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Does your teen have social shyness or moodiness? Is your teen experiencing loss of focus and clarity?

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"My son doesn’t typically like going to school events. However, our school is having a carnival tonight and my son is looking forward to going. This is huge!" -Linda, mom to 15 year old 


Teens experience many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. Hormones are changing as puberty begins. They might be worried about these changes and how they are looked at by others. We know this isn’t just a ‘teen thing’. Long term air pollution exposure affects teens’ brain health, immune response, and negatively impacts healthy skin. There are simple and effective foods, drinks, and habits that support your teen in having clear skin and a calm stomach, being more social and in a great mood, as well as, sleeping well through the night. Here are 5 simple ways you can help your teen prepare for a healthier school year.

1. START THE DAY WITH A PREBIOTIC BREAKFAST TO STOP STOMACH BUTTERFLIES

Shy or not, all teens have a desire to have friends. This breakfast naturally supports the brain/gut axis and the happy hormones serotonin and dopamine, which support socialization and cooperation while decreasing stomach aches.

Mixing organic oats and fruit or honey with yogurt containing live cultures of probiotics makes naturally occurring “prebiotics”. Consuming prebiotics for breakfast increases the beneficial bacteria in the gut when we eat other enzyme containing food throughout the day.

BREAKFAST OF THE SOCIAL QUEEN AND KINGS

Mix these ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1 Cup - Uncooked Organic Oats (Quick or Old-fashioned)
  • 2 Cups - Non-Fat Plain Yogurt (Make sure it says “Live Cultures”)
  • Then fill individual jars with a screw top lid with oat/yogurt mixture. Add fruit:
  • 1 to 8 Ounces - Pineapple, Blueberries, Raspberries, or Bananas.

2. SUPPORT HEALTHY LIVER DETOXIFICATION TO DECREASE MOODINESS

A volatility of happiness, sadness and anger is normal for most teens and declines as teens age, but feelings of anxiety remained in one study1. Butting heads with parents, new friends, and first crushes create a variety of moods. However, it is not necessary to experience such volatile mood swings. By addressing liver function, this filter for toxins is able to do it’s job; moodiness disappears, skin issues clear up, frustration and anxiety decrease.

1- A 5-Year Longitudinal Study on Mood Variability Across Adolescence Using Daily Diaries

Foods that help the liver process toxins include cruciferous veggies and others that make natural glutathione: They are

  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Watermelon
  • Artichokes
  • Lemon in water (at least 4 glasses a day)

3. CREATE A NIGHT TIME RITUAL FOR RESTFUL SLEEP

87% of teens get less than the recommended 9 or 10 hrs of sleep a night. And in one study kids that slept less at night had more behavioral problems and mood disturbances during the day. It also impacted these kids ability to perform their best at math. So, how much sleep does your teen need?

Teenagers - 8.5 to 9.5 hours

Sleep deprivation can be resolved with changes to habits surrounding bedtime such as creating a night-time ritual. Change your habits, change your life.

AWESOME NIGHT-TIME RITUAL

  • Drink a glass of water
  • Brush your teeth and wash your face
  • Lay out clothes for next day
  • Review planner + to do’s
  • Do three simple stretches
  • Journal
  • Read an inspiring book
  • Put a touch of lavender oil on your pillow case

4. ADD PREBIOTIC INGREDIENTS TO YOUR MEALS TO INCREASE FOCUS AND CLARITY

One in five children in the US today has some form of a learning issue, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. There is a direct correlation between this and environmental pollution. Many parents are making sure their teens are eating better by way of prebiotic breakfasts and delicious smoothies. The healthier teens eat and the more toxins they remove, the better their attention and focus in school with homework and other activities.

BRAIN FOOD

  • Chlorella
  • Cilantro
  • Shitake and Maitake mushrooms
  • Gogi berries

These ingredients work to clean the cells and give energy that is vital to brain function. They increase teens’ ability to concentrate and bring energy to the adrenal system which is the body’s natural stress responder.

5. WASH YOUR HANDS OF UNWANTED ORGANISMS TO AVOID ANGER ISSUES

Teens experiencing unexplained angry outbursts, high levels of annoyance and distraction will want to consider that unwanted organisms may be the cause. These critters create disturbances connected with neurotransmitters and soon, a person is just not “feeling like themselves”.

Did you know kids with unwanted organisms left untreated did worse in reading and math in school than kids who took “care of them”? It’s as simple as washing the hands correctly and seeing your health practitioner if you suspect they are present. Common symptoms include: itchy rectum, increased craving of sugar and carbohydrates, and unexplained anger.

HOW TO WASH HANDS THE RIGHT WAY

  1. Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
  2. Rub hands together, lather them well. Be sure to include the backs of hands and between fingers.
  3. With one hand, take the index finger and go around each cuticle and under each nail bed of the opposite hand. This is crucial, as we see eggs from unwanted organisms left under nail beds and around cuticles with the “simplified” hand washing.
  4. Continue rubbing hands for at least 20 seconds. Tell your kids to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
  5. Rinse hands well.
  6. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them. If you are in a public bathroom, use a drying towel to grip the door handle. Dispose neatly in the closest trash bin.

IS THIS EVERYTHING?

Not quite. There are definitely more ways to help improve your teen’s health. These are just a few easy steps you can take to help your teen get on the right track to a healthier and happier school experience. 

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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