When I worked with Dr Shan Visvalingham, rest his soul, he learnt a great deal about the health of children and he taught me a great deal. He said at one point that no baby born today has sufficient minerals in their system. So if we do nothing else, a good mineral supplement could assist so many children. Here is a small section of what Sandy Sanderson from Elektra Lifewrote in my new book ‘Creating Confident Kids’ on Magnesium for children.
“Children, being little people, have smaller bodies which react more quickly to stimuli. They are more sensitive to chemicals, dehydration or eating junk food laden with sugar and processed carbohydrates. They will therefore react more quickly compared to an adult exposed to the same stresses. When magnesium is low they will react even more acutely, sometimes with bizarre behaviours. One jellybean could set them off flying around the room with uncontrolled hyperactivity, followed by an energy slump and utter exhaustion.
Birthday parties with sugary cupcakes, fairy bread and soft drinks end up being a disaster for parents with children who are magnesium deficient because magnesium deficiency shows up as ‘sugar sensitivity’. Processed sugar and carbohydrates steal the little bit of magnesium their tiny bodies do store, leaving their cells unprotected with inadequate magnesium levels and prone to inflammatory responses and hyperactivity. It is too often the case that this ‘elevated state’ and inability to focus, sit still or concentrate is sometimes misdiagnosed as ADHD, when the symptoms are actually a sign of magnesium deficiency. As this deficiency is corrected by increasing magnesium availability, the symptoms subside and disappear”.
Sandy has written an extensive article in the chapter on Nutrition so look out for it in October.