There is a direct link between learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD to a child’s diet. A diet that is high in sugar, especially refined sugars, is the major culprit as this impairs glucose metabolism correlating with hyperactivity, concentration and memory issues, and lethargy. Feed your child whole foods as described in this section, and make sure he/she eats often if that is what is showing to be beneficial at the time. However, most kids need to eat often if they’re eating more carbohydrates that what they should be eating, so their blood sugar levels are constantly rising and falling. You may find it beneficial to increase the protein (eggs & meats) and fats (coconut milk, nuts, seeds, eggs, avocados, cheese) in their diet so they don’t need to eat every few hours, and as many carb-rich foods. Many kids with learning troubles are sensitive to food colorings/dyes, the most common being red and blue food dyes. Food allergies are very common in these situations too.
Sometimes what may appear to be a learning issue is due to your child’s learning style. They may not be in the proper placement or school environment compatible to their learning. Consider evaluating your child’s educational environment.
Addressing your child’s dietary and environmental issues most often leads to a correction of his or her learning issues, or at least a substantial improvement. Drugs should be a last resort when all else has been exhausted.
These are just some general thoughts on the issue, which is very common. It’s said that one in six kids today have some type of learning disability. My practice is very individualized so I see what each child needs to do for his/her diet, nutrient intake, and specific therapy to help them with their issue(s).
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