The Ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Most ADHD diets tell you to increase healthy fats and protein and reduce refined carbohydrates which can regulate blood sugar. This can also reduce mood swings and improve attention. ADDitudemag.com recently published an article reviewing whether the Keto diet should be considered for ADHD.
According to ADDitudemag.com, the Keto diet has been used to reduce epileptic seizures in children since the 1920s. Scientists suggest that the diet changes certain gut bacteria that affects neurotransmitters in the brain. John Hopkins University published a study which states the children who maintained the Ketogenic diet to reduce seizures also had improved attention and social functioning.
While there is no solid research on whether a Ketogenic diet will reduce ADHD symptoms, there are certain factors that indicate it is a possibility. However, there are some downsides. When you initially start the diet, you can experience fatigue, headaches, irritability, and trouble sleeping. You should work with an experienced dietician and gradually wean yourself into the restricted diet. You also need to consult your physician and consider whether ADHD symptoms are severe enough to warrant such an extreme diet change. The long-term effects are not fully understood and there is not enough evidence regarding the results for physicians to recommend the diet for non-epileptic individuals.
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Changing your diet may help improve attention and behavior, however, diet change is rarely the complete solution. If you want to develop skills and change behaviors in order to reach your full potential, you will also need to practice cognitive skills in order to strengthen Executive Function. Play Attention’s integration of cognitive training and feedback technology teaches the skills you need to be successful at school and in the workplace. Our attention is focused on your future.