Many children, some from as young as three up to teens who are still growing and maturing, experience “growing pains”. Sometimes the pains are short-lived, and other times they may last for several weeks to several months.
Bodies go through tremendous growth throughout childhood and the teenage years.
Growing pains indicate an underlying problem where bones and muscles and the nervous system are short of something needed for growth. As a result some girls and boys may suffer from pain in their joints and/or their muscles. If the body is not getting the nutrients it needs, it will let us know. The joints will ache due to a lack of nutrients needed to keep the bones strong and the connective tissue limber. The pain is a message from the nervous system that something is wrong.
Nutritional Deficiencies and Dietary Factors
The rapid skeletal growth throughout childhood and puberty places big demands for basic nutrients on the body. Unfortunately, the modern diet with its huge intake of refined carbohydrates (white flour products such as breads, cakes, pastries, etc and all the different sugars) “chew up” and waste much of the useful minerals the child needs.
Additionally, soft drinks, fruits juices and coffee are very often the beverage of choice for many. This means less water and also less calcium and magnesium because these deplete minerals as the carbonation acts like a vacuum pulling minerals out of the body. So, not only is the diet creating deficiencies (which it can do for a body of any age), but the big demand placed on the body due to the rapid growth is exaggerating them even more.
Trying to handle the symptoms is a losing battle, You have to address the underlying causes, which are:
- basic physical needs
- created deficiencies.
Unless those two things are done the pain will continue to occur and/or intensify.
What To Do
Growing pains are a manifestation of some or other mineral deficiency, most often calcium, magnesium and zinc which need to be taken with the appropriate fish oils (containing vitamins A & D). See below for more about calcium and magnesium.
The secret to handling growing pains is to feed the nerves, bones and muscles what they need to be healthy. Minerals are a very important part of joint and muscle health.
The diet needs healthy sources of protein such as grass-fed beef, beans and eggs (preferably organic) to supply these minerals. Dairy products supply calcium, but if dairy products are not tolerated or are loaded with hormones due to the animal being fed them or if they are not made from raw milk, rather avoid them but be sure to include a lot of leafy greens in the diet such as kale.
In order to better absorb and utilize calcium, the body needs vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a very important part in handling growing pains. A deficiency is known to be a contributing factor to pain and should be checked for when there is ongoing chronic pain. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium from the stomach into the blood and the essential fats are needed to get the calcium into the cells of the body (tissues and bones). Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are important and one should get a good quality one and enough of it.
Any time you consume oils or fats, be sure to get vitamin E because it is an antioxidant for fats and will make them more effective.
The body repairs itself during deep sleep so adequate, consistent sleep in a dark room with the TV or computer off is needed to help the bones and muscles .
Why Instant CalMag-C Works
Unlike tablets and capsules that sometimes don’t break down properly, Instant CalMag-C has been formulated in a 2:1 blend of calcium gluconate and magnesium carbonate with vitamin C to adjust the pH so your body can actually absorb them.
It is made with boiling water and this is very important as calcium particles are large and the chemical reaction created by dissolving the powder with boiling water breaks them down into absorbable ones.
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Disclaimer: Please note that we are not doctors. Should you have any illness or disease, please refer to your medical practitioner for the advice. The only advice we give is purely educational but we do also recommend that you find yourself a practitioner who understands nutrition in relation to disease.