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Fighting Fads for Your Teen’s Future


Have you ever wondered if social media is affecting your teenager’s health? Unfortunately, due to complex algorithms that determine what we see on social media, what’s showing up in your Instagram or TikTok feed is completely different from what you’re seeing. It comes as no surprise, then, that while your teen has probably heard and seen plenty about sketchy products that promote things like weight loss, teeth whitening, and “safe” nicotine like Zyn, you never have. Thanks to deepfake doctors and shady influencers, misinformation runs wild across every corner of the internet. Never heard of Zyn? Not sure what to do to fight the latest health fads? You’re not alone!  Let’s take a deeper look: 


Zyn, Nicotine, and Your Teen

Zyn nicotine pouches, like many other alternatives, have gained popularity due to their discreet nature and ease of use. Available in different flavors and strength levels, nicotine pouches are placed between the users’ lips and gums for absorption. With numerous videos on social media promoting the idea that these pouches are healthier than other nicotine products and even give users an enjoyable ‘buzz,’ it’s no wonder that usage has boomed in the past year.


However, it's essential to recognize the associated risks, especially when it comes to our teenagers. Nicotine consumption can have profound effects on developing brains, potentially leading to addiction, academic issues, and long-term health concerns.


Negative Impacts of Nicotine on Teenage Brains

Nicotine can have a wide range of detrimental effects on the developing teenage brain. Here are some of the negative impacts:


Impaired Cognitive Function: Nicotine negatively affects cognitive functions such as attention, memory, and learning. Teenagers are at a stage where their brains are still developing, and exposure to nicotine can disrupt these crucial processes.


Increased Risk of Addiction: Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to addiction, and nicotine is highly addictive. Early exposure increases the likelihood of developing dependence, which can have long-term consequences for mental and physical health.


Altered Brain Structure: Nicotine exposure during adolescence can lead to changes in the structure and function of the brain. It affects the development of the prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in decision-making, impulse control, and emotional regulation.


Risk of Mental Health Disorders: There is evidence linking nicotine use during adolescence to an increased risk of developing mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. The impact on mental health can extend into adulthood.


You Deserve a Source You Can Trust

At The Johnson Center for Health, we understand the importance of reliable health information and supportive resources for parents and teens navigating these challenges. Social media trends, whether they’re promoting new drugs like Zyn or purporting to share the latest health fad, are nothing to base your child’s future on. Our functional medicine clinic is committed to providing evidence-based knowledge and a compassionate approach to support you in safeguarding your teenager's health.


By staying informed and engaging in open conversations with your teenagers, you play a crucial role in guiding them toward responsible choices. Our clinic offers a safe space for parents seeking reliable information about the impact of nicotine on teenagers, as well as practical strategies for fostering open communication with their children.


Healthy Teen, Happy Teen

In fact, The Johnson Center for Health has a program dedicated to teen health, designed to address the stress, sleep problems, acne, and stomach troubles that can arise in adolescence. Our functional medicine practitioners aim to help teens manage their well-being effectively, providing them with the tools to lead happy and productive lives as they navigate the complexities of adolescence and prepare for adulthood.


We invite you to visit The Johnson Center for Health for personalized consultations, workshops, and resources designed to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate these complex issues. We are dedicated to partnering with you in promoting the health and well-being of your family.


Let's work together to create a community where our teenagers are well-informed, supported, and equipped to make healthy choices. Schedule a free discovery call today to get started.


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