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The most important mineral for sleep

Posted By On 24 Dec 2019
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The most important mineral for sleep

One of the most deficient minerals in North Americans is found in these vegetables: kale, spinach, salmon, brown rice, raspberries, chlorella.

Raise your hand if your kids like and regularly eat one of these foods….

If your hands are still resting by your side, there is a very good chance that your child may be deficient in magnesium.

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in promoting healthy levels of melatonin. As we all know, melatonin is key in helping with deep restorative sleep.

Here are a couple of ways of immediately increasing this vital mineral – Magnesium:

1.  Epsom salt baths: Tubby time with a cup of epsom salts added while filling is a great and easy. The magnesium sulfate is absorbed via the skin and can help to increase relaxation as your little one frolics around with his or her toys in the water.

2. Shakes: some kids are super stars when it comes to eating greens in the form of kale chips, greens in soup or fish cakes. Sometimes it is necessary to disguise the greens for awhile until they develop a taste for them. Adding a handful of spinach or baby kale in a shake with banana, a date, berries and nut or rice milk with a few spoons of hemp seeds is a great after school snack. Not a smoothie lover? You can also make popsicles out of these!

Dr. Almon – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health – shares more on sleep at these blogs:

Never Mind Counting Sheep

Difficulty sleeping? Try these tips from our Naturopathic Doctor

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Dr. Kirsten Almon

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for "naturopathic well child visits" and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.

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