According to the study, one in ten school-age children in the US has received an ADHD diagnosis, reports The Telegraph.
That’s a shocking number.
But what’s even more shocking is the fact that two-thirds of these children receive prescriptions for stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall to treat their symptoms. All of which have been linked to addiction and psychosis in patients.
And no parent wants to do that to their child.
Luckily, says Dr Wright, the health practitioner behind the widely acclaimed Nutrition and Healing newsletter, there are several natural alternatives.
And it starts with a thorough allergy and sensitivity screening.
ADHD diagnosis? Get your child tested for food allergies right away…
“Every ADHD diagnosed child I’ve ever worked with has had significant allergies to foods (sometimes even healthy foods, although dairy products tend to be some of the primary culprits),” explains Dr Wright.
A Dutch study published in 2011 found that in kids “putting them on a restrictive diet to eliminate possible, previously unknown food allergies or sensitivities decreased hyperactivity for 64%,” reports abcnews.com.
And it makes sense when you think about it. After all, over 48 foods have been identified as possible triggers for ADHD symptoms, The most common of which are milk, corn, wheat, soy and eggs.
But be warned: Since every person who suffers from “ADHD has different brain chemistry, different genes and different food sensitivities, each will have to try different combinations of dietary restrictions, behavioural interventions and medications until he finds something that works in his specific situation,” advises Discovery Health.
So if your child’s been diagnosed with ADHD, speak to your doctor about getting him tested for food allergies before putting him on Ritalin. It may take longer to get your child’s symptoms under control, but it’ll be worth it in the end.