Nutrition and Attention deficit hyperactive disorder
ADHD: Being Active
Being 21st century humans we value being active. No one likes a person who has submitted to his couch. In Fact being a couch person means as good as dead. But what happens when the activity meter reads red, how is the hyper-activity zone? Is it very healthy or is it a disorder that incapacitates a person of his mental ability that is needed to get by in our daily life?. FYI, hyperactivity is not a condition in fact it is just the opposite of being lazy but the later with other symptoms like attention deficiency is usually acknowledged by mental health professionals to be ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). From here this article could take a turn towards how being hyperactive (with some other prominent features) is a condition to be treated. But today we are not talking about that (leave the label be!) but how to to be active so as to keep the disorder at bay or more expressively being active without the disorder.
Mindful physical exercises
A long known fact that physical activity makes subtle but positive change in brain does plays a very prominent role in rehabilitation of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The scope for such changes are predominantly in executive functioning, attention and working memory but the only condition that these exercises will help is that they have to be done right. Now how to do them right? Let’s find out Stay focused on just one exercise for an hour in a day. The best practise advice is to break up one hour in four quarters with break in between them. The exercise must be from less intense to intensity that makes the patient to pant but not exhaust him/her. Muscle learning and coordination is one of the fruitful avenues. It is an established fact that martial arts, basketball and dance have good effect on ADHD brain
2. Diet to triumph
Omega-3 fatty acids found in high fat foods like fish nuts and micronutrients like zinc,iron and vitamin D are best to boost signal strength between neurons in the brain. These minerals and fatty acids help improve focus,attention and impulse control. While diet plays crucial role in improving symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but the effect is quite subtle to notice individually. Even the meal and medicines with Vitamin B12 are considered as the helpful ADHD Vitamins and supplements. Let us now frame dietary strategies that will help us. We will categorize strategies into low effort ones and high effort ones which we will move into after starting from low effort strategies.
The meal and medicines with Vitamin B12 are considered as the helpful ADHD Vitamins and supplements.
Low effort strategies
1.Eat non-processed foods that are low in sugar, artificial additives and carbs
2.Adults with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may still consume caffeine but definitely children.
High effort strategies
1.Get blood tested for mineral deficiencies. Take minerals supplements if there is deficiency but don’t take them otherwise because minerals in supplement form particularly iron ones can be dangerous if taken in excess
2.Avoid food components known to cause symptom aggravation like sugar, gluten, dairy and food additives.
3. Bed benefits
Sleep rewires brain and in case of ADHD patients who don’t think highly about sleep, it regulates mood and helps to stay focused. Better sleep also helps in absorbing information in a more effective way.
4. Finally creating a self-supporting ecosystem
Sleep, diet and exercise forms a feedback cycle or an ecosystem with each component reinforcing effect of other. Let us illustrate how.
Better food management powers intense exercise that reinforces better sleep creating a sort of synergy, if you will.
But don't get overwhelmed by the system. It is advisable to identify and select parts of above strategy that best suits your lifestyle and symptoms.