Diet and ADHD

Food affects every area of our lives. Aside from just being fuel for our bodies, we use food to cheer us up (don’t deny it), treat ourselves (that Baskin Robbins sure looks good), celebrate (chocolate cake for the promotion!), and so much more. Food affects not just our weight, but our overall health, and this includes our emotions, functionality, and behavior. The following, according to various sites, is true for individuals with symptoms of ADHD.

From MSN Healthy Living:

The B vitamins have been linked to improved neural activity and are great at reducing stress, both useful for children with ADHD. Good food sources of the B vitamins are nutritional yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals and breads, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, leafy green vegetables and soy.

From WebMD:

Eat fewer simple carbohydrates, such as candy, corn syrup, honey, sugar, products made from white flour, white rice, and white potatoes.

From activebeat:

Omega 3 fatty acids have been known to significantly decrease ADHD symptoms in many children. Tuna is a phenomenal source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Using tuna to make things like wraps, sandwiches and pasta salads for kids’ lunches is a great way to try and help control their symptoms

Please note, EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT! Anything listed here may or may not work for your child and are only intended as general guidelines. You and your child know what does, and doesn’t work best.

Over the course of 12 weeks, NeuroFit professionals will work with children and teens that suffer from symptoms of ADHD in the Conquer Program. While children learn things like how to make friends, manage impulsivity, and how to deal with rejection, healthy eating at home and at school can only help the skills taught during the social skills and executive functioning sessions.

For information on the Conquer Program, visit us online at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or call us at 201-857-4768.

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Summer Lovin’! Getting your sweat on in the sweltering heat

With the warm season upon us, many of us like to get out from under the shelter of a nice cool gym and take our fitness routine to the streets. Be it the sidewalk, a quiet street, or a playground with an intricate jungle gym, the sunshine and fresh air beats any building with blaring club music any day. There are some things to remember though as the heat index rises over the next few months.

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  1. STAY HYDRATED!
  • This point seems to be pretty obvious. An article on WebMD reminds us that “our bodies are warmer than the environment. When that begins to change, our muscles regulate heat by releasing sweat, which allows the body to cool itself. But when the body is sweating, it’s losing fluid.”

2. EXERCISE DURING COOLER HOURS OF THE DAY

  • It is recommended to work out either early in the morning or early in the evening before a serious afternoon heat wave. Remember, nothing too strenuous either! If you do feel like giving yourself a challenge, go to the one place you can always depend on .. the gym!

3. DRESS ACCORDING TO THE WEATHER

  • Lighter clothes in hot weather! Always a given, try not to wear dark clothes during sun beaming days. Stick with skin breathable fabrics, cotton/polyester, anything loose-fitting, and comfortable.

4. PROTECT YOUR SKIN

  • Mom’s weren’t kidding when they stressed out, “Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen!” There is nothing fun about a sunburn, SPF 20 (or higher) is the way to go. It’s always better to feel your skin protected than to feel the burn (unless it’s the burn of your muscles from that work out). Aside from wearing sunscreen, there’s different ways to protect yourself. Such as wearing sunglasses, visors (they’re pretty fashionable nowadays, ya know) or just a regular ol’ school baseball cap!

And that sums it up on how to protect yourself from a heat wave that can cause dehydration, hallucinations, dizziness, and or a serious sunburn! Don’t be that victim. It’s the small things that count, like applying sunscreen before heading out or having that nice sip of fresh cold water to hydrate. Most important, if you feel depleted in any way, get yourself into a nice cool area ASAP! Dehydration is nothing to mess with! Enjoy your summer 🙂