Magnesium is one of the six essential minerals that the body needs in large quantities. It is crucial to life. Magnesium is an “it” supplement on the market right now, and here’s why we include it in KidzShake and KidzSprinkles.
Why does our body need magnesium?
- It is an important cofactor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
- Magnesium is crucial for bone strength and development.
- Supports muscle and nerve function.
- It helps maintain a healthy immune system.
- It regulates your blood sugar and heart rate.
- Helps move stool through the intestines.
- It can also help with increased energy and endurance.
It is so important, but less than 30% of Americans reach the RDI (recommended daily intake) for magnesium in their diets.
So, just how much magnesium should your family be consuming every day?
AGE DAILY ALLOWANCE
0-6 months 30mg
7-12 months 75mg
1-3 years 80mg
4-8 years 130mg
9-13 years 240mg
14-18 years Male: 410mg Female:360mg
19-30 years Male: 400mg Female: 320g
31+ years Male 420 mg Female: 320 mg
You know those chocolate cravings you get once a month? They can be related to a magnesium deficiency! Here are some other signs to watch out for:
- Muscle Spasms and Cramps
- High Blood Pressure
- Low Energy/Fatigue
Optimally, it would be great to get enough magnesium from our diets alone, but depleted mineral content in our soil is making this more difficult to do.
Other factors contributing to Magnesium deficiency including our water supply, depleted soil, consumption of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol… and the big one… stress! Stress depletes your magnesium stores big time!
You will notice if you start supplementing with magnesium, your ability to remain calm in stressful situations will totally increase.
Foods with the highest magnesium per milligram, are:
- Cacao/ Cocoa
- Bran breakfast cereal
- Pumpkin seeds
Other good sources of magnesium include:
- Cooked spinach
Chocolate Bliss Balls
These are perfect for lunchbox treats or for an energy boost when hiking or exercising.
1 cup of cashews
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of raw cacao or cocoa
8 dates, pitted
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut for coating
Place all ingredients (with the exception of coconut) in a high powered blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Scoop out mixture and roll into 1” balls.
Roll in coconut and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before eating. Balls can stored in the refrigerator for a week or for a month in the freezer.
Apples, any type
Pears, any type
All natural almond butter
Unsweetened, dessicated coconut
Wash apples and pears. Thinly slice the apples and pears horizontally. Spread the almond butter over one slice of apple or pear, and sprinkle with coconut. Place another slice of apple or pear on top of the almond butter. Repeat until all the slices are used up.