Do you believe it is possible to control ADHD behavior with food instead of drugs?
Research has shown that what we eat affects our brains and we can greatly influence our brain power with what we eat or don't eat. To be fair there is controversy over the affects the diet specifically have on brain development but they agree on the affects on behavior and learning.
So could you, the parent, be hurting your child? Could you be the reason for the behavior problems at school or the lack of interest shown in class without even knowing it? I hear you saying "I don't have time to prepare that big breakfast every morning. I am doing good to get the cereal in them and get them out of the door on time." or maybe this one "They love Coco Puffs or some cereal like that and I don't want to fight with them."
You might even be suffering from what you had or didn't have for breakfast as well. Maybe that is why the kid, your job,or the driver on the freeway gets on your nerves so easily. It is never too late to boost our brain power.
According to Dr. Sear's article "Harmful Effects of Sugar",
" Research suggests that children are more sugar sensitive than adults, and the effects are more pronounced in younger children, according to Dr. Keith Conners, author of Feeding the Brain. This could be related to the fact that the brain grows rapidly in the preschool years, exaggerating the effects of sugar on behavior and learning.
In an interesting study, researchers fed normal preschoolers a high-sugar drink, containing the amount of sugar in the average can of soda, and compared them with children who received a non-sugar drink. The sugar group experienced decreased learning performance and more hyperactivity than the non-sugar group."
Research has shown that the neurotransmitters in our brains require nutrients that are not found or are very low in high sugar, low protein foods and low omega-3 fats. A mother wrote Dr. Sear's reporting that she noticed a significant difference in her child's behavior when eating certain foods. When her daughter ate a high protein breakfast she was happier longer. She wanted to know if there was scientific proof that explained this. The answer: A diet, specifically breakfast high in protein and complex carbohydrates feed the brain in slow regulated pace. Unlike, high sugar foods that gives all the sugar the brain needs at once leading to hyperactivity and then you crash. With the crash comes bad moods, sluggishness which leads to low productivity and low concentration.
Pros and Cons
When you look at the pros and cons, it appears to me that having a healthier eating plan is a win-win situation. You have potentially traded stress, low grades, bad behavior, trips to the doctors, lousy parent-teacher conferences, IEP's, medication and low productivity for potentially limited stress, good grades, better behavior, no trips to the doctors, no medication, no IEP's and high productivity. You have nothing to lose. You and your child have everything to gain.
Give it a try for a month and collect your own data. Make it a family experiment. This could be the makings of a good science project. Warning: If you have been giving your child high sugar cereals for breakfast and fast food for lunch or dinner and cookies and candies for snacks, there will be resistance. There will be sugar withdrawals. Hang in there. Let them know resistance is futile and withdrawals eventually end when your system is clean.
The links listed below are just some available to educate us on the affects of our eating habits on our brain activity. Several links not only tell you what foods should be eaten to boost brain power but give you eating suggestions to get started on the change. For those looking for a more academic approach the article in the Healthy Brain for Life link may satisfy. This same data can be applied to alzheimer victims, anxiety victims and those who have immunity deficiencies.
Patricia Wiggins is very passionate about the education of our young people. She hurts to see so many disillusioned and defeated young people in our public school system. Many factors are involved with the education of our children and ourselves. things taken for granted in past decades are proving to be very important to our societal development. This is the information she desires to share. www.ewcocinc.org