5 Foods to manage ADHD/hyperactivity in kids

Do you feel that it is hard for your child to pay attention? Do you feel that your child finds it difficult to sit without movement or maybe restless and overly active? If yes, it can be a sign of hyperactivity or ADHD ( Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

Hyperactivity:

Hyperactivity is a state of excess activity that may be evident by symptoms such as:

  • Excessive physical activity like unnecessary climbing and jumping.
  • Talk nonstop.
  • Be fidgety and restless.
  • Trouble sitting still.
  • Disrupt others or can’t wait for their turn.
ADHD(Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in kids. It is a disorder which makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, control Impulsive behavior, and feel restless. Usually, the symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) start to surface between the age of 3 to 6 years old, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. However the symptoms like hyperactivity improves with age and other symptoms like poor impulse control and disorganization often continue through the teen year.

In addition to the symptoms of hyperactivity, below are some common symptoms in the behavior of child with ADHD, generally noticeable in the early childhood:

  • Trouble in staying focused on a task.
  • Often makes careless mistakes
  • Easily distracted.
  • Appears forgetful or losing things. (foods to increase memory)
  • Difficulty in following instructions.
  • Frequently avoid tasks that require a long time.
  • People usually complain that he/she doesn’t listen even when someone is directly talking to them.
  • Disorganized.
  • Act too quickly without thinking.
  • Interrupting conversation.
  • Constantly tap their hands or feet.
  • Not able to interpret danger.
  • Desire for immediate reward.
  • Difficulty sleeping.(What are some foods that help in sound sleep?)

However the exact cause of ADHD is not clear yet and research is continuing. The kids with family history of ADHD, who were born premature or have low birth weight, brain injury that happened either in the womb or later in life are at high risk.

While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments. Along with the treatment and therapies, including some foods in diet may help to great extent.

Foods to avoid

Refined sugar: Excessive sugar impairs cognitive skills as well as self control. Moreover, sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  Artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your immunity.

Foods to manage hyperactivity and ADHD symptoms in kids:
Chamomile:

Chamomile is considered to be a safe and effective way to help a child relax. It’s a dried flower. These flowers are white and yellow and look like beautiful little daisies. Native to Europe and Asia. For centuries, it has been used for medicinal purposes to calm the mind and mildly induce sleep.It Improves relaxation and relieves stress, reduces anxiety, promotes sleep and relieves insomnia.

Lemon balm:

Lemon balm extracts: A Phytomedicine Compound Improves Symptoms of Hyperactivity, Attention Deficits, and Impulsivity in Children. As per the study conducted by NIH, The fraction of children having strong/very strong symptoms of poor ability to focus decreased from 75% to 14%, hyperactivity from 61% to 13%, and impulsiveness from 59% to 22%. Parent rated social behavior, sleep and symptom burden showed highly significant improvements. ( https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24837472/)

NUTS:

All the nuts like almonds, cashew, peanuts and hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acid. Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span.

Seeds:

Apart from nuts, seeds like sunflower, melon and pumpkins also contain powerful antioxidants like vitamin E that protect the brain from free radical damage. Sunflower seeds impact overall mood and mental processing powers and therefore it is considered a brain boosting snack. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, copper, and much higher in zinc than other seeds, which help in increasing concentration and memory. One of the easiest to feed brain boosting foods for kids.

Antioxidants:

Pure Cocoa powder (unsweetened) contains brain boosting components as it is packed with a large number of antioxidants molecules, the main is epicatechin which is helpful to improve cognition in studies. Hence, cocoa powder is also an important brain development food for children.

How to feed all these foods to kids?
Hyperactive child

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts, seeds and antioxidants in your child’s diet?

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Improves concentration: Ingredients like almonds, cashew, peanuts, hazelnut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and cocoa boost memory, attention span, reaction time and problem-solving skills. Almonds and hazelnut are the most concentrated sources of vitamin E available which aids in cognitive development of the brain and delays brain decline. Peanuts are high in Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and B1 (thiamine) which support healthy brain function in a child.

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