I could talk a long time about a LOT of things, but few things more than the importance of adequate mineral intake.
And one of my favorites to park at and chat about is: Magnesium.
Now magnesium is ESSENTIAL. It’s one of the seven essential minerals that your body must have.
Linus Pauling, double Nobel Prize winning chemist, famously said, “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”
Our children are often deficient and we often don’t even realize it!
What are some of the signs? They include (but aren’t limited to):
- “Growing Pains” or cramps
Are you kids experiencing any of these?
As they hit major growth spurts, childrens’ bodies gets really depleted of magnesium which can lead to growing pains, night terrors and trouble settling down at night in general.
Magnesium is one of 60+ minerals that I, and my children, take every single day.
In my opinion, it’s more important (and beneficial) than a multivitamin; it’s essential for hundreds of biochemical pathways!
And what about safety? Great news. It’s water soluble, and easy to spot when you’ve had enough (your stools will be loose).
The known benefits of Magnesium are too bountiful to even list in their entirety, but I’ll share a few.
- Fights depression (better than drugs in many cases)
- Balances mood
- Supports bone growth and health
- Relieves anxiety
- Support healthy bowels
- Improves sleep
- Stops headaches
- Relaxes muscles
- Brain support
Basically…you want magnesium and you want enough of it-for you and your family.
When sick, it’s invaluable.
Amazingly, a protocol of magnesium has even shown effectiveness against viral illness.
If you or your child is very deficient, it can take a few days, weeks or even months to replenish. Give yourself time to see the benefits. You deserve it!
So how can we get some?
Pumpkin seeds are super high in it, followed by almonds and spinach.
Choose sprouted raw seeds/nuts when possible!
An ionic supplement will also get you all you need, and my favorite is Young Living. In my opinion, it's the best one on the market-it’s blended with 60 naturally occurring and derived trace minerals (like selenium, copper and ZINC) plus herbs that help with absorption. It's called Mineral Essence.
It even assists with hydration of cells, making your water-drinking more efficient!
To be honest, it doesn’t taste great (although all of my children take it without struggle, so it must not be SO bad).
I bribe them with a Lily’s chocolate chip.
Fatty Fish (like salmon)
Want a recipe to make your kids super happy, and give them lots of magnesium to boot?
How about two recipes?
This Chocolate Pudding packs tons of magnesium in each bite (but the kids won’t be able to tell!).
- Magic Chocolate Pudding
1 cup avocado (the less “ripe” the less avocado taste)
1 ripe banana (the riper, the better)
4 Tbs raw cacao powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbs Maple Syrup
Place ingredients at room temperature into a high speed blender. Blend until completely smooth and combined.
Chill for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
- The riper, the better on the banana
- The less ripe your avocado is, the less avocado taste
- If your produce is more firm, you may add up to 3 tbs of liquid water or your milk of choice
- You may sub any sweetener for the Maple Syrup
- A little almond extract is also yummy-it's strong so just a couple drops!
- Add a drop of Young Living Orange Vitality oil or Young Living Peppermint Vitality oil for a variation
- Top with any fruit/seeds you like! Chia seeds, crushed pistachios + sea salt, berries, and grain free granola are some of our favorites!
If you liked this recipe, head over to my post for my super cozy and convenient Pumpkin Mag Muffins to delight everyone in your house.