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Nutrition, Food Sensitivities, and Probiotics: A Holistic Approach to Managing ADHD


ADHD is a complex condition characterized by age-inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While medications and behavioral therapies are commonly used, there’s growing interest in exploring nutritional strategies to complement conventional treatments1.

Nutritional Strategies for ADHD

1. Balanced Diet

A well-rounded diet plays a crucial role in managing ADHD symptoms. Consider the following dietary principles:

2. Food Sensitivities

Emerging research suggests that certain dietary changes can positively impact ADHD symptoms:

3. Probiotics

Probiotics, the “good” bacteria that support gut health, have gained attention as potential adjuncts in ADHD management:


A holistic approach to managing ADHD involves not only medications and therapy but also attention to nutrition, food sensitivities, and gut health. Consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian to tailor these strategies to your child’s specific needs. Remember, individual responses vary, so personalized guidance is essential for optimal outcomes.

Here’s a works cited list for the article on nutrition, food sensitivities, and probiotics in managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

  1. Lange, K. W., Lange, K. M., Nakamura, Y., & Reissmann, A. (2023). Nutrition in the Management of ADHD: A Review of Recent Research. Current Nutrition Reports, 12, 383–3941

  2. The Nourished Child. (n.d.). The Best Diet for Kids with ADHD to Eat (+ Healthy Foods). Retrieved from here2.

  3. Emerald Insight. (n.d.). Probiotic supplement as an adjunctive therapy with Ritalin for children with ADHD. Retrieved from here3.

  4. Autism Vision CO. (2020, December 14). Special Diets for Autism & ADHD: Do They Help?. Retrieved from here4.

  5. Nutrition Reviews. (n.d.). Nutritional and dietary influences on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A review. Retrieved from here5.

Feel free to explore these sources for more detailed information on managing ADHD through nutrition, food sensitivities, and probiotics.

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