Celiac’s Disease is an allergy to glutens, such as wheat grains, and to a lesser extent, rye, corn and oats. There is some evidence that sensitivity to gluten, which is the heart of Celiac’s Disease, may be at the root of ADHD/ADD.
According to an article on the internet by Dr. Mercola, a nutritionist dealing with the relationship between diet and mental conditions, eating wheat grains can aggravate pro-inflammatory parts of the intestines which affect how the brain functions. Improperly digested wheat proteins and stomach bacteria, can cause systemic inflammation and brain dysregulation.
Keys to Treating ADHD/ADD Disorders With Dietary Changes
1. Eliminate most grains and sugars. Grains and sugars can cause allergies in sensitive individuals. Give your child a break from eating wheat, corn, oats, barley and see if there is a behavioral difference.
2. Take away all soft drinks, fruit juices and pasturized milk. Get your child to drink pure, clean water.
3. Avoid all processed food especially those containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Gluten is also present in soy sauce, soups, candies, luncheon meats, as well as in bread, pastries, cookies, pizza dough.
Gluten products are becoming more available in the grocery stores. Make sure the label read “gluten free” for the product to contain less than 20 parts per milllion grains of gluten.
Dr. Mercola also recommends patience and time with the dietary treaatment. He states that the cure may take up to 12 months to see any behavioral changes.
As a clinician working with many ADD/ADHD students, over 35% of the children and adult patients in my practice have reported improved memory and study habits within the first 6 months when they went to gluten and sugar free diets.