Why Should I Bother Changing My Diet?

drugs_vs_dietOnce you have learned that you or your child has ADD/ADHD, you will need to research treatment alternatives.  Nearly all of us have heard of the various drugs used to treat your brain’s chemistry.  In fact, a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD has become a real trend in the past few years, possibly resulting in many erroneous diagnoses.  At any rate, if you truly believe that this is what you have, it’s time to get serious about learning to manage symptoms.  Now all of a sudden, you are hearing that diet may be a viable treatment option.  In fact, you have probably read that here if you have looked at our site!  So if you choose to refrain from medication, why should you bother changing your diet?

Food has the ability to fuel our bodies in many ways.  Likewise, it can “feed” your brain, too!  And just like some foods make us feel sluggish, or fat, or energized, our brains also react to the foods we eat.  Sugar, glutens, caffeine, the chemicals added to our foods, etc. – we could go on and on.  Studies have shown that cutting back or eliminating certain foods from our diets can actually minimize or at least help us control our ADD/ADHD symptoms!  Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?

It can be, but think about this.  One drug can have many different effects on many individuals.  Our chemistries are different from one another.  We react to things in various ways.  So it makes sense that anything that goes into our bodies can cause different feelings, reactions, and behaviors.

So why should you bother the option of changing your diet?  Well, for starters, it seems like a safer choice than medication, doesn’t it?  Actually in many ways, changing your diet is a much harder thing to accomplish and it can certainly take a while to get results.  Yet those who have opted to do this report feeling so much better that they can’t imagine returning to their old dietary ways!  Add to this regimen vitamins and other supplements proven to reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms, and you have a formula for treatment success!

Drugs or diet?  You will ultimately have to decide that for yourself and/or your child.  It just seems to make more sense that we use the most natural methods available rather than filling our bodies with drugs.  If you still aren’t sure, read through this site.  Ask questions, talk to others who have found themselves in your shoes, and get yourself familiar with everything that is avilable to you out there.  Only then should you make an informed decision about what you plan to do.