Once you’ve determined that you have a hyperactive kid, you may feel pressure to medicate him. Maybe the school administrators are telling you that medication can help your child do better in school. It may, but medication is not the only option you have for treating a hyperactive kid or a kid who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
ADHD stands for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Before 1994, this same condition was referred to as ADD, or attention deficit disorder. ADHD is the more commonly used term since the name change. However, doctors still use the term ADD when referring to a condition that does not involve hyperactivity. Both conditions involve your child’s not being able to sit still and pay attention, acting impulsively and sometimes getting into trouble.
The old adage is true: you are what you eat. There have been numerous studies on how diet impacts mood and they all agree that the foods you eat affect the chemical composition of your brain, which in turn affects your mood. Food affects the release of neurotransmitters, the chemical signals that relays info between nerves. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine have all been linked to increased levels of alertness and energy. With the right combination of vitamins and nutrients in your diet, you can eat your way to a happier you.