Struggles of a Teenage Boy

Puberty. Need I say more?  This time in a young boy’s life turns his entire world upside down. From a clean cut face, to hair growing in spurts all over the place. Generally, not in even proportion either.  From a normal little boy’s voice, to squeaks and squawks as it emasculates into a man’s voice.  And yes, from thinking girls are icky,, to thinking about them morning, noon, and night. In this area, the boys mind must take control of his body, or his body will take him places he is not yet mature enough to go.

As a pre-teen 11 – 14 year old boy, if he is considered a, “mama’s boy,” then he may try to over compensate by taking on more physical athletic sports than he can handle. After all, he has a reputation to showcase, and then uphold to his peers. However, when he comes home, he gets to be all lovable and sweet in the bosom of his Mommy again.


Teenage boy problems

As an older sixteen or seventeen year old boy, he is now expected to seriously think about his career. Prepare for his future. After all, being the man, he is expected to be the bread winner if he is raised in a traditional home.  This is the norm for most cultures. For most young adolescent men, this is all well and good except for one thing … their body still has lack of control issues when it comes to thinking about girls in a sexual way 24/7.. I assume it must be very difficult to know that these feelings of sexual longing are very natural, yet, not allowed to act upon them.  Here are some things that the parents can do to help:

Unfortunately, with the vanishing of traditional home governments and their standards for living, many young teen age boys and girls are left to fend for themselves as to what they think is right for them with no absolutes at all. Everything is relative. Thus, many young boys may not have a strong male figure to emulate, but are forced to make up their own minds given what is fed to them in school and the media instead of what is lived out in the home.  However, our young men of tomorrow will persevere, somehow, and become all that he is meant to become. Our job as parents is simply to guide them in the right direction as best we can with what we are given.

Potassium is a Must Eat!

Potassium is one if the vital minerals in the body. It is of particular importance in that it helps to balance the pH of body fluids by virtue of its alkaline nature. This makes it imperative that you adopt a diet that includes many potassium rich foods. Also, potassium helps in the regulation of blood pressure, bone growth and adrenal function. It also plays a very significant role in regulating muscle growth and kidney function.


Health benefits of potassium

A deficiency of potassium in your body can lead to dangerous consequences due to the many vital roles it plays in the body, some of which have been mentioned. However, you need not worry or nurse any unnecessary fear as you are not likely to fall short of potassium if you maintain a balanced diet at all times. In other words, if your diet contains many foods which are high in potassium, you stand a very little chance of having low potassium levels in your body.

One important point you should note is that there is a very little chance that you fall short of potassium despite taking a potassium rich diet regularly. Yes, this is possible in the case of athletes and bodybuilders. This is because, when you subject yourself to rigorous exercise and other physical activities during which you lose lots of water from your body through sweat, some of the potassium in your body also get eliminated through the sweat. This is the main reason why marathoners, when being given water to drink during races are given water which has magnesium and other minerals dissolved in it so that they will quickly replace the lost body nutrients.

Another instance in which you may fall short of potassium, despite having an adequate dietary intake of the mineral is when you are on a long-term placement on diuretics. Remember that diuretics are drugs which increase the rate at which you lose water through urine. When you lose large amounts of water, you also lose some potassium. In short, one can conclude that the more water you lose, the more potassium you lose. Ironically however, the fact that you drink much water in return cannot ordinarily replenish the lost potassium. You must take diets rich in potassium.

Foods which are packed with antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables have very high potassium content. Bananas and cantaloupes are particularly very rich in the mineral. Other sources include apricots, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, oranges, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard and strawberries. Animal sources include fishes such as tuna.

Even though the body does not require very large amounts of potassium in order to function well, its deficiency, as stated earlier could be very dangerous. You can consult other internet resources in order to know the symptoms and complications of potassium deficiency so that you will get more understanding of how important potassium is.

Is Juvenile Arthritis the same as Adult Arthritis?

Arthritis is typically associated with the process of growing old.  Many people did not consider it possible for a younger person to suffer from arthritis.  It is accepted as a part of growing old, but is nearly dismissed as a possibility in younger children.  Teens and children can suffer from juvenile arthritis and they can suffer from a form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) too.  However, just because it has the word arthritis in it does not mean that it is the same disease that occurs in adults.


