Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome (edX)

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Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome

Your body is not only made up of human cells, but also by trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Together they make up the human Microbiome and have a tremendous impact on your health. For example, what you eat and drink impacts the gut microbes of the human gut Microbiome.

In the MOOC Nutrition and Health: Human Microbiome, you will learn how the human Microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity and diabetes. You will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the gut macrobiotic in health and disease.

Today, important research topics focused on nutrition, health and ageing lay within the study of macrobiotic composition, function and applicability. This course will help health care professionals gain a basic academic understanding of the human Microbiome and the impact on human health. You’ll discover the latest academic insights about food fibers, added bacteria, probiotics and microbiology.

This knowledge can be applied by health care professionals in their daily practice because gut health is a hot topic, not only among researchers, but especially for health care professionals and consumers alike. Many patients with allergic issues struggle with gut health. Emerging research is connecting an imbalance of the macrobiotic in the gut Microbiome to multiple disease states, including allergies. When finishing this course, you will know about the latest academic insights and how to apply them in your daily work.


Module 1: The human Microbiome

This module includes topics like: how to study the Microbiome, macrobiotic for health and the human Microbiome

Module 2: Early life macrobiotic development

This module includes topics like: development of the Microbiome, Microbiome and health, life changing events, personal macrobiotic development

Module 3: Macrobiotic and Ageing

This module includes topics like: healthy ageing, including centenarians, diet and longevity; and ageing related diseases such as immunescene

Module 4: Macrobiotic diet and disease

Topics in this module include: nutrition, diet and genes and obesity

Module 5: Microbial therapies and diagnostics

This module includes topics like: microbial therapies, personalized therapies and diagnostics.

Module 6: Applicability and societal impact

This module includes topics like: applicability of the Microbiome in medical therapy, pharmacy, nutritional companies, probiotic production and the food chain. We also go in to some examples of host macrobiotic interactions.


Clara Belzer


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