Attention Deficit Disorder – Treatment Through Nutrition

In previous articles we went over what ADD is and how to identify it. In this third part we’re going to set up a series on how to treat ADD. ADD can in fact be fought from many directions. There are drugs, behavior modification, nutrition, exercise, and a multitude of other ways that can be done to battle ADD in both children and adults.

In this article we are going to pick the logical course first and discuss proper nutrition which can have a colossal effect on the behavior of a person living with ADD.

One of the chief contributing factors to children who suffer from ADD is when their blood sugar level, or glucose level drops too low. This causes them to grow drowsy in class and then ultimately antsy because they get bored. Glucose is highly imperative in defining a child’s attention span. This may sound corny but the most ideal meal of the day is breakfast and glucose should be a helping of every child’s breakfast. This will assure that the child’s blood sugar level is level throughout the day. Kids who miss out on breakfast often have a shorter attention span and a more difficult time remembering things.

Next is vitamin B. Vitamin B is needed because it helps to release the energy in glucose. Without the proper serving of vitamin B in the diet a child can become disruptive and dejected. There are 12 ideal parts to vitamin B so it might be a challenge for a child to get all the vitamin B he or she needs just from eating, even though cereal is a good source of vitamin B. To supplement the rest a good multi vitamin capsule will do perfectly.

Iron is also very critical. Iron helps in transporting oxygen to the blood system and the individual cells, most importantly, brain cells. Not enough iron in the diet can lead to anaemia, which is very common in children who don’t have a stable diet. Anaemic children, as well as adults, are exceedingly tired and do not possess the energy to do the things they want to or need to do. Regular sources of iron are red meat, tuna, chicken and vegetables like broccoli.

Folic acid is also crucial as this aids in the construction of red and white blood cells. Not enough folic acid will also make a child feel weary, ill-mannered and forgetful. Fruits and vegetables are bona fide sources of folic acid.

Zinc is needed to maintain connection between the brain cells and the nerve cells. Zinc deficiencies can cause your child to have difficulty in solving academic problems, which can lead to annoyance for the child, therefore resurfacing their ADD symptoms. Zinc can be found in cereals and peanuts.

Vitamin An is important for the nervous system. Vitamin An also helps to increase vision. Many times a child will have complications in school because of impaired eye sight. Vitamin A can help to improve the eye sight which in turn will reduce the child’s frustration. Vitamin A can be found in carrots and many orange or yellow fruits like bananas.

Proper nutrition is an required part of a child’s health whether he or she has ADD or not. But in children with ADD, proper nutrition is valuable.

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