Sports Supplements and Your Teen Athlete

href=”https://thechirostudio.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/supplements_1.png”>Supplements_1The fall season is here and for many parents that means our children are getting back to some of our fall sports like football and wrestling. Some teens even plan on playing more than one sport this year or season.

Many of us know, and sometimes even encourage, our teens to use performance enhancing supplements. It has been a growing trend for the teenage population through out the years.

Among the healthy vitamin and mineral supplements like multivitamins, vitamin C, calcium and iron are the less healthy substances such as caffeine, creatine, ephedra, human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids. Some teens, and those that influence them (like coaches, parents, and teammates) have progressively been taking more dangerous substances under the impression that they are as harmless as vitamins and minerals.

Although many performance-enhancing supplements are advertised as being safe- especially those made up of natural compounds- a great number of them have not been tested by any regulatory agency, and the safety is actually UNKNOWN.

The pressure to excel at sports is greater than ever, and there is increasing competition to get into elite sports programs where they have a better chance of being discovered by professional sports scouts. The possibility of fame and fortune can be a strong enticement to our athletic youth to try performance-enhancing supplements to give them an edge over their competition.

Young athletes also try these drugs to encourage growth and muscle development, prevent illness and reduce fatigue. It is most common to these athletes to try different performance-enhancing supplements if they play tow or more different sports and are required to “bulk up”, such as wrestlers and weight lifters.

While he opinion of friends, teammates, and coaches was a huge influence on the decision of the young football players, wrestlers, and other athletes, to take supplements (mainly creatine) it was their parents who had the greatest amount of influence on their decision. So it is incredibly important for parents to be educated as to the benefits and drawbacks of each of these supplements. If you ar the parent of a young athlete, have a conversation with them about supplements. Remember to involve them in the research and be amazed at what you and your teen will discover!

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Could Your Water Bottle Effect Your Child’s Behavior?

Water BottleEvery parent wants their child to succeed in school and in life but sometimes kids have a hard time focusing and are negatively influenced by their environment. Recent studies have shown here is one thing that you can fix now!
As many of us know, water is essential to a healthy and vital life! What you may not know is that an organic chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in the manufacturing of plastic and metal containers for our water and food.
It has been in commercial use since the 1960’s but only recently was found to have some health concerns. BPA has been found to have an effect on hormonal actions in the body, mainly effecting women because it binds estrogen and other endocrine receptors. There have also been links between exposure to BPA and the development of heart disease.
In fact, a recent study done by a team of American pediatricians found that higher BPA levels in infants, both during and after birth, were associated with a lack of behavioral control. This, again, was more pronounced in females.
There have been studies stating that low amounts present minimal hazards to human health, like the study done in 1983 by the United States National Academy of Science. However, most of the test were done on lab animals (such as rats) and were NOT conclusive. Although, there are studies going on now that are focusing on human test subjects.
The most common alternative to plastic water bottles are reusable stainless steal bottles. They not only help with recycling but they do not contain BPA as the plastic bottles and metal cans. Some companies that sell comical free container are: Gaiam, Klean Kanteen, and New Wave Enviro Products.
As essential as water is, make sure to stay away from the plastic and metal cans and containers this school year! And continue using healthy choices and alternatives!!

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