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Welcome to Week 2

In the second week of the course, you’ll investigate the body systems approach to food as medicine through the lens of major body systems that all humans have in common.

You’ll find out about food for the gut and how we might keep a healthy gut going by the types of food that we eat, food for the brain and how our appetite works in terms of how we decide whether we’re going to start eating and stop eating.

Interestingly, this relates to food and weight, because clearly obesity is one of the biggest issues that we have to face in the world today. You’ll also examine how food might influence the outcomes, not only for our children, but for our grandchildren by looking at food for fertility and during pregnancy and how food choices in pregnancy are really programming health for the future generations.

To finish the week, you’ll explore the exciting area of personalised nutrition. As we understand more about the human genome, this is surely an area that’s going to impact on us all and how we might use personalised nutrition and being able to tailor that to our specific needs, surely a really important area for everyone to know more about.

At the end of this week you will be able to:

  • identify foods/components of food that have an effect on different body systems including the gastrointestinal system, the brain and appetite, inflammatory processes

  • discuss concepts impacting on over/under nutrition and how this can affect growth and body weight

  • discuss and explain internal factors impacting on food choices and body weight

  • recognise the relationship/interaction between genes, nutrition and health

  • explore components of food that affect fertility and pregnancy.

We hope you enjoy the week!

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If you haven’t already, follow your course mentor Melissa Adamski to stay up to date with key discussion threads and conversation in the course.

Please note, Melissa is predominantly focused in discussions for the current week, rather than the whole course at any one time. So, for Week 2 those dates are Monday 15 June to Sunday 21 June.


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