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The Microbiome and Mental Health Master Class


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The Microbiome and Mental Health (the Gut-Brain Connection)

Format:  On-Demand, Self-paced

Presenter:  Liz Lipski, PhD

Category: Professional and Continuing Education – Masterclass Package

Location: Online

Credential: Certificate of Completion


*Other professional boards than those listed may also offer continuing education and/or financial reimbursement for this program.  Please verify with your respective board or organization or email 

Registration Fee: $129


This Masterclass will focus on the current research on the Gut-Brain connection.  It’s becoming clear that modulation of the microbiota may be key to resolving mental health issues which is an emerging area of specialization. 

Could depression, anxiety and other mental health issues begin in the gut? Research on the relationship between the brain, behavior and the digestive system indicates the gut just might play a critical role in overall health. For example, several studies report that a large percent of people who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also experience depression, anxiety, and/or schizophrenia (Fond et al., 2014; Nemani, Hosseini Ghomi, McCormick, & Fan, 2014). Up to 20% of people with schizophrenia have gluten-intolerance (Fasano, 2014). When GI issues are resolved, many people’s mental health issues also resolve. 

Communication between the gut-brain is bi-directional and symbiotic. Much of this resides around the afferent nerves, primarily the vagal nerve, where surprisingly 90% of the flow of the sensory nerves goes from the gut to the brain. 90% of the serotonin synthesized in the body is made in the gut; and our neurotransmitters are synthesized in large amounts. The gut microbiome plays a large role in balancing neuro-endocrine-immune relationships. Balances or dysbiotic imbalances of the gut microbiome affect our mood, behavior, and even our food preferences (Clarke et al., 2013).  The gut microbiome also affects our metabolism, weight, satiety, glucose in interactions with our hypothalamus (Cuomo, D'Alessandro, Andreozzi, Vozzella, & Sarnelli, 2011; Sudo, 2014).

In this master class we’ll explore the basic physiology and research of the gut-brain axis that targets our mental health, specifically mood, depression, and anxiety.  Participants will learn how to recognize dysfunction and gain tools to use clinically through case studies. Tools to use will include use of diet, supplements, herbs, and lifestyle modifications. 

This is Masterclass 3 in the Microbiome Masterclass Series.

Learning Objectives

As a result of enrolling in this Masterclass, learners will:

·        Analyze and describe the basic physiology and research in the gut-brain-HPA axis;

·        Recognize the overlap between digestive and mental health issues; and

·        Identify dietary protocols and nutraceuticals to balance the gut-brain axis; and

·        Recognize interventions that can be applied in clinical practice.


·        Gut-Brain-HPA Axis & Overlap of Digestive and Mental Health

·        Balancing the Gut-Brain Axis

·        From Research to Cinical Practice

Who should participate:

Nutritionists; dieticians; NTPs; functional medicine practitioners; health & wellness coaches; all other complementary and integrative health practitioners; nurses; allopathic medical professionals; health educators and researchers; anyone interested in learning how to incorporate proven natural wellness practices into patient-care and self-care.

Pre-requisites:  None

Additional materials required:  N/A

What you will get:

Upon purchase, you will gain lifetime access to:

·        Masterclass presentation videos

·        Masterclass practitioner handouts and learning resources

·        Comprehensive information about the microbiome from one of the pioneers and leading experts in the field of digestive wellness

Upon successful completion of all course requirements and assessments, you will receive:

·        Verified Certificate of Completion (for each individual course)

·        Credential from an accredited Integrative Health University to add to your resume as an advanced specialization

·        2 CEUs for Nutritionists, Holistic Health Professionals, NTPs and RDs (BCNS, NANP, NTA, AND)*

*Other professional boards than those listed may also offer continuing education and/or financial reimbursement for this program.

Presenter Bio:

Liz Lipski is a Professor and the Director of Academic Development for the graduate programs in Nutrition & Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Lipski holds a PhD in Clinical Nutrition with specialization in Integrative Medicine from the Union Institute, three board certifications in clinical nutrition and one in functional medicine. She is on faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Metabolic Medicine Institute fellowship program. She sits on the boards for Certified International Health Coaches, and the Autism Hope Alliance.

Dr. Lipski has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nutrition in Clinical Practice and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and is the author of several books: Digestive Wellness, The Digestion Connection, Digestive Wellness for Children, and Leaky Gut Syndrome. She co-authored the gastrointestinal chapter for the American Board of Integrative Health and Medicine on study guide, and is a contributing author for Integrative Gastroenterology. 

She is the founder of Innovative Healing.


Offering Details:

*This offering is eligible for the PCE MUIH Community Benefit program. To redeem the benefit:

·          MUIH Employees and Current MUIH Students, retrieve promo codes for use upon enrollment through MyMUIH at MUIH PCE Benefits

·          MUIH Alumni, email with your name and course/program of interest to request a promo code upon verification of alumni status.

*Note: Only one promo code may be used at a time.

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