Carolyn Dean MD ND | Friday, October 1, 2010
Should kids take magnesium? Duh!! Of course they should. Kids can benefit immensely from getting enough magnesium in their amazing little bodies.
Let me give you an edited excerpt from my Magnesium Miracle book to set the stage.
“It’s not just adults who get anxious because of magnesium-deﬁcient diets. Our children are also susceptible when their favorite foods are magnesium-deﬁcient hot dogs, pizza, and soda. The stress in their lives – from peer pressure, academic and athletic performance pressures, worries about body image, the changes and hormonal ﬂuctuations of puberty, exposure to negative events and violence through the media – also contributes. Even playing in a band (because of the loud noise) can be a risk factor! ADHD, autism, juvenile delinquency, and childhood depression are associated with magnesium deﬁciency, and some say these conditions can be caused by it.”
My favorite experience with kids and magnesium is in the ADHD and autism world. These kids can’t sleep, are constipated, experience twitching and spasming, irritability and moodiness – all symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Within days of taking magnesium, these kids are different. They are no longer constipated, they sleep better, they are calmer and more enjoyable to be with. It’s truly a miracle.
As for the safety of magnesium – there is no build up of magnesium in the body. If there is “too much” then they get the laxative effect which takes magnesium out of the body. But, don’t give a day’s worth of magnesium all at once. Spread it out. The best forms of magnesium for kids are:
Magnesium Citrate Powder: You can find a powdered drink mix called Kids Calm at most health food stores. Add to water for a fizzy drink sweetened with organic stevia. For kids, the dosage begins at 1 tsp twice per day. You can get it half price online at http://www.vitacost.com.
Magnesium Oil (2 ounces) or magnesium Flakes (2 cups) in a bath. When magnesium is absorbed through the skin this way it has very little laxative effect. It’s supersaturated magnesium chloride in distilled water. Or you can dilute the magnesium oil by half and spray all over you child’s body and then in a half hour shower it off. You can get both forms of magnesium at LL’s Magnetic Clay. While you’re at it get some Clay and put that in the bath to help with the detoxification process.