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By : Victoria Reynolds, 07-27-2015
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD is one of the most common conditions that affects the youth of the world. ADHD essentially makes it harder for children to sit still and pay attention to anything for extended periods of time. There can be any number of causes for ADHD and while diet hasn't been found to be a direct cause or solution, certain foods have been known to increase or decrease the impact of ADHD. As with most conditions, ADHD can be controlled by medication but the extra aid from a healthy diet never hurt anyone.

What Kids With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Need: 
These are all important for developing a healthy body and mind which are especially important for those affected by ADHD.

Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables are well known sources of tons of vitamins and minerals that not only kids but adults need to have in order to maintain a healthy body. These are great to have on hand as little snacks as the human body will often crave vitamins that it need which can often just be confused for sugar cravings. These cravings can be amplified by ADHD so keeping them to a minimum is a must.

Whole Grains
Whole grains contain tons of vitamins and minerals including fiber which are important for young growing bodies.

Protein is important for growing strong muscles and tissue. Protein is often found in red meat, poultry, and fish. But try to avoid processed food which can contain tons of other chemicals and far less protein than normal foods.

Healthy Fat
Fat is often targeted as an enemy in every single diet on the planet. Although too much fat is bad for obvious reasons, the human body actually needs certain types of fat such as: monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids

Foods That You Need To Avoid:

Although not much research has been done into specific foods that can cause increases in symptoms of ADHD, there have been several studies that have pointed out general groups that should be avoided by kids with ADHD. By avoiding these foods you may notice some symptoms decrease or go away completely.

Avoid anything with caffeine in it for starters. Caffeine will only put your child's brain into overdrive and make them more hyperactive.

Avoid foods with artificial food coloring in them such as many of the products that are often marketed toward children. These have been known to cause hyperactivity and jumpiness in many children.

Saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and trans fats are some of the bad fats that should be avoided unlike the healthy fats talked about above. These can cause obesity and high cholesterol which will discourage movement which is important for children. 

Without being able to move around, children's hyperactivity will remain in their brain and make it harder for them to focus rather than "get it out" as physical activity.

Avoid processed foods like fast food that will often contain tons of sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats that will be awful for your child's diet.

How to Snack Smart:
In order to keep your child on a healthy diet, it's important to make sure that it's easy for them to access healthy foods. Keep some of the following on hand at all times and you will have a health food loving kid on your hands.
-Real fruit, pre-sliced and packaged into Ziploc bags
     -Homemade Smoothies
     -Homemade Popcorn
     -Whole Grain Chips
     -Pre-sliced Veggies with Ranch or Hummus
     -Homemade Trailmix
     -Homemade Oatmeal
     -Whole Grain Cereals

Some Other Tips:
Make sure to keep a regular schedule with meals and snacks planned out for specific times. This type of routine is really important for kids with ADHD and will help make this change easier.

Stick with it! Change will definitely be hard at first but with a little practice you will start to see results. Good Luck!

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