Candice (Foley, Alabama) on 08/11/2007
Replied By Lisa (Vancouver, Wa) on 10/22/2010
Replied By Melissa (Denver, Co, Usa) on 01/22/2017
1. Stop blood sugar spikes by eating a diet high in protein with complex - not simple - carbs.
2. Get more fatty acids, especially omega 3's (EPA, DHA) from fish & seeds
3. Keep iron levels up. Most people, even professionals, are unaware of the important role iron plays in controlling ADHD symptoms. Studies show that those with ADHD tend to have lower levels of ferritin, so be sure to eat enough meat, poultry, fish, beans, dark leafy greens & get your levels checked to see if you need supplementation.
4. Have your Dr.check your zinc & magnesium levels because about 25% of those with ADHD tend to have low levels. Zinc regulates the neurotransmitter dopamine & helps improve the brain's response to dopamine. Magnesium helps make various neurotransmitters involved in attention & concentrations, plus it has a calming effect on the brain.
5. Cut out the chemicals. The UK recommends that parents remove sodium benzoate & 6 different artificial food coloring agents from the diet. Check labels & remove foods that are brightly colored such as Gatorade, & brightly colored cereals like Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms.
6. Watch for food sensitivities. The most common are artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), dairy, wheat/gluten, soy, high fructose corn syrup/too much sugar.
These methods don't work for everyone, but they have been shown to reduce symptoms in many with ADHD, so it's worth a try!