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.
Recent studies show that in order to receive the best levels of protection our blood vitamin D levels should be about 120-200 nmol/l. I personally don’t like to recommend cod liver oil as a vitamin D supplement because it also contain Vitamin A and too much vitamin A taken for long periods of time can cause health problems. Some foods that contain vitamin D include: canned sardines, salmon, tuna, shrimp, butter, sunflower seeds, liver, eggs, mushroom.
Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue can be very troublesome and can lead to many other health concerns. One of the main things my patients benefit from is making sure they have a good breakfast which should include at least 15 g of protein. Then, you MUST eat a snack by 10am to replenish your energy requirements, or ideally you want to have an early lunch (before noon), a nutritious snack by 2pm-3pm and your evening meal should be eaten between 5pm-6pm.