Research has linked the brain to gut health and other imbalances like moodiness, sleeplessness, difficulty learning, and even ADHD. And the foods your child eats play a major role in cognitive function.
Here are 3 problem foods to avoid that could impact learning and behavior in your child:
1. Food Additives: Research has confirmed that children are sensitive to preservatives and artificial food coloring. Additives may even trigger disorders like ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety, dyslexia, and autism.
2. Gluten: According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, up to 18 million adults and children in the US may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which can trigger a number of issues, including angry outbursts, mood swings, anxiety, and tics/stimming.
3. Sugar: Optimal brain function requires balanced blood sugar. Unfortunately, sugar can be found in countless convenience/fast foods and has been associated with a higher risk of ADHD, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, mood swings, and aggression.
Although this blog is dedicated to supporting my 12-year-old autistic son — and we pulled food preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, artificial sweeteners, gluten, casein, soy, and refined sugar five months ago — this isn’t just advice for those on the autistic spectrum. All of us can benefit by looking at our diets in today’s world.
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