Teenage is the most critical period in one’s life. Fit and healthy teens can grow up to become the responsible citizens of the state and the nation. Teens can be the most potential candidates of the military and civilian services. They can be the foundation for a sound and healthy economy. Hence, taking care of teen health is an important investment for any community or society.
Teen Health and Nutrition
Nutrition plays an important role in shaping the fitness levels of teens. I have seen many of them being skinny and pale, in spite of getting the best nutrition. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the quantity of foods they get. It is only the quality of the foods they get.
You have to ensure that you teen children get naturally grown foods. Green-grass fed animals are better for milk and meat. It is because they have no chemicals or artificial hormones injected into them. They can digest foods better and enjoy good health.
Meat, fish, poultry, and veggies have to be an integral part of every teen food. Fruit juices like pomegranate, apple, guava, and watermelon can be the healthiest ingredients for beverages. They should have a regular intake of such foods thrice a day from morning breakfast to the supper in the night.
Avoiding packed and processed foods like pizza may not be practical during teenage. I have seen many of my friends trying to impose prohibitions on such foods to their teen children. I often wonder how they could do it. It is for the simple reason that we have had so much beef and beer while we were teens. I have been a regular customer to the pizzas, burgers, fried foods, and other so-called junk foods.
Since it is not possible to avoid fried foods, it is possible to have additions of good quality foods. Add plenty of raw veggies, fruits, cereals, whole breads, meats, fish and poultry. They can compensate for the fried and other forms of foods.
It is essential for teens to consume plenty of water and vital fluids. Supplements rich in vitamins, proteins, and vitamins can enhance muscular strength. Avoid cold water directly from the refrigerator, unless it is essential. You can keep the refrigerated water in the open air for about 10 minutes before giving to your teen children. It can help prevent many of the infections to the throat, nostrils, and respiratory tracts.
It is highly essential for teens to have early morning workouts. They can start with long walks in the beginning. They can opt for swimming, cycling, and soccer to ensure the lean body and strong muscles. Obese teens should have regular consultations with physicians and gym trainers for burning fat and shedding weight.
Avoiding tobacco and drugs is a very important criterion for ensuring good health and fitness. Consumption of alcohol (if any) should be limited to weekend wine or beer.