Dietary changes have been found to result in improvements in symptoms of hyperactivity, concentration and impulsivity.
- Get Plenty of Protein- Foods rich in protein, including lean beef, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, soy and low-fat dairy products are used by the brain to make neurotransmitters, which help children focus attention. Protein also prevents increases in blood sugar, which increases hyperactivity.
- Avoid Sugar- Sugar can make children feel irritable, stressed and unfocused.
- Eat lots of Omega-3s- Omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) can improve symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity and concentration. Research suggests that children with ADHD have lower blood levels of omega-3s than children without the condition.
- Maintain iron, zinc and magnesium levels- Research suggests that children with ADHD have lower blood levels of these essential vitamins than children without the condition.
- Avoid food chemicals- Studies suggest that artificial additives can make children more hyperactive. Read food ingredient labels to find additive-free foods and try to stick to as many fresh, unprocessed foods as possible.