Nutrition

Nutrition

While having an AD/HD-friendly diet will not "cure" the symptoms of AD/HD, it will go a long way towards alleviating some of them, such as concentration, hyperactivity level, behaviour and mood. Revaluating the child's diet is therefore a necessary first step intervention after the child has been diagnosed.

An AD/HD-Friendly Diet:

Children should eat a high-protein breakfast.

Food with allergy potential, food colouring, additives and preservatives, should be avoided.

They should also avoid fizzy drinks and junk food.

In some cases, gluten and casein should be eliminated from the diet.

Diet should Include Omega 3s daily.

High protein snacks should replace existing ones (chicken, turkey, fish).

This means cooking from scratch, and adding more vegetables and fruit in the daily diet. It may seem like a lot of work initially, but once you begin thinking in this way and setting aside the time to create innovative snacks and meals, it will become a routine that will be easy to follow.

Food Allergies and AD/HD:

The following have been known to provoke allergic symptoms:

  • Tartrazine (E102) and Benzoic acid (E210)
  • Soya
  • Cow's milk
  • Wheat
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Orange
  • Peanuts

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