We see a lot of teenagers at BeWell Associates. Digestive distress, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, inability to focus; their symptoms run the gamut of adult problems.
It is not uncommon for us to work with a 15 year old whom has a fairly typical triad of complaints: chronic stomach aches, extreme fatigue and focus problems. In this case, we evaluated the client and corrected her stomach complaints by eliminating her main food allergen and introducing probiotics. By investigating her Amino Acids through testing, we found low levels of the building blocks for dopamine. Dopamine is the brain chemical that helps with focus and energy. After just a month on her Amino Acid she was able to stop her medication (Ritalin) and has her energy back. She will eventually be able to stop using the supplement and maintain her brain chemistry (improved focus and energy) through diet alone.
Recently we worked with a high school senior, an academically gifted athlete. She was extremely fatigued and had debilitating monthly migraines. Through a combination of tests we discovered severe allergies to dairy and eggs, depletion of several of her amino acids, and hormonal imbalance. The customized amino acid powder that we formulated, based on her test, had immediate results in improving her energy and clarity of thinking. A small amount of progesterone cream regulated her periods and corrected her migraines. Within two months she was symptom free and feeling better than she had in a long time. As her body balance improves, she will be able to stop using the cream and maintain her equilibrium through eating adequate protein- rich meals to meet the demands of her athletic lifestyle. She will also need to continue using her multivitamin with extra anti-oxidants,