Nutrition and Attention Deficit Disorder

Nutrition and Attention Deficit Disorder
"Your body is a chemical processing plant," is one of the things that I used to tell my students, when I taught science. They never really thought of it that way, and many adults don't either. Chemical processing isn't the sum-total of what your body does, but it is a large part of it. What raw materials you put into the body's process helps to determine the quality of what you get out. This affects not just the physical body, but also a person's mental state. When Attention Deficit Disorder is part of the equation, clean nutrition matters a great deal.

According to an article on toxic chemicals that was published in Science Daily, " Miscarriage and still birth, impaired fetal growth, congenital malformations, impaired or reduced neurodevelopment and cognitive function, and an increase in cancer, attention problems, ADHD behaviors and hyperactivity are among the list of poor health outcomes linked to chemicals such as pesticides, air pollutants, plastics, solvents and more, according to the FIGO opinion." This means that you need to limit your chemical exposure in what you put into your body. Eat organic foods whenever possible. Cook fewer processed foods. This will help decrease the numbers of undesirable chemicals that you and your family consume. These chemicals include plant residues, preservatives, and artificial food coloring. Even Kraft foods is starting to come on board with this. In 2015 the people at Kraft decided to eliminate artificial food colorings from its beloved blue box of macaroni and cheese. They substituted natural colors, so that they could keep that signature bright orange color. For some people who are sensitive to artificial food coloring and love their Kraft Mac and Cheese, this could make a positive difference in their lives.

During the next year, some of the focus of this column will be nutrition. I'll provide information about nutrition in relationship to helping your body and mind do its best work. This includes limiting the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, partially through effective nutrition.

One of the activities that I enjoy doing for fun is developing recipes. When I create a good one that provides sound nutrition, I'll post it for you. If you need a recipe using specific ingredients, either e-mail me by clicking on my name in the Attention Deficit Disorder Site home page, or you can leave a message in the Attention Deficit Disorder Forum. Who knows? I might be able to create a recipe just for you! Also, if you have original nutritious recipes that you want to share, the forum is the place to do it. Due to copyright laws, we cannot have posts of recipes that third parties have developed.

I look forward to sharing information about nutrition and Attention Deficit Disorder with you. We can have a dialogue. You can also share with me and the readers of this column. Would you post your thoughts in the Attention Deficit Disorder Forum at BellaOnline? Now, your turn!


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). (2015, October 1). Exposure to toxic chemicals threatening human reproduction and health. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 6, 2017 from Scientific American Article on Artificial Food Colorings and ADD

University of Southampton. (2007, September 10). Food Additives Linked To Hyperactivity In Children, Study Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 6, 2017 from NIH Article on Artificial Food Colorings

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