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More than a gut feeling - The importance of dietary fiber
Have you heard of the gut microbiome? This consists of trillions of bacteria and fungi that inhabit your digestive system. While this might sound gross, it is a good thing! Keeping your gut microbiome balances is key to many items, including healthy weight, immune system and mood. Join Sharon Thompson, MS, RD, to learn about this strange internal “community” and how you can eat to keep it functioning well. Participants will:
• Get to know the main parts of your gastrointestinal system
• Better understand food digestion and absorption
• Learn about the microbes in your gut and how they contribute to breaking down the food you eat
• Understand what dietary fiber is, and how much you should eat
• Identify high fiber foods and learn to include more fiber in your diet
Your facilitator: Sharon Thompson is a Registered Dietitian with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Nutrition. She has worked with health research since 2008 and is currently a fifth-year graduate research fellow and doctoral candidate in Dr. Hannah Holscher’s Nutrition and Human Microbiome Laboratory. Her dissertation research is focused on the impact of dietary manipulation on gut microbes and liver health.