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.

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Recipe of the month – Vegetable Bake

Adapted from the Happy Pear Cookbook (to make it vegan/dairy free).

The sauce is key and can be made in advance/bulk – the rest can be varied every time. It’s proved popular with non-healthy eaters, guests and family! Continue reading…


IHS has been endorsed and certified by Crossfields Institute

Crossfields Institute is an awarding organisation and education charity, based in England, specialising in the design, delivery and award of holistic and integrative qualifications in variety of sectors including health and social care and child development. The Institute is regulated by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) (UK equivalent of the NFQ in Ireland) which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. This qualification is unregulated because the Institute for Health Sciences is based in Ireland, but is subject to the same quality criteria and standards as for a regulated qualification.

The IHS Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching is now endorsed and certified by Crossfields Institute (www.crossfieldsinstitute.com) equivalent to UK level 4 (Irish level 6).

The Institute of Health Sciences has been subject to a quality audit by Crossfields Institute to ensure that both the college and this bespoke qualification meet the required quality criteria and necessary standards. This self-regulated qualification (SRQ), delivered in Ireland, has been verified by Crossfields Institute as equivalent to UK Level 4 (Irish level 6), indicating the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. The unit summary may be used as evidence towards recognition of prior learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.


Crafting A Wellness Lifestyle With A World Of Choices, by Dr Michael Arloski, PhD

If we know that our lifestyle has tremendous effect upon our health, how then shall we live?

How trapped are we in the limitations of the culture we have experienced most of our lives? Greater travel and today’s technologically shrunken world has immensely increased our awareness of alternative ways of living. We do, in fact, have a world of lifestyle choices to draw upon. Let’s look at some cultural concepts and practices we might draw upon and explore some strategies for doing so and some challenges we might face. Continue reading…