4 Secrets to Maintaining an ADHD Diet During the Holidays

November 20, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Getting your child to give up favorite foods for an ADHD diet is tricky, and the holiday season might make it more difficult. The last few weeks of the year will be filled with dinner parties, family reunions, and other types of gatherings centered on food. Your child might feel left out when cousins enjoy forbidden holiday treats, and relatives won’t understand why he or she can’t have just one tiny cookie. It may not be a good idea to take a break from your child’s diet and start from scratch after a few weeks, but here are some tips that will make eating a fun occasion for your child during the holidays.

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6 Delicious Food Sources of Vitamin D

October 8, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

For many kids, ADHD is often a result of a nutritional imbalance in the body. The food you eat affects how the brain functions, because certain vitamins and minerals are critical to the production and reception of neurotransmitters – brain chemicals that regulate mood and behavior.

A new study shows that a lack of vitamin D is more common among kids with ADHD and behavioral problems. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are needed in the hippocampus and cerebellum, the regions of the brain involved in information processing, planning, and creation of memories. While exposing the skin to sunshine is the best way to get vitamin D, supplementing with vitamins and food is a good alternative when this isn’t a feasible option. Here are some delicious foods to add to your child’s diet.

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5 Reasons Vitamin C is Critical to ADHD Diets

May 1, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

An ADHD diet is often done for one of two reasons: to avoid allergens that might trigger ADHD symptoms, or to restore balance in case of mineral and vitamin deficiencies. While supplements are often recommended in case of the latter, it’s always a good idea to obtain these nutrients through fresh foods.

If your child is on an ADHD diet, make sure there are vitamin C-rich foods in the meal plan. ALthough vitamin C is known more for its immune-boosting and antioxidant properties, some studies suggest that it may play an important role in managing hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Here are compelling reasons to make vitamin C a part of any ADHD diet:

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Why Energy Drinks are Bad for Kids with ADHD

January 16, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

The energy drink industry has made a huge impact on today’s kids. They’re a staple in the gym bags of young athletes, who need them for quick power boosts during practices or games. Students depend on the caffeine in energy drinks to keep them alert while studying or finishing school requirements. And there are some who use energy drinks as an alternative to ADHD medication, because the caffeine helps channel pent-up energy into productive energy.

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6 Ways to Fight ADHD with Food

November 21, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

What we eat determines how effectively our brains work, but we rarely consider food when we talk about how the mind works. Children with ADHD who do not eat properly become impulsive, restless, and distracted, even with the best treatment plans in place. Therefore, any ADHD treatment should always consider diet as an essential component of the regimen. Here are some simple ways to fight ADHD with food.

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Red Dye 40 May Trigger ADHD

May 10, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

How many kids diagnosed with ADHD are really suffering from the disorder? Last week, we talked about how ADHD might be a sleep disorder in disguise. Today, there is more research that suggests a link between hyperactive children and an artificial food coloring called red dye 40.

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Artificial Food Additives that Trigger ADHD

November 9, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Will avoiding food dyes and artificial additives help children with ADHD? For families who have tried the Feingold Diet, the answer is “yes”.  According to Benjamin Feingold, the doctor who created this revolutionary diet and lifestyle plan, the human body was not designed to digest artificial preservatives, coloring, and flavoring found in most food items today.  When they reach the brain, these chemical additives trigger certain responses including hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, or inattention.

If you’re looking for natural ways to control your child’s hyperactivity, try avoiding these artificial additives. It’s relatively easy to do so – simply look at the ingredients and see if there are chemical compounds or colors with a number next to them.  Additionally, you can also consult this list of artificial ingredients, which have been found to trigger ADHD symptoms in animal and human studies.

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ADHD Diet Tips: 9 Iron Rich Foods

October 22, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

For many children, the symptoms of ADHD are the result of a deficiency in key nutrients like iron.  Iron is well known for its role in red blood cell formation, but this mineral does much more than that.  For instance, it is essential to the creation of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine – the brain chemicals deficient in children with ADHD.  Iron also regulates dopamine’s activity and makes sure there is never too much or too little of this neurotransmitter. Studies have shown that iron deficiencies play a key role on the onset of ADHD.  While it makes sense to provide iron supplements as a natural ADHD treatment, too much iron can be toxic to a child’s body.  Instead, include these eight iron-rich foods in your child’s diet.

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Organic ADHD Diet: Six Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

October 5, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

There are a lot of reasons to put your child on an organic ADHD diet.  The nervous system of children is not strong enough to withstand the damage of pesticide residue in conventionally farmed foods.  According to the Environmental Working Group, avoiding the most contaminated foods is enough to protect your child from the effects of pesticide.  Organic food also has more nutrients than their traditionally farmed counterparts.  However, it can be impractical to buy all organic all the time. Here are some foods that are least likely to have pesticide content after being washed.

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Preventing Obesity Among ADHD Kids

August 24, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Current studies show that children with ADHD are at risk for obesity in adulthood.  For the longest time, researchers have been treating this subject like a chicken-or-egg question, but only recently was it revealed that the ADHD symptoms impulsivity and hyperactivity increase the obesity risk, and not the diagnosis itself.  The more impulsive or hyperactive the child is, the greater the risk. The good news is that obesity can be prevented through a health-centered approach that deals with the whole child – physically, socially, and mentally. Through eating in normal and healthy ways, living an active lifestyle, and creating an accepting environment where children see their own worth, children with ADHD need not struggle with obesity later in life.

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