ADHD ( Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a disorder that has been affecting lots of
children, these days and has hindered them to interact normally with others. Experts more often
attributed the disorder to genetic, congenital reasons and the additives in food that are introduced
in their earlier life.
If you are a parent of a child with ADHD, adjusting to your kid’s behavior must be very hard.
But, have you ever known that diet plays an important role in the mood swings of your child?
Studies said that the rise of sugar levels would generally increase these mood swings. This,
however, is not true to persons with Type 3 ADHD as this disorder will react with a high
carbohydrate-diet. How will you prepare a healthy and balanced diet then to your kid with ADHD?
Here are a few things you can do:
1.Choose food groups with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, especially those that
help brain function. Like any other kid, a child with ADHD should be nourished with the right
kinds of vitamins for his/her body. However, nutrients like Omega 3, a fatty acid that improves
brain health, protein and carbohydrates should be highlighted. Omega 3 can be found in
almost all fishes but is highly concentrated in salmon, sardines and herring. Try cooking it with
flaxseed oil and garnish it with bright-colored vegetables like carrots. Experiment on
homemade dips and sauces. Serving of carbohydrates and protein should be closely
monitored. Ask your doctor of possible amounts or servings daily.
2.Go organic. Make sure that you buy fruits and vegetables that are not treated with pesticides
and other chemicals. If possible, grow your own vegetables in pots or in a vacant spot in your
house. When purchased in the market, fruits and vegetables should be washed properly. Also
choose those that are grown within the community as they have a higher likelihood of
freshness. Studies found out that artificial food color and preservatives have an adverse effect
on kids with ADHD. Juices in tetra packs, express and fast foods are, therefore, strongly
3.Try to limit food items with artificial high sugar and fat content. Junk foods with MSG, milk and
sugar substitutes that claim to be healthy and organic should never be introduced during snack
time. Try keeping these items in safe and less conspicuous food cabinets in the house.
Instead, encourage your kid to eat organic whole-wheat grain bread and fruits. Let your kid
watch TV programs showing the value of nutritious foods.
4.Never introduce health-threatening substances like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the house.
These substances can tremendously alter a person’s behavior. They can either stimulate or
make the person depressed. These rapid changes of behavior are just too much for a kid with
ADHD. These instances may even heighten their impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
5.Let your kid have smaller meals in a day. Some kids with ADHD may tend to get tired easily
after a very strenuous activity thus they need reinforcement from the food that they eat. It is
okay to feed them several times a day as long as the served food is monitored in terms of
calorie content. They will surely be happy to eat meals and snacks that improve their mood and
rejuvenate them all day long.
Following these ideal suggestions, you will not only have a healthy child in the house, but
you will also enjoy each other’s company all day long.
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