Add a Little Oomph to Symptom Management

Madison Elizabeth Baylis

Add a Little Oomph to Symptom Management

As you work with your doctor, you can give a little boost to traditional approaches to symptom management by avoiding certain foods. Scientists may not have a cure yet, but they have found some interesting connections between ADHD behaviors and certain foods. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important and by avoiding certain foods, you may notice a decrease in ADHD symptoms.

Chemical Culprits

Some researchers have found that there may be a link between food dyes and hyperactivity. They continue to study this connection, but in the meantime, check ingredient lists for artificial coloring. The FDA requires these chemicals to be listed on food packages:

  • FD&C Blue No. 1 and No. 2
  • FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) and No. 6
  • FD&C Green No. 3
  • Orange B
  • Citrus Red No. 2
  • FD&C Red No. 3 and No. 40 (allura)

Other dyes may or…

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