Monday, 1 October 2012

ADHD and Nutrition tips

Kate Leinweber, our ADHD/ADD Nutritionist, discusses some nutritional information.


Why Flax and Hemp?

  • Flax is high in Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These healthy fats convert into DHA and EPA; crucial fats that makes up the brain and nervous system. The only other sources of omega-3’s are oily fishes. For an extra boost, add 1 tbsp of flax or hemp oil extractions to your smoothie.

Why Coconut?

  • The fats found in coconut are short-chain saturated fats. These are a healthy source of saturated fat and are used by our organs for energy. They contribute to balanced blood sugar levels, sustained energy through the day, and support the immune system. For an extra boost to your smoothie use 1 tbsp coconut oil.

What does Whole Milk/Yogurt Mean?

  • When dairy products are referred to as WHOLE it means it has not gone through a process called Homogenization. This is a very hot and pressurized process that damages the important proteins and fats found in dairy products. Goat’s dairy is almost always non-homogenized and the protein and fat molecules are smaller and easier for humans to digest.

Cooking Fats:

  • Butter is very stable to cook with and protects the part of the egg in contact with the hot cooking surface. The yolk holds all of the delicate and nourishing nutrients. Heating this part of the egg too high can damage these nutrients and make them hard for our bodies to digest. Protect these nutrients by using a stable cooking fat.
  • Vegetable based oils should not be used to cook with except for Olive or Grapeseed oils which can be used at low temperatures.
  • Unsaturated fats are very sensitive to Heat, Light & Oxygen and when damaged can displace healthy fats from the brain.

Do I Need to Buy Organic?

  • Buying Certified Organic foods ensures that pesticides were not used, that sustainable farming practices were employed, and that animals were fed organic feed and treated humanely. This comes with a large price tag since the farmers have to pay for the certification process. By shopping locally at farmers markets and smaller businesses you can find foods that have been produced according to sustainable organics practices, but without the inflated prices since the farms may not have gone through the expensive certification process.
  • Pesticides are fat soluble which means they build up in meats and dairy products. These foods are the most crucial to find naturally or organically raised. Conventional produce can be peeled or washed in some soapy water or apple cider vinegar to remove the majority of pesticides.

The Brain Blahs (or Non-Foods that negatively affect the brain by stealing nutrients)

  • Sugar, White Flour, white pasta, white rice, cakes, cookies, Juice, Pop, caffeine. Sugar is a nutrient vacuum and steals vitamins and minerals from our body.
  • Trans fats, Deep Fried Foods, cooked vegetable oils.
  • Chemicals: Additives in packaged, canned, boxed, or bagged foods can inhibit brain function or prevent the absorption of nutrients.

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