Magnesium deficiency is a common fact not just in adults, but increasingly in children of all ages, including very young kids. Academic pressures, athletic performance demands on a growing body, hormonal changes, stresses – all of these factors mean that our children are using up lots of magnesium, and modern nutrient-poor diet with much of it being junk food, lack of exercise, over-consumption of sugar-loaded fizzy drinks and even alcohol make the problem much much worse.
Combined with the fact that the soil and water in most parts of the world are magnesium-poor, we have increasing rates in depression, anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), general tension in the body, juvenile delinquency, poor response to stressful situations, low energy levels, cardiac disorders, hypertension, childhood obesity, poor immunity, behaviour and many other conditions.
Stresses which our children have to face at home, school and in the streets mean that a lot of magnesium is being used by the body with the production of adrenaline and other hormones. This has resulted in an increase in mental disorders, such as depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Alcholol consumption by children is also on the increase. Alcohol is the biggest “thief” of magnesium – impacting on the liver, the heart, kidneys, and the brain function. Alcohol-dependent children are much more likely to suffer liver damage, heart disease, depression and premature death. Alcohol is especially damaging for girls, leading to an increase in breast cancer rate later in life.
Childhood depression is another growing problem linked to magnesium deficiency. Serotonin – the hormone of happiness – is reliant on sufficient stocks of magnesium in the body. Anti-depressants prescribed to children deplete magnesium levels even further.
Needless to say that with such a high rate of magnesium deficiency, supplementation becomes an urgent and very important issue.
How can magnesium be supplemented?
1. Oral supplementation – 6mg per 1kg of body weight is recommended by Dr Leo Galland (magnesium citrate is one of the most usable forms of oral magnesium).
2. Transdermal supplementation – in the form of magnesium chloride baths or magnesium spray applied on the body (magnesium oil mixed with water in a ratio of 1 part of magnesium chloride to 2-3 parts of water).
3. Magnesium chloride foot baths – 200g of magnesium chloride to 5 litres of water.
Magnesium chloride bath is, however, the most effective and pleasant form of transdermal magnesium supplementation. It relaxes the body and ensures that magnesium levels get supplemented through the skin by-passing digestion, which is the quickest way to deliver this important nutrient to various parts of the body.
Consider vitamin D supplementation too. Research has shown it to be effective for depression – http://www.drbriffa.com/2008/10/15/research-suggests-that-vitamin-d-has-natural-anti-depressant-effects/
Links & Information:
1. Where can I buy magnesium products? – http://www.saltsclaysminerals.com
2. Learn more about and book Far Infrared Magnesium (and other minerals wrap treatments in London, UK – http://www.purenaturecures.com
3. Learn more about and book the TRAINING (online and/or in person) to be able to do the treatment on yourself and customers – http://www.courses.purenaturecures.com