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How Supplements Are Harmful During The Teenage

How Supplements Are Harmful During The Teenage

Many teenagers today are serious about their workouts, starting at an early age. However, passion for bodybuilding takes a dangerous turn when teenagers turn to supplements without proper medical guidance. And if you are wondering how bad these supplements could be, here is a list of harms these supplements can cause:

  • Limited creatine production: a lot of supplements are loaded with creatine for easy protein synthesis in body. However, such supplementation can hinder with natural creatine production in body, thus making it completely reliant on external sources.
  • Bone deterioration: constant intake of supplements is known to increase the acidity of blood. The body then tries to balance out this acidity by releasing more calcium in the blood stream. This means bone deterioration as the extra calcium when not supplemented externally ( which is mostly the case) is taken up from the bones. The weaker skeletal system will not only harm the internal strength of the body but can have long term detrimental effects, making teenagers prone to fractures and other bone ailments.
  • Stones: released calcium often leads to accumulation in body leading to stone formation. The increased incidences of kidney stones found in teenagers who rely heavily on supplements are directly related to increased calcium released and poor bone health.
  • Digestive disorders: reliance on supplements is known to lead to digestive disorders as lack of fiber in dietary intake interferes with regular intestinal movements. Such frequent disorders lead to improper functioning of digestive system, further leading to nutrient complications.
  • Nutrient deficiencies: even though the supplements consumed are very high in protein and carbohydrates, they provide very little of fiber, vitamins and minerals. There prolonged use, even for a shorter span of time during teenage when nutrient uptake by body is very important, can lead to severe nutrient deficiencies in body. Artificial supplementation of protein through these supplements is also known to lead to protein toxicity, thus hindering with other nutrients’ absorption, as such, working as a double edged sword.

As these harmful effects indicate, it is extremely risky for teenagers to consume such supplements without proper medical guidance. As such, it is better to rely on herbal products or combine the two for complete nutrition. However, medical guidance should always be sought when making such changes.