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Male Teens

These are the formative years of independent adulthood, when many attitudes and behaviour patterns are established, both physically and emotionally. The maintenance of good health is not merely the absence of poor health. This is a time when positive nutritional foundations need to be laid for future years; a time of growing dietary independence and a time of special nutritional needs. The choices made during this time of life profoundly influence an individual’s health profile for years to come.

There are significant peer-group pressures with regard to weight, skin and hair condition, which can be directly related to dietary intake. During these years, we have more control over our weight than in subsequent years, and we need to be aware of those factors that directly contribute to even mild obesity.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Dietary factors influence many common skin complaints. Surveys have shown that over 80% of people between the ages of 12 and 18 are affected in some way by acne, and this is more common among young men than young women. It is notable that this skin condition is far more prevalent amongst individuals consuming a western diet than amongst those who live on a more natural diet.

Much has been written regarding the adverse health factors associated with fast foods. While these can be enjoyable, they do not usually enhance optimum health. It is good to consider fast foods as one would a bank account, in that it is fine to indulge when our immune system is sufficiently in credit.

Some of the fats and other additives used in fast foods can contribute to skin eruptions. High consumption of milk beverages is associated with poor skin condition and even forms of dermatitis including eczema.

Most commercial hair shampoos and other hair preparations contain chemicals that are not only associated with poor hair growth, but that can also contribute to skin allergies, and are known to have detrimental effects on the eyes. Ninety per cent of commercial shampoos contain undesirable chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate and propylene glycol, which are associated with skin allergies and dermatitis, and dry skin has also been related to some of the detergent additives.

Many toothpastes and mouthwashes also contain chemicals that can contribute to poor skin and also allergies.

Supplements

The following supplements that are known to be helpful are divided into three groups.

Section 1 Supplements are considered ‘first choice‘.

Section 2 Supplements are both complementary and synergistic with the ‘first choice’ supplements.

Section 3 Supplements are considered beneficial for preliminary digestive system cleansing. While optional, they can offer an additional positive process to improving health and wellbeing.

Table of Beneficial Nutritional Supplements

This information is offered as an introduction to supplements, herbs, foods and substances known to help with young males up to the age of 18. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and it is suggested that sound advice is taken by an appropriately qualified practitioner.

The supplements highlighted are generally considered to be ‘first choice’, while the additional selected supplements are complementary.

Supplement Suggestions for Male Teens

First Choice Supplements

NutrientFormulaDaily IntakeInitial PeriodIntakeOngoing
VitaminsMultiVitamin-Mineral1 twice daily2 weeks1 daily1 daily
MineralsMagnesium1 twice daily4 weeks1-2 daily for 3 months1 daily
Beneficial FatsEssential Fatty Acid Complex1 twice daily2 weeks1 daily1 daily

Complementary Supplements

NutrientFormulaDaily IntakeInitial PeriodIntakeOngoing
MineralsZinc & Copper1 twice daily1 week1 daily1 daily

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. None of this information regarding food-matrix nutrients or our products is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.