A teacher emailed me and said she couldn’t wait for her classroom to be dismissed because of the inattention, disrespect and general hyperactive behavior with a student. Her student threw all his books on the floor, after ripping 2 pages out and then mumbled something incomprehensible as he ran out.
He’s only seven! She said he is not the only one, it is fairly routine. The days of “Leave It to Beaver” behavior are long gone.
Sometimes behavior problems escalate and are far more problematic than this. Chronic problems with ADD or ADHD can coincide with temper tantrums, bullying, defiance and vandalism!
How many adults in your life behave like this too? It seems like more and more these days.
Is it just personality, or do you think it is due to the scrambled up brain waves from playing on devices and looking at screens all day? How much contribution comes from your gene SNPS, discipline methods and nutritional status?
Magnesium helps the brain calm down from stress and stimulation
Because my focus is on health and medicine, I’ll tell you that inadequate magnesium could be a missing piece. It’s something you can evaluate with an RBC blood test, and thus control. People need magnesium to curb depression, to keep their heart beating in rhythm, and relieve anxiety.
Magnesium works as natural sedative and helps the brain calm down from stress and stimulation. It’s a natural “chill pill.”
Specifically, it binds onto glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter and a receptor site called “NMDA” in the brain. When there is too much glutamate in the brain, then the brain functions in “excitatory” mode. Think of an angry swarm of bees in a disturbed clover field.
Agitation, irritability, poor self control, reduced attention span, hyperactivity, and a hair-trigger temper occur with low mag.
How magnesium helps irritability and attention span
Can supplements change an individual’s disposition?
Well, it won’t take someone from moody to happy-go-lucky, but because it functions in 300 plus metabolic pathways, it’s utilized in trillions of cells. Magnesium is needed to neutralize homocysteine and carry it through the GSS gene, making your antioxidant glutathione. Magnesium is a cofactor for your COMT gene, which prevents the build up of norepinephrine, which would otherwise leave you feeling stressed out.
Scientists studied a group of Australian teenagers who had various problems, among them:
- Acting out,
- trouble concentrating,
- depression and/or anxiety.
The teenagers who had reduced levels of mag had the most behavior concerns and they performed the worst. When they increased their magnesium intake, then the behaviors improved … a lot!
The Standard American Diet (so SAD) lacks brain-loving minerals and so does all that junk food! Even table salt is stripped of minerals.
School lunches don’t typically offer salad bars. If you drink coffee, the chlorogenic acid will reduce systemic magnesium. Chronic Lyme or other pathogens can reduce magnesium too. With nearly four out of five individuals lacking in magnesium, it is no wonder why there are so many people struggling with focus, energy, mood, and behavioral concerns.
The best sources of magnesium include organic non GMO fruits and veggies especially dark green leafy vegetables and spinach. Oatmeal, chocolate and pumpkin seeds are high. Supplementation is okay too, just avoid the “oxide” or “citrate” forms as they have a higher propensity to cause diarrhea.
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