Research and information in the last decade has literally exploded in the area on the gut microbiome, the gut-brain axis, gut-vagina-bladder axis and gut health in general. We know that a disruption in these pathways can lead to not only chronic gastrointestinal issues but this more recently appreciated system extends beyond the gut playing a vital role in influencing weight management, immune system responses and hormonal balance and equilibrium.
In other words, the gut microbiota is central to our overall health and wellbeing!
Such an important system deserves due attention and so, I’m delighted to share my new and updated 4-week online functional health programme: Gut to Know!
Gut to Know is an ideal programme for anyone struggling with specific gut symptoms such as bloating, food sensitivities, GERD, reflux, constipation or has an Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. But this programme is also for anyone interested in optimizing their health and ageing chronic disease free!
Yes, you read that correctly, improving the health of your gut and microbiomes can support: weight loss, improve menopause transition, skin health, enhance insulin sensitivity, improve sleep, and reduce inflammation and overall pain. Gut bacteria can also influence your mood with evidence connecting a disrupted gut microbiome to anxiety, low mood and depression, and the microbiome is also involved in programming and training our immune system.
Following many years in practice seeing clients and attending over 500 hundred hours of “practice changing” advanced educational lectures I want to share this accumulated knowledge through Gut to Know! The biggest gift I can give you is knowledge to empower you to optimize your health.
Through 4 information-packed webinars we will take a journey of the entire functionality of the Gastrointestinal system covering and drawing from the latest scientific research and my clinical experience of working with functional gut complaints, and all aspects of hormonal health. You’ll receive easy to digest (pun fully intended!) information across all areas of this wonderful system: the microbiome (oral, gut and vaginal), the immune system, the gut-brain axis, the liver and gallbladder together with a comprehensive Gut to Know toolkit that includes; a beautifully presented recipe book, 4 week food plan and a comprehensive dispensary guide.
Each webinar runs for approx 70 minutes, which you can join live each week and ask questions or rewatch at your convenience as all 4 sessions are recorded. The recordings will also be available for you to re-watch for 12 months after the programme has finished if you loved as much as I think you will!
Gut to Know 4-week schedule
Week 1: The Gastrointestinal System [27 September, 7pm]
We begin by reviewing how the entire gastrointestinal tract works introducing the 4 pillars of Gut To Know:
In this first class I will explain the importance and roles of all the digestive secretions( stomach acid, enzymes and bile) and how deficiencies or imbalances in any of these can lead to symptoms - reflux & GERD, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and pain.
The Liver and gall bladder are also an important part of the digestive system. A sluggish liver, bile flow or excess bile acid production will cause a range of symptoms, all too often labelled as IBS. I cover what to look for and how to improve bile flow.
Finally this week I explain intestinal permeability AKA leaky gut, and how this presentation can set the scene to overstimulate the immune system leading to food sensitivities, acne, and inflammation.
You'll be provided with the Gut to Know Dispensary Guide to include; digestive enzymes, gallbladder and liver products
Week 2: Nutrition for IBS & Microbiome Diversity [4 October, 7pm]
What is the best way to eat for gut health and microbiome diversity? - FODMAP, low carb, high fibre, Keto, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free ….. It’s a minefield for sure! This week is all about unpacking the numerous “gut friendly’ diet models and providing you with a roadmap of what elements YOU need to follow for YOUR symptoms and best health.
You’ll also be provided with beautifully designed food plans and the Gut to Know recipe ebook.
BONUS [5 October 2pm]
In recent decades, our lifestyle has led to the increasing consumption of processed foods, which contain “anti- nutrient” ingredients, such as flavourings, emulsifiers, additives and sweeteners. Evidence directly links the intake of these anti-nutrients with the development of inflammation within the gut and an overall detrimental impact to the microbiota. Consuming the right food, truly is medicine ! So, as an added bonus: join me in my kitchen on 5th October at 2pm where I will demo gut friendly foundational recipes to help build your confidence in navigating a new way of shopping and cooking .
Week 3: The Magical Microbiome: The gut brain axis & The gut-vagina-bladder axis [11 October, 7pm]
This week we cover the good, bad and uninvited guests of the microbiomes. I discuss the gut and vaginal microbiomes shining a spotlight on the connection with its impact in weight management, insulin resistance, and perimenopause symptoms; specifically vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes and night sweats), sleep disturbances, mood changes and menopausal genitourinary symptoms (vulvovaginal atrophy), dyspareunia, and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
We also explore the connection of the gut and the brain. Taking a journey on what is fondly termed the wandering nerve - the Vagus nerve and understanding how this taps directly into our nervous system and impacts our mood, sleep and hormones.
You'll be provided with the Gut to Know Dispensary Guide to include; prebiotics and specifically targeted probiotic strains.
Week 4: Common gut conditions & how to manage [18 October, 7pm]
This final week we will discuss reflux, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, food sensitivities & intolerances providing strategies to address these that are grounded in evidence from good-quality trials and clinical experience.
(This course is not intended to treat or diagnose and any if gut symptoms are accompanied by excessive weight loss in past 6 months, blood in the stool, fever, a history of cervical or colon cancer, vomiting coffee like granules or bloating that isn’t always postprandial it’s always best to consult your GP).
Reserve your seat for Gut to Know NOW and join me on an engaging, illuminating and highly informative journey, you will not regret it!