ADHD AND NUTRITION
There is now enough research evidence to show the importance of nutrients for mental as well as physical well-being. Some studies have found adults with ADHD to be over-represented in individuals low, and possibly deficient in some key nutrients. I can help you to evaluate and improve your nutrition.
Nutrition is the foundational building blocks to the structure and function of our bodies. Your brain is only about 2 percent of your body weight, yet it disproportionately uses 20-40 percent of the nutrients and energy you consume. Although your whole body requires nutrition, when you eat you are primarily feeding your BRAIN. Brain function is dependent on brain metabolism - your brain can only make vital neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin when it has the fuel and resources to do it.
Nourishing your brain isn't complicated, it starts with eating real whole food, closer to a traditional or Mediterranean diet rich in colorful vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, fish, wholegrains and beans. There are some foods which masquerade as "food" but which provide high density calories or sugar, and little or no nutrition. Most of these foods are highly processed, but often also more convenient and accessible. Some people also have allergies or intolerances to certain foods, or choose not to eat certain foods for other reasons. This can add additional challenges when trying to follow recommended dietary plans.
If you have ADHD, preparing nutritious meals can provide it's own unique challenges. ADHD impacts executive functioning, making it harder to plan your meals so you can shop accordingly, follow recipes, and cook your meals. It also makes it much harder to resist those easy processed options and takeaways.
I can help you understand your current food choices and take achievable action towards better nutrition to help you think and feel better. No judgement, just help.
*This information is sourced from "The Better Brain: How Nutrition Will Help You Overcome Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Stress". By Julia Rucklidge, PhD, and Bonnie Kaplan, PhD.
Nutrition researcher Dr. Julia Rucklidge, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Canterbury, NZ gives compelling evidence for the critical role of nutrition in mental health: "The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health" | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch
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