There was a Reuters article on Thursday reporting on a paper in the Lancet Medical Journal about restricting diets for kids with ADHD diagnosis.
Changing diet is something that is wise to do for any children with any sort of behavioral issues or significant mental health problems. In fact it’s a darn good idea to do it for adults too. This blog has a lot of information that supports healthy sound individualized diets for good mental health. It most often is part of a healing solution rather than the whole picture, though in some cases diet can be the complete cause of distress. Most often I’ve found that mental distress is of a holistic nature and nurturing of the body/mind and spirit is necessary.
Another common cause of behavioral problems which is not made clear in the below article is processed foods with artificial ingredients. Kids and human beings in general seem to do much better on real whole food. Seems a no brainer to me, yet for many people it’s a very hard switch to make.
In a post from last week we see the power of healing food and diet in a man diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This is a human thing, simply not just for kids diagnosed with ADHD.
It’s often important to make dietary changes slowly over time so that one gets adjusted to new things and so that one is not discouraged by giving up too much too fast. Of course if a real allergy is identified it’s best to cut that out immediately.
The article about kids who have been given an ADHD diagnosis:
Study supports restricted diet for kids with ADHD
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be fed a special diet to help their carers determine whether certain foods are making their condition worse, Dutch scientists said on Friday.
In a study of 100 children with ADHD — one of the world’s most common child mental disorders — scientists from Radboud University and the ADHD Research Center in the Netherlands found that a restricted diet led to significant improvements in the symptoms of some ADHD sufferers.
“Dietary intervention should be considered in all children with ADHD, provided parents are willing to follow a diagnostic restricted elimination diet for a five-week period, and provided expert supervision is available,” the scientists said in their study in The Lancet medical journal. (read the rest here)
I wrote a piece on my dietary adventures here. In some ways it’s outdated as my understanding about food and good health has continued to evolve, but there is still a lot of foundational information to start with if one is new to thinking about diet and how it effects mental wellbeing. It should be read only as an exercise in thinking about food because all our journeys are quite individual. One example of how I’ve changed is it’s become clear I do better with virtually no grains in my diet and many people find this helpful. I did a lot of experimenting to come to this conclusion for myself.