Guest Lecture: Nourishing Your Ecology
with Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI, INHC
During this engaging hour, Kathleen DiChiara will help to distill the complex and dynamic interplay between micronutrients and microbes that influence immune function. We each live with our own inner garden, best known as our intestinal flora of thousands of species of microorganisms in our gut that play a critical role in our health. Microbial communities residing in our gastrointestinal tract influence our digestion and assimilation, impacting the nutrients we derive from food.
These microbes also work to shape our metabolism by contributing their own exogenous enzymatic functions.Optimal function of the digestive system is required to ensure that food is properly broken down and absorbed. A consistent supply of essential micronutrients is critical for this function.The gut microbiome, host immune system, and dietary exposures to micronutrients and phytonutrients influence the systems and biological processes that can shift us toward resilient health or dysfunction and disease. Understanding this interplay may help guide cancer susceptibility, prevention and treatment strategies.
Kathleen DiChiara is a Functional Diagnostic NutritionPractitioner, BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, health advocate, and professionally trained chef. For the past decade she has been committed to dismantling the chronic disease epidemic by empowering and educating her audience to reconnect to their nutritional wisdom so they can harness the power of their microbiome to regenerate health at home.
Her experience and interest in functional nutrition and gut health sits at the intersection of mindset, daily habits, and the microbiome -- which she describes in her most recent awardwinning book, End Chronic Disease: The Healing Power of Beliefs, Behaviors, and Bacteria (Hay House | Penguin Random House 2020). Kathleen is also the President and Founder of Rhode to Health, Inc. and Nutritional Intelligence Academy.™ She serves as a Nutrition Advisor for the Bionutrient Food Association and as an Advisor for Social Enterprise Greenhouse and their Health and Wellness Initiative. She is also a Board member on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Kathleen is a well-respected national speaker and has been featured on a wide range of media outlets and international broadcasts. She was also the main feature in a multiple award-winning documentary film called Secret Ingredients.