Children and Mental Health Part 2

children-jumpYesterday we talked about depression and ADHD in children and over medicating them for what many believe is just normal behavior. Today and tomorrow, I will be sharing with you some alternative approaches to work with our children’s mental health.

Did you know that the vast majority of medical doctors consider ADHD to be of unknown causes? What we do know is that the elimination of food additives and refined sugar produces dramatic improvements not just for children with ADHD but for children who show signs of depression.

One thing I have noticed when I work with children with ADHD or depression and anxiety is their diet. I ask the parents to keep a food diary for their kids for two weeks. Some parents are honest some are not.

After reading all the food diaries I began to look at how we send our children to school. Let’s say we give them a nice bowl of Frosted Mini Wheat’s which have 10 sugars and a whopping 41 grams of cards which turns to sugar. Now add milk, non-fat or low fat milk is pact with sugar on the average 12-15 grams. Now let me tell you that 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. Now 3.75 grams of carbs equal 1 gram of sugar. So a small bowl of frosted mini Wheats with a cup of milk equals about 14 teaspoon of sugar.

Feeding our children fresh fruits and a good protein source offers good brain health. Carbohydrate loaded breakfasts of frozen waffles, pancakes, pastry rolls and cold cereal do nothing to feed the brain. Instead, eat an omelet with low-fat cheese and a lean meat to activate neurotransmitters in the brain. If you are in a time crunch, have them drink a protein shake for breakfast.

Foods That Are Good For You

· Vegetables (except corn, potatoes and squash).

· Beans and peas

· Fruit

· Nuts and seeds

· Fish oils, Flaxseed oil, Olive oil, Primrose oil

· Leans meats

· Eggs

· Low-fat cheeses

· Protein powder

Foods To Avoid or Decrease

· Breads and pasta from processed white flour

· White rice white potatoes

· Desserts, ice cream, candy, chocolate, cookies, doughnuts

· Powdered or refined sugar

· Soda, sports drinks, tea, coffee and alcohol

· Fast foods, burgers, pizza, hotdogs, milkshakes

· Processed foods-Hotdogs, lunchmeat

· Junk food, chips, soda

· Fruit juices

· Artificial colors flavors and preservatives

· Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, sucralose).

Folate is one of the B vitamins and helps aid in depression. Foods high in folates include: orange juice, strawberries, citrus fruits and juices, leafy green vegetables, whole grain breads, and pinto, navy and kidney beans. Foods rich in protein are rich in an amino acid called tyrosine. Tyrosine may help boost levels of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine, which can help treat depression as well as ADHD. Foods include turkey, tuna, salmon or chicken beans and peas, lean beef, low-fat cheese, almonds, milk, poultry, soy products, yogurt.

BOTTOM LINE BALNCED DIET MEANS LESS DEPRESSION

This is Dr. Tyler Woods saying walk in peace….

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