Remember the old saying, “You are what you eat?” This certainly holds true when discussing your diet. Studies have found that adults with ADHD specifically fall under this category, where your behaviors are closely linked to the foods that you eat.
When considering your diet, be aware that specific categories can be affecting your mood and behaviors. The following questions can be helpful when assessing your diet.
- Does your diet include artificial food dyes?
Studies have shown direct links between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity. Artificial Food Dyes are petroleum-derived substances. These dyes have been banned in many other countries. However, in the United States artificial food dyes like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, and Red 40 can be found in many processed foods.
Artificial food dyes can be found in processed foods such as:
- Sports drinks
- Salad dressing
- Frozen treats
- Does your diet include gluten?
Gluten is the protein found in the grains of wheat, rye, and barley. For adults with gluten sensitivities, gluten has been shown to increase irritability and aggressive behavior. Studies have also shown that certain mood disorders can be heightened from gluten intake. Research published in BMJ Journals also shows that there is a link between Gluten Free diets and reduced hyperactivity.
Gluten can be found in food such as:
- Does your diet include dairy?
Studies have shown that there is a link between consuming dairy and an individual with ADHD’s behaviors. After consuming dairy, individuals with ADHD can show behaviors such as hyperactivity, irritability, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. Dairy can also affect you physically with symptoms such as bloating, nausea, and fatigue.
Dairy can be found in foods such as:
- Ice Cream
- Sour Cream
Changing your diet can help with your moods and behaviors. The right diet can mitigate hyperactivity, irritability, and aggressive behaviors. Below you can find a few easy and healthy recipes you can try this month.