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Dietary Factors in ADHD
or the food one eats or neglects to eat, can often influence a person's
behaviors. The enactment
of the ACA (or Affordable Healthcare Act) has created an affordable,
convenient portal for people to seek out help for ADHD. That includes
information on dietary limitations. The effect of diet (whether good or bad),
food sensitivities and allergies can be more pronounced in a younger child than
an adult. Eliminating or minimizing the use of:
carbohydrates (highly processed or refined foods)
be helpful. Why is this true?
Sugar frequently comes in the form of empty calories.
The food may be tasty and filling for a short while, but it doesn’t
take long for the body to burn it up. The
rebound affects afterwards can be irritability and distractibility as the
child moves into a hypoglycemic state.
Eliminating soft drinks is a good start (this can minimize or
eliminate calcium leaching and discourage cavity formation as well).
Substitute filtered water, which can taste much better than tap water
(the best are the Brita System [low volume] or the Amway Water Treatment
System [high volume]). Do not
switch to "Diet" drinks containing NutriSweet® (Aspartame) or
Equal® as chronic high usage may lead to Multiple-Sclerosis like symptoms
or Lupus (an autoimmune disease). When
Aspartame enters the blood stream, and warms up, it breaks down into several
components which include methanol which cannot be made nonpoisonous. Some people cannot secrete this methanol effectively
(especially in volume), with the resultant poisoning effects.
White flour, mixed with moisture, as any school age
child will know, turns into glue. Ingested,
white flour turns into glue in the stomach.
(Compare this result vs. mixing water with whole wheat flour.
Glue is NOT formed.) The
intestinal glue can clog up food absorption for a short while, until it is
broken down. And then it breaks
down into sugar which gives energy for a short time, but then disappears,
giving the eater a hypoglycemic “let-down”.
Simple carbohydrates, frequently the main component of
highly processed foods such as donuts, “kids” cold cereals, PopTarts and
common jams, again break down very quickly into sugar in the body.
Hypoglycemia happens too soon and restlessness and distractibility
- Allergic reactions and sensitivities to dairy products
are very common especially among the African-American, Oriental and Hispanic
sensitivities can often lead to the distractible symptoms that people call
A.D.D./A.D.H.D. Totally remove
dairy products from a child for 6-8 weeks and then slowly re-introduce
products such as milk to see if you get an adverse or behavioral reaction.
A milk sensitivity has been implicated in a high number of childhood
diabetes cases. The body forms
antibodies against the bovine albumin (milk protein) which has a very
similar structure to the cells composing the Islets of Langerhans which
produce insulin. These
antibodies then wipe out the insulin producing cells.
Calcium can be obtained elsewhere such as through green leafy
vegetables, calcium enriched orange juice, TUMS® or many soy based
drinks/milks. In fact, studies
have shown that the protein in milk causes a greater loss of calcium than is
gained and can play a role in osteoporosis.
Especially for breakfast, we recommend a good whole
grain food such as hot cereals (steel-cut Oats, corn-meal, brown rice,
etc.), whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a low sugar jam, substantial
low-sugar cold cereals such as a granola, brans, or Cheerios™, and orange
juice (with the pulp). Whole
wheat pancakes and waffles with fruit are a tasty alternative.
If you’re trying to minimize milk usage, use a rice or soy-milk
product such as Rice Dream™, It’s Soy Good™, or Better than Milk?™
For lunch, avoid the use of white or mostly white flour
sandwich bread. Use whole grain
breads as a base.
- For supper, potatoes, vegetables, salad, a meat or
protein dish can be good. Pastas
are also a good source of complex carbohydrates.
Minimize desserts during your discovery phase. Have dinner earlier in the evening so that the child’s
stomach is empty by the time he/she goes to bed.
This will also make them hungrier for break-fast the next morning, so
hopefully they will eat more and be less picky breakfast eaters.