Healthy Body and Mind
Discussion on Healthy Nutrition and Diet
Eat your Veggies!
What you eat makes a difference - and especially so if you suffer from ADHD. Unhealthy foods can increase symptoms, heighten anxiety and hypertension. Leafy greens, protein and omega fatty acids maintain healthy levels of vitamins and minerals that help balance the body and mind.
We don’t call it a diet (because no one likes that word). Instead, it’s a lifestyle plan designed for results.
Ned Hallowell, M.D., founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, advises his ADHD patients to plan their meals this way: half of every plate should be filled with fruits or vegetables, a quarter with a protein, and a quarter with carbs. He also advocates whole grains to prevent blood sugar levels from spiking and then plummeting.
Each personalized lifestyle plan is based on where the patient’s body is deficient and may be inspired by Candida Diet www.thecandidadiet.com; Feingold Diet, http://feingold.org; Rotation Diet http://books.wwnorton.com/books/The-Rotation-Diet; a Gluten/Casein Free Diet or a specific Carbohydrate diet.
Which Foods and Additives to Eliminate?
These have been shown to cause hyperactivity, lymphomas and chromosomal damage. Parents have seen significant changes in their child simply by eliminating food colouring and dyes.
Children with cognitive instability are sensitive to artificial sweeteners as their empty calories block the body of absorbing other key ingredients. Ask one of our experts for alternatives.
“Many diets are deficient or low in key vitamins, minerals, and fats that may improve attention and alertness,” says Richard Brown, M.D., author of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. He suggests that children and adults who have been diagnosed/ labelled with ADHD be tested for nutritional deficiencies.
At Neuro, we offer a personalized nutritional breakdown for your child that may eliminate certain foods, additives and colouring, and will advise you if your child may possibly need to consume additional vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, specific B vitamins and/or Iron for optimum success!
No one likes the feeling of being bloated, constipated or that dreaded upset stomach. Dietary studies have found a strong connection to increased anxiety and hypertension if a child is consuming a diet rich in foods they may have an intolerance to. Foods most commonly associated with interferences are:
Gluten | Diary | Soy | Corn | Peanuts | Eggs | Nuts | Citrus | Chocolate | Tomatoes | Yeast | Shellfish | Fish | Legumes | Oats
We recommend an allergy test if you think your child is showing symptoms after consuming foods from the list above. Our in-house naturopathic doctor can perform a simple allergy test that will illustrate foods that are causing a possible side effect(s).
What are the three most common foods associated with ADHD-like symptoms?
- Dairy. According to Doris Rapp, M.D., author of Is This Your Child? and The Impossible Child, dairy is at the top of the list of foods that cause behaviour, focus & attention problems. Other signs that your child could have a problem with dairy? Bed wetting (past toddlerhood), asthma, temper tantrums, frequent ear upper respiratory or sinus infections, and vocal tics or throat clearing.
- Wheat/gluten. According to the book Dangerous Grains, written by James, Braly, MD and Ron Hoggan, M.A., “About 70% of children with untreated celiac disease show exactly the same abnormalities in brain-wave patterns as those who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Mood disorders are also common with gluten intolerances - including aggressive, angry, bullying, and irritable behavior.”
- Food colorings and additives. A total of 15 million pounds of dyes are added to foods each year, many of which are directly marketed at school-aged children. Food dyes have been linked to behavioural problems, hyperactivity, allergic reactions and even some cancers. A study published in the journal Lancet in 2007 concluded that food dyes increased hyperactivity in children. Based on this study, the British government banned the use of food dyes, and all foods that contain dyes in Europe must come with a warning label that says “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Read more about the Dangers Associated with Food Dyes at Disease-Proof.
Research has shown that there is an increase in the amount of families who have decided not to vaccinate their child(ren). This decrease is caused by both personal and religious reason, but also the notion of linking vaccines with Autism, ADD and ADHD. Parents should educate themselves on possible side effects and harmful additives in certain vaccines.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ INFORMATION BEFORE DECIDING TO VACCINATE YOUR CHILD.
Useful links and articles
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