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    Unhealthy Diets and Food Addictions in ADHD

    Recent research (1,2) on children and adolescents has reported that elevated levels of ADHD symptoms are positively associated with unhealthy dietary habits, including a higher consumption of refined sugars, processed food, soft drink, instant noodles, and a lower intake of vegetables and fruits. However, the link between low-quality diets and
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    The Beneficial Effects of “Dry January” (or any other month).

    Dry January, a phenomenon that started in Scandinavia and has now gained more popularity in other parts of Europe. During “Dry January” people challenge themselves to temporary abstinence from alcohol for one month, in order to detox their bodies after the holiday season. The media states that one-month alcohol abstinence has a beneficial
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    How Ambulatory Assessment Can Help to Monitor What Someone Eats Throughout the Day

    Whenever I ask my patients, if they are eating their “5 a day”, the immediate answer is “Yes, sure”. However, sometimes I´m not sure if their “Yes, sure” belongs to their real eating behavior or if it is more like wishful thinking. This question applies for a broad range of behavior, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, having
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    Nutritional Diversity Tip Sheet

    The more diverse we eat, the more diverse our gut microbiome (i.e., the composition of trillions of microbes in our intestine) will become. Sounds reasonable, right? But - why is that a good thing? Well, research has shown that a diverse gut microbiome is less susceptible to diseases, such as the well-known western lifestyle associated
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    Investigating the Effects of a Dietary Intervention in ADHD on the Brain.

    A little while ago, this blog featured an entry by Annick Bosch on the TRACE study, an amazing intervention study using the Elimination Diet to treat ADHD in kids ( Very shortly summarized, the Elimination Diet entails that participants can only eat a very restricted set of foodstuffs
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    Tips Against Overeating

    Have you ever noticed that the type of food you eat can affect how you feel afterwards? Some food might make you wish to rest and relax, some food might give you the little extra energy you just needed. Evidence is accumulating that also in the long run, diet may play a pivotal role for your mental health. For example, it might have an effect
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    Food Choices and ADHD

    We have talked before about how ADHD has been associated with obesity and the mechanisms implicated on it. I would like to explain more about this important subject so you can understand what dietary changes you can make to avoid the risk of weight gain. Most of the authors attribute the presence of obesity in ADHD individuals to disorder
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    Microbiota and Social Behavior: a Possible Treatment

    Increasing evidence is showing that the gut microbiota can alter the brain and behavior, and thus may play a role in the development of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. Animal models are a useful tool to study this mechanism. For example, germ-free (GF) mice, which have never been exposed to
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    Personalized Nutrition as an Aid for Mental Health?

    When Alice’s mother first contacted our team to get more information on the dietary intervention at New Brain Nutrition, she mentioned that her daughter seems to be on edge all the time. On a typical day, Alice would be triggered easily over seemingly small things and stay upset for a long time. She told us that these emotional problems caused
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    Your Poop, Your Gut, and Your Health

    ‘If two people eat the same, do they also have the same poop?’ Our microbiologist, dr. Clara Belzer answered this question from Noa (age 12) on Dutch national radio and explained her research on gut-microbes and health. “Well the answer is yes and no”, starts Clara Belzer. So it’s a great question! Yes: feces gets to be more similar
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