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

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There have been many studies published over the years, some arguing for and some against using diet for adhd.
A study published in the lancet (a very prestigious medical journal) this past spring strongly suggested that eliminating certain foods from the diet can eliminate adhd symptoms in as much as 70% of kids. Others have seen improvement with omega three and other supplements.

In brief: Yes

There have been many studies published over the years, some arguing for and some against using diet for adhd.
A study published in the lancet (a very prestigious medical journal) this past spring strongly suggested that eliminating certain foods from the diet can eliminate adhd symptoms in as much as 70% of kids. Others have seen improvement with omega three and other supplements.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

I am a firm believer that eating a well balanced diet in addition to daily exercise and effective sleep helps improve mood, learning, attitude, focus, and growth.
That being said, if there is true adhd, diet alone might not be effective in managing symptoms. This can be a serious problem and lead to severe consequences if not dealt with appropriately. Work with your pediatrician and/or counselor!

In brief: Depends

I am a firm believer that eating a well balanced diet in addition to daily exercise and effective sleep helps improve mood, learning, attitude, focus, and growth.
That being said, if there is true adhd, diet alone might not be effective in managing symptoms. This can be a serious problem and lead to severe consequences if not dealt with appropriately. Work with your pediatrician and/or counselor!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Http://nccih.nih.org

The above site is a reputable site that tells you what is proven to work and what is not.
Don't pay for any potions your practitioner sells you that haven't been scientifically proven to work.

In brief: Http://nccih.nih.org

The above site is a reputable site that tells you what is proven to work and what is not.
Don't pay for any potions your practitioner sells you that haven't been scientifically proven to work.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics

In brief: Part 2

My personal experience has been that many improve, some still need assistance from medicine even after they have improved, and a few don't improve at all.
A big problem is staying on the various diet plans. One plan that has been enormously successful for some people can be found at www.Feingold.Org. This organization has been around since the 70's and has been helpful to many.

In brief: Part 2

My personal experience has been that many improve, some still need assistance from medicine even after they have improved, and a few don't improve at all.
A big problem is staying on the various diet plans. One plan that has been enormously successful for some people can be found at www.Feingold.Org. This organization has been around since the 70's and has been helpful to many.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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