Most of us know by now that eating potato chips and sitting on the couch all day is good for us. We know that exercise and eating the right food is good for us. It may or may be always be possible, depending on the situation, but it is still pretty common knowledge.
What isn’t as widely known is some of the added bonuses that exercise and the proper foods can do for kids and adults with ADHD.
Sure, we’re all aware that there are medication to help individuals with ADHD, but it’s not the only thing that can help us. And this is where the right foods, supplements and exercise comes in.
Recently, I made some changes and some tweaks. Slowly starting eating a little healthier everyday. I’m not going to lie. I’ve seen some changes. Maybe not huge ones, but enough that I’ve noticed. I can totally feel the benefits of moving my body more, and eating a little healthier everyday.
Many with ADHD notice improvement in focus and better mood, for instance, when eating healthier. Some have also mentioned less distractibility and less fatigue during the late mornings and early afternoon. These are just some examples of ways that the right foods can help those of us with ADHD.
As you can imagine and probably guess, junk food and sodas, for instance, will have the opposite effect on us. It impacts our focus, our moods, and motivation, and not in a good way.
So, here are some foods, vitamins and minerals that help the ADHD brain and how it can help.
- Foods rich in protein, such as pork, poultry, eggs, and fish. The proteins will help the neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that release brain cells to communicate with each other.
- Gingko and Ginseng. They are cognitive activators.
- Iron, which is necessary for making dopamine.
- Zinc synthesizes dopamine.
So these are somethings that can help us with our ADHD symptoms.
Exercise is something else that we can benefit from. It can help ease stress, enhance our memory, improve impulse control, improve executive function, just to name a few.
Obviously, making any kind of change isn’t always easy, but can be beneficial and worth it. Take it one step at a time. Start with one thing that you can change. Then add another. Just take a look at what’s going on in your life and see what changes can be made.