The ADHD-Friendly Diet

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When it comes to the treatment of ADHD, behavioral therapy with a child psychiatrist and medication are the best approaches. But there are also plenty of natural ways to help your child with ADHD—a solid routine, proper sleep, exercise and even diet. Feeding your family a good diet is always important, but the right nutrients can really help with ADHD. Here are some examples of an ADHD-friendly diet:

  • Trim excess sugar and chemicals from your meal plans. You don’t have to cut out sweets entirely, but limiting them will help.
  • Increase the intake of protein in the diet. Some good examples are fish, eggs and nuts.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish have been shown to be beneficial to the ADHD diet.
  • Keep meals balanced. Aim for a healthy combination of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. This will balance the blood sugar and help keep your child’s behavior under control.
  • Provide several servings of whole grains per day to keep blood sugar from spiking and plummeting.
  • Limit simple carbs like white bread, products made from white flour, candy and honey.