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Maintaining A Healthy Diet With ADHD


Are you wondering what type of diet will help you manage your ADHD?   Managing your diet with ADHD is crucial. By eating healthy foods, you will learn to manage your symptoms of ADHD and feel better, as well. This evidence is supported by ADDitude Magazine. According to ADDitude Magazine (2015), ” Deficiencies in certain types of foods can worsen ADHD symptoms in children and adults. An ADHD diet that ensures you’re getting adequate levels of the right foods optimizes brain function.” This article will explore which types of foods to consume to help manager your ADHD. This includes foods rich in proteins (ADDitude Magazine, 2015). In addition, according to Fuhrman (2015), it is also important to consume foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Foods Rich In Protein

According to ADDitude Magazine (2015), foods rich in protein can help manage the symptoms associated with ADHD. ADDitude Magazine (2015) indicates foods rich in protein such as lean beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, soy, and low-fat dairy products can help manage the symptoms associated with ADHD. ADDitude Magazine (2015) claims foods rich in protein are beneficial for the treatment of ADHD because they are used by the body to make neurotransmitters. It has also been argued by ADDitude Magazine (2015) that foods rich in protein prevent surges in blood sugar, which can lead to hyperactivity. Therefore, why not eat foods rich in protein. They are healthy for you. Plus, they will help you manage your symptoms associated with ADHD and make you feel better.

Foods Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In addition to consuming foods rich in protein, it is equally important to consume foods that contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids. According to Fuhrman (2015), “Omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA) are the building blocks needed to build a healthy brain.  Insufficient omega-3 levels are common in ADHD, and there is evidence that omega-3 supplementation, especially in combination with the omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA; found in borage oil and evening primrose oil) improves behavior and ADHD symptoms.” In addition, according to ADDitude Magazine (2015), fish such as sardines, tuna, and salmon are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, as well. Give these foods and try and add them to your diet to help manage your symptoms of ADHD.


Foods rich in protein and Omega-3 Fatty Acids are healthy for you. Plus, on an even better note, they will help you manage your ADHD symptoms, as well. With a healthy diet, your confidence will be great. You will also feel better about yourself, as well. Give it a try. The sky is the limit.

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Maintaining A Healthy Diet With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). Maintaining A Healthy Diet With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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