Dehydration and ADHD Symptoms

shutterstock 417028033Hydration research by the National Institute of Health says: “Water, or its lack, can influence cognition. Mild dehydration impacts important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory.”

In the past, health professionals have told us that we need eight 8-oz glasses of water per day. Ongoing research has stated that this is not based on concrete evidence, and there are too many variables that can affect your personal hydration. These variables range from body size, environment, amount of exercise, age, and diet. It’s better to go by two rules, drinking water when you are thirsty and monitoring the color of your urine. Well-hydrated urine should look pale yellow or colorless.

If you have ADHD, it may be even more important to ensure you are staying properly hydrated throughout the day to better support your attention and memory. ADHD...

ADHD - Friendship Destroyer?

Teacher IntervenesSocial skills and building relationships can be a challenge for children and adults with ADHD.  Issues with social skills usually stem from the inability to pay attention to social cues that others take for granted. They also are challenged with impulsivity that leads to a multitude of difficulties, from hurting someone’s feelings unintentionally to acting out in a physical manner.  These challenges can cause turmoil in the school, home, and workplace.

ADDitude magazine has a great article that discusses how the lack of executive function can have a negative impact on social skills.

 How ADHD’s Executive Dysfunctions Impact Behavior

" Certainly there are times when a child seems stubborn or selfish, but neuroscience suggests that it is a lack of skills, specifically the brain-based “executive function” skills, that hold him back — not willfulness or...

Omega-3s may improve symptoms of ADHD plus a fun recipe

A recent studySalmon 518032 1280 shows that children and adolescents with ADHD have lower levels of DHA, EPA, and PUFAs. Giving youths a daily supplement for omega-3s improved symptoms of ADHD by increasing attention, decreasing hyperactivity, and improving cognitive function. In addition to eating more foods with omega-3s, they recommend giving your child or teen a daily supplement of 1,000 milligrams a day.

Salmon is one of the best sources for omega-3 and here is a recipe that is healthy, flavorful, and easy to throw together. It also includes eggs that are high in omega-3s and superfoods including garlic, sesame seeds, and ginger. If you want to add even more Omega-3s, add a side of wild rice, brussels sprouts, kale, or broccoli.

Sesame Salmon Burgers: https://elanaspantry.com/sesame-salmon-burgers/

Study link: https://www.nature.com/articles/npp2017160?foxtrotcallback=true

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9e3b49de 0b71 4171 8ec9 De43260b2b13 "Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, control our impulses, and focus attention. Weak executive function is closely related to ADHD.

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Children with ADHD and autism are more likely to develop anxiety

Child 696171 640If you have a child that has been diagnosed with either attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may have noticed that he/she seems to also have difficulty with anxiety.  This is very common.
 
However, a recent study has shown that if your child is diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD he/sh is even more likely to develop mood disorders and anxiety.
 
This study, performed by researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is the largest of it's kind.
 
These researchers, "used the data from a cross-sectional survey of children aged between six to seventeen years old with ASD. The study included 3,319 children, 1,503 of which had ADHD and were monitored by the Interactive Autism Network between 2006 and 2013.
 

The risk of those with both ADHD and ASD developing anxiety was more than twofold (2.2 times)...

How to motivate your ADHD child to exercise

Boy On Mom Back Piggyback Both SmilingWe are constantly being told how much daily exercise will improve symptoms of ADHD. One study showed that as a little at 30 minutes of daily exercise will improve your child’s focus, mood, and cognitive functioning. Now the question is, how to get them moving? Finding an activity your child enjoys is key to consistent exercise. If they are pushed in the wrong direction it could turn them off exercise completely. Here are some helpful ideas I found at http://www.chop.edu:

Make a list of their interests. If everything they say includes screen time, ask them what they would do if the had no electronics available. Even if you’re just walking around the mall, it’s a good start to getting them up and moving. Get creative with sedentary activities. 

Watch videos: Have them sit on a stability ball, use a standing desk, or setup a stationary bike. 
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