A recent study done in Spain further supports previous claims that a poor diet is partially to blame for the rise in ADHD cases across the world.  Although Spain typically adheres to a mainly Mediterranean diet, consisting of fruit, vegetables and good fats, recent cultural changes and modernization has led to children skipping breakfast and making poor decisions in food choices.  Fast foods, sugary snacks and sodas are typical food items for a child with ADHD because of their condition.  The study followed 120 children, half of whom had ADHD but were not taking medications for the condition and it was found that children with ADHD typically had a poorer diet.  Researchers urge physicians to put more focus on diet when considering treatment plans for children with ADHD, not only because a better diet will improve their symptoms, but because a poor diet is common in those with ADHD.

Kids with ADHD crave whatever they love which typically is carbohydrates and sugar.  Higher unburned carbohydrate and sugar intake effects the absorption of essential minerals:

  1. Magnesium is needed to absorb Calcium and is for calming us.
  2. Calcium is natures sedative.
  3. Zinc is for focus.
  4. Chromium for cravings.
  5. Iron for mood control and self-regulation.

Original Source:  The Anti-ADHD Diet

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About the Author: Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC is an Author, Communicator, Coach and Counselor specializing in ADHD, Defiance and Autistic Spectrum.  Most of his clients do not need medication or less medication for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Mutism, Depression and more with diet adjustments and vitamins.  Here’s some complimentary video tips on Alternatives to Medication for Mental Health.  For more information call (407) 248-0030