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).

Removing common problem foods (such as dairy, gluten, and soy) seems to reduce symptoms for some children, parents report. See The Nutrition Link for more details.