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Action plan to overcome ADHD/hyperactivity

Balance blood sugar levels

This means cutting out sugar and all sources of sugar. Eat only unrefined carbohydrates and ensure these are combined with protein and plenty of fibre to further slow the sugar release. Avoid stimulants, even apparently ‘natural’ ones.

Up your intake of essential omega-3 fats

This means eating fish at least twice a week, seeds on most days and supplementing omega 3 fish oils. Look for a supplement that contains EPA, DHA and GLA..

The best fish for EPA, the type of omega 3 fat that’s been most thoroughly researched are: mackerel (1,400mg per 100g/3oz), herring/kipper (1,000mg), sardines (1,000mg), fresh (not tinned) tuna (900mg), anchovy (900mg), salmon(800mg), trout (500mg). Tuna, being high in mercury is best eaten not more than twice a month.

The best seeds are flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds are so small they are best ground and sprinkled on cereal. Alternatively, use flax seed oil, for example in salad dressings. While technically providing omega 3 only about 5% of the type of omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) in these seeds is converted in your body into EPA.

Up vitamins and minerals

A diet rich in whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains is naturally higher in vitamins and minerals. Avoid processed foods that have had many nutrients removed.

Avoid allergy foods

Get your child tested for IgG food allergies and avoid these foods. Alternatively, remove the likely culprit foods such as wheat and dairy from the diet. In any case, avoid additives and preservatives.

Finding help

If you would like further help, you can visit our clinic the Brain Bio Centre which specialises in optimum nutrition for mental health recovery. We have helped many people with ADHD/hyperactivity, by working with them to create personalised nutritional programmes based upon their health history, symptoms and test results. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please click here.

Alternatively a register of nutritional therapists in your local area can be found by visiting the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

Further reading

ADHD Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a natural way to treat ADHD
B K Puri, 2005
Professor Puri’s focus is the basis of behaviour in the chemistry of the brain and the many factors that influence this. He presents two major studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of a completely natural way to treat ADHD. Read how the Omega 3 EPA will be essential to recovery; how to take it; what dietary change will enhance its effects; and what lifestyle changes will help overcome the symptoms that make up ADHD.

 

Optimum2 Optimum Nutrition for your Child
P Holford and D Colson, 2010
This book aims to help parents ensure that their children are healthy, happy and bright. It includes information on:
What to feed your child and what to avoid for optimum good health and development.
Which foods can improve your child's mood and behaviour and boost their intelligence.
How to prevent or overcome common childhood problems such as obesity, food allergies, sleep problems and ADHD.

£2 from each book sale is donated to Food for the Brain.

Further support for teachers

Behaviour UK is the site for teachers dealing with pupil behaviour. It provides behaviour news, forums, links to recommended speakers, product reviews and editorials on behavioural issues. Also providing dates for workshops & links to online purchasing & products. Go to www.behaviouruk.com.