Many doctors and researchers working on alternative treatments for attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD) believe that changing diets can help. Increasing intake of water and healthy food has an effect on brain function, affecting the symptoms of ADHD. Decreasing unhealthy foods, like sugar and simple carbohydrates, can also make a difference. Although no standard diet exist to treat the disease, claims some doctors and experts on promising results using the same food that is also healthy for the general population.
Food as Medicine
Food can be used as a treatment in the same manner as medicine, according to Daniel Amen known doctor and. author of the book “Healing ADD.”
Most patients with ADHD do best on a higher protein diet, according to Dr. Amen. He suggests that patients eat protein at every meal.
Dr. Amen also suggests eating complex carbohydrates such as vegetables and whole grains, which breaks down more slowly in the body, improve alertness.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Some doctors and researchers, including Daniel Amen, believes that increasing omega-3 fatty acids in the diet can improve symptoms of ADHD. These are found in certain fish, walnuts and Brazil nuts.
Many ADD / ADHD researchers also suggest removing simple carbohydrates such as what is found in white bread, and reducing sugar intake.
An appropriate amount of water to be consumed by ADHD patients, just like the rest of the population.