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Explore the close connections between mental and physical health, the gut-brain axis, and the use of dietary supplements.

Welcome back to Week 2 of Food and Mood.

Last week, we explored the current evidence on diet and mental health, and looked at some foundational concepts.

This week, we’ll focus on two important biological concepts that may help explain the mechanisms of action in diet and mental and brain health: inflammation and the gut microbiome.

We’ll also hear from the experts in research in mental health on:

  • the close connections between mental and physical health
  • the gut-brain axis, or the communication that occurs between the gut and the brain.

We will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and make an informed choice.

Let’s start Week 2 by discussing different diets.


Individuals and pathologies vary greatly. None of the opinions discussed as part of this course are designed, nor intended to be an offer to treat, prescribe or give dietary or nutrition advice to individuals with health conditions, physical or mental. The research, opinions and content presented throughout the course should in no circumstance be solely relied upon by any learner. If a learner is suffering from a particular health condition being discussed during the course, they should always seek medical advice from a qualified practitioner.
During this course, you will be asked to share information and thoughts that some people may find sensitive. Please only share what you are comfortable with. If you need help, please reach out to your local health practitioners.
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