My child is 2.5 years. He is delicious, engaging, social and calm. Most of the time. A few months back I ran out of zinc and he didn’t get any for 2 weeks.
I give zinc to help all the cells in his body to function at their best, and I believe our food is super deficient in this important mineral, therefore so are we. Low levels of zinc inhibit neuron activity, thus affecting behaviour, increasing agitation, increasing anger, impaired immune function and wound healing. There is a high correlation between zinc deficiency and ADHD, autism, depression, mood disorders and sleeping issues.
Back to my son. After 2 weeks of no zinc supplements, he got VERY clingy, whingy, whiney, and was impossible to get to sleep. It was driving me crazy, and bear in ind the penny hadn’t dropped yet for me. I was taking him to the chiropractor and he was super rude to her. Typical Terrible Two’s. So everyone kept telling me. Where had my calm little boy gone! I was at breaking point. Asking the teachers if there was anything going on at daycare, fighting my little guy every step of the way and giving in when he would just stand there and bawl his eyes out.
Then I remembered about the zinc. I had a bottle i had forgotten about in the fridge, and I went to get it out. Little guy followed me crying and screaming, and he got so mad at me HE THREW THE GLASS BOTTLE ACROSS THE KITCHEN!!!! WOAH! Scrummaging in my supplement supply I luckily found a bottle of zincs drops, put my nursing experience to good use and held him down to drop some drops in his mouth (initially he hated it then he asked for more!)
Push forward to the next morning, and it was THIS INSTANT… a little angel of a toddler woke laughing and smiling, not the usual ‘GO AWAY’s’ we had been getting.
INCREDIBLE! I seriously wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t of happened to me! So yes I made sure I ordered our preferred Zinc and he has it every day!
Please see a health professional to help prescribe the best source and dose of zinc for your child.
Food that contains good levels of zinc are red meat, chicken, pumpkin seeds, oysters, chickpeas, spinach, flax seeds, kidney beans.
RECIPE from Dr Libby
This chewy, nutty treat is an excellent source of the monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids that have the anti-inflammatory properties so necessary for healthy hearts and brain functions. Keep these easy to make snacks on hand for the perfect after school snack for a burst of energy or as a source of vitamin E and zinc, beneficial for skin and the immune system.
- 2 cups walnuts, halves and pieces
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup coconut, shredded
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 8 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 to 3 drops peppermint oil (optional)
- Combine the walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for 30 to grind the ingredients.
- Add the cocoa powder, salt, water and the peppermint oil to the bowl and process until the mixture forms a paste.
- Form the paste into medium sized balls by rolling a portion of the paste between your palms. Place the finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.