Every year, the number of children on medication to treat attention deficit disorder with our without hyperactivity increases. Even if the cause or causes of ADD / ADHD, there are many studies confirming that the diet can be an aggravating factor.
Many children suffering from ADD / ADHD have food intolerances and are often more sensitive to allergenic substances. The foods that are the most allergenic are dairy products, wheat, citrus fruit, eggs, chocolate, peanuts and numerous additives or food coloring that can be found in a panoply of products “specially made for children”. A diet with too much sugar can lead to behavior problems in all children, ranging from irritability to serious learning and sleeping problems.
For example, did you know that Nutella, so loved by children, contains more than 55% sugar and that 70% of the weight of its elements are made up of fat and sugar? That the consumption of cola by children triggers hyperactivity and can affect their academic results. In fact, American researchers chose 20 elementary school students at random and gave them permission to drink one can of soda with or without caffeine. After drinking the cola with caffeine, 60% of children reached on average 5 points more on the hyperactivity measuring test Connors, which represents an increase of 352%.
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS for a successful school year:
OMEGAS-3s are essential because, in the brain, everything is linked to healthy communication. EPA and DHA Omegas-3s influence the enzymes’ activity involved in the production of neurotransmitters. More than 60% of the brain is made up of Omega-3s. Unfortunately, Omegas-3s are almost completely absent or in a low quantity in children’s diets. A study published in May 2013 (in the British Journal of Nutrition) tells us that an intake of Omegas-3s in children and teenagers could have positive long term effects on their learning and their memory, even when they reach adulthood. Interesting and not insignificant is also the fact that an intake of Omega-3s in teenagers helps to reduce the negative effects of fast food on the brain.
PS – PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE, a phospholipid that is present in high concentration in the neurons, contributes to the revitalization of the brain’s cellular membranes, which supports the neurotransmitters’ and synapses’ functioning. A 4-month study published in March 2013 demonstrated that adding a “PS” supplement had improved attention, concentration, learning, behavior and the success rates of children suffering from ADD / ADHD. The dose was 200mg/day.
A formula rich in B vitamins and in Iron like Floradix. The iron blood stocks are often low in children suffering from ADD / ADHD. Dopamine (a neurotransmitter on which Ritalin™ has an effect) comes from the transformation of thyroid hormone by an enzyme that needs IRON to function properly. According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medecine, 84% of children suffering from ADD / ADHD showed a level of ferritin lower than normal.
Magnesium: Children with ADHD often have a deficit in magnesium, a mineral that is essential for the organism to function properly, particularly nerve transmission and muscular relaxation. If needed, when the child is agitated or nervous, use calming plants like lemon balm or skullcap.
- Other recommendations:
- Each meal your child eats must contain a balanced quantity of proteins. If he or she doesn’t want to eat proteins, add to his diet 2 tablespoons of protein in powder form mixed with fruit purée, in a smoothie or a drink.
- Make sure your child drink at least 500ml of water per day.
- Make sure he or she has good intestinal elimination.
- If his or her immune system is fragile and that he or she “catches” everything, probiotics are strongly recommended.
- Encourage your child to practice a sport.
- Make sure your child gets the psychological support needed.
- For a complete and personalized therapy, consult with a competent naturopath.