ADHD and concentration issues affect many children today. Why are parents turning to alternative help for it? Could it be because medical experts are convinced that only prescription medications and behavioral therapy work? Why aren’t doctors considering a healthy diet as an alternative?
ADHD could be genetic or a result of a brain injury. Other ADHD causes can include:
• food additives
• the effects of cigarettes and alcohol during pregnancy
• exposure to the toxic element lead
It can also be a combination of more than one cause.
There are studies that link the possibility of diet to ADHD as well.
Contained within nutritious foods are cognitive enhancers, which are nutrients that may improve the functioning and reasoning ability of the brain. Some cognitive enhancers include piracetam, omega 3s,* DMAE, lecithin and phosphatidylserine (called PS for short). Omega 3s, in particular, along with a long list of benefits, may help to promote attention and focus in infants and children.*
It All Goes Back to Nutrition Basics
A child’s brain develops at a faster rate than an adult’s. And during growth, essential nutrients from a healthy diet are needed.
The fact is that numerous studies have been performed on kids and their nutritional status. These studies include children of all ages and from all different segments of society. The studies have one thing in common – kids have clearly identified vitamin deficiency symptoms and at least one vitamin deficiency as a result of poor nutrition, no matter what group is studied.
The medical experts and scientists don’t receive an endless supply of funding for studies that search for connections between diet and children’s health. Even worse, most medical schools fail to provide adequate nutrition education for prospective doctors – in a survey of 100 of the US’ top medical schools, only 25% offered even 1 course on nutrition.
Recent research has focused on the importance of the role of the omega 3 fats from fish in the developing brain. Omega 3s may also help to alleviate dry and red skin; assist in a healthy immune response; aid in memory and learning ability; promote a positive mood and well-being; and through supporting circulation, assist the heart to be healthy.* B vitamins, on the other hand, may help to maintain proper mental function; regulate metabolism; assist in red blood cell formation which helps to maintain a healthy nervous system, as well as contribute to the maintenance of healthy immune function.*
To many parents, proper nutrition makes sense when looking at our children’s overall health. The body is composed of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and hormones. Keeping things balanced is ultimately the key.
Here’s a few suggestions for assisting good brain health:
- Don’t forget to include foods rich in omega 3s into the diet.
- Eat fewer foods that contain sugar and sugar substitutes.
- Avoid white flour or white rice.
- Include high-protein foods such as turkey, chicken, fish, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, and dairy products.
- Eat more high antioxidant fruits and vegetables.
- Get regular blood tests to ensure adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and omega 3s.
A diet such as this can result in higher mineral absorption from eating high-protein foods. Consumption of high quality fats may help thinking and reasoning ability. Antioxidants may help to maintain a healthy immune system.
Maintaining a healthy balance of vitamins and nutrients will assist in supporting optimal overall wellness for your child.