Dr. Heather Manley teaches ways to communicate with kids about their health

135- How To Teach Teens About How Their Body Works with Dr. Heather Manley

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

November 12, 2020

Do you remember how awkward of a time it was to go through puberty as a teen. If you were like most people, you probably didn't have many options to learn about what was going on, and you just had to "wing it".

Dr. Heather Manley is trying to change that by offering lots of educational pieces for kids to learn about their bodies. For instance, she teaches young kids about digestion and how food can make you feel different ways.

She also teaches teens about the changes in their hormones as they age. Her goal is to help educate kids so they can better understand what is happening to their own bodies and not be confused by the changes.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Important health stages that kids will go through
  • How to manage and regulate hormones through your teenage years
  • How hormonal changes can impact teen girls as they play sports
  • Strategies to have health conversations with your kids without it being 'awkward'


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [1:30] Who is Dr. Heather Manley and what got her interested in children's health
  • [5:30] What developmental stages should be focused on the most while kids are growing
  • [8:00] You have to put the ball in the child's court
  • [9:30] What are the different stages of puberty between males and females
  • [12:30] Is there peer pressure that can impact puberty for teens
  • [13:30] When girls start to get their menstrual cycle, does it start irregularly or is it consistent
  • [16:15] Often times kids will go on birth control to relieve symptoms, but this could have other impacts on their health
  • [18:15] When taking birth control, it strips other nutrients from your body, so you may need a multivitamin to make up for lost nutrients
  • [20:00] If you child has acne, then you should look into why they would be having acne instead of manipulating hormones to try and fix it
  • [22:15] Some athletic girls can get so lean that they lose their menstrual cycle, is this healthy
  • [25:15] There is a lot of new research coming up around women and how their body changes during the month which can change how they perform
  • [28:00] Understanding your cycles will make it easier to understand when you have a bad day
  • [28:45] How can parents get the confidence to talk about these subjects
  • [31:00] What are some of the big focus points that boys should know
  • [32:45] I remember when I was going through health classes we would only learn about our gender parts not the other side
  • [33:15] Final thoughts from Dr. Heather Manley

Resources From This Episode

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  • Check out the Human Body Detectives for information to share with kids- Learn More

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Heather Manley

Dr. Heather Manley teaches how to talk with kids about their bodies

Dr. Heather Manley teaches how to talk with kids about their bodies

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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