How foods may affect our ADHD symptoms

Let’s face it, we all know we need to eat, and we know that some foods and diets are healthier than others. We may not always want to admit it, but most of us know this. Sometimes, we just don’t want to admit it, and find it easier to just go for the junk food.

However, going for the junk food isn’t healthy. It is a lot better to have a healthy diet. And if you have ADHD/ADD, it may be that much more beneficial, as it might help our symptoms. Yes, having a good and healthy diet can help our ADHD/ADD.

Having a good diet and eating the right foods can help our moods, our focus, our impulsivity, just to name a few. No, it won’t make our symptoms go away completely, but it may help us control our symptoms a little bit. It can be the difference between being able to focus on a chore or work and being more easily distracted.

Knowing that having a good diet can help improve my ADHD/ADD and symptoms, it made me realize that it couldn’t hurt to improve my diet, as I don’t always make the healthiest choices. I do have a tendency to sometimes just go for the junk food.

So here are a few suggestions that I have found to help our ADHD/ADD and our symptoms.

First advice: Make sure to eat some protein every day. There are many ways we can get some protein such as wild fish or skinless chicken and turkey or nuts. These are just some examples, but there are many out there. By eating proteins, it can help our focus. It will help our focus get a bit of a boost.

Second advice: Drink water. Drink a healthy amount of water. When we get dehydrated, it will affect our judgment, as well as focus. As water makes up 75 percent of our brain, our symptoms may be worse, if we aren’t properly hydrated.

Third advice: Eat high-quality calories. Instead of aiming for something with a lot of sugar, it is best to eat something, such as a salad with various fruits, and/or nuts, for instance. Eating the salad will help us have more energy. When we have more energy, we may tend to be a little more productive. As a general rule of thumb, anyway.

Fourth advice: Make sure that you take vitamins daily. This can certainly help our symptoms. For instance, make sure we have some Vitamin C can help us have the extra dopamine we need to focus and concentrate.

These are a few pieces of advice that I have come across to help us have a healthier diet and control our symptoms.
It might take some time for me to change some habits and start having a healthier diet, but I’ll get there. Change isn’t always easy, but they can be done. We can make some changes in our lives. It just needs some work and adjustment.

Let’s face it, if it can help my ADHD/ADD and control my symptoms a little more, it can be worth the effort to make the change.

Here are a few more articles on the topic:
www.additudemag.com/best-foods-for-adhd-diet-nutrition/
www.additudemag.com/adhd-diet-nutrition-sugar/
www.additudemag.com/slideshows/adhd-recipes-for-children/

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One Reply to “How foods may affect our ADHD symptoms”

  1. Wow! I had no idea about a lot of this. I happen to be one of those that have issues with many of the medications, so this would probably make a big difference for me.

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