Few people realize how important it is that the level of magnesium in the body is within normal limits. And how often we suffer from magnesium deficiency. In children, this deficiency may go unnoticed and manifest itself in the form of behavioral changes. Here are the most common signs of magnesium deficiency:
- Restless sleep, restlessness, irritability – magnesium can be called "anti-stress" elementt, due to its ability to regulate the strength of the body's reaction to a given aggression: cold, quarrel, sudden loud noise, etc.
- Lack of concentration – the brain is twice as big a consumer of magnesium as all other organs, that is why the lack of this element can worsen concentration, both in children and in adults.
- Frequent mood swings – the more serious the lack of magnesium, the more sensitive and irritable the child becomes and it is possible to change his moods quickly.
- Fatigue and frequent sickness - magnesium is key to immune protection - it is involved in the synthesis of antibodies and natural interferon (an important antiviral molecule)
- Muscle cramps – magnesium plays an important role in muscle contractions and regulates neuromuscular excitability at the cellular level
- Dizziness – this is another important sign of magnesium deficiency
- Allergic reactions - the lack of magnesium causes the release of increased amounts of histamine, which causes allergic crises in predisposed children.
Of course, if you or your child exhibits similar symptoms, this does not necessarily mean that magnesium deficiency is present, but it is one of the possible causes.
How to get magnesium?
The specific thing about this important mineral is that it can hardly be obtained from food alone. And to the surprise of many, the best way to get it is… through the skin. This can be done by applying magnesium oil or by taking baths with salts containing magnesium.
The other option is to take magnesium in tablet form, but in children this is not always advisable.
Of course, a well-rounded diet is also important, not only for magnesium balance, but also for overall health. Here are foods rich in magnesium:
- Pumpkin seeds,
- Beans, lentils
- Oat flakes
- Whole grains
- Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts
- Sunflower seeds