A vast amount of research continues to support the profound role that the gut microbiome plays in human health beyond digestion and absorption. From autoimmunity and cardiometabolic issues to brain health and metabolism, understanding the impact of this internal ecosystem on overall wellness is critical for preventing and addressing chronic health concerns. This presentation will provide education and strategies around the optimal foods to include and why, those to reduce, and how to identify and minimize potential gut disruptors. It will also address the intersection between environmental health and microbiome status, from soil health to pesticides and other chemical inputs. Lastly, it will offer practical ideas and suggestions on creative ways to increase beneficial foods such as those rich in fiber, polyphenols, and prebiotics, and the potential support that supplements may offer.
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an Integrative Eco-Dietitian, with a Master’s Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years in both private practice, as clinical supervisor at Bastyr’s Teaching Clinic and with the Wellness Company, Arivale, using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University’s Commencement Ceremony 2019. She serves on the boards of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine which she chaired in 2018. Additionally, she hosts the podcast “The Nutrition Show”, authored the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods” and “The Microbiome Diet Reset “, and is a consultant around creating a sustainable and resilient food system that supports our environment and helps to mitigate climate change.
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
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*This course has been approved for continuing education for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians, Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).