Of course eating organic isn't the only important factor, says Dr. Pasqualoni. She stresses that drinking organic milk should also be accompanied by other nutritional habits like eating a
wide range of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. "Parents and children need to read ingredient lists and steer away from foods with artificial food dyes and preservatives," she adds.
"You can find healthier alternatives by looking for natural food dyes such as beets, as well as natural preservatives that include Vitamin E."
In 2006, the BBC reported that pesticides found in fruits and vegetables, and the decreased nutrients in non-organic produce, can cause mental health issues like depression, and memory problems in children and adults.
Need an alternative with less side effects? There's a holistic option for your kids. There's a plant-based nutrition program that's believed to help ADD sufferers. David Sandoval, founder and CEO of Purium Health Products, tells us there's a relationship between diet and disease. "Everything the human body needs to live a long, disease-free life has been provided by the Earth," he says. The possible food-related ADD risk factors are high-sugar consumption and eating processed foods and additives. Eliminate the three from your diet and you should see an improvement.
"Initially, it's going to take some discipline, but switching to whole, unprocessed and, preferably, organic meals will cleanse the body and help in re-harnessing the power of your own mind," explains Sandoval, who believes poor nutrition may be the most harmful in the early development stages of life. He stresses that parents should feed their kids organic produce because it has the maximum nutrient density, and a minimal amount of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
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