Choosing the right nutrition for active kids, for the future health of tomorrow, nutrition should take a greater precedence for todays youths. We are seeing an increased awareness of nutrition. Just look at all the information about omega 3 and 6s in the news and magazines.
These fats have many benefits they help keep blood pressure in check, help cell membranes repair, help learning and help the skin remain elastic. Omega 3s and 6s are an important part of a good nutritional program.
Since minerals and most vitamins are not produced in the body, it makes sense to take a multi-vitamin or mineral supplement so that on those days that a diet may be low, these nutrients are supplied.
The benefits of Gingko biloba
Herbal medicine has new and interesting research growing to support the claims made hundreds of years ago. An example of a beneficial herb is Gingko biloba, which increases blood flow through the body allowing more oxygen to enter the brain, and leading to a higher level of concentration in school or help with memory loss in the elderly.
Keeping hydrated to minimize fatigue
To maintain a balanced lifestyle, most of us eat on the run and try to exercise while we are fueled with processed carbohydrates. To produce optimal amounts of ATP we need protein, carbohydrates, fats, electrolytes and water.
A recovery drink after a workout will help replenish lost minerals and electrolytes, along with helping ability to keep our cells hydrated and minimize fatigue. Our body can sweat up to 30% more water than it needs to when its trying to cool down.
Do you have inflamed joints?
Many runners experience inflammation in joints due to pressure in the joints. To prevent this and to have quicker recovery time, Essential Fatty Acids (like the Omega 3s and 6s) can be used to keep joints lubricated, to promote healthy circulation of oxygen, and to soothe irritated tissue.
How do amino acids help runners?
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and protein is used throughout the body for many functions. There are 8 essential amino acids that are not produced in the body. Of these, five are very important to runners and other endurance athletes.
These critical amino acids include isoleucine, leucine and valine for the maintenance of muscle tissue and to preserve muscle stores of glycogen. Methionine helps support the liver in the processing of fats, and threonine helps maintain proper protein balance in the body by aiding in the formation of collagen.
Do your kids play sports?
Hockey, boxing and soccer are physically demanding and highly active kids may benefit from supplements such as EFA oils, a multivitamin and protein.
Stop with the pizza for teenagers
Putting this all into perspective, teenagers need proper diet and at times supplements to help them achieve optimal nutrition and performance. Help them get the most out of their lives by keeping them active and well-nourished.