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Brooke Lounsbury

Brooke Lounsbury is a holistic registered nurse who left the mainstream medical field in 2008 when she saw the current medical model was not about prevention. She is a public speaker, blogger and nutritional consultant who founded Health Begins at Home- “bringing health back home to you”. She has an interest in helping others to become as healthy as possible with as little money as possible using the holistic model. Her field of expertise before becoming a self-described “entrepre-nurse” was primarily in Home Health and Hospice and staff development.

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All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256. 
 
Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing Assistive Personnel, Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants; CE Broker CE Provider #: 50-13256.   
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A Holistic Approach to Gut Health

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A Holistic Approach to Gut Health
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

A Holistic Approach to Gut Health 

There has been recent rediscovery into how important digestive health is to our overall health. It has been said that all health starts in the gut. This is very true on many levels. Our bodies cannot perform without the intricate dance of chemical, hormonal and physical interactions that take place every second within our digestive system. Recent discoveries have led to the emergence of mental health and the gut brain axis. There is a two way communication that takes place between our gut and brain. Even low grade inflammation can interrupt this delicate balance. Probiotics that travel along the vagus nerve have been recently discovered to contribute to mental health. Autoimmune diseases are exacerbated by poor gut health and low grade inflammation and gut dysbiosis. Stress profoundly effects our gut health and dramatically alters the chemical balance found within our gut. Even respiratory illness, rotavirus and some forms of cancer have benefited from the use of probiotics to bring our gastrointestinal system into balance. This course is designed to educate on the anatomy, physiology and of the digestive system, along with explanations of probiotics, enzymes and their use, a short description of leaky gut and the 5 Rs of the functional medicine model to restore gut health.
 



Objectives


Upon completion the participant will be able to:
1. Discuss digestive process definitions
2. List the anatomy of the digestive tract and accessory organs
3. Discuss how the digestive tract and accessory organs work together to complete digestion
4. Explain the role of the vagus nerve and the gut brain axis
5. Identify the requirements of a healthy gut
6. Explain what causes an unhealthy gut 
7. Explain how probiotics are classified 
8. Explain health benefits of probiotics
9. Discuss Prebiotics and their role in health
10. Explain what enzymes are and the types of enzymes in the body
11. Identify leaky gut
12. Discuss the 5 Rs of healing leaky gut
 

Curriculum


Chapter 1:  Definitions related to the digestive process
  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  • Secretion
  • Excretion

Chapter 2:  Anatomy and function of digestive system
  • Mouth and teeth 
  • Pharynx/esophagus
  • Stomach and layers of stomach
  • Gastric glands and secretions
  • Three phases of gastric acid secretions
  • Gastric glands anatomy
  • Small intestine
  • Layers of small intestine
  • Duodenum
  • Jejunum
  • Ilium
  • Villi and microvilli
  • Appendix
  • Large intestine


Chapter 3: Anatomy and function of accessory organs that contribute to digestive health
  • Definition of accessory organs
  • Salivary glands
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreas

Chapter 4: Gut brain axis
  • What is the gut-brain axis
  • Vagus nerve anatomy
  • Functions of vagus nerve
  • How vagus nerve contributes to digestive health

Chapter 5: How to obtain and maintain a healthy gut and what causes an unhealthy gut?
How to obtain and maintain a healthy gut
  • Food choices
  • Time to eat
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Good bacteria 
  • Enzymes
  • Absence of pathogenic bacteria
Causes of unhealthy gut
  • Poor food choices
  • Environmental pesticides, genetically modified foods
  • Additives put in foods
  • Stress
  • Pathogenic organisms (gut dysbiosis), a cause of leaky gut which will be discussed in depth in chapter 10
  • Eating in a hurry
Chapter 6: Probiotic Review
  • What are probiotics and how are they classified and measured?
  • Probiotic terminology: CFU, genus, species strain
  • Probiotic examples
  • Health benefits of probiotics
  • What to look for in a probiotic
  • Cautions when taking probiotics or consuming probiotic rich foods

Chapter 7: Prebiotics
  • What are prebiotics?
  • Soluble fiber
  • Inulin
  • Food sources of inulin
  • Oligofructose (FOS)
  • Food sour5ces of inulin
  • Insoluble fiber which is broken down into 
 
  1. Non fermentable fiber
  2. Fermentable fiber, also known as resistant starch (RS)
  • 4 types of resistant starch
  • Short chain fatty acid butyrate- what it is
  • Health benefits of butyrate
  • Food sources of resistant starch

Chapter 8: Enzymes
There are three types of enzymes that affect the body
  • Metabolic
  • Plant
  • Digestive
  • Digestive enzymes secreted by different exocrine glands
  • There are 8 types of digestive enzymes
  1. Protease
  2. Amylase
  3. Lipase
  4. Cellulase
  5. Maltase
  6. Lactase
  7. Phytase
  8. Sucrase
  • Causes of lack of digestive enzymes
  1. Pancreatic dysfunction
  2. Brush border dysfunction due to disease
  3. Low grade inflammation
  4. Intestinal permeability
  5. Other diseases
  6. Chronic stress (most common cause)
  7. Low stomach acid
  • Symptoms of low digestive enzymes
  • A word about stomach acid
  • Treatments for high and low stomach acid
  • What to look for in a digestive enzyme formula 
  • How to take digestive enzymes

Chapter 9: Leaky gut
  • What is leaky gut?
  • Causes of leaky gut
  • Dysbiosis
  • Stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Diet 
  • Leaky gut management
  • The 5 Rs of healing the gut (Functional medicine model)
  1. Remove offending substance
  2. Replace
  3. Repopulate
  4. Repair
  5. Rebalance
Chapter 10: Further resources

Chapter 11: References


Chapter 12: Course Transcript

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