Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder that can cause excessive movements, lead to poor impulse control, and make it difficult to focus. Researchers are still working to determine exactly what causes ADHD, but studies suggest that certain foods and beverages can worsen symptoms. If you have ADHD, you may want to stay away from:

  • Soda and energy drinks – These beverages typically contain sugar and caffeine, both of which have been shown to increase hyperactivity and distractibility. Notably, the high amounts of caffeine in energy drinks could be harmful when consumed in combination with certain ADHD medications.
  • Seafood – Regularly eating fish containing trace amounts of mercury could worsen ADHD symptoms.
  • Artificial dyes – Some studies indicate that there could be a connection between artificial dyes and hyperactivity, so you may want to opt for natural dyes when possible (this applies to the dyes in non-food items like toothpaste, as well).

Some people with ADHD are sensitive to certain ingredients—such as citrus fruits, corn, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, and wheat—so be sure to pay attention to whether any foods or beverages affect your behavior.

Get Help With Your ADHD

If you need assistance managing your ADHD symptoms, you’ve come to the right place. Our therapists are highly experienced in working with ADHD, and once we’ve learned about your condition, we’ll provide you with tools and techniques that are customized to fit into your individual lifestyle. Contact us today to get started—one of our friendly team members will answer your questions, tell you more about our practice, and schedule a therapy session at a date and time that fits into your schedule.

Speak Your Mind



John E. Rigoli, Jr. M.S., LMFT#127387


Primary: 951-246-6141
Secondary: 951-520-5763

25020 Las Brisas Rd. Suite 207
Murrieta, CA 92562

John E. Rigoli, M.S. LMFT#127387 (CA) #4316-R (NV)
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
9402 W Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV, 89134

verified by Psychology Today

ACA Logo

Send Me Your Questions

By submitting this form via this web portal, you acknowledge and accept the risks of communicating your health information via this unencrypted email and electronic messaging and wish to continue despite those risks. By clicking "Yes, I want to submit this form" you agree to hold Brighter Vision harmless for unauthorized use, disclosure, or access of your protected health information sent via this electronic means.