The human microbiome is the community of microorganisms that naturally live in and on our bodies. Evolving research shows that the microbiome has a dramatic impact on oral and gut health, metabolism, diabetes, mood, weight, heart health, pain, and more. This cutting edge course will explore how diet, lifestyle, medications, and natural products can have beneficial or negative effects on the gut microbiota.
• Identify examples of how diet, lifestyle, and the environment can influence the human microbiome.
• Identify how certain medications, such as proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics, impact oral and gut microbiota.
• Describe the role of diet, dietary fiber, prebiotics and probiotics in optimizing the microbiota.