It’s not an exaggeration to say that our health is rooted in the health of our guts. The links between gut health and full-body health include our ability to absorb nutrients, immune system function, detoxification, and our resident bacterial allies.
When our gut barriers become permeable (colloquially referred to as “leaky gut”), a variety of toxic substances are able to enter the body, stimulate the immune system, interfere with hormones and neurotransmitters, and impair detoxification. When we don’t have a healthy diversity of the right kinds of microbes in our gut, our entire body suffers. This is why poor gut health has been linked to conditions as wide-ranging as cancer, obesity and other metabolic problems, heart disease, anxiety, depression, autism, autoimmunity, ulcers, IBD, liver disease, systemic infections, and more.
This online course includes 3 3/4 hours of video lecture by Dr. Sarah, including downloadable and printable PDFs of her presentations slides. The topics covered in detail include:
- How gut health impacts whole health
- The gut barrier and the gut microbiome
- Nutrients for gut barrier health
- Food compounds that damage the gut barrier
- The influence of lifestyle on the gut barrier
- Supplements for gut barrier health
- Why we need a healthy gut microbiome (and what that looks like)
- Optimal diet for a healthy gut microbiome
- Food compounds that feed gut dysbiosis
- Gut microbiome superfoods
- How lifestyle factors alter gut bacteria
- Keys to gut health
In this online course, Dr Sarah give a detailed overview of the gut, its functions, its connectivity to other systems, and what defines a healthy gut. By zooming into the gut barrier at the cellular and subcellular levels, Dr. Sarah highlights nutrients essential to gut barrier health, food compounds that interfere with barrier regulation or which damage the gut barrier, and how lifestyle factors impact gut health via the endocrine system.
The gut microbiome performs diverse functions essential to our health, and without a doubt, supporting our gut microbes is one of the most fundamental aspects of good health. However, doing so is much more nuanced that simply upping fiber intake. This online course expands on common knowledge related to gut microbiome health to hone in on the many surprising gut microbiome superfoods that just don’t get enough play in the Paleo or AIP communities, but which should be elevated in status. Dr. Sarah concludes this online course with a discussion of the impact of diet and lifestyle factors on the gut microbiome with a focus on best practices to maximize microbial diversity and support the growth of key probiotic organisms.
Dr. Sarah was, of course, spectacularly brilliant and entertaining. Easy to listen to her speak and her synthesis of scientific research is hands-down the best I’ve experienced in the wellness community. –Megan
Sarah truly has a gift for channeling her passion for science, nutrition, and wellness into down to earth lectures, which she lively delivers. She is able to explain complex science in a manner all can embrace and enjoy learning. And she loves what she does, you can tell! –Lisa
Dr Ballantyne, thank you so much for your passion for wellness, your search for truth in optimal health through meaningful studies, your dedication in sharing your knowledge and the very real, practical ways that food impacts our body and all of its systems! Truly, I think you have a gift for making it really easy to see the big picture for first-timers, as well as continue to connect the dots for the rest of us, no matter where we are on our journey. –Tammy
As a scientist (physicist), I appreciated Sarah’s explanation of the different levels of the scientific studies she reviews and an explanation of her science background. It gave me confidence in her knowledge about the science principles of the information she presents. She’s not just some Mom who read something on the Internet and is parroting it. –AnnMarie
I love the fact that Sarah (hope she doesn’t mind me calling her Sarah at this point) gives us the science and facts behind everything and not just her opinion. I love her passion for educating people and helping everyone on their journey to wellness. It’s a long and winding road and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop and learn so many amazing things. –Mindy
Note: The Introduction to Nutritional Sciences online course is a 100% digital product and does not include registration to any live event. No course materials will be mailed to you and this digital product does not include a mechanism for asking questions (if you are interested in direct access to Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, consider Insider Connection). All of your digital purchases from ThePaleoMom.com are linked to your e-mail address and available to view or download through the “My Account” link at the top of the webpage. If you have not yet set up an account, simply put in your e-mail address and click “Forgot Password”.