Try and minimise your child’s consumption of these foods if he or she has ADHD.
Refined sugar or artificial sugar- Refined sugar creates hyperactivity in the child. Use better alternatives like honey for hot beverages.
Processed food – Food colour and preservatives used in processed foods can cause allergies that may lead to hypertensive behaviour in some children.
Nitrites – Processed and cured meat that is available in the market in the form of sausages, salami and ham contain a lot of nitrites. These are added to preserve food and they have a detrimental effect on brain cells.
Caffeine – This is a double-edged sword. Stimulants such as coffee, tea and chocolate can help one to focus if taken in the right amounts, and yet they can also make a child jittery, irritable or anxious if taken in excess. No one recommends giving children caffeine. They are generally more prone to these side effects.
Aerated drinks – These drinks are loaded with high amounts of sugar and Carbon dioxide that are harmful to your child’s cognition health.
Artificial dyes and preservatives – Studies indicate that flavours, artificial food colourings, preservatives such as sodium benzoate found in soft drinks make children with ADHD super-hyperactive.
Also – Kids who spend a lot of time on gadgets like tablets, cell phones or laptops lower their capacity to concentrate. Reduce their screen time and involve them in constructive activities.
Practise a healthy lifestyle with a good amount of sleep, eat right, stay physically active and stress free. This will work the best for the child.