If you don’t think someone’s diet can have a direct effect on their behavior, then you haven’t ever been around an office building devoid of coffee, early on a Monday morning. Everyone has heard the word “hangry” and understands that food, simply put, can make you happy, but there’s more to it than that.
The content of someone’s diet can be more than just a temporary fix to a bad mood. It can also help long-term behavior issues such as ADD and ADHD. These solutions aren’t just for adults either – they can also help your children.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD then you know managing their behavior can be difficult from time to time. Aside from seeking medical advice and adhering to the prescriptions provided by doctors, there are a few changes you can make diet wise that may help your child with their behavior.
In a recent study done on two separate groups of children diagnosed with ADHD showed that 60% of those children experienced some type of a hypersensitivity to food, and the children that stuck to a strict diet show a “significant change” in ADHD symptoms.
Common food allergies for children are dairy, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, and nuts. And these allergies can be exacerbated by the presence of a prescription medication. In other words, even if your child didn’t have a food sensitivity before, doesn’t mean they won’t while on their long-term medication. Always talk to your diet if you think this type of development has happened.
Other foods that can increase your child’s hyperactivity and behavioral issues are things such as:
Gluten – Studies have shown gluten to be related to behavioral issues.
Food Dye – Remember when people didn’t want to eat red M&M’s? Well, this isn’t that drastic, but some studies have shown that artificial coloring has been linked to hyperactivity, headaches, and more.
Sugar – Of course, right? This one should come as no surprise but sugar has been directly linked to hyperactivity in children. It is called a “sugar-rush” for a reason.
Preservatives: The preservatives found in food to help it last longer on shelves has been shown to cause mood or behavior changes.
Trying to eliminate all of the foods, and preservatives named above would be a daunting task for anyone, the key is trying to limit your child’s intake. Testing to see which, if any, of these, change their behavior most dramatically. For some children it is sugar, and for others, it has been going gluten-free. Every child is different and so are their dietary needs.
If you are a parent of a child that suffers from behavior problems then you should check out this infographic by . It gives great insights on what types of foods may be able to help children suffering from behavior issues, even some great recipes for possible meals that you and your child may enjoy.