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What Are the Correlations Between Diet and ADD?

Sep 6, 2008
Since the discovery of ADD, there have been many questions about the correlation between the diagnosis and the diet that the child has been consuming. More than ten percent of children in traditional school based systems have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

Attention deficit disorder or ADD occurs when a child has a decreased attention span and difficulty concentrating on one project for a period of time. The child may seem to fidget constantly, have difficulty learning or retaining new information.

Traditional medication based treatments for attention deficit disorder is; Ritalin - which comes with heightened side effects and creates drastic side effects within the behavior of the child. Many parents and health professionals feel that Ritalin is not a viable treatment for attention deficit disorder.

Can diet really impact the behavior in a child with ADD and ADHD? Studies have shown nearly seventy five percent of all children who had ADD or ADHD to show significant improvement in concentration and behavior when diets were refined to remove sugars, white flours and unnatural chemicals. Other additives in food that seemed to trigger symptoms of ADD and ADHD were dyes, preservatives and foods that have been known to provoke allergies in children.

Research has been conducted as early as the seventies that have linked ADD symptoms with food allergies to dyes and preservatives. The effects of the allergy being a lack of concentration and ADD like symptoms.

It has been found in numerous studies that children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder also have problems with glucose levels. It has been proven that in a majority of cases, children with Attention deficit disorder release only half of the amount of insulin from the pancreas than those children who have not been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. It seemed that the correlation between high glucose levels and attention deficit disorder caused decrease brain function, again - resulting in attention deficit disorder like symptoms.

Alternatively, children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder have also been found to have a high rate of magnesium deficiencies. It has been found that they have not only been deficient in magnesium, but also in other important minerals such as zinc and iron.

Magnesium, iron and zinc come from whole grain, healthy and unrefined products. It seems that the regular diet for American children results in refined sugars, and bleached and refined while flour as well as diet filled with chemicals and preservatives. More than 80% of the wheat that is found in whole grains becomes removed through the process to convert the flour to white flour and other products. Our modern diets are severely lacking the nutrients that we require to maintain proper brain function; ergo increased instances of attention deficit disorder are recorded.

Many studies have proven the correlation between diet and reduced attention deficit disorder symptoms. Could a diet change truly be the key to finding a cure for children with attention deficit disorder? Experts say yes, try a drastic overhaul of your child to see if their attention level flourishes - and you can be the judge.
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