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.
70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition 6
33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. 18
Nearly two in five 12th graders report using some kind of vaping device in the past year. 7
1 in 4 teens contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. 11
In 2017, persons aged 15–24 years represented 62.6% of all chlamydia cases. 10
More than 130 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose. 9
In the next 24 hours, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide. 14
In the next 24 hours, 2,795 teenage girls will become pregnant 12
Only 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in the last year. 8
90% of daily tobacco users begin by age 18 13
Many teens reported feeling overwhelmed (31%) and depressed or sad (30%) as a result of stress. 16
37.3 percent of 12th graders reported vaping in the past 12 months 15
Two-thirds of those who developed alcohol or substance use disorders have had a mental health disorder. 17
In 2016, 56 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers 22
21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among people aged 13-24 years old, most of those being 20-24. 19
59% of all students in grades 9 to 12 indicated that they had not yet had sex. 21
1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship 23
50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide 24
There was a 78% increase in e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018. 2
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 1
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18. 3
Young people aged 15–24 years acquire half of all new STDs 4
In 2017, 5455 teenagers died from an overdose 5
44.88% of teens feel stressed “all the time.” 25
59% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one type of abusive online behaviors. 26
In 2017 2,734 teenagers (ages 13-19) died in the United States from crash injuries. 27
Roughly 40% of teenagers will try drugs at least once, which means 60% will not. 28
The average 12th grader spends approximately 2 hours per day texting. 29