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Diet ideas for Hyperactive Children

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The diet of hyperactive children plays an important role in their lives. Their diet can increase or decrease their hyperactive behavior. This is why parents are now looking for helpful diet ideas for hyperactive children and given that there are close to 6 million American children suffering from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.


According to the Wikipedia, “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder. It is primarily characterized by "the co-existence of attention problems and hyperactivity, with each behavior occurring infrequently alone and symptoms starting before seven years of age.” Basically the child tends to get hyperactive, have problem focusing on things and often suffer inexplicable mood swings.


Though there are medicines like Ritalin that the parents can use, most parents nowadays believe that giving the right food and abstaining from others can actually help reduce the symptoms of hyperactivity in children. Here are a few diet ideas and tips you should take into consideration when deciding ehat to feed your hyperactive child.


What a diet for hyperactive children shouldn’t have


Mineral Rich Food


Food like dairy products, sardines and salmon that are rich in calcium; Brown rice, avocado and okra  that are rich in magnesium and dark green leafy vegetable should be included in your child’s diet one way or another. This is because minerals like calcium and magnesium have a very calming effect which at the end of the day is what you want for your child. Spinach Quiche, Avocado Salad, or Okra fry are all dishes you can serve. A deficiency of minerals like zinc B, vitamins and iron can also result in hyperactivity.


Vitamin Rich Food


Good functioning of the brain and gland is highly detrimental in lowering stress. This can be ensured by incorporating B vitamins into your child diet. For the same purpose you can include whole grains, wheat germ, rice, meats, poultry, eggs and milk in the child’s diet. Also include vitamin C in your diet by adding citrus fruits, green peppers and tomatoes to the diet as this particular vitamin acts as an effective stress reliever. A Fruit Salad, Meat Balls with Spaghetti, Baked Chicken etc. are all tempting dishes for a kid!


Proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids


An adequate amount of protein in the diet helps in the smooth functioning of the brain and maintaining blood sugar level. You can also ensure that you supplement the diet with omega-3 fatty acids as it also helps in increasing brain functioning, stabilizing ones mood and improving hand to eye coordination in children. You can make a protein shake for your kid for breakfast in the form of a cold coffee that has flavored protein powder in it. To include omega 3 fatty acids, you can turn to sea food or flax seed and flax oil. Just mix a spoonful of flax oil into your daily food or salad dressings.


What a diet for hyperactive children shouldn’t have


Avoid Food Allergens your child is sensitive to.


If your child has food allergies then you need to ensure that you avoid them in their diet as mild allergic symptoms like itching, rash and breathing problems tend to come up along with symptoms of hyperactivity. Your best option would be to conduct an allergy test and stay away from foods that the child is allergic too.




Sugar as you guessed, make children more hyperactive, but more than the amount it is the type of sugar in the food that matters. Food that contains corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose or even concentrated fruit juice just has to be avoided. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose should also be avoided.




Salicylates which are salts made from salicylic acid worsens hyperactivity symptoms.  Ensure that you stick to only two to three servings of food that contain salicylates and keep in mind that even healthy food can have this salt.


Artificial Colors, Flavorings and Preservatives


Artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives has to be banned from a hyperactive child’s diet. They have a negative effect on hyperactivity. This is why you should stick to natural unprocessed food as against convenience food! Because of the same reason aerated drinks also have to be removed from the diet as apart from artificial color, flavoring they also include phosphate additives which aggravates hyperactive symptoms in a child!!


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Diet Ideas For Hyperactive Children