With ADHD sugar is a major problem because it will cause blood-sugar spikes, which then really causes focus levels to drop when the blood-sugar spikes down — which will cause lack of focus. Then on a high spike, it will cause that hyperactivity behavior. So kicking your sugar addiction and getting sugar out of the diet, especially processed sugar, is No. 1.
Other foods to avoid include:
- Conventional dairy
- Food coloring and dyes
- MSG and HVP
- Artificial sweeteners
- Personal food sensitivities and allergens
Foods and Supplements to Eat on the ADHD Diet
The next step in terms of diet is loading your child up with healthy protein, fat and fiber during the meals. That’s going to keep the blood sugar steady. So following a nutrient-dense diet — a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and organic meats — is an ideal diet for anybody with ADHD symptoms. Also a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids.
The typical ADHD diet should include:
- High-protein foods and high-protein snacks
- Iron-rich foods
- Foods high in B vitamins
- Probiotic foods
- Omega-3 foods
That leads me into the top supplements for treating ADHD. The No. 1 supplement is fish oil. For most kids, I recommend taking anywhere between 500 and 1,000 milligrams of fish oil a day. Several studies show that fish oil and cod liver oil have been very effective in the treatment of ADHD. Fish oil benefits those who suffer from ADHD due to the omega-3 in fish oil.
The next supplement that can help ADHD is a vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex contains things like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate and biotin, and these vitamins are essential for supporting the nervous system and brain and improving focus.
In fact, vitamin B12 is very important, because it really helps in improving energy levels and cellular function, and for that reason, taking a good, quality vitamin B complex is critical. Also, children with ADHD tend to consume more carbohydrates, and B vitamins really support the body in processing and metabolizing carbohydrates as well. So the best supplements are fish oil and vitamin B.
Essential Oils for ADHD
I want to talk about something else I think is incredible — essential oils for ADHD. The most effective essential oils are vetiver and cedarwood essential oil. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that vetiver oil had a 100 percent effective rating on treating ADHD and cedarwood oil an 83 percent effective rating.
Take two drops of vetiver oil, two drops of cedarwood oil, and just rub them on a child’s neck or your own neck and then up around the temple area. If you need to dilute it a little bit, you could use some coconut oil; rub that on the area, and that’s going to help improve focus as well.
Other essential oils you can use to treat ADHD include:
- All of this information has be shared from Dr Axe.com for more information please visit http://draxe.com/adhd-diet/