in ADHD: improvement with oligoantigenic diet | NDR.de – Guide

Status: 06/10/2022 17:20

Certain foods can make ADHD worse. Which ones to avoid vary from person to person. An oligoantigenic diet and food diary can help improve ADHD symptoms.

Basically, ADHD cannot be cured by changing your diet. However, symptoms may improve, so less medication will be needed.

Therapy for ADHD must be individually tailored to the affected individual. This also applies to nutrition. In the long run, those affected should always avoid only those foods to which they are intolerant or that aggravate ADHD symptoms. The reason: if you permanently avoid eating too much, you no longer provide your body with all the necessary nutrients, there is a risk of malnutrition. This is especially true for those affected who take ADHD medications, which often have an appetite-reducing effect. You are at risk of losing weight and possibly being underweight.

Oligoantigenic diet may improve ADHD symptoms

The nutritional approach to ADHD is the so-called oligoantigenic diet. Oligoantigen refers to certain substances in food that often cause intolerance; these substances should be avoided.

Dietary change in ADHD in two phases

Because it is individually different which substances aggravate symptoms, dietary change in ADHD is divided into two phases:

  1. During a four-week period (omission phase), all potentially problematic foods are completely excluded: cow’s milk and derivatives, eggs, fish, soy, nuts, cereals with gluten and any type of additive. This means, for example, colorants or sweeteners, as they are often found in processed meat and sausage products, ready meals and fast food. Only foods with low allergenic potential are allowed: that is, most types of vegetables and fruits, gluten-free cereals and potatoes, milk substitutes and white meats, in the most natural way possible.
  2. Eggs, fish, etc. are then added. to the diet, one at a time, two weeks apart, and the body’s reactions are carefully observed. You keep a food diary.

With ADHD, attention to a regular, varied and low-sugar diet

Well-tolerated foods can be regularly back on the menu. Attention: Intolerances can disappear over the course of life or new ones can appear!

In principle, that is, permanently, ADHD should definitely be reduced in highly processed foods with additives and excessively sugary foods. As regular a meal structure as possible with three main meals and, depending on needs (especially young children and those who are underweight), two snacks between meals also ensures a better balance.

Eat healthy with ADHD

Lack of appetite, as well as irregular and one-sided meals can lead to long-term susceptibility to infections, and the omega index can also deteriorate, that is, the supply of omega-3 fatty acids. According to nutritionist Matthias Riedl, these are particularly important for the psyche and our behavior. Furthermore, these fatty acids serve as cellular building blocks for general regeneration. If you are not allowed or do not like to eat fish, you will find it mainly in algae oil.

Anti-inflammatory antioxidants are found in vegetables and fruits (note compatibility). Sweets should rarely be on the menu because sugar provides a lot of energy and can have an inflammatory effect in large amounts.

What to eat with ADHD in release phase? groceries and recipes

Eating with ADHD: Here you will find suitable recipes and food lists (also for download) for the four-week breakout phase.

More information

Two chicken meatballs on mashed potatoes and parsnips.  © NDR Photo: Claudia Timmann

A selection of beneficial recipes for people with ADHD. plus

  • Commonly Tolerated: gluten-free bread/rolls; gluten-free oatmeal or sugar-free muesli; pseudocereals (amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat); gluten-free pasta (eg, bean-based, buckwheat), brown rice, wild rice, potatoes
  • Often not tolerated: bread and cereal products containing gluten; bread or muesli with added sugar; peanut butter, Nutella; durum wheat pasta; soy products such as tofu; Fast food, prepared meals (many additives)

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