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  • The ADHD Cookbook: Help Balance Your Brain With Food

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ADHD, you may be wondering if what you eat has any impact on how you feel or your disorder. The answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!”

    Modern science is now proving that diet contributes to many of the major diseases we encounter in life such as heart disease and type II diabetes. One of the findings is how food affects inflammation in the body, inflammation being the root cause of all disease.

    Inflammation can also affect the brain, and many health experts are now making a connection between diet and diseases like Alzheimer’s, depression, and ADHD.

    Yes, that’s right – your diet does affect your/your loved one’s ADHD. This means the extra boost to your treatment that you’ve been looking for has been hiding in your fridge all this time.

    With this in mind, let’s talk about what you should… and should NOT be eating if you have ADHD:



    Excessive sugar intake can tamper with the reward pathways in the brain. Many believe it can also tamper with the hyperactivity trigger, and dont forget that it also causes erratic blood sugar levels.

    Besides the obvious culprits like candy, cookies, and soda, it’s also important to avoid most packaged foods, which often have high amounts of hidden sugars. This includes condiments, soups, and cereal.

    Colorants and Other Additives

    Colorants and other additives are meant to make our food look more appealing or last longer on store shelves, but many studies have found these substances also contribute to inflammation in the body.

    As with sugar, a good rule of thumb is to avoid prepackaged foods as much as possible. Artificial drinks are a big culprit. Always read labels and when you see the word “flavor” or “flavored” anywhere on the package, the safest bet is to set the package back down and walk away.

    Common Food Allergens

    Many children and adults have allergies or sensitivities to foods that contain gluten, wheat, corn, and soy. These have been associated with inattentiveness and hyperactivity.



    Are you eating enough protein? Most people simply don’t get enough into their diet. Protein is not only responsible for building muscle, but also building and repairing every tissue, organ, and even hormones.

    Research has also shown that ADHD symptoms are caused by an imbalance in the catecholaminergic systems in the brain; areas that control memory, motor functioning and emotional regulation. The two most abundant catecholamines in the brain are the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Both of these are derived from the amino acid tyrosine and amino acids are derived from proteins, so make sure to get enough into your diet from sources such as lean meats, eggs, and nuts.

    Omega-3 Fats

    Omega-3 fats are important to anyone for a variety of reasons. They reduce inflammation and also help to transmit brain signals. Health experts have also linked ADHD to an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. You can increase your omega-3 consumption by eating cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna.

    B Vitamins

    Remember those neurotransmitters I just mentioned in the section about protein? B vitamins actually help to synthesize those neurotransmitters. You can eat all the protein in the world but if you are deficient in B vitamins, you won’t get the full benefits. Fish, meat, and eggs are excellent sources of B vitamins.


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