In homes, schools, medical clinics and even insurance agencies, people talk about psychological health and well being and the great numbers of adults and children with attention deficit, hyperactivity, anxiety or depression. How health insurance plans or medical offices will deal with a person’s situation depends upon each case and coverage. Costs for dealing with these conditions can be quite high.
Millions of children in the U.S. are medicated for ADHD alone, according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Over a million preschool children in the U.S. are said to be depressed. North Carolina has more parents who report their children as having ADHD than any other state. Yet parents and children everywhere are happiest when both parents and children feel great without requiring prescription medication for mood, impulses, behavior and so on!
The vast subject of ADHD, depression and anxiety and their counterpart (a positive sense of well being) aren’t that well understood. Our diet is a big part of our environment and the diet greatly impacts how we feel.
Google search “ADD+diet” and we find over 128 million pages results! Googling “depression+diet” brings over 17 million page results. While such isn’t solid research, it would be a bit silly to think that diet and chemistry do not affect our minds and our sense of well-being. Attention to diet can often identify various causes of imbalances so we can rectify the imbalances make needed changes serious medical conditions develop. Parents report amazing results for both themselves AND for kids when they remove dietary items proven to create difficulties.
A most helpful method to finding answers is the do-it-yourself Rotation Diet. This method of rotating foods and observing changes was developed by obesity expert, Martin Katahn, PhD.
Since it’s a highly individual matter, people can observe their reactions to items with the rotation diet and learn exactly what foods subtly (or not so subtlety) disagree with them. Depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, sluggishness, digestive upsets, headache or migraine, feeling “scattered” and unfocused, etc., are sometimes only a result of a few key food choices that don’t support one’s chemistry.
It’s common for people to put up with feeling poorly over many years, to later learn that discomfort, headache, aches and pains, arthritis and mood issues were food sensitivity related. (Allergy tests don’t typically reveal such sensitivities, which are different from allergy.)
There are a few essentials that every human needs. In addition to supporting our physical wellness, these nutrients also support our moods, behavior and general feeling of wellness:
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — A guaranteed-pure fish oil benefits the brain and nervous system and virtually every other system in the body. In research studies, fish oil has often proved to be beneficial to those with depression. Not only are EFAs good for feelings of well-being, they are needed for correct adrenal and thyroid function, the development and function of the brain, healthy hormonal activity, breaking down fats and many other things! EFAs are in fish, especially the skin of the fish, as well as nuts, flax, green and leafy vegetables.
Adequate magnesium is a must. 80% of Americans are said to have a magnesium deficiency. Signs include anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, confusion, fidgeting, difficulty sleeping, learning difficulty, constipation and even dangerous heart rhythm problems. Magnesium is found in beans, nuts and other vegetables.
Zinc is a common nutritional deficiency among children who are hyperactive. A person with zinc deficiency has trouble thinking, and is prone to being anxious. Zinc is found in meats and grains.
B vitamins give people lots of energy and a good feeling of vitality. Bs are found in meats, milk, whole-grain cereals, eggs, fish, yogurt, nuts, fruits and many other foods.
Vitamin E is a calming vitamin. Without enough of it, we have poor nerve conduction in the brain, among other problems. Almonds, olive oil, wheat germ oil and many other foods have vitamin E.
Vitamin D deficiency if rampant! It causes depression. D comes from the sun. D is a powerful immune system supporter and is needed for strong bones. Many adults and children are highly deficient in D, which also offers protection against many cancers, viruses and infections. D3 is said to be the health promoting and non-synthetic form of the vitamin which is added to milk and other products.
How we eat can indeed be our “medicine” and help us to feel at our best.
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