Have you ever wondered if there is a link between ADHD and the food that we eat? Some evidence suggests that ADHD, pesticides and preservatives may be connected. Recently, more studies and information has been popping up on the subject. For instance, the Journal of Pediatrics conducted a study about pesticides and ADHD in children that had people pondering the possible correlation. The study focused on 1,000 kids, 119 of which have ADHD. The children with ADHD were found to have high levels of pesticides in their systems, particularly organophosphates, which were first developed for chemical warfare.
Regardless of how accurate this study is when it comes to the population at large, it’s definitely “food for thought” on being more mindful of pesticides and choosing organic. But what about the additional toxins we are exposed to each day?
Specifically, many of us consume additives and preservatives and don’t realize the possible ramifications of these ingredients. Some don’t realize that common food chemicals such as MSG (also sometimes labeled as “natural flavors”) are scientifically linked to a host of problems including headaches, nerve problems, anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, mental illness, seizures and even brain damage! Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out more about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives.
The good news is that we can do something about this by choosing more simple foods. Buy organic and read the labels thoroughly to help eliminate pesticides, additives and preservatives! You can take control of your health and the health of your family. It’s easier than you think!