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Food and Diet Plans for Extra Energy

In today’s world, teens live a fast-paced and activity-filled lifestyle. Everyday is a constant race until the end of the day – with challenging classes, large quantities of homework, and competitive sports to top it off. Furthermore, even when the end of the day arrives, most teens don’t sleep as much as experts recommend they do. The majority of teens need somewhere between 8 and 9 hours of sleep, but they only get 6 or 7 on the average weeknight.  It is no wonder that for many teens, energy is in short supply. Not having enough energy can actually affect all areas of a teen’s life: being able to perform well in sports, score high on a test, or just handle daily stresses and rigors of life. A high proportion of teens express the need for greater amounts of energy in their daily lives. So if your child or you are a teen in need of more energy, you are not alone.

Being More Energetic: Thanks to Your Diet

Since so many teens are on the quest for more energy, there are a lot of options being presented – some are effective, others are not. Teens should make wise decisions about how they get the extra energy they need. Although getting energy can be important, never get it at the risk of dangers to health. Teens should know that many drugs and some supplements, including some energy drinks when taken in excess, can be damaging – or sometimes even deadly. So short of getting more sleep, the smartest way of getting that extra energy you need is probably by eating properly and nutritiously.

Tips for Eating Smart and Gaining Strength

Heed the following food and diet plans for extra energy:

  • Eat foods that contain high amounts of antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants will go a long way in terms of getting you the energy you need.  Antioxidants are important in the human body, but they often are in short supply. When you have enough antioxidants, your system will be more equipped to fight all those negative chemicals that are slowing you down. Finding foods high in antioxidants isn’t as hard as it sounds – fruits and vegetables contain them, as well as cereals and some other healthy foods.
  • Eat foods with lots of nutrients. The average teen body doesn’t get nearly as many nutrients as it wants. There are six nutrients – they are the things you see listed at the back of food and beverage labels. When you choose foods to eat, try to find those that have appropriate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to get you through the day.
  • Eat breakfast and Snack healthy when you need it. Yes, eating too often is a bad idea. Not eating enough, on the other hand, is also a bad idea. Get breakfast everyday before the school day begins. Without those important nutrients, teens are sluggish throughout the day – lunch alone simply doesn’t get the job done. As long as you are active, having a healthy snack between activities will also be tremendously helpful in the energy department.
  • Water – lots of it, but not too much! Drinking more water than your body needs can be dangerous, but always try to stay hydrated by drinking small amounts throughout the day. On average, teens should try to drink around 8 cups of water or day – ask your doctor exactly how much. Drinking water can be hard, especially with all the other drinks out there. Water is responsible for distributing nutrients to all the cells in your body.

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