How to Treat ADHD Naturally With Diet

4. Which Foods Should You Eat?

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  • Protein: Beef, lamb, wild game, chicken and turkey.
  • Carbs: Rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Fat: Sunflower and rapeseed oil.
  • Fruit: Ripe pears and bananas.
  • Green vegetables: Brussels sprouts, spinach, artichokes, cabbage, bamboo shoots, broccoli, bok choy, asparagus and cucumbers.
  • Other vegetables: Mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, leeks, garlic, radishes, squash, pumpkin, zucchini, beets and root vegetables.
  • Spices: Rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, iodized salt, turmeric, curry powder, basil, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, tarragon and coriander.
  • Drinks: Enriched rice milk, carbonated water, tea (except for vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, fruit or licorice tea), pear juice, homemade juices and smoothies.
  • Other foods: Tapioca, rice bran, rice flour, potato flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, baking powder, arrowroot and ginger.

Which Foods Should You Avoid?

If you find the Few Foods Diet too hard to follow, eliminating the top eight allergens may also give you results. Here are the top 8 allergenic foods (14, 18, 19):

Overall, milk and wheat are the most common offenders. For this reason, sometimes people also start by just eliminating dairy and wheat (4, 15, 23).

Other foods that often affect behavior include oats, oranges, corn, chocolate,cinnamon, licorice, tomatoes and pork.

Which Food Additives Should You Avoid?

It may also be a good idea to avoid artificial food colorants and preservatives, which have been shown to affect hyperactivity in children (29, 30, 31, 32).

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Bottom Line: Stick to the foods on this list as much as possible. However, more moderate restriction may also help improve symptoms.

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