Today, there are a growing number of alternatives to medication for ADHD management, including behavioral interventions and vitamins.
New research suggests that food sensitivities could be making children’s ADHD symptoms worse. As a result, food allergy testing and elimination diets have been suggested as a way to manage ADHD.
Food Sensitivities and ADHD
Although behavioral symptoms are not often linked to food sensitivities, in fact this is one of the lesser-known symptoms of an allergic reaction to food.
Last year, a study was conducted to gauge the effect of diet on ADHD symptoms. The research involved 100 children with ADHD. Fifty of them were placed on a restrictive diet, while the other 50 ate a normal diet.
At the end of five weeks, 64 percent of the children whose diets were restricted to cut out major allergens had significant improvements in their ADHD symptoms, while no members of the control group saw similar improvements.
Other studies conducted since the 1980s have shown similar possibilities. Eliminating certain foods from the diet may help some children with ADHD.
As a result of this research, some doctors have begun recommending elimination diets for ADHD patients. An elimination diet involves the avoidance of a certain food type in order to see if there is an improvement in symptoms.