Fodmap Edition Virtual Show 2021: How Diet Influences Mental, Brain and Gut Health – Kim EK Canale

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder. The causes of IBS are multifactorial but include a disturbance of the brain-gut axis and possibly an altered gut microbiome.  It is well established that the common mental disorders of anxiety and depression often co-exist with IBS, which are likely linked to these factors. Hence, the emerging area of nutritional psychiatry is important in terms of how diet can influence mental and brain health.
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Kim EK Canale

Kim is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works at the Food and Mood Centre, Deakin University, Geelong assisting with research aiming to better understand the role of diet in people with mental health symptoms. She also works at Diet Solutions, a dynamic private practice in Melbourne, specialising in the management of gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Coeliac Disease. Kim has over 20 years’ experience working in the area of gastrointestinal nutrition. She worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne for several years on the gastroenterology wards and as a research dietitian in the Department of Gastroenterology, Box Hill Hospital. Kim is passionate about educating people that IBS is a complex condition and may require several strategies to manage symptoms. She enjoys supporting people with not just their dietary needs but their emotional journeys as well, towards how to enjoy foods despite their food intolerances to optimise their overall health and mental and physical well being.

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