior:

  • Wheat, Rye, Barle
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Cow’s Milk and Milk Products
  • Eggs
  • Tree Nuts
  • Peanuts

 

6. Frozen Fruits and/or Vegetables

Although many people have no problem with frozen produce, some produce is sprayed with artificial colors before they are frozen. Also, many frozen types of produce are not organic. Foods that contain pesticides have been shown in studies to cause neurological based behavioral problems that mimic ADHD.

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