Diet for ADHD
It's becoming more recognized that a diet for ADHD improves behaviors. Why? Could causes of ADHD include poor nutrition? Could a cause be too many sweets?
Signs of ADHD are simply the description that physicians (specifically psychiatrists) have given for behaviors. Initially this was for children, but now it's been expanded to adults.
Attention - the first initial of ADHD. What is attention? Simply, the ability to focus.
Deficit - the second initial of ADHD. What is deficit?
Less than expected or required.
Hyperactivity - the third initial of ADHD. What is hyperactivity? More active than socially acceptable. Seriously!!!
Disorder - the forth initial of adhd. What is disorder?
ADD these together and you have someone who doesn't focus or pay attention and moves around a lot.
There are a lot of opinions out there. A strong one suggests that nutrition is key to helping children and adults struggling with these behaviors.
Here are some facts in your quest for a diet for ADHD (for which I commend you):
Balanced nutrition allows the body to improve focus, attention, and hyperactivity. There are other behaviors, like irritability, that also improve. Let me ask you a question. Do you think you would be irritable if you were not able to focus and couldn't sit still?
Pay attention! I did not say "wouldn't" sit still, I said, "couldn't" sit still.
What is the number one stimulant today? Caffeine?
Now, ADD in caffeine.
Infants start out with formula, a very high carbohydrate, high sugar liquid. Unless they are nursing. If so, they get what momma gives 'em right? How old are children when they start drinking soda? Most are lucky to get to a year old before given their first taste.
Look back at your dietary history. Look back at your parent's dietary history. Now, look at your children's dietary histories. Is there a pattern?
What steps can you take?
1. Stop sugar. Wait! It is totally do-able. Here's how:
Natural sweeteners do not cause the body to respond with hyperactivity, or irritability. Agave nectar. Stevia. Raw unprocessed sugar. Honey. These are very concentrated sweeteners that the body can use.
2. Drink water. Don't like water? Add a touch of lemon and honey.
3. Stop chemicals. Huh? Those little packets of artificial sweetener or drink mixes are chemicals. Your body stores chemicals in fat cells because it doesn't know what else to do with them. Later in life, as we go through periods of burning fat, out come those chemicals and wreck havoc!
4. Stop sodas. Most are full of sugar and caffeine. Many are full of artificial sweeteners (chemicals) and chemically decaffeinated. If phosphorous is used to carbonate the soda, calcium is leeched from bone. Calcium is kinda required for nerve impulses, as are other minerals not found in soda.
Next step in your diet for ADHD?
5. Provide nutritional balance.
Teach your children about good nutrition by involving them in preparing foods!
Healthy Recipes for Kids
Supplement to ensure balanced nutrition (hi-def nutrition)
6. Do not take pills!
Most pills are processed chemicals. Your body does not know how to use them. For a CD about this, fill out the "contact me" form and I'll send you one!
Now You Know CD: Why pills and powders don't work!
Nutrition your body can use is from plants and animals in nature. With today's technology, these nutrients can be reduced to the size small enough to be taken in to the cells of your body right away.
Your body would like you to wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water, prepare for the day with thankfulness, take a quality nutritional product with a great no sugar/caffeine/high carb breakfast, and take action for a productive day.
Continue the day by eating the least processed foods possible.
Here are links to a technologically advanced liquid all-in-one nutritional product which will provide balance to the body quickly as part of your diet for ADHD.
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Hi-Definition Nutrition for Kids!
Hi-Definition Nutrition for adults
Often, when given a diagnoses of any disease or disorder, in addition to the normal stressors of life, our B-vitamins, are depleted. B-vitamins are key for the body to manage stress. They are water soluble. They are used by and eliminated by the body right away. Part of a diet for ADHD is replacing them more often, two to four times a day.
B-complex refers to all the B-vitamins. Each B-vitamin has a different source. B-6 can be obtained from different sources than B-12. Yet, they all work together, in balance.
Supplementing with a quality B-complex would be a step to take AFTER providing the body with balance through the all-in-one. Build the nutritional FOUNDATION before adding a room!
Replenish the B's
Been on caffeine a while? Getting off that can lead to what folks call a "caffeine headache". They really hurt. In order to get over that more quickly, take your all-in-one supplement with a FULL glass of water. Over the counter pain medicines are chemicals. You're trying to quit that, remember?
A diet for ADHD does not include pain pills.
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