ADHD Diet: Why You Need to Avoid Enriched or Fortified Foods

April 27, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Most ADHD diets involve avoiding processed food because of the artificial additives they contain and their lack of nutritional value.  When doing the groceries, don’t be fooled by packaged foods that are “fortified” or “enriched with nutrients.  Not only are these so-called “enriched” foods just as depleted as regular processed food; they have a negative health impact on people who eat them on a regular basis.


Best Types of Exercise for ADHD Brains

April 19, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Just as the human body is designed to be active, so does the brain need to be pushed in concert with our motor functions. Exercise can boost learning power and relieve ADHD symptoms three different ways. First, it can improve attention span, alertness, and motivation, thus optimizing our productivity and overall mindset.  Exercise boosts the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which regulates the signaling processes of the brain.  And a good workout aids the cellular basis of learning by helping neurons bind to each other. It also triggers the development of new nerve cells in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that handles learning and memory.

Science class taught us that once the brain fully develops during our adolescent years, we’re left with all the neurons we’re ever going to need in our lives and can only lose them as we grow older. However, new research shows that neurons can grow back through neurogenesis, a process where they divide and multiply like other cells in the body. Thousands of neurons can get born at once, but most of them die out because they fail to find a network to get plugged in. Exercise can trigger the creation if these new neurons, and provide the stimulation they need for them to survive.

So what are the best forms of exercise you can do to help your child’s ADHD brain? Here are some suggestions.


ADHD Diet: Five Detoxifying Herbs and Foods

April 11, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

We are surrounded by toxins every day. No matter how hard you try to protect your child, he or she will invariably encounter toxins in the air, in the additives and preservatives in foods you eat, and other carcinogens lurking in the environment.  Exposure to these toxins is one of the leading causes of childhood ADHD, but a detoxification system and a good ADHD diet can help fight the symptoms.

The human body is not entirely defenseless against these substances – our skin makes a good first line of defense.  However, many toxins still pass through this barrier and enter the bloodstream, usually when absorbed from personal care products.  Most of the time, the immune system can get rid of these foreign particles naturally, through the excretory system. However, a recent study shows that children with ADHD sometimes have a problem with detoxification and need special help. Though there are treatments that can improve detoxification, another way to go about it is by incorporating certain herbs and foods into your child’s diet.

Below are five detoxifying foods that might help.


Going on Vacation with ADHD Children

April 6, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Family vacations are a great opportunity to bond with the children, and with winter break fast approaching you’re probably deciding where to go. But some vacation destinations might not be suitable for kids with ADHD. Long lines at theme park rides and restaurants, rainy days spent in a hotel room, hours in an airplane seat, noise, crowds – these are difficult for anyone, but especially if you’re traveling with someone who has ADHD. Kids with ADHD are very distractible, restless, impatient, and sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. Although you might have gotten used to helping your child manage these symptoms at home, handling them in a strange new place is a different story. Vacations mean change and if you already had a routine set up for your child, the lack of structure during the trip might make the symptoms return full force.

While there’s no guarantee of a smooth-sailing vacation, planning ahead is one of two keys to having a great time. The other key is to know what your children want – are they more comfortable with quiet surroundings or the bustle of a big city? Do they prefer the ocean or do they flourish in the fresh mountain air?