What is in this article?:
- ADHD diagnoses in kids on the rise, but help is available
- What about more holistic support for behavior, learning, and brain function?
- Avoiding pesticides, additives, and common problem foods
- Supplements, herbs, and homeopathy
ADHD diagnoses in kids jumped by 1 million between 2003 and 2007, according to a new government report. Medication can help symptoms—but so, too, may eating organic produce, addressing food sensitivities, avoiding artificial food dyes and preservatives, and supplementing with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, and calming with herbs and homeopathy.
Avoiding pesticides, additives, and common problem foods
Eating organic is a great first step, especially for more vulnerable developing brains and bodies. Try to choose organic versions of the produce items on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List.
It’s also smart to avoid artificial colors and preservatives, which research links to increased hyperactivity in children. No-no list includes: nitrates and nitrites in hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats, MSG, and dyes (especially yellow dye #5).