The human gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. This complex and abundant ecosystem requires a delicate balance to function optimally, impacting nutrition, immunity, mental health, mood and behaviour.
Certificate of Gut Microbiome is an online professional development program exploring the function and management of the human gut microbiome.
In this gut microbiome course, you will develop practical strategies and approaches to maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. You’ll also learn to recognise the signs of dysbiosis, the functions of the microbiome and how to implement a plan for optimising health through improving the gut microbiome.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation of knowledge on how to improve the gut microbiome.
Unit - Gut Microbiome Management
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of the human gut microbiome
What is a microbiome
The gastrointestinal tract
How the gut microbiome is established
Maintaining the microbiome as adults
Diet and nutrition for improving the microbiome
Lifestyle and other factors
The gut microbiome effect
Contribution to metabolic function
Protect against pathogens
Educating the immune system
Gut microbe disruption & dysbiosis
Unit 2 – Genetics, metagenomics and metabolomics
Short chain fatty acids
DNA sequencing technologies
Next generation sequencing
Applications of PCR and DNA sequencing
Samples and sampling techniques
Laser capture microdissection
The human microbiome project
Bacterial genomic contribution to human survival
Unit 3 – Diversity and characteristics of biota
Beneficial and detrimental biota – a fine balance
Development of dietary supplements
What to look for on labelling.
Understanding microbe classification
Types of bacteria
Major bacterial phylums present in the gut
Nurturing a healthy gut
Antiobiotics – what happens to microbes
Unit 4 – Maintaining the gut environment
Small intestine environment
Large intestine environment
Managing the large intestine
Diarrhea and digestion
Microbiome & hormones
Microbiome and allergies
Leaky gut syndrome
Inflammation – function and process
Gut health treatment
Probiotics and other supplements
Lifestyle practices including stress reducing techniques
How nutrition can affect homeostasis of gut microbiota
Functional foods & gut health
Practical ways to improve gut microbiome health
Easting a diverse range of foods
Eat lots of legumes, beans, fruits and vegetables.
Eating more nuts and seeds
Eating fermented foods
Eat more plant based foods
Dairy products and the microbiome
The importance of water
Practical ways to improve the gut microbiome
Exercise and supplements
Gut transit time
Intermittent fasting and the effects on microbial activity
Unit 7 – The gut-brain axis
What are psychobiotics?
The interaction between the mind and the body
The gut-brain axis
The vagus nerve
Animal research on psychobiotics
Tryptophan and serotonin
Gaba (gamma aminobutyric acid
Human research on psychobiotics
Findings on depression and anxiety
Psychobiotics and other mental health conditions
Issues with psychobiotic research
How can psychobiotics impact mental health?
The future of psychobiotics
Psychobiotics in the diet
Unit 8 – Applications of gut microbiome management
Cultivate and grow the gut microbiome
When the conditions are right, microbes can thrive
Pre-schoolers, young children and the microbiome
Instance: behaviour and temperament
Instance: improving cognition and learning
Teenagers, young adults and the microbiome
Instance: mucosal immunity
Adults and the microbiome
Instance: arthritis and pain management
Instance: grief and emotional disturbances
Increase psychobiotics in the diet
More than eating to enhance microbiota
More strategies to address SIBO
Respond to subsequent small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO) or eradication of H.Pylori.
Focus on biofilm disruption
Prevent sporulation – feed the bacteria well
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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