If you are the parent of a hyperactive child, chances are you are constantly seeking information on how to improve your child’s quality of life. It is not only important for your child on a behavioral level, but it is also important for your child’s learning and development. One area that is often overlooked, despite mounting research, is diet. Nutritional imbalances and food sensitivity both play major roles in hyperactivity and children tend to respond favorably to simple nutritional adjustments.
Addressing dietary imbalances is the cornerstone of the nutritional protocol. Deficiencies and excesses in diet can both play a role in childhood behavior. Ensuring optimal intakes vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids is a crucial step. Further, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels by eliminating spikes and valleys is key to addressing hyperactivity.
Identifying food allergies and sensitivities is also very important. Allergies and sensitivities can contribute to a range of symptoms including inattentiveness, mood imbalances and hyperactivity. As many sensitivities may not appear in a standard allergy test, fine-tuning the diet may seem to be a daunting task. However, many foods and food additives, such as artificial colors and flavors, have shown to be common culprits. A supervised elimination diet is generally the best way to identify trigger foods. Further reducing or eliminating refined sugars, processed foods and food additives is also recommended.
Addressing these areas of concern can contribute to your child’s overall health and well-being and improve symptoms of hyperactivity. A well-nourished child is a child who is ready to grow, learn, achieve and excel.
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