Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders that is affecting our children today. If you are a parent, it can be both frustrating and challenging to deal with some of the behaviors. In our family, I saw a direct relationship with how my children behaved and performed in school with what I was feeding them. The gut is balanced when good bacteria and yeast exist at a healthy level. Children with ADHD have shown remarkable improvement by using healing foods that help increase a healthy gut.
1. Probiotic Rich Foods- If you haven't jumped on board with fermented foods, there are many kid-friendly options available to help improve gut health. Things like water kefir, kombucha, and fruit kvass just to name a few. Good old fashion yogurt is also an option as long as it is unsweetened with no added food coloring or dyes- you can add your own fruit and drizzle with honey for a much healthier version.
2. Outdoor Playtime- Kids were meant to play. They were meant to get dirty, be out in the sunshine, and explore their world. This alone can improve the mental health of anyone. It reduces stress in kids and in parents. We've recently picked up the habit of nature walks early in the morning.
3. Simple Changes- Switch out some of your unhealthy habits for healthy ones. Eating too many chips? Switch it out for popcorn made with olive oil or a handful of nuts instead. Add another veggie to your evening meals. Have apples and fresh fruit on hand for easy after-school snacks. Simple changes are more lasting over time and easier for kids to accept.
4. Limit Electronics- This one is hard in today's world but electronics add stress to our kids lives. Video games trigger the neurotransmitters in the brain that produce dopamine- the feel good, happy hormone. Ever notice that your kids behavior is worse when they have over-indulged? This is because they have very little dopamine left for focus, motivation, and attention.
5. Consume Prebiotics- Prebiotics are the fertilizers that feed the good gut bacteria. They are what make them grow. Consuming things like bananas, garlic, onion, and lots of raw fruits and vegetables is key. We have a whole food supplement that we like to use to fill in the gap.
6. Reduce Carbs- Kids with ADHD have a tendency to crave carbs and sugars. The carbs and sugars feed the bad gut bacteria so reducing these are key. Sometimes simply switching things out a little over time is the best way to reduce their consumption.
7. Eliminate Dairy- This is not as overwhelming as you may think. If your child is affected by dairy, it usually shows up quickly- it only takes 4 days to get dairy out of your system and there are lots of dairy free options to get you through it. My kids were greatly affected by dairy. We saw improvements with behavior and reading when we eliminated it.
8. Gluten- This one is a little tougher, but much easier than it used to be. The more people I talk to, the more I am convinced that most people should give it a try. Gluten can cause inflammation all throughout the body, but for kids with ADHD, it may be the one thing that makes the biggest difference.
9. Heal and Seal the Gut- We had great results using bone broth to help heal our gut. It's simple to make and implement into the family's diet. Grass-fed gelatin is another option that is easy to sneak into family meals.
10. Good Fats- Our brains are 60% fat and we need good healthy fats for good brain health. Salmon, avocados, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil are all important for feeding the brain. We also added a plant based Omega blend to our diets.
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