Supplements for teens

Obesity and eating disorders are common amongst teenagers. Many supplements are made of harmful ingredients. Rather start off with good nutrition and sensible exercise. Teenagers should both exercise and sleep sufficiently.

Natural starting blocks

  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Have plenty of healthy protein from animal sources, especially organ meats for vitamins D and B12.
  • Plenty and varied fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Healthy grains for energy, such as barley, brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, spelt and buckwheat.
  • Legumes such as peas, beans, dried beans and lentils.
  • Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.Avoid cheap processed cheeses. Low-fat eating is a fad to be avoided.

Pro-Hormones should be avoided
Added hormones make things grow and may entail a risk of cancer.

Energy drinks, stimulants & alcohol
Young people are the target market for energy drinks. The drinks are given names which suggest strength, power, sexuality and speed. They can have an addictive effect if taken on a regular basis.. Caffeine in energy drinks causes dehydration and excess urination. Stimulants can have an adverse effect on the whole body.

Water is the safest drink a child can have after exercise. It rehydrates instantly. 6 -10 glasses a day are recommended.

Make supplementation decisions together
Parents should help research the pros and cons of supplements and assist the teenager in choosing a good, Halaal supplement.

Prescription Medications
Contra-indications of prescription medication with supplements are important considerations. Discuss this with your medical practitioner.

Contraceptive Pill
This medication depletes the body of a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

Some acne medication can have lifelong effects. Acne medicines which were reported to have caused psychiatric problems, bowel disorders etc were taken off the US market but are still available in South Africa.