Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables support maximum function of the ADHD brain. Our ADHD brains include the potential for both negative symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, and positive benefits like big picture creative problem solving and hyper-focus.
Health experts recommend between 5 and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Fruits and vegetables have multiple purposes for our brains. Some provide antioxidants which help with a clean running brain. Some have high levels of valuable nutrients that the brain needs to operate properly. Some have good fats that also help keep the brain in top shape.
Fruits like blueberries, acai berries, and pomegranates provide electrolytes, trace minerals, amino acids, and even small amounts of essential fatty acids. All of these can help with having a properly nourished and balanced brain chemistry and activity.
Berries are also anti-inflammatory. Inflammation due to exposure to things our bodies find toxic whether by food allergy or environmental toxin is being studied as a possible cause of anxiety, depression and other brain disorders. A couple small handfuls each day can contribute a great deal over time to your mental and physical well-being.
Bananas are a great source of potassium which is an electrolyte required for proper memory function.
Broccoli and Kale are cruciferous vegetables which offer bold nutritional value. They provide an antioxidant value similar to the berries listed above. They also provide calcium and iron which contribute to a well-functioning body and mind. Broccoli or kale can be eaten cooked or raw. Kale tends to tenderize significantly when cooked. Baby kale is tender and great in salads.
Leafy greens like spinach, arugula, chard, and romaine and butter lettuce deliver high levels of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for a properly functioning brain.
All of the above fruits and vegetables provide high-quality fiber that can contribute to a fully functioning digestive system. Many experts believe that there is a strong relationship between digestive system cleanliness and functioning and positive mental health. You may enjoy this article about the "brain-gut connection" from Dr. Kelly Brogam MD.
When choosing fruits and vegetables it is important to purchase organic and locally grown whenever possible.