How Institute of Health Sciences helped my with my Nutritional Therapy career by Ola Mazurkiewicz, Nutritional Therapist at Positive Vitality

“IHS helped me to change my life and inspired me to help others in changing their lives. I enrolled to this amazing college to find out the truth about healthy eating. My health wasn’t the best and the health information in the media was very confusing and not making much sense. I needed to get to the source of a healthy lifestyle and IHS gave me that. The knowledge I have gained Continue reading…

Dr Liz Lipski at the first Irish Functional Medicine Conference – June 24th

Dr Lipski will be discussing balancing the Gut-Brain Axis to Improve Mental Health.

Could depression, anxiety and other mental health issues begin in the gut? Emerging research on the relationship between the brain, behavior and the digestive system indicates that gut health may be a key to mental health. For example, several studies report that a large percent of people who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also experience depression, anxiety, and/or schizophrenia. Up to 20% of people with schizophrenia have gluten-intolerance. When GI issues are resolved, many people’s mental health complaints also resolve.

Communication between the gut-brain is bi-directional and symbiotic. Much of this resides around the afferent nerves, primarily the vagus nerve, where surprisingly 90% of the flow of the sensory nerves goes from the gut to the brain. 90% of the serotonin synthesised in the body is made in the gut; and all of our neurotransmitters are synthesised in large amounts. Increased intestinal permeability can lead to increased gram-negative lipopolysaccharides (LPS) also passing the blood brain barrier. The gut microbiome it appears plays a large role in balancing neuro-endocrine-immune relationships. Balances or dysbiotic imbalances of the gut microbiome affect our mood, behavior, and even our food preferences. The gut microbiome also affects our metabolism, weight, satiety, glucose in interactions with our hypothalamus.

In this session, Dr Lipski will explore the basic physiology and research of the gut-brain axis, and metabolism that targets our mental health, specifically mood, depression, and anxiety. Discussion will explore the role of diet in maintaining and restoring microbial balance (eubiosis), and the likely effects of selected prebiotics and probiotics. Participants will learn how to recognise related GI dysfunction and gain tools to use clinically to support balance of the amazing human superorganism.

Learning Objectives

• Introduce the basic physiology and research in the gut-brain axis in reference to mental health
• Recognise the overlap between digestive and mental health issues
• Recommend foods and nutraceuticals to balance the gut-brain axis
• Be able to incorporate this information in clinical practice

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Meet the Newest Members of the IHS Academic Team

The goal of IHS is to be a centre of excellence for education and training in nutrition and health. We are committed to furthering the standards of practice for training in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world. To achieve this goal we have developed up-to-date and scientifically relevant course material and have established a passionate lecturing team of experts.

We would like to give a warm welcome to Continue reading…