A diagnosis of ADHD can cause a child to struggle academically, as well as socially and can carry on into adulthood.
While there is no clear cause or cure for ADHD, diet and fitness have been researched as a source of treatment and management.
Elimination diets and fish oil supplementation have been found most promising. Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may improve antisocial behavior and reduce hyperactivity. A diet called the “few foods diet” is an approach to identify and eliminate foods that worsen ADHD symptoms.
On this diet, the top 8 allergenic foods are cut out and then reintroduced. Avoiding artificial colorings, food additives and preservatives also may be beneficial in reducing hyperactivity. Studies show following a diet lower in sugar and closer to a mediterranean style also helps combat symptoms. Sugar sweetened beverage consumption is adversely associated with ADHD.
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