Amira Ayad, PhD
Amira is a pharmacist and natural health consultant. She holds a master degree in pharmaceutics; and a PhD in natural health. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Amira has been in health education career for more than 15 years now. She started by teaching chemistry and pharmaceutics in the faculty of pharmacy. A leave she took after the birth of her first child gave her time to study nutrition, then natural health. She soon decided to shift her career path turning towards the natural health sector. Her PhD thesis was about the effect of spirituality on the quality of life. She published 2 books: Healing Body & Soul, in 2008; and, The True Secret, in 2011. Her practice focuses on balancing Body, Mind, Heart and Soul. Amira teaches Body Metabolism at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
BM002 Body Metabolism
Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.