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ADD is most often the result of a high-sugar diet... kids w/ ADD do best to avoid sweets(including tropical fruits, dried fruits, and juices), processed foods, fried foods, white flour products, white potatoes, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils). They also do better on a low or no dairy diet.
The best eats for these kids are healthy protiens (non-processed soy such as tempeh or tofu, nuts but not peanuts, fish, chicken, turkey breast, beans, etc), whole grains (rice, quinoa, millet, barley, etc), lots of vegis, and moderate fruits (but not the tropical sticky fruits).
They also should be supplementing w/ essential fatty acids. These would include fish oils, hemp oil, flax oil, olive oil, etc.
Other good supplements for ADD are acidophilus/probiotics, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), chamomile, and a healthy multi-vitamin.
I have also seen really good results from Chinese Medicine and bodywork, particularily Shiatsu, in conjunction w/ the diet. It seems the Shiatsu or Acupuncture works to help ground the bodies energy and balance the entire system.
Overstimulation of the senses really sets ADD off. Kids w/ ADD need to be on a TV limit (no TV is really the best bet), and they need to stay away from video games, real loud music, more than one media source at once (such as TV and stereo on at same time), long hours on the computer, etc. These kids respond really well to outdoor activities (soccor, bicycling, swimming, etc). Reading and art activities are other good activities for them~ they seem to help them focus and calm down.
Another thing to be sure of is that the child is not exposed to any molds or chemicals in the home or school place. These can really be terrible for ADD kids. If the child has developed chemical sensativities or any enviromental or food allergies, NAET treatment can be extremly effective in balancing the childs body and helping them move past being allergic.