This course examines the gastrointestinal system in health and disease, linking those concepts to applied clinical nutrition. Topics include the metabolism of digestion, absorption, assimilation and excretion of macro and micronutrients; and their role in systemic health and disease. The pathophysiology of common digestive conditions will be explored through an integrative and functional lens. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities, increased intestinal permeability, inflammatory bowel disease, and gastrointestinal reflux disease will be discussed. Current research on the microbiome, probiotics, and prebiotics will be discussed. Assessments will include signs and symptoms, and relevant laboratory analysis. Therapeutic approaches will incorporate whole foods, therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle in the broader context of an individual`s health, goals, and environment. Case studies will be used to help students integrate the science with clinical application.
- Doctor of Clinical Nutrition