Monday, March 5, 2012

ADHD IN CHILDREN AND DIET


The book I am reading I bought at 2nd avenue thrift store for 1.50. It is called super foods for children. In this book it has a short few pages on using a child’s diet as a way to calm them down.  I learned a long time ago about how you should not give a child chocolate milk before bed as the caffeine will keep them awake. In this book it says not to give them food containing natural salicylates as it has been known to cause hyperactivity in children. Food that contains this  is almonds’, apples, apricots, berries, black berries, raspberries, strawberries, and currants, cherries, cucumbers, grapes and raisins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums, and prunes, tomatoes and tomato products.  So reading this I asked myself what could he eat then that follows this? He could not eat off my menu on most days as I use fresh fruits and vegetables.  It says in the book to cut out these items for 4-6 weeks and then introduce them one at a time. It would be hard to do so with Alex as he is at his dads on Tuesday and Thursday evening. I am not sure that they would not feed it to him.  I have thought about a few things concerning Alex’s diet and I realized that his Yahoo’s that his dad send to school for snack along with the chocolate milk he gets at lunch may play a part in hyperactivity.  Chocolate does have caffeine.  Aside from that small article in this book about ADHD this book is packed with great healthy recipes. I am loving looking through it when I get the chance.





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