On this episode of the Soaring Child Podcast, we continue our journey in omitting the top 5 worst foods for kids with ADHD: gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. I dive deep into studies as well as personal cases that prove my point that these foods are not the types of foods we should be feeding our children, our guests, and ourselves.

 

It’s hard to give up the foods we’ve grown up eating like milk, bread, cake, cookies, all that good comfort food we know and love. But studies have concluded that these foods are heavily processed, contain gluten that may cause opioid-like effects on the body, cause extreme amounts of inflammation, disturb our digestive system, and much much more.

 

Tune in to one of the most important talks people should listen to if they have a child with ADHD, or even have ADHD themselves and want to do something about it. The fact that the US allows ingredients in certain foods that are banned in countries throughout Europe and other parts of the world should certainly be an alarm to people who regularly consume gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and anything artificial.

Takeaways:

[7:10] Gluten can cause opioid-like effects on the body

[10:20] The glutamate effect

[12:03] List of foods with high gluten level

[13:33] Reasons to cut out dairy from child’s diet

[16:28] Reasons to cut out soy from child’s diet

[18:52] Heavy dangers of sugar

[26:06] Reasons to cut artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from child’s diet

Memorable Quotes:

  • “It’s baffling to me that the United States continues to allow ingredients into their food supply that are not even food. It’s no wonder that we have so many staggering health issues.”
  •   “Inflammation isn’t the only issue with gluten, though. Gluten also has the potential to create opioid-like effects in some individuals.”
  •  “When we removed gluten from my son’s diet, he became a completely different person. Calm, focused, able to sit still. One of the moms I work with said the same thing about her son.”
  •  “One thing to keep in mind when removing gluten is that some people go through a gluteomorphin response; think of this like a detox period. During this period, their ADHD symptoms might actually get worse for a short period of time before they get better.”
  • “Dairy, like gluten, also creates inflammatory responses in the body… about 50% of those who have a gluten sensitivity also have a dairy sensitivity.”
  • “Some researchers suggest that 3 out of every 4 people have an unknown sensitivity to dairy.”
  •  “Dairy intolerance creates digestive problems, allergies, acne, asthma, and a whole host of other issues.”
  • ​​“Simple carbs should be avoided or seriously limited. Now, complex carbs on the other hand, come from vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Complex carbs help sustain healthy blood sugar levels.”
  • “Companies may not listen to our voices, but they will listen to our money. If enough of us refuse to buy products that contain artificial food coloring, they would be forced to make a change.”

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