At­ten­tion: Here’s how you can fight ADD

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Anjali Mukerjee, nu­tri­tion­ist

There is no lab test that can help de­tect at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der (ADD). Its di­ag­no­sis is based on the per­son’s clin­i­cal history of symp­toms and be­hav­iour.

There are many rea­sons that con­trib­ute to such be­havioural prob­lems. Fre­quent use of an­tibi­otics, nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies, poor di­ges­tion (con­sti­pa­tion or loose mo­tions), a diet com­pris­ing sugar, flour, fried food, choco­lates, soft drinks, etc., can cre­ate an im­bal­ance of es­sen­tial fatty acids, fur­ther dis­rupt­ing brain chem­istry. A de­fi­ciency of B-Vi­ta­mins, mag­ne­sium, chromium and other min­er­als also play a role.

How to fight ADD

Make sure you eat home­cooked food com­pris­ing freshly cooked veg­eta­bles, pulses, brown rice, fresh fruits, dry fruits and curd for at least three months. Any­one over the age of 10 should drink a glass of wa­ter for ev­ery two wak­ing hours. Start your day with a high­pro­tein break­fast to in­crease con­cen­tra­tion, re­duce rest­less­ness, and boost men­tal and phys­i­cal fit­ness. In­stead of start­ing the day with sug­ared ce­re­als and fat­laden snacks, try brain­boost­ing break­fast op­tions such as scram­bled egg whites, toast and fruits. Flaxseed and flax oil are the rich­est plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids vi­tal for healthy be­havioural and IQ de­vel­op­ment in chil­dren. 1-2tbsp of flaxseed (pow­der or oil) should be part of ev­ery ADD diet plan. In ad­di­tion to the pos­i­tive ef­fect on brain func­tion­ing, flax oil also works to pre­vent heart dis­ease and cer­tain types of can­cer. Do not give your child any­thing with ar­ti­fi­cial colours, flavours and preser­va­tives, as these have been shown to be re­lated to hy­per­ac­tive be­havioural and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties in chil­dren. To pre­vent ADD in their un­born chil­dren, preg­nant women should ob­tain high qual­ity pre­na­tal med­i­cal care, and avoid ex­po­sure to toxic sub­stances. Mind and body tech­niques such as reg­u­lar re­lax­ation through med­i­ta­tion and yoga are well-suited for chil­dren and ado­les­cents. Through these tech­niques, chil­dren are of­ten able to learn cop­ing skills that will stay with them for life. These treat­ments al­low chil­dren to gain a sense of con­trol, in­crease self es­teem and also de­crease stress lev­els. Sugar, in par­tic­u­lar, is known to make chil­dren hy­per­ac­tive. So avoid it. Chil­dren usu­ally don’t like eat­ing veg­eta­bles. So, you could give them raw veg­etable juices in­stead. Most kids are also happy to eat raw veg­eta­bles with ahome­made curd dip. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cis­ing may help chan­nel their energy in the right di­rec­tion.

Flaxseeds have a lot of pos­i­tive ef­fects on brain func­tion­ing

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