The biochemical crosstalk between the developing neurological and immunological systems is diverse, complex and constant. Both systems are rooted in the gastro-intestinal tract, known as both the second brain as well as home to 70% of the immune system. These rapidly developing systems in a newborn are significantly impacted by the gastro-intestinal tract, which itself is a delicate and often fledgling organ even at full term. Both maternal and paternal dietary and nutritional factors influence a miriad of conditions that set in motion the foundation for optimizing gastrointestinal health and influencing immune tolerance-intolerance and neurological sequela. This lecture will explore this subject and how diet and nutrition can ideally advance health and well being by influencing immune regulation as well as neurons, synapses and early wiring.
Geri Brewster, RDN MPH CDN