Adolescents (12 to 18 years old), continued

Sodium

Sodium is required for fluid balance, however no more than 6g daily should be consumed. Overconsumption could result in dehydration.

Calcium

The stage in life when bones are at their strongest is termed peak bone mass. This must be achieved during adolescence. Calcium is essential to reach this target.

Achieving peak bone mass will help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life.

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Calcium and vitamin D work together to increase calcium absorption