Microbiota inflammation gut health and disease - by Doug Cook RD

#30. Microbiome, inflammation, gut health & disease.

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Gut health continues to be a hot topic and we’ve only started to scratch the surface.  One area of interest is the role of gut micro-organisms, a.k.a. microbiota or the microbiome and their role on gut inflammation, and how diet impacts the composition and function of gut bacteria. Natasha’s area of research focuses on how dietary fat impacts the gut microbiome, inflammation and disease activity in patients living with Ulcerative Colitis.

Meet Natasha Haskey, RD Ph.D. (cand)

Natasha Haskey (RD) is a Registered Dietitian with 18 years experience in the field of nutrition. Natasha completed a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Masters of Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association, College of Dietitians of British Columbia and Dietitians of Canada. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan.


Natasha is a national dietitian expert in gastrointestinal nutrition, specifically in the areas of probiotics, prebiotics, as well as how diet has an impact on the microbiome.  In January 2017, she began a PhD at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan at the Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Research.


Natasha has been honored with a Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Award – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (2018), Dietitians of Canada Member Recognition Award for Innovation in Dietetics (2017), University of Saskatchewan Young Alumni Achievement Award (2012) and a Centennial Alumni of Influence Award (2014).

Natasha is an active volunteer in both the profession of dietetics, as well as in her community. She served as President of the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (2010-2012) and Co-Chair of the Dietitians of Canada Pediatric Nutrition Network (2009-2011). She has also served on the Board of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She is actively involved in mentoring and teaching dietetic students.


Natasha’s love of food and nutrition extends beyond her day-to-day work – she is a self-proclaimed foodie, as she loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, share her baking with friends and family, and is passionate about culinary travel. Her two Jack Russell Terriers (Jake and Lilly) keep her active!

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About her book

Gut Microbiota. Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health

Gut Microbiota: Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health focuses on the fascinating intestinal microbiome as it relates to nutrition. The book covers the core science in the microbiome field and draws links between the microbiome and nutrition in medicine. Reflecting the most current state of evidence available in the field, the early chapters introduce key concepts about the microbiome, and the latter focus on the application of the gut microbiome and nutrition science. Both human studies and animal studies (where appropriate) are discussed throughout the work.


Addressing topics such as gut microbiota throughout the lifespan, gut microbiota in health and disease, and genetic and environmental influences on gut microbiota, this book will provide scientists and clinicians who have an interest in the microbiome with an understanding of the future potential and limitations of this tool as they strive to make use of evidence-based diet information for the maintenance of good health.


Key Features
  • Explores how diet influences gut microbiota
  • Consolidates new research on how gut microbiota affects nutrition
  • Identifies how the research applies to food science
  • Provides practical diet suggestions for improving health

Food and nutrition researchers working in academia and industry and healthcare professionals giving dietary recommendations to the general public.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Overview of the Human Microbiome
Chapter 2: The Gut Microbiota
Chapter 3: Gut Microbiota Throughout the Lifespan
Chapter 4: Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease
Chapter 5: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Gut Microbiota
Chapter 6: Impact of Nutrition on the Gut Microbiota
Chapter 7: Therapeutic Manipulation of Gut Microbiota
Chapter 8: Practical Diet Recommendations
Chapter 9: Applications of Gut Microbiota and Nutrition Science
Chapter 10: The Future of Gut Microbiota and Nutrition


Buy her book: Gut Microbiota. Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health from her website, on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Chapters Indigo and Barnes and Noble.

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Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto based integrative and functional nutritionist and dietitian with a focus on brain and mental health and antiaging nutrition. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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