ADHD Diet – Treating ADHD Without Medication

The use of the ADHD diet as a form of treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has been going on for years, and in spite of many success stories, the medical circle still won’t give its thumbs up. They still want more scientific proof before giving their stamp of approval. So for those parents who have ADHD children, the general advice given in forums and blogs is that it is unwise to wait before giving ADHD diet a try, because the wait may take years or decades, if ever.

What does an ADHD diet involve? In its most basic form, it involves taking a certain type of food while avoiding the rest. The results are then carefully monitored. Over a period of time, the ADHD diet is gradually reverted to its original non-ADHD form and the results monitored again. By then, it is quite possible to know for certain what works and what doesn’t.

The most common feature in an ADHD diet is fish oil, or more precisely omega-3 essential fatty acids. Many studies have found it to be effective to alleviate disruptive behavior as it contributes to brain development, hormonal balance, and the immune system. In modern times, most people do not take enough of these essential fatty acids. Making the situation worse is that the intake of highly processed food blocks whatever essential fatty acids that we do take.

Some scientists also advocate going on a milk-free ADHD diet. The recommendation is based on the theory that people with ADHD suffer a metabolic disorder which makes it difficult for their bodies to break down a certain type of proteins contained in milk and milk products. The end result is the display of behaviors consistent with those having ADHD.

Another type of oil recommended for the ADHD diet is evening primrose oil, which is more commonly associated with alleviating premenstrual-related problems. Evening primrose works because it boasts quite a number of vital fatty acids.

Besides nutritional supplementation, an ADHD diet whether for children or adults should be free from food containing additives and preservatives because they have been found to cause behavioral problems – including temper tantrums and hyperactivity.

As part of the ADHD diet, it is also highly recommended to stay away from processed foods (as they contain lots of undesirable fats) and also alcohol intake. Although it has not been scientifically proven that sugar can cause behavioral problems, it is recommended that sugar intake be taken in moderation or completely avoided.

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