Phytonutrient Support for a Healthy Immune System
More attention than ever these days is appropriately focused on protecting one’s health and preventing infection. While much emphasis is placed upon the spread of germs in today’s climate, a less emphasized but equally important aspect of good health is building robust immunity through dietary weapons such as phytochemicals. Hippocrates, for example, is famously credited with saying, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And while a large and growing body of research demonstrates the value of this truth, most patients unfortunately give little thought to food, beyond taste and convenience, or to quality supplements.
Phytonutrients are compounds found in foods (such as carotenoids, resveratrol, lycopene and thousands of others), which provide natural color and flavor. But those rich colors and flavors have also been demonstrated to have significant benefits in supporting health, and in particular, the immune system. This has led to a better understanding of the importance of “eating a rainbow,” or selecting a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as a strategy for supporting overall health.
Dr. Deanna Minich, PhD, has dedicated her career to helping people grasp the importance and benefits of ensuring adequate consumption of these phytonutrients through dietary choices, including appropriate quality supplements. In this workshop she will lead us through the emerging science of these compounds in foods and demonstrate their importance in supporting health in general, and especially the immune system. During this engaging hour, she will provide tools to help patients take control of their health through their food choices and quality supplements.
Dr. Deanna Minich, PhD
Dr. Deanna Minich is a nutrition researcher, educator, and functional medicine-trained clinician with a unique approach to nutrition that combines physiology and psychology. She has served on the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, in addition to being a faculty member, teaching nutrition for the Advanced Practice Module for Environmental Health. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Nutrition Association and is President of the American College of Nutrition. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Minich has over twenty years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries, is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Organic India, serves as advisor to various food, academic and health organizations, and has more than forty published scientific articles in journals such as Nutrients, Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and Nutrition Reviews. She teaches for the graduate program (MS) in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States. She is the author of six books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes. Visit her at: www.deannaminich.com
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