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Gut Health Explained

Examine the science (and pseudoscience) of gut health as you explore the infinitely complex human microbiome and its trillions of inhabitants.

Gut Health Explained is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready, get set, go… I believe the strength of this course is it’s foundation of both inspiration of intrigue to the value, nature and personality of our gut - and the preparation of our minds to accept our guts as an intricate and intimate aspect of our wholeness. This wholeness; as is well crafted I believe, and articulately conveyed herein, leads us beyond the scope of this well researched dialog - to the realization that we now being more aware, must journey onward to finish the race for the longevity not only in our own lives in self care but too, for the genetic disposition we pass to our children and the importance of leadership in how they watch us delving in to healthy lifestyles or… not. That opinionated here, it is with great relief that we are informed that even in spite of our genetics, we can digest with ease, the nature that our world is continuously establishing networks of resources we may rest assured to be available to help coach our way to improved well being. We will finish the race… but - with what quality of life, and by what legend - living by truth or with lies? I recommend this course for anyone with that gut feeling, that it’s time to gain a better understanding of who we are deep down, get on the straight and narrow path, and rise above the many fallacies that lead us to further confusion, that would be taught with ease of communication for the novice seeking a well organized structure. Would love to view more courses taught by this instructor. Thank you for another great, course.
Date published: 2024-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clear. I bought this course when I saw it adventised as a new release. Gabrielle Fundaro is very clear. The course was well structured. It usefully explained false claims of gut health as well as clearly telling the positives. The background doctors surgery was slightly distracting. I found that when I completed one lesson I was looking forward to the next.
Date published: 2024-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gut Health I have been a Nurse Practitioner for 50 years. Gut health was never talked about in my training. Obviously this is a new field that is just now being explored and obviously we have few answers. The instructor discussed many studies that have been done and the results show little difference in many of the studies. The tried and true, eat little processed foods, exercise, sleep, and decrease stress seem to still be the foundation of good health. I would have like to have her include the subject of parasites on our gut health and overall health as that seems to be escalating in interest in the scientific community. I didn't get any really new information, except "we still don't know".
Date published: 2024-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long Overdue I enjoyed this course. It gives a no-nonsense approach to explain how much of the hyped products for sale and endorsed by celebrities and some physicians do not have science to back the claims being made. I really am pleased, as other courses I have seen are little more than a catalog of illnesses and rah--rah sessions for vaccines. This course is presented in a clear concise manner. Thank you!
Date published: 2024-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overview This apparently is a field of study with a long way to go. Yet, it is a field where companies making sales claims for products geared toward gut health do not acknowledge that. Lots of people spend lots of money on unproven products with questionable results. For me, she effectively straddled explaining what hasn't been proven with the outlook that what we are learning will eventually improve the lives of many.
Date published: 2024-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Conventional Gabrielle speaks clearly and presents well. Unfortunately this entire course amounted to "we know almost nothing". It would be nice if the entire medical profession admitted that it knows almost nothing, this course seriously downplays the experience that many practitioners have gained over the past two decades. The first four lectures really hammered home the "we know nothing" point. This is a good point, depending on your point of view. Yes, as far as precision information our microbiota are still a major mystery. But in the past twenty years, experience has taught us a lot. It's a real shame to throw out a massive amount of experience and practical interventions that do work with the standard dismissal of "more research is needed". Of course, we always need more research. But the benefits of probiotics, prebiotics (fiber) and lifestyle are well known. Also we know very well just how catastrophically damaging the usage of antibiotics can be. This course can be taken in two viewpoints: 1) Yes, there are a lot of conflicting and bogus claims out there which are used to sell junk products and procedures. Definitely "buyer beware". 2) Our microbiota are critically important and if you want to be truly healthy, it's important to pay attention to your gut health.
Date published: 2024-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gut Health Explained Relative to Current Research Gabrielle Fundaro PhD, presents a very interesting and data rich review of the current state of Gut health research. The Professor's delivery is smooth and steady as she read's the monitors, although not in dynamic and natural classroom style. Dr. Greenberg is my benchmark/exemplar for presenter delivery. Her deep discussion of the various topics keep the learner focused and engaged. Because of the criticality of the individual topics, it was easy to maintain attention and consider ones personal impact. I greatly enjoyed the 12 lectures and the presenter as her experience and expertise was obvious. Many gut health myths were discussed which have been long held as standards for maintaining a healthy microbiome. Consideration of circadian rhythm impact and gut health, the value of supplements and dietary management, and gut health pseudoscience were of particular interest for this writer. A very interesting review of the possible value Pre and Probioitics was of significant value. This course is valuable to all, as it clears the fog of commercial products impact on gut health. This lecture set is well worth the investment as is covers the entire field of current microbiome research and the realm of gut health pseudoscience. I rarely rewatch lecture sets but will be doing so with this one! Excellent course and presenter.
Date published: 2024-04-04
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In the 12 fascinating lectures of Gut Health Explained, Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro shares the latest scientific knowledge about the trillions of organisms and thousands of species that live in your gut. You’ll learn how to navigate the evolving landscape of gut microbiome science while gaining a deep understanding of the intricate interplay between you and your microbiome.


