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Are Nutrient Deficiencies the Answer?

By Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

Your ‘health triangle’ encompasses 3 key components that are essential to your overall well-being: physical, emotional and chemical. While functional health practitioners will evaluate all three areas to identify imbalances, looking at your micronutrient status (a reflection of your dietary intake) is critical for preventing and detecting distress. This piece of the diagnostic puzzle is important for evaluating auto immune conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, rate of aging, mental health, fertility, and overall wellness.

Nutrition has a global affect on well-being, meaning that having a deficiency today has the potential to create a life-long condition, which would affect quality of life over time. The alternative—having too much of a good thing—may also compromise your body’s ability to function optimally.

Common conditions affected by nutrient deficiencies include:

  • Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mood Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fertility
  • Immune function

Over the last 50 years, multiple clinical studies have shown that nutrient deficiencies can adversely affect your health at all stages of life. Your body must be able to utilize vitamins, minerals, amino or fatty acids, and antioxidants to produce enzymes and hormones for proper growth, development, and optimal health. Prevention and early detection of nutrient imbalances is the key to success!

Take note of these Top 4 common nutrient deficiencies:

1. Zinc

What does it do: support enzymes; immune function; supports normal growth & development in pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Problem without it: hair loss, impotence, and mental lethargy.

2. Glutathione

What does it do: decreases muscle fatigue, supports liver detoxification, and immune function.

Problem without it: Free radical overload, elevated homocysteine, macular degeneration, and compromised immune function.

3 & 4. Vitamins B1 & B2

What do they do: both are used for carbohydrate conversion, responsible for breaking down fats & protein, support for skin, hair, eyes, and immune system.

Problems without them: poor thyroid function, fatigue, elevated homocysteine, anemia, and age-related cognitive decline.

When it comes to your health: Why guess when you can be sure? Micronutrient testing via a simple blood test can identify vitamin and mineral imbalances to help be sure you’re getting what your body needs. At First State Health & Wellness, the premiere Functional Health practice in Delaware, focusing on the individual—not the diagnosis—is our first approach!

Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

Is a certified natural healthcare practitioner, wellness coach, friend of First State Health & Wellness and nationally-recognized speaker. She has over 10 years experience helping clients understand the connection between pH balance, food and chemical sensitivities, physical fitness and their overall health goals.

If you’re looking to improve your health, visit or call First State Health & Wellness at 302.454.1200 to schedule a functional health consultation.

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