Being a teenager is an awkward stage in your life. For me it wasn’t the most pleasant – being super moody, annoyed easily and constantly feeling pressured to fit in. But there are still positives to becoming a teenager: you are getting a glimpse of who you are going to be and you start to create life-long friendships. Growing up is when you start to build a lot of habits and at this stage of your life you should integrating healthy living into your lifestyle as you begin to mature. As bodies change, teens will need the correct nutrients and minerals to assist in growth.
Let’s start with the most important aspect of becoming a teenager – your physical appearance. Your body is changing and throughout the changes you start to feel pressured by others to look a certain way. One of these potential changes is acne. Acne is caused by hormonal fluctuations, it does not happen to every teenager but there are some things that may help you if this is a problem for you. There are numerous foods you can incorporate to assist in acne prevention and clearing acne. Starting with fish; fish is filled with omega, fatty acids that can reduce inflammation and lessen the severity of breakouts. Of course there are many more triggers for acne but you should definitely try to eliminate fast food, sugars and eat healthily to find your solution and prevention.
As females are becoming young women they start menstruating once a month, so they will have a specific need for iron to replenish the blood that is lost due to their menstrual cycle. Iron can be found in green leafy vegetables, so salads are essential. The iron found in green leafy vegetables produce hemoglobin which is red blood cells. However it is best to also eat foods rich in vitamin C to assist in the absorption of iron. I can recommend an orange and kale shake. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in women. Insufficient iron can lead to anemia. Common symptoms of anemia include tiredness and breathlessness.
Energy: this is the most important requisite for a teen. A food item that is rich in magnesium is perfect for teens and the recommended food item is hummus! Hummus, this traditionally Middle-Eastern food dip is rich with magnesium to give teens that extra energy they need to excel and pay attention in school. Magnesium also helps calm anxiety which teens often battle when growing into an adult.