Nutrition is one of the most important topics that can be discussed for anyone and even more so for those with ADHD. As the foods we eat have a very serious effect upon ADHD symptoms which are sometimes coexisting with other health disorders that go unnoticed because of the overlapping causes and affects.
We can not always distinguish what our bodies need if they are already in an unhealthy cycle. We have to become fully self aware of symptoms that we may have always taken for grated as normal, and have now become complacent to them. Everyone with ADHD should do some research on the correlation between diet and ADHD - as a standard beginning to take control over their symptoms like never before.
For example, let me summarize breifly what happened to me a few weeks ago that has changed my life. And started a recovery process that i have needed my whole life. When i made my first post on this forum a few weeks ago i had been pushed into a position that inflamed all my ADHD conditions to unprecedented levels, completely crippling my ability to function as needed. Including new stress related anxiety and headaches.
This situation caused me to reach out to gain awareness here and in various google researches as i typed in all abnormalities i could identify from my behavior, mood, and habits. The result is that i found out that i have suffered my whole life with hypoglycemia. Which also amplified ADHD symptoms. Just to give a brief idea: from always waking up at 3am needing to eat, Sugar cravings, to:
* Irritability, light-headedness, dizziness, or brain fog if meals are missed
* Lack of appetite or nausea in the morning
* The need for caffeine for energy
* Eating to relieve fatigue
* Energy crashes in the afternoon
After reading some great PDFs, "hypoglycemia for dummies" being very complete, i now have changed my diet and my life is totally different. And even the "executive functioning" challenges of ADHD are becoming exceedingly more manageable. I could good through the whole list that we all know so well and talk of improvements, yet i will keep this short and emphasis two other points.
The way it seams Nutrition and other serious (often unnoticed) factors like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) have seriously compounded my life's problems from periods of extreme debilitating depression in my late teens to several current health challenges.
NOW! Its a whole new outlook with feet finally on level ground instead of fighting to get out through what always before felt like a step incline at its best moments, and quicksand at the bottom of a pit at others.
So even though this was an abstract summary i tried to give some key words to help each one in their own research, because knowledge and awareness empowers change and gives validation where needed.
So please do your self a favor and take your nutrition seriously because it affects your whole life, and many of the big corporate agendas are hurt by your awareness, so proper knowledge is often suppressed. So Everyone needs to understand that it is their responsibility to avoid the traps. I could give many examples over the last years how changes in nutrition had major changes in my life at very serious levels.
May we all find freedom in ADHD!