Brain Foods That Help With ADD According to Daniel Amen

A staggering number of children and adults have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in The United States in recent years. According the the CDC, 11% of children in the age range from 4 to 11 are suffering from this issues and it’s symptoms on a regular basis. What do these numbers mean to the average individual reading through an article? These statistics are in direct proportion to the growing number of fast food chains and hazardous chemicals being injected into our food.

New studies are now showing that elevated levels of unhealthy fats in a persons diet can lead to developmental problems in areas of the brain. These areas are linked to cognitive skills such as attention control, impulse control, mental focus and clarity. In short, obesity in conjunction with bad diet choices are leading to issues such as ADD and depression at more rapid rates than before. The rate of ADD diagnosis has gone up a whopping 3% every year from 1996 to 2006 and averaged at 5% from 2003 to 2011.Food Choices

Dr. Daniel Amen wants to tackle these issues head on and give us practical solutions to the problems plaguing our lives today.  Whole foods, fresh fruits, organic vegetables and lean meats need to be at the top of our menu. These brain healthy food choices will give us the nutritional framework in which to build our mind back up again!

Water

The brain is 80% water and needs to frequently be re-hydrated in order to perform optimally and efficiently. As a rule of thumb, divide your current body weight by 2 and try to consume that much water on a daily basis. We know, it’s hard! 

Healthy Fats

The matter that makes up the brain is upwards of 60% fat and needs an abundance of healthy minerals in which to grow. Healthy fats from organic nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, and almonds will give you the building blocks in which to create an empowered mind!

Lean Meats

Lean meat contains the protein that our body needs to repair itself. When we give it healthy protein, it’s like sending medics onto the battlefield!

You can read more by Daniel Amen on the Huffington Post or check out one of his many bestselling books.