Topic: Healthy Gut, Healthy Life

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016, at 07:00 pm

Presenter: Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

Melissa will be cracking open the mysteries of the gut and diving in to reveal the 5 steps needed to revive your health, and feel better, naturally! Learn how gut health dramatically influences your well-being and food’s role in helping or harming your resistance to chronic inflammation and disease.

The phrase “gut health” describes effective digestion and an optimal state of well-being.

Our digestive tract acts as a guardian between the outside world and the internal workings of our bodies.  If this barrier is healthy, it allows nutrients into the body while at the same time blocking foreign invaders. If the barrier is unhealthy, the digestive material can bypass this process and even healthy food could be seen as a threat. This threat triggers your body’s immune response and can lead to food sensitivities and chronic systemic inflammation.

Scientific research has shown the importance of beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems. Studies also indicate that less diverse strains of intestinal bacteria in infants can lead to increased food sensitivities, which is thought to lead to food allergies later in life. Unhealthy gut bacteria have been linked to obesity, type II diabetes, cancers of the digestive system, anxiety, ADHD, and depression.  Most importantly it has been associated with chronic systemic inflammation.

Discover if what you’re eating, even healthy food, could be causing frustrating conditions such as: skin disorders, brain fog, infertility, thyroid disorders, headaches, ADD/ADHD, arthritis, allergies, anxiety/stress, hormonal imbalance, and more!

Delayed food and chemical sensitivities are different than allergies.  They can be harder to find because symptoms happen 3 hours to 3 weeks after the exposure.  Essentially, you may be eating a healthy diet full of greens, fruits, nuts and vegetables, but if you have an underlying sensitivity to even one of those foods or an additive in processed produce, your health will be slowly compromised by a chronic immune response stemming from the gut.

Now a comprehensive blood panel, available at First State Health & Wellness in Delaware, can reveal reactions to over 500 potential items from food, artificial colors and preservatives to environmental toxins, such as mold and chemicals.  For example, if an apple is identified on your food sensitivity results, this would mean that every time you eat an apple your immune system is responding as if it is a “foreign invader”.  Imagine your immune system responding to 2 or 3 (in most cases even more) antigens at once over the course of a week, a month, if left unaddressed for years. The system can get overburdened very quickly.  By identifying these immune triggers and avoiding exposures, the burden can be reduced or even eliminated. This can help the immune defense and repair system return to optimal function.

While some labs only look at the IgG antibody, learn why First State Health & Wellness uses the gold standard test to observe lymphocyte reactions.  It’s critical to understand how this test will give you a window of opportunity to repair and restore tolerance under the guidance of an experienced nutritionist.


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About the Presenter:

Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP
Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP, is leading the integration of a premier Functional Nutrition program at First State Health & Wellness with six convenient locations in Delaware. Melissa is a nationally-recognized clinical nutritionist, certified wellness coach, certified natural healthcare practitioner, clinical trainer for PERQUE Integrative Health and partner of First State Health & Wellness. She has over 10 years experience in the nutrition field helping clients understand the connection between pH balance, food and chemical sensitivities, physical fitness and their overall health goals.

In just 12 weeks, she will support your journey from discovering the root cause of your conditions to reviving your health.  If you would like to learn more, or if you suspect your chronic symptoms are stemming from an unhealthy gut, visit: www.firststatehealth.com/functional-nutrition, call (302) 454-1200, or email

nutritionist@firststatehealth.com to schedule a personal consultation with Melissa.  Mention Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging (Code:TDI) and schedule a 1-hour initial session for just $50.00.