Hyperactivity can be caused by a lack of magnesium. Good sources of magnesium include:

– cocoa and chocolate

– whole grains, whole grain rice, whole grain bread

– oleaginous fruit

– mollusks

– dried legumes.

Magnesium deficiencies are common, especially among persons on some kind of weight loss diet, since most foods rich in magnesium are also high in calories. Other persons at risk of developing a magnesium deficiency are:

– pregnant or breast feeding women

– alcoholics

– persons who are undernourished

– persons suffering from various health problems (intestinal problems, pancreatitis, diabetes, hypo and hyperthyroidism).

Note that caffeine can aggravate a hyperactive condition and cause anxiety. If you are hyperactive and a coffee drinker, switch to decafeinated coffee.

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