Effects of Nutrition, Hydration, Inflammation & Body Flora on ADHD

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Published: Apr 28, 2018 | Last Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Effects of Nutrition and Hydration

The main 5 Signs and Symptoms for ADHD Include a consistent behavior of inattention, impulse behaviors, hyperactive activity that could interfere with daily activities. Specific behaviors include:

  • They are rushing through school-work and not focusing on the details and completing tasks.
  • They have a hard time sitting through movies or presentations.
  • Their eyes wander when spoken to directly, like their thoughts are not present seeming distracted.
  • They cannot sit still or remain seated, constantly tapping or fiddling with random objects.
  • They talk uncontrollably, interrupting often.
  • Has a hard time waiting in lines or for their turn.

Psychologist has concluded that some adults do not “?grow out of”? ADHD. These adults may struggle with organization, time management, self-esteem, relationships and in some cases addictive personality. Adults are more likely to reduce or eliminate medications, relying only on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to manage their symptoms. Nutrition therapy for ADHD is very rewarding because the plan will yield results fairly quickly if the improper processed sugars, dyes, flours, and fatty foods are eliminated and the proper foods like heart-healthy fats, and antioxidant fibrous vegetables and fruits are consumed regularly.

The causes are not known, but some research suggest that these are contributing factors.

  • Family History
  • Trauma from a head injury
  • Screen time with computers, tablets, television, specifically video game playing will not cause ADHD but can make symptoms worse.
  • Chronic inflammation can damage tissues over time resulting in related chronic diseases including ADHD.

Inflammation

Inflammation plays a key role in defense against infectious disease. Inflammation effects ADHD in many ways, one of them being the insulin mechanism. Excess inflammation can cause carbohydrate and sugar cravings leading to poor insulin regulation, stimulating the opiate receptors in the brain, triggering addictive behaviors along with detrimental health consequences.

Metabolic Syndrome

THE METABOLIC SYNDROME AND INFLAMMATION In a 5-year prospective study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that metabolic syndrome could be causing the inflammation. Metabolic syndrome is related to metabolic abnormalities that are related to the onset of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Another study involving the same group of scientist concludes metabolic syndrome is a major risk factor for mild cognitive decline, including dementia. in conclusion obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid disorders, are obviously terrible for the brain.

Proper Hydration through Hydroxide Rich Water for Treating ADHD and Inflammation

Acidity and inflammation go hand in hand. By chemical definition, acidity is a problem of too much hydrogen (H+). Too much acidity in the body can stem from diet, exercise, and other life style factors. It is generally recognized that excess acidity in the body creates inflammation which leads to other disease conditions. Acidity causes a lack of oxygen and a lower pH condition in which pathogens flourish.

Hydroxide (OH-) is a natural hydrogen hunter that does not merely buffer the body against excess hydrogen but eliminates it by combining with it to form harmless water. That water can then be used for hydration or eliminated through urination. Here is the formula of the elimination reaction: OH- + H+ = H2O.

Most alkaline waters attempt to help the body buffer acidity by providing alkaline minerals. But this does not address the underlying problem of excess hydrogen and instead only helps the body maintain pH balance. Potential hydrogen (pH) balance helps the body but it does not fix the issue. The main goal of most alkaline waters is pH balance but this misses the point.

A water rich in hydroxide seeks to eliminate acidity by eliminating the excess hydrogen. Most alkaline waters contain some hydroxide if they claim either to contain negative ions or have gone through ionization. The problem is most alkaline waters rely more on alkaline minerals to buffer the excess hydrogen than they use the hydroxide to eliminate hydrogen. This is why it is imperative to find a hydroxide rich water because elimination is far more effective in restoring balance to the body than mere buffering.

Hydroxide rich water

Benefits of a hydroxide rich water:

  • Hydroxide eliminates acidity rather than just buffering the acidity.
  • Hydroxide produces no toxic by-products. It produces only water which can be used for hydration or eliminated through urination.
  • By eliminating excess acidity (hydrogen), it frees up the body’s own oxygen to use for other biological processes.
  • Hydroxide restores completely the acid-alkaline balance beyond just pH balance.
  • Hydroxide helps reduce inflammation by eliminating acidity and not just buffering it.

Brain / Gut Connection

The gastrointestinal tract and brain are both essential components of our immune system, in fact research has confirmed that they actually communicate with each other.
Both the brain and intestinal tract have barriers set up to defend and prevent disease pathogens. Nutrition therapy that specifically focuses on the gut bacteria balance will optimally benefit those with ADHD helping to reduce inflammation and symptoms.

This Plan will help Reduce Inflammation

It is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Free of processed sugar
Optimal high quality proteins,
Dye free and chemical free PURE whole foods are recommended as much as possible.

This plan incorporates:
Healthy Fats
Antioxidants
Fiber
Optimal macro-nutrients ratios

This plan will help Optimize gut Flora balance, and Brain function

Specific water and foods that can help fight inflammation include:

Hydroxide rich water *specific details to follow in this segment
Heart healthy nuts and seeds
Nut butters and seeds like walnuts
Avocado
Heart healthy oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil,
Antioxidant rich produce, including berries and dark leafy greens.

Lifestyle/Environmental Impact

Certain lifestyle habits may contribute to the increase or decline in ADHD symptoms. Poor nutrition, chronic infections, and substance abuse during pregnancy may be contributing factors to fetus brain development.

A balanced diet, rich in nutrients, is essential for development.

balanced diet

The Feingold Diet is a common resource for parents who have children with ADHD, as well as adults who are looking to manage their ADHD, created by Dr. Ben F. Feingold, an expert pediatrician and allergist. In summery his diet basically eliminated processed foods, dyes and chemicals helping several patients with ADHD.

This Nutritional Program has implemented his concepts in addition to the anti-inflammation nutrition this plan offers.

Today’s population is exposed to harmful food chemicals every day, resulting in inflammation and metabolism disruption. In order to minimize the amount of chemicals you consume, be sure to purchase quality, all-natural, additive-free beef, poultry, seafood and produce. As mentioned before, consuming foods that will reduce inflammation including drinking a Hydroxide rich water * (see information in this article), raw fatty nuts, nut butters and seeds, avocados, dark berries, leafy greens and fatty fish like wild caught salmon.

The goal of a sound nutrition program working to reduce inflammation and symptoms of ADHD is to eliminate these additives:

Artificial Coloring and Dyes

Artificial Sweeteners, All, including aspartame, saccharin, sucralose
Natural, PURE Stevia extract is okay (be aware of substitutes like Truvia etc.)
Artificial preservatives BHA, BHT, TBHQ, MSG “?yeast extract”? in foods on labeling

Some doctors recommend omega 3 fatty acids to help nourish the brain and promote optimal function. For those who wish to utilize omega-3 fatty acids as a method of modifying behavior, they should use both flax and seafood sources of these omega-3 fatty acids, specifically looking for at least 500mg of DHA a vital fatty acid for brain health.

Foods to include in daily nutrition:Omega 3 fatty acids from walnuts, wild caught salmon and avocados.

Foods to Avoid:coffee, sport drinks/juice, candy and gluten.

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