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I'm just wondering, if you eliminate certain foods from a ADHD child's diet what can they eat?

I'm just wondering, if you eliminate certain foods from a ADHD child's diet what can they eat?

No specific foods: There are no specific foods associated with ADHD. A common recommendation is for a balanced diet in which protein is included in each meal and to limit carbohydrates as the major component of meals. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How can diet affect someone with adhd?

How can diet affect someone with adhd?

Rarely: See my health hints on adhd. Some adhd patients, particularly younger ones, are made worse by petroleum dyes, chocolate, and caffeine. However, the cause of adhd is neurobiological and not dietary. See http://www.Healthyplace.Com/adhd/nimh/adhd-in-children-and-adults-homepage/menu-id-888/. ...Read more

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Are there any effective holistic diet habits for people with adhd?

Are there any effective holistic diet habits for people with adhd?

No: Only avoidance of foods and beverages that affect brain such as caffeine and chocolate. Some younger children react adversely to artificial red dyes, but "holistic" diets per se, will not improve adhd. That said i agree with the other posters who suggested good nutrition exercise and sleep benefit brain function, but again do not treat adhd. ...Read more

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What is the best diet to consume if you have ADHD but are not willing to take pharmaceuticals?

What is the best diet to consume if you have ADHD but are not willing to take pharmaceuticals?

CAFFEINE: Products that are high in caffeine help adhd. Black coffee would be the best one. There is caffeine in soda and dark chocolate as well but do you need the sugar and the calories? Tea is also caffeine containing- consider tea as an option as well. ...Read more

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Does diet modification or weight loss help with ADHD symptoms?

Does diet modification or weight loss help with ADHD symptoms?

Depends: Many obese adhd kids eat themselves into obesity because they are unable to inhibit (a primary symptom of adhd) and lose weight when treated because they can learn to eat properly. Losing weight, per se, will not help adhd. The only dietary modifications that help adhd kids is the avoidance of caffeine or chocolate. ...Read more

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Adhd son is starting the gluten free casein free diet. What can he eat?

Adhd son is starting the gluten free casein free diet. What can he eat?

No wheat or cow milk: Gluten free- means no wheat, rye, barley products. Casein free, means no cows milk products. He can have soy milk, rice milk or almond milk. The gluten is a protein found in the above mentioned grains, he can have rice, potato, corn as his carbohydrates as they are gluten free. He can have rice starch, corn and potato starch as well. ...Read more

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Does my weight affect my response to ADHD meds and antidepressants ? If i follow a diet , will i respond better ?

Does my weight affect my response to ADHD meds and antidepressants ? If i follow a diet , will i respond better ?

Unlikely: Ritalin is not generally sensitive to body weight differences. The medications that you are taking (zoloft (sertraline) and ritalin) affect the availability of particular neurotransmitters in your cerebral cortex. Overall body mass has little relationship to the volume of your brain. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that diet changes (minimize sugar/carbs, gluten free etc...) can help a child with adhd?

Is there evidence that diet changes (minimize sugar/carbs, gluten free etc...) can help a child with adhd?

Unless a child has: Gluten enteropathy (celiac disease) documented by specific laboratory tests, there's no medical reason to use a gluten-free diet. Likewise, removing milk/milk products is necessary only for a milk protein allergy. There's no scientific evidence of efficacy of dietary manipulation in treatment of core symptoms of adhd., except in a very few who are sensitive to food additives. ...Read more

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I am taking Adderall 15 mg for very light adhd. I am taking leptopril which is a diet pill. Is this dangerous? I am a 18 year old female. Im 5'2 and 180 pounds. I am significantly overweight. I've tried diet and exercise for the past year and i've actuall

I am taking Adderall 15 mg for very light adhd. I am taking leptopril which is a diet pill. Is this dangerous? I am a 18 year old female. Im 5'2 and 180 pounds. I am significantly overweight. I've tried diet and exercise for the past year and i've actuall

Possibly. Depends.: You don't say how much of the leptopril you're taking. Here's a nice summary of leptopril: http://sabah-karimi.Hubpages.Com/hub/leptopril-for-fat-loss--what-you-should-know it has lots of stimulants, which could add to the effect of the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Leptopril is not proven to be either safe or effective. I'd suggest working with a nutritionist ove spending your money on an unproven product. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much.There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs.Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read more

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Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Not necessarily: Attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity can be silent for ears in a bright and curious child; the curiosity acts like a stimulant to engage attention. Later in life, with less structure, symptoms of add become apparent: e.g., disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, spacing off, daydreaming may be subtle but present if searched for. Adult add is real. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read more

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Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Depends: Adhd kids (ak) do well if they are doing what they want, not necessarily what their parents want. The rigors of practice frequently turn off an ak if they aren't fully committed. If an ak has a musical or artistic ability, & they want to pursue it, then learning art, music, singing or an instrument can be an area where they develop "expertise, " & therefore increase their expectation of success. ...Read more

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Do you know of any home remedies for ADHD children?

Do you know of any home remedies for ADHD children?

No: No specific home remedies but parental understanding and support, getting educational support services, making sure a child gets sufficient sleep and has a well balanced diet. ...Read more

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Don't all children occasionally show signs of add/adhd?

Don't all children occasionally show signs of add/adhd?

No: All people show signs of anything, if you extend the definition widely enough. But adhd kids have a pervasive, chronic deficiency of executive brain function. The problem is there almost all the time. If a normal child forgets her homework one day, or is impulsive another, then they are still normal, and would not meet the clinical or neurological criteria for adhd. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children have more detention than other students?

Do ADHD children have more detention than other students?

The hyperactive type: Children who have the hyperactive subtype and are not treated, are likely to have detention more often than non ADD children. ...Read more

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Is ADHD an actual excuse for a lot of misbehaved children?

Is ADHD an actual excuse for a lot of misbehaved children?

Nope: Adhd is an inherited neurobiologic disorder affecting frontal lobe function worsened by intrauterine neurotrauma/alcohol/ nicotine exposure. Mri studies have shown it to exist. In fact if it goes untreated, the person's brain will never grow to normal size.See health my files on adhd or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.Shtml. ...Read more

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Do you believe children who have ADHD should be medicated?

Do you believe children who have ADHD should be medicated?

No: Children with ADHD, may not require medication, if they are receiving an appropriate educational program, understanding teachers and the proper supports at home. In addition, it is very important that the chilodren get an approporiate amount of sleep. The academy of Pediatrics recommends 9=10 hours. An appropriate balance diet, with an appropriate balance of protein and carbohydrates is essenti ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more