Integrative Approaches to the Digestive System   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

IFN 5673 - Integrative Approaches to the Digestive System

Integrative and functional medicine proposes "starting with the gut" as digestive health is often the necessary first step in the healing process.  Nutritional interventions through food, eating, and mind/body skills are essential parts of the holistic healing process.  This course will focus on the structure and function of the digestive tract and the impact and influence of food and eating on health and disease.  Topics include: eating and digesting, optimal nutrient assimilation, intestinal barrier defense, the influence of gut microbiota on health, the gut-brain axis, adverse food reactions, autoimmune disorders, and other systemic illnesses and digestive diseases.  Prerequisite(s): IFN 5520 (or proof of previous nutrition coursework), IFN 5704  (or proof of previous Anatomy/Physiology coursework) 3.0 credit(s)
Offered: FA-Term A, SP-Term A Course Length: 8 weeks No RC Required