The Importance of Nutrition and Diet in ADHD: From Research to Practice with Dr Alex Richardson
29 October 2020
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Nutrition is fundamental to the healthy development and function of brains as well as bodies; and the consumption of modern, western-type diets – rich in ultra-processed foods – raises risks not only for physical health disorders like obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but also for many neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, including ADHD.
Increasing evidence shows that dietary interventions can help in the management of ADHD and related developmental conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Although ADHD is defined in terms of attentional problems and/or impulsivity and hyperactivity, in practice the overlap with other conditions is very high indeed, and many of the same nutritional issues are relevant to difficulties with other aspects of behaviour, including the regulation of mood, stress, anxiety and sleep.
Webinar attendees will gain:
· A summary of key findings from the latest research into nutrition and diet in ADHD and related conditions (covering issues such as dietary fats, key vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients; and the roles of sugar, dietary fibre and some food additives in gut, immune and brain health), outlining the potential benefits – and risks – of common dietary patterns, and nutritional interventions.
· An understanding of how this evidence can be used in simple, practical and effective ways to improve diet and nutrition in both children and adults with ADHD and related difficulties with mood, behaviour or learning, not just in clinical settings, but at home, in schools and in the workplace.
About Dr Alexandra Richardson:
Alex is internationally known for her pioneering research into the role of nutrition (especially dietary fats) on brain development and function, and its implications for ADHD and related conditions affecting behaviour, learning and mood. Her academic publications include experimental, epidemiological, genetic and brain imaging studies; the first controlled treatment trials investigating effects of omega-3 (and omega-6) fatty acids in ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and related conditions; and the earliest case reports of potential benefits from similar nutritional interventions for depression and schizophrenia. Alex is also a highly experienced teacher and speaker for public and professional as well as academic audiences, and a frequent contributor for the media. Her book for parents and professionals – ‘They Are What You Feed Them’ – is dedicated to FAB Research, the charity she founded to raise awareness of the links between diet and mental health, wellbeing and performance.