It’s that time of year. People are trying to lose any extra weight they may have put on over the holidays. Also, with spring break right around the corner, patients are coming to my clinic asking, “How can I lose weight quickly?” Or, the hope may be to clear the body of toxins that have accumulated with all the processed foods or alcohol consumed recently. Many people turn to a “cleanse” or a “detox diet”.
Imagine yourself in this situation: You are going about your day as usual when you realize you have to urinate. You get to the bathroom in time, do your business, and carry on with your day. Okay, not a very interesting story. We do this every day, often without even thinking about it. Well, now imagine that you’re going about your day when you suddenly realize you have to pee NOW. I mean, feeling like you’re going to burst like when you spent 12 hours in the car with 6 bottles of soda. RIGHT NOW.
The other day, I was with a new patient doing a health check. This particularly spirited teenager was testing me on a lot of the health advice I was giving about nutrition (What?! A teenager being testy? Never!). When we discussed the health consequences of her daily Mountain Dew habit, she asked me to prove it. Well, spunky patient, consider your challenge accepted.
The question of whether to take a multivitamin is one that we hear almost daily in the clinic, and it’s no wonder: walk into any pharmacy and there’s a whole aisle devoted to vitamins and supplements of all kinds. There are vitamins for kids, for women, for men; there are vitamins that come in liquid form, gummy form, or pill form. You can buy a multivitamin that includes an array of different vitamins or focus in and buy supplements that contain a single vitamin or mineral (like Vitamin D or magnesium, for example).
Congratulations! You are now the proud parent of a teenager. You have delicately guided them through infancy and childhood, and now he or she is becoming more independent every day. It’s important that your teenager’s health care provider has “alone time” at each health check with your teen. For some parents, it’s hard to let go, but this is a good step for a number of reasons.