Recognise why common digestive problems occur and explore strategies for reducing discomfort.

Course description:

Cast iron stomach – some of us have one, some of us don’t. For those who don’t, eating can present some real challenges. Irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, and indigestion will be some of the areas this course will address. While not promising to cure your problem, this course will provide you with some strategies and ideas that may help to ease digestive discomfort and take you closer to having that cast iron stomach.

Course outline:

This course is tailored for those who have chronic digestive problems to assist with planning a healthy eating program for reducing digestive discomfort.

It will include the following topics:

  • how your digestive system works
  • the organs which may be under stress and causing discomfort and why this occurs
  • foods which may aggravate or improve function
  • healthy eating guidelines to assist in improving digestive function
  • how to plan and manage your diet to prevent nutritional losses and maintain good health.

Methods of testing for sensitivity or intolerance and how to proceed with an elimination diet will also be outlined. Suggestions for alternative foods and beverages for meals, snacks, desserts, and drinks as well as gluten free, Fodmap, and complementary medicine approaches to digestive problems will be discussed.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the course learners will be able to:
  • explain briefly how the digestive system functions
  • how food is digested
  • recognise why common digestive problems occur
  • describe dietary and lifestyle strategies for assisting discomfort
  • list critical nutritional factors required for a healthy diet
  • critically analyse media and advertising articles regarding digestive health
  • develop awareness of preparing meals to assist in reducing digestive discomfort.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any individual who may have an interest in this topic due to their own health problems or those of a family member, or as a personal preventative course of action.