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ADHD disrupts families, classrooms, careers, and lives. One of the easiest ways of relieving the symptoms ADHD, however, is by making the diet free of food additives.

One of the Most Effective Ways of Treating Childhood ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that begins in childhood and often continues for the remainder of life. ADHD results in inability to focus on a single activity, inexplicable mood swings, temper tantrums or sudden anger, problems making choices and completing assignments, poor organization, and impulsiveness. It disrupts families, classrooms, careers, and lives. One of the easiest ways of relieving the symptoms ADHD, however, is by making the diet free of food additives.

The single most dangerous food additive for people with ADD and ADHD

Although over 3,000 food additives are associated with attention deficit disorder, the single most dangerous food additive is also the most common: sugar. To be sure, it isn't just children and adults who have attention deficit disorders who are negatively affected by sugar. Parents of otherwise normal children usually associate excessive consumption of sweets with aggressive and destructive behavior, and they usually try to limit in the everyday diet.

It is important to understand that occasional acting out after eating large amounts of sugar, whether by children or adults, may have more to do with the excitement of a special event than with  ADHD. If a child eats too much sugar on Halloween or Christmas, and then throws a tantrum, this does not mean that the child has a psychiatric disorder. It may just mean that the child had an exciting day. Even normal children become hyperactive on Christmas!
Long-term problems arise when parents of children and spouses and coworkers of adults come to expect them to behave abnormally after eating sugar, and the children and adults oblige by acting strangely. Some behaviors mislabeled as attention deficit disorder are really a relationship problem.

How to tell whether it's really sugar that is causing the problem. People with  ADHD whose symptoms are made worse by sugar don't just act up or act out on special occasions. They have an all-the-time appetite for sugar, which is really part of their body's attempts to cure their attention deficit disorder.

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