Complete picture of juvenile arthritis symptoms

Like adult rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease.  In this disease the body cannot tell the difference between its own healthy cells and other invaders that must be destroyed.  Under normal circumstances the autoimmune system protects the body from invaders such as bacteria and viruses.  In JRA and adult rheumatoid arthritis, when there are no invader cells to attack the body releases chemicals that can cause damage to healthy tissues.  This is the main source of pain and inflammation in juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis can be a debilitating disease and has many of the same life limiting affects as adult arthritis.  Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can be divided into several different categories.  The first category is the type that appears between the ages of 6 months and 16 years.  They present many of the same symptoms as adult rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.  They will complain of joint pain, swelling, redness, or warmth in the joints.

Juvenile arthritis can cause many other problems in children.  They are limited in their activities and often cannot interact with children of their own age in play activities.  This can affect the mental health of the child.  The goal of treatment in juvenile RA is to make the disease go into remission.  When many joints are affected it is more difficult to make the disease go into remission. Oligoarticular JRA affects four or fewer joints.  An inflammation in the iris of the I eye might also be present in this type of juvenile arthritis. Polyarticular arthritis affects the small joints of the hands and the weight bearing joints such as the neck, knees, ankles, and feet.  Systemic arthritis can affect the whole body.  This type of juvenile arthritis makes the child feel ill, turn pale, and develop a rash that comes and goes.

Juvenile arthritis is serious, but it is not same as adult arthritis.  Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to go into remission when treatment can begin when only one are two joints are affected.  Many times parents and physicians will dismiss the early stages of juvenile arthritis as growing pains.  Juvenile RA can be diagnosed through blood tests and it should be ruled out before unusual joint pain and arthritis symptoms are dismissed in children.

8 Tips to Make Your Child Eat Healthy Food

Parenting is not easy. Don’t get startled with this amazing statement.   Ask mothers and fathers of a child and they would, in all probability, support this assertion. Child health is always of primary concern to all mothers and fathers. And when it comes to eating, mothers are most likely to vouchsafe that the child does not eat healthy and balanced food in spite of coaxing or sweet-talk. This is, by and large, a worldwide phenomenon.

Ways to make your child eating healthy food

Ways to make your child eating healthy food

Let us now consider the eight ways of helping your child eat healthy and balanced food.  The focused age-group for this is 2-12 years or extendable till the age 15.

Firstly, try to involve your child when you are planning about and cooking meals. Ask your child about his or her choice to make sure he or she knows the food items well.

Secondly, ensure that the child takes breakfast regularly. It will raise the energy level for school and home work. For breakfast, give soft or light items such as popcorns, dry fruits, yoghurt or something that the child would definitely relish in the morning.

Thirdly, cook all food items with less oil and salt. Both oil and salt are considered to be detrimental to the health of children as well as adults. If possible, prefer to consume baked or roasted food items, not fried ones.

Fourthly, coax your child to eat 4-5 times every day. There should not be a big gap between two meals. Also make sure he or she does not eat too less or too much at one time. Let it be balanced diet. Nevertheless, baby healthy diet tips differ from this that you can learn here in another post.

Fifthly, allow the child to decide sometimes only on the quantity of snacks to eat at one time. Remember, the child will never starve in the growing age, unless angry. Also, teach the child to eat slowly. This will help him or her to relish the food item better and also facilitate easy digestion.

Sixthly, try to make a healthy recipe for children with good variety of vegetables including green and leafy ones. It will increase the level of calcium and iron content in the body. The simplest way of goading the child to eat these vegetables is by setting an example. If you demonstrate liking for these vegetables, the child will do so, sooner than later. Inversely, if you keep on eating spicy and oily food items, the child would certainly demand that, too.

Seventhly, remember that the entire family needs to consume the same meal in the presence of the child. When you eat something different, the child is most likely to show displeasure or revolt.

Eighthly, and more importantly, avoid sitting on the sofa watching television while taking meals. It will invariably divert your attention on what your child’s eating, both quantity and manner.

Above all, keep in mind that proper growth and development of the child needs to become a top priority. Consult your family physician to know more about the calcium, protein and more in food items that can make your son or daughter healthy. Remember that proper child health cannot be achieved in a day or two. It is a long and continuous process till he or she reaches the age of 15 years and becomes self-reliant.

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