Good habits start early
When most people see a teenager chowing down on a cheesesteak accompanied by a bucket of fries, they think, “Enjoy it now…You won’t be able to do that forever.”
And while there’s a bit of truth to that, we shouldn’t passively watch as teens choke down heart-attack fuel. After all, your habits early in life usually stick around–it’s not as if people spontaneously switch to kale and carrot sticks when they turn 25.
I mean, it’s certainly never too late to get yourself on the path to good health. But getting started early sets you up for a lifetime of healthy habits. And now a new study confirms the importance of getting those healthy habits going in adolescence.
Research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology explores the importance of starting early with nutrients such as iron (it forms parts of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to muscles) and vitamin C (antioxidants aren’t just for anti-aging) as well as starting a regular exercise regimen.
Interestingly, the researchers found that blood levels of various micronutrients are actually tied to how well teens do on tests of physical fitness. But, the thing is, these days teens just aren’t taking in as much of these important nutrients as they once did and physical fitness is suffering too.
For the girls, the higher their levels of vitamin D and beta-carotene were the better they did on the various tests. And for the boys it was retinol, hemoglobin, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and alpha-tocopherol that made the difference.
This is one of the first studies to connect micronutrients and physical fitness in adolescents. To you and me, it seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, though, the mainstream operates in “fix it when it’s broken” mode only paying attention to health when something goes wrong.
But here we have a perfect example of why it’s so important to get an early start preserving your health rather than waiting until things go south. So, if you have a teenage child or grandchild, share this information with them. And talk to them about how important it is to take advantage of the bounty of Nature now, while they’re still young.
And why not share your Nutrition & Healing issue with them every month too? Packed full of cutting edge nutrition advice it’s the perfect way to start them off on the right foot on that road to a lifetime of good health. And if you’re not already a subscriber it’s easy to become one…just click here to learn how.
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“Iron, Vitamins Could Affect Physical Fitness in Adolescents,” Science Daily (sciencedaily.com)