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Food as Medicine: Food, Exercise and the Gut

Monash University via FutureLearn

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Improve your knowledge of the gut and how it’s affected by food and exercise

The gut is a complex part of the human body, and can be affected by many different factors. It’s vital healthcare professionals have a solid understanding of how the gut works, and what can exacerbate or improve gut problems.

On this course you will grow your understanding of gut health and learn current information on food, exercise and its effects on the gastrointestinal tract. You will explore subjects like exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome and nutritional intervention - leaving the course with an improved understanding that you can apply in your practice.

Places in this course are limited to 100, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, specifically sports physicians and dietitians. It assumes knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.

Who has recognised this course?

This course is recognised by:

  • Sports Nutrition Exercise Register (SENr)/British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity.

If you have any questions on the course, its accreditation/endorsement or how it may relate to your professional healthcare practice we encourage you to email your questions to [email protected]

Taught by

Ricardo Costa


4.6 rating, based on 9 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Really enjoyed this course, very interesting, loved that week two was all about the application, not sure how easy i am going to find applying this to practice in Wales, UK however - very limited resources.
    Tutors very knowledgeable and obviously enthusiastic .
    Case studies useful, i think videos talking through the case studies for clarity would have been great.
    Thanks for a great course!
    (Ricardo i think i worked with you in the Wiral, UK)
  • Anonymous
    It is very informative and evidence based. I like how the course shares reset findings and results. The case studies are awesome, which helped me think how I would apply what I have least from the course in real life. Thank you
  • Paul Booth
    Great course, lots of information at a high academic level. Clearly explained the processes and mechanisms of GI issues in athletes, with a particular focus on long-distance endurance events - a significantly neglected area in much of the literature elsewhere. It's great to chat with those at the forefront of this research. This will really help me with my own practice and research. Would like to do the course again. Would highly recommend to others. The best part is the ability to ask the course tutors questions, this was very informative.
  • Anonymous
    Fantastic course for those wanting to learn more about the physiology of EIGS and what tests can be done to correctly assess the possible causes of EIGS in order to plan a dietary treatment.
  • Anonymous
    The course presented the issues athletes face extremely well and then went about sorting solutions to the issues based on the research which has been done in the field. Very informative and helpful when dealing with athletes across all sports who have gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Anonymous
    The course wasn't well described, I'd probably go as far as saying misrepresented, in the marketing literature. The content was actually primarily about ultra endurance athletes not about regular exercise. I personally see ethical/moral issues with the excessive consumption of food/nutrients by endurance athletes when so many people on earth are hungry so it is highly unlikely I'll ever use the information provided.
  • Anonymous
    Really informative.

    I would prefer having summaries of the articles along with the link rather than a list of links below for each section.
  • Anonymous
    Im really satisfied with the course, the content and the possibility of downloading material by first hand. I definetely recommend it!
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed taking this course and learned a lot of practical advice based on the most current research in the field.

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