Many people get accused of being hypochondriacs. Are they really being hypochondriacs or are they just paying attention? Recurrent symptoms such as fatigue, aches and pain, skin irritation, or headaches may just be our bodies’ way of telling us that there is something wrong. If we don’t pay attention then we can run the risk of an actual physiological illness starting.
Teenagers’ bodies go through many changes and they need a balanced amount of vitamin and minerals. Our ability to maintain health in the future is many times dependent on our nutrition during these important teenage years. Consider the following examples: We are more likely going to develop osteoporosis in later years unless we take a good amount of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and other minerals during our teenage years.
Food is the best way to get all your nutrients. However, in the rushed world that we live in, you may find yourself not taking in all the nutrients that you need from your diet.
If you are not sure what supplements to take, please ask your naturopathic doctor for guidance. This is specially important if you are currently pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication. You want to make sure the supplement will not interact with what you are currently taking.
Look for a supplement that has the following combinations of vitamins and minerals: calcium, magnesium, Boron, and Vitamin D; and if possible even Manganese, Zinc and Vitamin K. You don’t have to buy all of these separately. You want to look for a product that ideally has all of them together. You can check with your local health food store and if you are not sure, then feel free to call us. We will be happy to help you choosing a good product.
Studies show that eating a diet higher in fruits and vegetables (especially the green leafy vegetables) decreases bone loss. This is probably because it helps you to keep alkaline. You can check the ph of your urine to see if you are acidic or alkaline. You want to ideally measure >6.8. (If you can’t find urine pH strips at the pharmacy, let us know because we have them at the clinic). The best times to check your pH levels seems to be on waking, 10am and/or 4pm.