Gabrielle Fundaro

Let’s embrace the fact that we are not alone in our bodies. Our trillions of microbial residents play a crucial role in shaping our overall health and well-being.

Gabrielle Fundaro is an ACE-Certified Health Coach trained in motivational interviewing, sports nutrition, and the Monash Low FODMAP program. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Before launching her telehealth coaching business, Vitamin PhD Nutrition, she was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College. She has spoken internationally on gut health and behavior change and has contributed to magazines such as Shape, Oxygen, and Reader’s Digest. She is the coauthor of The Science of Gut Health: What the Research Really Says about Your Gut Microbiome.

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Gut Health Explained
Gut Health Explained


What Is Gut Health?

01: What Is Gut Health?

Although the term “microbiome” began showing up with increasing frequency in scientific and popular literature earlier this century, scientists still don’t have a widely accepted definition of a healthy gut. Discover your expert’s functional definition of gut health as it relates to gut disease, diversity, and digestion.

24 min
Introducing the Gut Microbiome

02: Introducing the Gut Microbiome

Explore the human digestive tract to learn how this landscape shapes the microbial community—including such an extensively folded small intestine that its absorptive capacity is 600 times more than it would be as a straight tube. Learn how we first acquire our personal set of microbes, and how dozens of factors create each person’s unique microbiome, as unique as fingerprints.

23 min
How Researchers Study the Gut Microbiome

03: How Researchers Study the Gut Microbiome

Like any other scientific field, the study of the microbiome begins and ends with the scientific method. But the scientific method is a slow process, and the microbiome contains trillions of organisms, thousands of species, and unknown numbers of subspecies. Learn how Koch’s postulates and the work of Dr. William Hanage at Harvard affect the study of the human microbiome.

25 min
How to Spot Gut Health Pseudoscience

04: How to Spot Gut Health Pseudoscience

Since following the scientific method of research can be a slow process and consumers want answers about the human microbiome right now, it’s easy for us to fall prey to pseudoscience. Discover how to recognize pseudoscience and its often popular terms that aren’t recognized by the scientific community, such as the ubiquitous “leaky gut.”

30 min
The Microbiome and Gastrointestinal Disease

05: The Microbiome and Gastrointestinal Disease

Though it’s common for influencers and the popular media to label microbes as “good” or “bad,” science doesn’t bear this out. Each of us has a unique gut environment, and a particular microbe could be beneficial for one person but a pathogen for someone else. Although the picture is not yet complete, explore several relationships that have been discovered between microbes and disease.

19 min
The Microbiome and Immunity

06: The Microbiome and Immunity

Learn about the innate and adaptive immune systems that work to maintain gut homeostasis and protect against pathogens. These two systems work in very different ways, but they accomplish the same, larger goal. You’ll also explore the significant relationship between the gut immune system and that of the body as a whole.

19 min
The Microbiome and Metabolic Health

07: The Microbiome and Metabolic Health

Our microbiome plays a crucial role in weight regulation and metabolism. Learn about relatively recent studies showing specific relationships between the microbiome and energy balance and weight in mice, especially with respect to fecal transplants. But before you run out to buy butyrate supplements, be aware that the effects haven’t translated to humans.

18 min
The Gut-Muscle Axis and Exercise

08: The Gut-Muscle Axis and Exercise

The gut-muscle axis is a fairly recent discovery in microbiome science. Learn how, through this pathway, the microbiome could influence muscle metabolism, age-related muscle loss, and even athletic performance. And while we’re a long way from turning the microbiome into a performance-enhancing intervention, we do know that fiber and physical activity are important both for you overall and your gut microbes.

15 min
The Gut-Brain Axis and Mood

09: The Gut-Brain Axis and Mood

Specific parts of the nervous system, the gut microbiota, and all the associated neurotransmitters and hormones combine to form the gut-brain axis. You might have heard the gut being called the “second brain,” and even the root cause of mood disorders. Explore the science behind the labeling of these two extremely complex systems. How much do we really know about the ways in which they interact?

23 min
Common Digestive Complaints

10: Common Digestive Complaints

Everyone has bouts of GI distress from time to time, and while they might not be dangerous, they can be uncomfortable. If you do go to the doctor and get a clean bill of health—or the diagnosis of a functional disease like IBS—but you still have symptoms, what can you do? Learn how food intolerances, medication side effects, and even your exercise habits could be affecting your GI comfort.

25 min
Eating for Gut Health

11: Eating for Gut Health

Your long-term dietary pattern plays a significant role in both the composition and function of your microbiome. Discover which foods and supplements are shown by valid scientific studies to be best for your gut health. Learn about the DASH eating plan, the Mediterranean dietary pattern, ketogenic diets, fermented foods, and the time-restricted feeding plan. While they’re popular, do they help or hinder?

23 min
A Lifestyle for Gut Health

12: A Lifestyle for Gut Health

In addition to diet, learn how exercise, sleep, and stress impact your gut health. Discover the relationship between exercise and the production of metabolites that help regulate immune activity. Learn about the relationships between inadequate sleep and/or nightshift work and microbiome species diversity and stress and functional gut disease such as IBS.

17 min