Some preliminary studies have connected AD disorders to food additives in children, but I would be curious to know if any of you have tried eliminating seasonings/spices and if it's had any effect. I have been noticing lately that when I eat spicy food I often have trouble focusing later, well...more trouble than usual.
Can't say I've noticed any difference. I've been through periods where I was only eating very bland, unseasoned food (protein sources= plain tinned fish and hard-boiled eggs, dorm living FTW) and periods where i've eaten lots of heavily seasoned and spiced food because I could cook for myself. No difference at all in ADD symptoms. I'm sure I'll be downvoted for this but medication is the thing that benefits me the most in that area.
I've never noticed a change. I notice a change in my ability to focus after a high starch/sugar meal or if I have MSG, but no, nothing with herbs or spices.
Is there a spice or herb you recognized this with in particular? I'd love to self experiment a bit. I was on Adderall for a long time, but a few years before I started paleo. I'm still a space cadet but the hyperactivity went away when I dropped food coloring, MSG, and sugar.
I don't think spices are the problem but rather takeaway shops add various additives such as MSG to the food which they would not do normally for their own food at home. That said good takeaways and restaurants (change a little more) but often do fresh spices and none of the rubbish. I grew up with spicy food and I actually think the curries help my ADHD is made the natural way.
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