Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder to gluten that causes damage to the digestive system. Gluten-free diets are recommended for those who have celiac disease so that they do not get the symptoms associated with it. Eliminating it completely if you do not have celiac disease is not necessary and is not considered to be healthier. Gluten is not bad. In fact by not eating gluten foods you may be missing out on some key nutrition in your diet.
As a teen sometimes it can be tough to try and eat healthy and stay away from eating too much junk food. It’s during this time period that your body is rapidly growing and changing, so it is vital to make sure you are getting enough of the right kind of nutrition. To be healthy it is very important to eat a well-balanced diet. This includes eating from all the food groups: dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese), grains (bread, pastas, oatmeal), lean meats (chicken, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs), fruits, and vegetables.
Eating foods that are rich in calcium and iron is another way to help support your growing body’s needs. Calcium is what your body uses to help with bone growth and strength. Foods that are calcium rich are those found in the dairy group. Being calcium deficient can lead to weak bones in adulthood and increase your risk for osteoporosis. Eating iron-rich foods is especially important in females. Iron helps to carry oxygen in your blood to your muscles. Girls who have their menstrual periods lose iron when they bleed, and so eating iron-rich foods will help to replace what was lost. Iron can mostly be found in different kinds of meat. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia which causes tiredness, weakness, and headaches. Getting enough of calcium and iron in your diet will help to prevent problems that could arise with deficiencies.
Keeping well-hydrated throughout the day is necessary to maintaining good health. You should drink about 8 full glasses of fluids in a day. It is important to not drink too many sugary beverages, limit it to 0-1 glass per day.
Along with eating healthy it is also essential to be active physically. Exercising for about 30 minutess at least 3-4 times a week is good for you. Being active includes going for a walk, playing outside, or bicycling. Participating in a sport is a great way to get some regular exercise.
For more information about healthy eating visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov. If you have any other questions or concerns, speak to your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.
15-24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections. 1
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. 2
"Transgender" is a term that includes the many ways that people's gener identities can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth. 3
Usually, puberty starts between ages 8 and 13 in girls and ages 9 and 15 in boys. 4
About 6-9% of children and adolescents have ADHD. 5
Tobacco smoking can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 6
Anorexia has the highest death rate of any mental disorder. 7
Studies show that people who eat breakfast do better in school, tend to eat less throughout the day, and are less likely to be overweight. 8
Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking. 9
Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online. 10
Dehydration- not having enough fluids in your body- can cause headache, fatigue, crankiness and poor concentration. 11
National guidelines recommend that young people spend no more than two hours each day using electronic media for recreation. 12
A panic attack is a surge of intense fear and discomfort that usually peaks within ten minutes, but can last as long as several hours. 13
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. 14
42.2% of female rape victims were first raped before age 18. 15
Pregnancy and birth are significant contributions to high school dropout rates among girls. 16
Females aged 15-19 continue to have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than any other age or sex group. 17
E-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States. 18
More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin/cocaine combined. 19
Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don't. 20
20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. 21
Bipolar disorder is defined as a "brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks." 22
An obese child or teenager is one who weighs at least 20% more than their ideal body weight. 23
3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. 24
About 208,000 young people under 20 years of age have diagnosed diabetes. 25
Reversible methods of birth control include: intrauterine contraception, hormonal methods, barrier methods and fertility awareness-based methods. 26
Each day, nearly 3,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and another 700 become regular, daily smokers. 27
Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. 28
Most tobacco smokers begin smoking during adolescence. 29
90% of teens who are LGBT come out to their close friends. 30