Do not begin any diet or dietary supplement without checking with your doctor first. Please do not consider any of the following medical advice.
Diet & Mental Health:
- The Glucose Revolution by Jennie Brand-Miller and Kaye Foster-Powell.
- The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, Ph.D. or www.DietCure.com
- The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, Ph.D. or www.DietCure.com
- Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight at bookstores or at 1.800.291.1128, code 212
- Children with Starving Brains by Jaquelyn McCandless, MD.
- Special Needs for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. (dietary interventions for autistic spectrum and others)
- The Zone Diet by Barry Sears, Ph.D.
- Body for Life by Bill Phillips
- Mayo Clinic/Williams-Sonoma Cookbook
Antioxidants are important for brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids may be particularly helpful for this condition. Alternatively, Omega-brite.com and Sears-lab.com have products with a good EPA/DHA ratio, and screened for contaminants such as PCBs and Mercury). 2-3g daily may be sufficient. Coromega, which contains 2.5g of omega-3, in a pleasant-tasting orange-flavored pudding can be obtained from www.Coromega.com or 1-877275-3725. Puritan Pride at www.PuritanPride.com has some reasonably priced Fish Oil products. We also recommend Vitamin C 250-1000 mg twice to three times daily, Vitamin E 200 IU twice daily and Vitamin B Complex once daily. A half to one aspirin or ibuprofen 200 mg daily with food is also beneficial sometimes.
There are several important dietary strategies that are often helpful for people with learning, emotional or behavioral problems. Avoid much caffeine and nicotine – they may make your condition worse in the long run and decrease the effectiveness of the medication. Avoid large quantities of simple sugars.
- A higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet is often helpful for people with concentration, energy and focus problems.
- A balance between carbohydrates and protein is better for people with overfocused symptoms.
- Trial of dairy-free (casein free) diet for a week.
- Trial of gluten free (wheat, oats, barley, rye) diet for a week.
Intense aerobic exercise is often very helpful to improve mood and concentration. I recommend an exercise program of at least 30 minutes a day 5 times a week. In order for the exercise to be aerobic one must have a sustained increased heart rate.