Diet changes could dramatically help manage behavior of kids with ADHD, study says
Eleven percent of children from ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them take medicine to control the symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now, a round of new, peer-reviewed studies have revealed that simple changes in diet can dramatically help manage it.
It can also help
• Remove artificial colorings from your child’s diet. These dyes — especially Red #40, Blue #2, Yellow #5, and Yellow #6 — trigger hyperactivity in many kids, notes Columbia University Medical Center psychiatrist David Schab, MD, MPH. In addition, they serve to “get children interested in foods that are globally unhealthy — Pop-Tarts, sodas, processed cereals, energy bars.”
• Eliminate food additives, especially the preservative sodium benzoate, from your kid’s diet. It is most commonly found in soda and other carbonated beverages, fruit juices, jams, salad dressings, condiments, and pickles. Be sure to read
• Remove medicines and foods containing salicylates, found in hundreds of medicines, including aspirin, as well as some fruits. In some people,
• Supplement your kid’s meals with targeted micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), including vitamin D, the range of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Be sure to consult with a skilled naturopath or integrative physician so that you do not
• Consider your child’s gastrointestinal health. Working with your doctor, you may want to add probiotics to his or her supplements, along with the supplement