Food for Thought

25-minute Talk

A look at the microbiology within your body and how foods are broken down into building blocks needed by your brain.


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday 18th


Room F3 - Track 3: Talks


All rolls


Phone or laptop to answer questions


  • What foods and supplements you should consume to improve mental health
  • How the body uses the food you eat to properly function
  • Why the recommended vitamin daily allowances are insufficient
  • The role of the microbiome
  • Neurological health will be explored

Why what you eat might be influencing your mental health

The role of the microbiome ... neurological health will be explored. It seems like it is not possible to go a day without hearing or seeing news or other media on the benefits of diet and exercise for ideal weight management, glucose control and physical health, however very little is presented to the public on diet and exercise for managing mental health concerns. The treatment of mental health conditions has long relied on pharmacology, which often has unpleasant side effects, is expensive, and does not appear to reduce the overall prevalence of mental health conditions in the population. Recent evidence suggests that dietary factors and digestive health may contribute to improved mental health. This presentation will consider current concepts of how diet and nutrition may impact mood, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. The role of the gut microbiome, quality food intake, and vitamin and mineral supplementation on brain and neurological health will be exlpoerd. You will walk away with an understanding of how you can improve your mental health, cognition and brain function by what you chose to eat. Karen Holland is a Chiropractor, and Athletic Therapist/Trainer with a Masters Degree in Nutrition, who takes a functional nutrition approach to whole person physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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