Are you easily distracted, impulsive, bored, or addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, or negative behaviors? You might not realize that these are the very same traits associated with Attention Deficit Disorder. Adult ADD reduces our ability to clearly focus, hurts our productivity, and can be devastating to relationships.
What’s more, the latest research is showing a link between ADD and nutrition. Many people who suffer from ADD may in fact be following poor diets filled with low nutrient foods, including foods that will increase blood glucose levels. Not only will this affect the way you think, it puts you right on the road towards Type II Diabetes. By adjusting your diet now, you may be able to gain better attention and fix your overall health so that you can enjoy every aspect of your life.
Although glucose and insulin are not brain chemicals, they are essential for normal brain function. Glucose is the principal fuel of brain cells, and insulin regulates glucose levels. You need to be able to manage the right levels of glucose and insulin in order to think clearly. People function at their best when their blood sugar is within a fairly narrow range of glucose levels. In general, a healthy range is between 75 and 85 mg/dl, and less than 140 mg/dl after eating.
A sedentary lifestyle paired with excess weight caused by the overconsumption of carbohydrate-rich foods creates insulin resistance. Insulin is produced in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus, the region associated with memory, learning, and other cognitive functions. When we do not produce enough insulin, glucose builds in the blood stream, resulting in hyperglycemia or high blood sugar, leading to Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes and poor attention.
The good news is that insulin resistance and Type II diabetes are both preventable and very often reversible. And once you can get your glucose and insulin levels back to normal ranges, you may be able to maintain better attention. It all starts by following the Younger Thinner You Diet. You’ll learn how to:
· replace bad fats with healthy fats
· plan meals that are high in protein (fish, chicken, beans etc.) so that you don’t fill up with bad fats or simple carbs
· increase your fiber in the form of vegetables and whole grains, which will help moderate glucose and insulin
I also recommend the following supplements to rebuild brain chemical deficiencies associated with ADD behavior:
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.