In the last 20 years, the rate of ADHD diagnosis has jumped nearly 500%, with an estimated 40% misdiagnosis rate*. Due to the lack of conclusive diagnostic brain scans, blood tests, or educational tools, ADHD diagnosis is heavily subjective, based on the opinions of parents, teachers, and physicians. Numerous environmental factors, such as nutritional adequacy or physical activity habits, are frequently forgotten when determining a diagnosis and considering a well-rounded treatment plan. More than 50 conditions exist that closely mimic the symptoms commonly seen in ADHD. More than 10 of these are caused by or effected by diet.
* Source - University of Notre Dame Report, 08/2010
The Food Factor:
Diet plays an essential role in optimizing learning; a poor diet may contribute to inattentiveness and restlessness and may magnify
other underlying causes of impaired learning. Supplementing the diet with the right foods at the right time of the day may help overcome the
energy surges associated with hyperactivity and the energy lulls that may be identified as inattentiveness.
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