Do you know what food sensitivity is most frequently connected with ADHD? Gluten.
In fact, some researchers believe 70-80 percent of ADDers have a gluten sensitivity.
Gluten is a protein substance found in most grains, (wheat, barley, rye) and food processed from those grains, such as, cereals, breads, processed and packaged foods. These products play a big part a standard western diet.
Gluten sensitivity affects the frontal and pre-frontal lobe of the brain, which is where our executive functions are housed, (short term memory, planning, etc). We know that the executive functions are impaired when you have ADHD, so by cutting out gluten you can improve that functioning.
How do you find out if you are gluten sensitive? The best way is to cut out gluten for 30 to 60 days and see if you notice an improvement in how you feel and think. It is possible to ask your doctor to test you, but the tests are expensive and not very reliable (lots of false negatives). Also, the result can also be misleading. For example, the results might say your sensitivity is ‘mild’, but don’t let that trick you. What is mild on the medical spectrum is not mild for you and could mean a huge difference in how you function and operate.
Changing the way you eat does involve a bit of discipline, creativity as you will be overhauling a lifetime of food habits. However, researchers found that everyone who has a gluten sensitivity and gave up gluten noticed improvement with their ADHD symptoms. That is an astounding result! Researchers barely ever say everyone!
Your challenge this week is to give up gluten! It’s a big challenge I know, but worth it if you notice an improvement in your behaviour and how you function in the world.