Refined sugar is often the culprit when we get “wired” or tired. Many with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder crave sugar. How sugar affects the brain is a complex process influenced by when the sugar is consumed and by other foods that are eaten before, after and along with sugar. For example, a carbohydrate-heavy breakfast such as cereal begins to reduce the ability to think and causes fatigue within 30 minutes and lasts up to 4 hours.
If you have ADHD, a balanced diet emphasizing protein is critical. Protein activates norepinephrine which increases alertness and concentration. Because the evening meal is higher in protein, leftovers make an excellent breakfast for those with ADHD.
Take small steps by changing your breakfast diet and watch how differently your brain works! I double dare you...
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