Your Brain on Food: Nutrition for the Mind presented by Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
8:00 pm | Eastern Standard Time
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Description: Brain disorders like memory loss, mood issues and migraines are increasing every year. Because there is little doubt that nutrition has a powerful effect on the brain, dietitians are in a position to help prevent and address these major health concerns. This presentation will highlight specific foods and phytochemicals that support brain health and those that may promote deterioration. It will examine the potential adverse effects of nutrient deficiencies as well as the way that inflammatory and cardiovascular issues can affect the brain. It will educate on relevant bio markers, present research on potentially beneficial supplements, and touch on the negative impact of several commonly used medications. Practical ideas on helping patients implement brain-supportive dietary and lifestyle strategies will be provided.
- Identify key foods to include/avoid that help support optimal brain health.
- Interpret pertinent blood labs which may help to assess risk of neuro- degeneration
- Discuss the potential impact of micronutrient deficiencies on mood, cognition and memory
- Implement dietary and lifestyle strategies to help patients support mental health and reduce the risk for cognitive decline
Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, DIFM DPG Chair, works at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale, in Seattle, as Clinical Training Lead and Coach providing nutrition and lifestyle counseling to clients using personalized genetic data and functional labs to help them improve their health. Before that she was in private practice for 8 years. She was adjunct professor at Bastyr University for three years and spent five years as a clinical supervisor at their teaching clinic The Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She taught an online module on therapeutic diets with the IFNA Academy and has provided numerous webinars and workshops for nutrition professionals and the public. She has been interviewed on Seattle’s Public Radio and on local Seattle TV, and quoted in numerous magazines and websites including Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Experience Life, and Natural Health. She has served on the DIFM board for several years as Communications Chair and is the Past President of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. She also co-authored the Diet Appendix for The Anti-Inflammatory Diet chapter for the 14th ed. of Krause’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process and is the host of the online web series and podcast, “Mary’s Nutrition Show.”