Magnesium plays an important part in children’s health, as it aids in regulating blood pressure, nerves, heart and blood sugar and helps to produce energy needed throughout each day. It also helps in maintaining a strong immune system. However, many individuals in the United States are magnesium deficient – from 2-15% of the population. Since kids rarely eat enough vegetables and often eat too much processed foods and excessive sugar, it follows that their intake of magnesium is deficient. Consulting a naturopathic pediatric physician in Everett will provide you with valuable information about this deficiency and how you can reverse it through lifestyle and dietary adjustments.
Common symptoms of this malady are many, and include: confusion, headaches, fatigue, disruption in heart rhythms, anxiety, agitation, muscle problems, loss of appetite, sleep difficulties, irritability, digestive issues, restless leg syndrome and lack of nail growth.
Recommendations for an adequate amount of magnesium vary according to a child’s age and overall health and should be discussed with your doctor. Dietary modifications are often all that is necessary to increase magnesium levels. The best natural sources of magnesium are grains, nuts, beans and seeds of all types. There are numerous ways to incorporate magnesium-rich foods into a picky eater’s diet without sacrificing taste, as well.
Individualized diagnosis and treatment by a medical professional is the most appropriate solution for any health condition or concern. Schedule an appointment for your child with an experienced naturopathic pediatric physician in Everett by calling McQuinn Naturopathic at (425)905-2487. We will be happy to address any questions you may have.