The Hyperactive Child

The Hyperactive Child

As a parent there is an abundance of strategies available to assist with hyperactivity in children. There is strong evidence that diet can influence behaviour. Start by removing the additives; artificial colours, natural colour 160b (annatto), preservatives, synthetic antioxidants, artificial flavours and the flavour enhancers. This may include glutamates and hydrolysed vegetable protein.

In sensitive children, some natural chemical substances found in food can also trigger hyperactivity. Possible culprits include salicylates, high in many fruits, amines high in deli meats, tomatoes, chocolate and cheeses. Plus a natural form of monosodium glutamate (MSG), high in tomatoes, strong cheeses and yeast extracts. It can be challenging to identify these and professional assistance is recommended.

Reduce sugar. A breakfast that is low in sugar and additives such as porridge is a great start for the day. 

Hyperactivity combined with poor attention span may also indicate inadequate levels of magnesium, zinc, iron or essential fatty acids.

Equally important is less time in front of the computer and TV. Children thrive on fresh air, movement, time in nature and with loved ones.

Written by Natalie Elliott
Published 23/07/2011

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