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Diet changes


Has anyone had any success with dietary changes to help ADHD symptoms?  I’m thinking of possibly trying to go gluten free or dairy free with my son to see if it helps with his impulsivity and moodiness.  Before I do, I’d like to hear any success stories since I’ve read very mixed things about it online.  My son has sever constipation and has been tested for celiac three times, but has always tested negative. I just wonder if there’s not some sort of sensitivity there that is also impacting his behavior.  Any thoughts?  Success stories or anything anyone can share?  Thanks!


Yes, diet is a huge piece of managing ADHD.  It does not solve the full issue but it does make it more managable.  We try to focus on protein, fruit and veggies and some complex carbs.  Simple carbs-white bread, other items with white flour and french fries definately impact behavior.  Simple carbs turn to sugar in our blood, that alone or with other sugar builds up in their system.  We don’t always see a change from one time, but over a couple of days it does show.  we then go back to a simple diet and see his system clean out over time.  books say it can take up to a month, usually it takes a week or two for us.

Posted by dubajm on Dec 26, 2013 at 8:36am

What book did you read?  Thanks for the info

Posted by Sporty on Dec 26, 2013 at 8:45am

Hi Sporty!

It is highly possible that he has a gluten intolerance that doesn’t show up as gluten sensitivity. My son had a major soiling issue for many years after potty training. We thought it was inattention after he was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 6. But it continued to be a problem, even at school. At the age of 9, we had an IgG test done due to the ADHD and he was found to be gluten intolerant. We immediately removed gluten and hoped for sweeping behavior improvements. Removing gluten had zero effect on his ADHD symptoms, HOWEVER, it stopped the soiling almost immediately. That was an unbelievably big relief!

At two years GF, we let him add back in gluten slowly and he tolerates it just fine now. I had been told that high heavy metals levels can make one gluten intolerant. Once we had successfully treated his high mercury and lead levels, gluten was no longer a problem.

Diet changes like this are very individualized and really only help a small percentage of those with ADHD. Allergies and ADHD are often sort of linked the way I interpret wheat I’ve read on the subject. Someone with ADHD could have allergies or intolerances that make the ADHD symptoms appear worse.

Changing the diet is definitely worth a try. You don’t know if it will be helpful to your child until you try it. It certainly does make a huge difference for some.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

p.s.—Dr. Stephen Bock has a book on curing the 4 A childhood ailments… ADHD, Autism, Asthma and Allergies. I don’t remember the exact title but you can find it by searching his name. It is a very informative read.

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 27, 2013 at 2:38am

Thank you!  Illq look for that book at the library tomorrow.

Posted by Sporty on Dec 27, 2013 at 9:04am

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