When a friend of mine who is a celiac asked me where to find gluten free bread, I just went to a pharmacist in Naples and found a whole range of gluten free foods. My friend who is British was amazed. The reason is that celiac disease is quite common in southern Italy and also in Ireland. She was in her late thirties at the time and had just been diagnosed as a celiac. We now know that many kids who have ADHD are celiacs and have to follow an ADHD gluten diet.
In the case of the gluten, the effects can be more serious in that it can prevent the body from absorbing some nutrients and vitamins. An intolerance to gluten has now been linked in several studies to hyperactivity in ADHD, depression and anxiety. In the ADHD gluten diet all baked products which have used whole wheat flours such as wheat, barley and rye are off limits. These grains give some elasticity in cooking which is why we use them so much in baking. This sort of texture is lacking in some of the gluten free flours and baking procedures have to be adjusted accordingly. I was surprised to learn that there are a wide range of these gluten free flours so the ADHD gluten diet can be quite varied. The grains which have no gluten are quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat (don’t be put off by the name), cornflour, amaranth and rice.
The best diet of all whether it is gluten free or not is one based on fruit and vegetables some protein and some dairy products. This is probably the best diet all round but it is ideal for those on an ADHD gluten diet. As I said above, baking with the gluten free flours can be a challenge but now there are more and more eateries and food chains catering for celiacs. While a ADHD gluten diet will help in reducing some of the classic ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity and lack of concentration, the best remedy in combination with gluten ADHD is an ADHD homeopathic remedy which has no side effects and no health risks at all.