Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Poor Nutrition Causes ADD or ADHD

50 percent of kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition, William Sears, MD, an associate clinical professor of Pediatrics at University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine said. Sears believes they actually suffer fronm NDD or Nutrition Deficiency Disorder. Sears further said that the quality of food the children eat has a profound effect on behavioral problems like ADD or ADHD. "For many children, nutrition alone can work as an effective alternative to drugs," he said. Grazing, fish and blueberries are what he recommends.

Grazing is good for the brain because it helps steady blood-sugar levels. Sears calls it the rule of twos: Eat twice as often half as much, and chew twice as long.

Moreover, "Kids who eat plenty of omega-3 fats and protein are almost guaranteed to have better school performance," says Sear. Since it is next to impossible to get kids to eat enough fish to meet this demand, a high-quality supplement is essential.

Furthermore, Sears recommends blueberries which are great brain food because their skin is full of flavoroids and antioxidants that help keep growing brains healthy.

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