Can ADHD be cured with a diet?
Ever tried your best to focus on something but failed? Your professor is delivering a lecture and you are trying hard to give all your attention to him but after some time you find yourself daydreaming, thinking about something that is never going to happen.
Perhaps thinking what if this fan falls? Trying hard to give all your attention to something but still failing is something we all hate but this can be alarming if it is getting serious and happens almost every other time.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition in which a person has differences in brain development that affects attention and self-control but the sad part is that like anxiety and depression, this disorder goes unnoticed quite often.
Being inattentive, hyperactive and intolerant are some of the symptoms. Besides affecting a student’s academic performance, in general, ADHD certainly has adverse impacts on one’s physical performance and mental health.
The question is how this disorder can be cured? Well, there are many theories and research regarding the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but in most cases, ADHD is best treated with a blend of behavior therapy and medication. What works best depends on the child and family.
Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes, if needed, along the way.
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Regarding its treatment, one thing that needs discussion is that can ADHD be cured with diet? There is no certain evidence that ADHD is caused by certain foods or a unique kind of diet but there are certain foods which can affect the symptoms of this disorder.
Here are some things you can take care of for a better ADHD diet.
Eat Nutritious Food
As the research suggests, there are certain nutrition supplements which can boost your brain’s health and performance. With this plan you add supplements, minerals and vitamins in your diet.
The idea is that a healthy diet can boost your metabolism and increase your brain’s productivity in everyday work.
Supplements and ADHD
Just like caffeine can increase alertness, chocolate can affect mood and alcohol can change behavior, nutritional deficiencies can also affect performance.
A study concluded that taking a supplement of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals led to a substantial decrease in antisocial behavior, compared with a placebo. Nutrition studies have suggested that some supplements that do affect the ADHD symptoms are:
- amino acids
- omega-3 fatty acids
Foods to avoid
For a healthy and active performance of our brain, there are some Do’s and Don’ts which are to be followed. Just as some supplements boost the performance of our brain, there are some foods that can adversely affect the ADHD symptoms if taken in excess. Here is a list:
- Excess caffeine and fructose
- Frozen desserts
- Energy Drinks
Since the 1970s, researchers have investigated whether the synthetic dyes, flavors, and preservatives found in many commercially prepared and junk foods might contribute to hyperactivity or other symptoms of ADHD.
Many of the studies are small or flawed, and there is no consensus about how such additives might contribute to ADHD symptoms in children.
We should let others know as well a hate healthful diet may reduce symptoms of ADHD by reducing exposure to artificial colors and additives and improving intake of micronutrients because it certainly will improve overall health and nutrition and set the stage for a lifetime of sound health.
For now, the jury is still out to explore whether a healthy diet is the best cure or not but as citizens and parents, it is our responsibility to raise awareness in recognizing ADHD as a serious disorder.