We have two systems operating autonomously in our body, and one of them is located, albeit in secrecy for many, in the gut. Known as the Second Brain, research has demonstrated significant relationships between the functioning of the second brain and emotional wellbeing, social relationships and even some mental illnesses.

This workshop aims to increase understanding of the relationship between the brain and gut as well as the importance of the microbiome, i.e. the micro-organisms that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract (such as bacteria!). Practical strategies to regulate the microbiome, to improve gastrointestinal health and, above all, to improve mental health will also be discussed.

What we’ll talk about

1. Should we talk about mental health, brain health or gut health?

2. The Gut-Brain Connection

    a. Gut - why it is called the second brain

    b. Gut contains more than 100 million neurons

    c. Neurotransmitters in the gut

    d. Emotions and the gut ("butterflies in the stomach")

3. Microbiota and the Gut - Brain connection

    a. What’s its importance

    b. Diseases possibly related to the microbiota

    c. Early factors affecting the microbiota

    d. Immune system and the gut

4. Mental health and Gut health

    a. Anxiety and stress

    b. Chronic inflammation

    c. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    d. Emotional hunger and eating compulsion

5. Suggestions to promote the gut health

Details & Pricing


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60 min.


Dra. Marta Parreira

Clinical Neuropsychologist. Master in Clinical and Health Psychology at University of Minho. Post-graduate on Clinical Neuropsychology. Author and co-author of several oral and written communications in national and international congresses. MindPartner's CEO.


€430 + VAT (25% discount for partners)

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