Paleo and Adult ADD

by 748 · July 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

In 2006 I was diagnosed with adult ADD.
They told me that none of my symptoms were bad enough to warrant meds and so I've been med free this whole time. I deal with this with several coping mechanisms and usually just ride out bad days.

However I've noticed since I've been paleo that my ADD symptoms have gotten more frequent and more disrupting to my day.

Any suggestions for this?

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32177 · July 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

From what I've been reading ADD, ADHD, etc are mostly inflammation/gut dysbiosis disorders.

Get your Omega 3:6 balance sorted. Mostly by reducing/eliminating as many high O6 foods: all vegetable oils, most nuts, non-free-range eggs, avocados, poultry, pork, etc.

NO gluten cheats!

Focus on grass-finished beef & lamb, free-range eggs, organic dark leafy greens, low sugar fruits, starchy tubers, coconut oil, pastured butter.

No need to OD on fish oil, but a 1000 mg Neptune Krill Oil supplement (Omega 3) may be useful.

Get your Vitamin D level tested & sun/supplement to a 60-80 ng/ml level.

Fermented foods & probiotics to help your gut health.

Supplement Magnesium glycinate 200-600 mg before bed.

You may find this blog helpful. Use the search function for ADD, ADHD.

558 · July 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I've been on paleo for 9 months now. And I was also diagnosed with ADD. I thought it would get better on the paleo diet, but it has gotten worse. At least, I find it very difficult to focus on work, but rather read books & sites about food ;) It's good, but not in a healthy way.. I'm quite strict by the way with food, so no gluten or dairy, almost no sugar, easy on fruits.

I haven't found out why, but some days it it worse than others. I got advised to get on meds, but I refused and will partake in courses that will help me focus and get my short term memory better.

A few months ago, a Dutch scientist did a PhD on ADHD & diet, and got great results: http://www.naturalnews.com/031386_elimination_diet_ADHD.html It was a strict diet with only rice, fruit, white meat, vegetables & water. 78% of the patients improved significantly. She then re-introduces foods one by one over a long period of time, to find out which foods cause the symptoms. It might be sugar, it might be fish, it might be eggs, or grains, you will only find out when you test it.

This let me to believe there is still some more room to experiment and kick out foods. I'm gonna keep a diary and write down every single food & also how I experienced my ADD. This will (hopefully) show which foods seem to worsen ADD. It might take a lot of months! I skipped to (almost) fully organic vegetables too lately, instead of regular; maybe that also helps, I don't know yet.

Or else, I just have to live with it, meditate often, force myself not open 20 tabs and read everything for 1 minuten and skip to the other... :)

164 · July 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I was only recently diagnosed with ADD, and it was quite a relief to get that diagnosis! Coincidentally I'd been advised to go gluten-free for autoimmune thyroid disease, and I went Paleo at the same time. My focus has improved. Please do check the link Dragonfly suggested; lots of what I was told by my doctor I found on that blog as well. Best to you.

10 · July 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I want to add that I am under lots of stress which I think maybe be playing a big role in this and I'm lacking sleep because I can't fall asleep.

I've also had issues with an electrolyte imbalance if that helps anyone

10 · July 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Hi all, Same person as OP just to lazy to sign in...

See if I can catch you all up on the answers.

I've been primal since 11/2011 through a slower process. The ADD issue has really only been a problem in the last two months.

I crossfit, and my workouts start to finish, are about an hour (I do skills work, lifts, then wod)

As for the omega's: I eat a lot of eggs, take fish oil, and it a moderate amount of sardines and tuna.

I am 100% free of veggie oils, potatoes (short of sweet potatoes) and wheat (short of an occassional treat... maybe 1x a week and not always 1 x a week.)

I will say that I eat dairy but I MUST keep it in my diet due to an allergy to coconut so I use milk and butter to sub cocnut oil and coconut milk. I use milk maybe 1 x a week and butter about 2 x a day for cooking purposes only.

I don't eat organic veggies because I am really limited budget wise, and I eat a lot of chicken for the same reason. So I saw that as a suggestion but I'm not sure I can make that work on a the tiny budget I have and still being in school .

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