Attention Deficit Disorder – Does Proper Nutrition Help?

On August 29, 2010 by Editor

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For many years most medical professionals will tell you that nutritional supplements and diet do not effect the body enough to produce symptoms of attention deficit disorder. Unfortunately, diet and exercise is the two most important factors to a long term, healthy lifestyle. So most people would tend to believe that proper nutrition does help in some way. The old proverb you are what you eat is much nearer to the truth then what we thought.

With Attention Deficit Disorder, nutrition can play a big part in how severe the symptoms can be. If the child is fed carbohydrate heavy foods at lunch, he or she will probably not be focused for most of the afternoon in the classroom. If they are given sugary foods for breakfast, they will probably be out of control for part of the morning. These foods effect the body’s function including blood flow and brainwave function. In the example of a large carb heavy meal at lunch, blood that would normally be going to the brain is being diverted to the digestion system to work on that food. The sugar high from the morning, that for a while reduced the symptoms of the child’s attention deficit disorder, comes back with a vengeance once the sugar has worn off. Giving a child proper nutrition, takes a lot of time and effort. In most cases families just don’t have the time to do it so they resort to easy and quick meals that are in most cases have very little nutritional value.

Nutrition hasn’t been given the focus it deserves and our diets have suffered for it. Many people around the world live off of fast food, cook their food in microwaves or eat foods choked with chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Most of our food is lacking in many of the nutrients that the body needs. The food does do one thing. It makes us feel full and in today’s society that is what has been deemed most important.

By: Rene Robinson

Learn more about ADHD Medication before you create your ADHD treatment plan for yourself or your child. The author worked in the healthcare industry dealing with ADHD and other disorders for the past 8 years.


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