Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second [music] Do you know how food affects our body and mind? And how our emotions, and thoughts, affect the way we eat? In Food for Thought, we will touch both psychological topics, such as emotional eating, And biological ones, such as the relationship between our brain and the microbiome In the course you will find videos, videos, articles and quizzes That will help you understand the relationships between areas that could seem unconnected So, how does the food affect our mind, brain and body? Join us, and we will discover it together! [music]
- Duration5 weeks
- Weekly study4 hours
- Extra BenefitsFrom $59
Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain
Find out how your diet affects your brain, and your brain affects your diet
Please note this course runs without facilitation
Over the last few years, the importance of the link between gut and brain has become clear. On this course you’ll explore this complex relationship.
You’ll learn how the brain works, and is affected by diet and nutritional deficiencies. You’ll also discover less known, cutting-edge subjects such as the gut-brain axis, the microbiome, and the relationship between food and reproductive health.
What topics will you cover?
The course focuses on the relationship between food, brain and mind:
- How does the brain work?
- How do emotions and thoughts affect our food choices?
- How do diets and nutritional deficiencies affect our brain?
- Reward systems and their relationship with food
- The link between the microbiome and brain
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain the role of our diet on brain function
- Reflect on the role of psychological and neurobiological factors in our food choices
- Reflect on the possible causes (biological, social, psychological) of unhealthy and pathological eating behaviours
- Describe the connection between the brain and our digestive system (gut)
- Discuss the topics of the course and their relationship with daily life
Who is the course for?
This course is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to psychologists or people working in health and well-being. No previous experience is required, though a background knowledge of biology or psychology may help.
The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.
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