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ADHD And Gluten: Is There A Connection? A Look At The Evidence

Found this interesting: There is a growing amount of research regarding ADHD and gluten in an attempt to identify factors, dietary and otherwise, that may contribute to ADHD symptoms.

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Wheat flour, GABA pathways, Glutamate,  high sensitivity to MSG…

All have a Gluten link.  You relay something that should be taken note of.  Lots of disparate information out there that needs to be tied together.

I am in the process of substituting as much rice flour as I can and am (trying) to eliminate wheat from my diet.  Damn near impossible in this culture

Posted by LakeLife on Apr 25, 2014 at 8:48am

I have empirical evidence in my house that gluten AND sugar exacerbates ADHD symptoms in a husband and a daughter both with ADHD who become more symptomatic when they eat more of the white stuff.  Ironically, I am the only one on the gluten free diet.  I get foggy brain when I fall off the wagon.  I can only imagine what it does to their sensitive brains!

Problem with food is that we are all so different in how we process and what effects us, so gross generalizations cannot be made.  But I hope that some day genetic research will be able to hone in to what each of us should and should not be eating.

Posted by YellaRyan on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:11am

Hi I’m new here. Ive been researching going gluten free for my 8 year old son. Seems like gluten is in EVERYTHING. Has anyone cut down on the amounts given to your children? Or is it better to just go for a zero diet of it?

Posted by 4given83 on May 02, 2014 at 4:23am

Hi 4given83!

Our integrative doctor says gluten is an all or nothing proposition. Gluten stays in the body so long, eating any gluten means there’s always gluten in your system. She told me it takes 4 months after the last ingestion of gluten to be completely free of it. So, if you decide to trial that diet, be sure to give it at least 6 months before judging its efficacy.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on May 02, 2014 at 5:53pm

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