Nutritional Therapist
Course Content

The Nutritional Practitioners Programme comprises of the Nutrition Therapist Course, Anatomy & Physiology Course and a 3 Day Nutrition Workshop (21 hours). Below is the full contents of the Nutrition Therapist Course, and a brief contents of the Anatomy & Physiology Course. For the full contents of the Anatomy & Physiology Course please view that section of the website.

Contents overview:

Unit 1 - Carbohydrates, fats & proteins
Carbohydrates
Hypoglycaemia
Calories
Fats
Proteins
Dairy and wheat intolerances
Nutritional data on food labels

Unit 2 – Minerals, vitamins & water
Water
Sodium & Potassium
Acid-Alkaline balance
Calcium & Magnesium
The microminerals
Vitamins

Unit 3 – Diets & glucose control
The composition of a healthy diet
Food groups
A balanced diet
Special diets
Weight loss
Glucose control and conditions related to blood sugar

Unit 4 – Detoxification, microbiome & allergies
Detoxification and fasting
Elimination
Microbiome (Bowel flora)
Allergies and intolerances
Chemical residues and additives
Organic farming

Unit 5 - Naturopathic nutrition
Naturopathic philosophies
Core principles
Cause of disease
Movement of disease
Naturopathic concepts
Naturopathic case taking

Unit 6 - Supplementation & named diseases
Mineral and vitamin supplementation
Other types of supplement
Red flag conditions
The ideal diet
Nutritional support for organs and systems
Nutritional protocols for named diseases

Unit 7 - Functional testing
Laboratory testing
Adrenal stress profile
Stool Testing
Hair mineral analysis

Unit 8 – Clinical studies
Case study format and templates
Interpretation of case history
Diet and supplement prescriptions
Follow-up consultations
Example case studies
Setting up in practice documents

3 Day Event

Detailed naturopathic case taking
Blood sugar balance in detail (including weight loss/diabetes and obesity)
Endocrine disorders (adrenal fatigue/PCOS/thyroid problems, HPA axis)
Revision of naturopathic nutrition/philosophy/electrolyte balance
Stress and its effects upon all disease/allergies/PNEI (interactions between immune system/endocrine system and central nervous system)

Full contents with learning outcomes:


Below is an outline of the syllabus - just a taster of what’s in our Nutrition course – it’s so packed full of goodness that we just had to share it with you!

Unit 1 – Carbohydrates, fats & proteins

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrate is perhaps the most vital of the three macronutrients as a regular and consistent part of our diet, as it is our main and most readily available source of energy. You will learn how the body uses carbohydrates for fuel for you’re the cells and muscles - that's why eating a moderate amount of carbohydrates is necessary for most people. You will explore the structure and food sources of simple and complex carbohydrates, and the effects that these have on the blood sugar. Fibre is also an important member of the carbohydrate family, and you will learn good food sources and benefits to health.

Fats
Fat is the major medium for storing energy in the body. In addition to providing an energy store, your layers of fats also act as a layer of insulation. This unit introduces you to the crucial role that fat plays in providing the raw material for many essential body chemicals, including hormones and bile acids. You will learn about different types of fats - saturated and unsaturated - and their effects on health. You will also discover the therapeutic benefits of essential fatty acids, including benefits to the brain, skin and immune system.

Proteins
Besides carbohydrates and fat, your body requires protein, a nutrient consisting of essential and nonessential amino acids, for good health. For the body to process protein efficiently, the foods that you eat need to contain the nine essential amino acids that are obtainable only from dietary sources. But not all protein is equal -  you will learn about the quality of different proteins, and how vegetarian proteins can be combined to create a protein quality as high as meat.

Unit 1 Movie Lectures

Unit 1
Teacher Length
Carbohydrates part 1       
Mary Sharma     
14m
Carbohydrates part 2 
Mary Sharma
14m
Fats part 1
Mary Sharma
10m
Fats part 2
Mary Sharma
10m
Fats part 3
Mary Sharma
10m
Fats part 4
Mary Sharma
14m
Proteins Mary Sharma
18m
  Total 1h 30m
     


Unit 2 – Minerals, vitamins & water

Water
One nutrition writer has commented on water in the following terms: “Drinking enough contaminant-free water is likely to be our most significant nutritional health factor.” This unit explores why water is so vital - it is involved in almost every body function, circulation, digestion, absorption and elimination of wastes to name but a few.

Sodium & Potassium
These two macrominerals work together to balance water within the body, and form a key part of Naturopathic Nutritional training. This will help you to understand body acidity and you will learn how to manipulate the diet to create the ideal alkaline state, to promote optional health.

Calcium
Most people know calcium for its role in the structure of bone, which accounts for 98% of bodily calcium. However, the remaining 2% performs vital functions including the regulation of heartbeat, the contraction of muscle and the nerve function. The major source of calcium is dairy produce, but for many people dairy causes problems. You will discover excellent non-dairy sources of calcium and how to use this amazing mineral therapeutically.

Magnesium
Magnesium has a considerably lower presence in the body than calcium, since it has a much lower presence in the bone. Here you will about learn its crucial role in the body and therapeutic applications. Magnesium is a vital co-factor in several hundred different enzyme reactions, you will discover how its major presence inside the cells helps naturopathic tissue cleansing and energy generation.

Microminerals
The microminerals are the “little” minerals required for optimal health. Also called trace elements they include iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, molybdenum, chromium, and selenium. Your body needs very small amounts to keep healthy. This section takes you through the roles and functions in the body, food sources and therapeutic uses of each.

Vitamins
Vitamins are organic compounds that are play a vital role in helping to maintain regular body functions, such as reproduction, growth and cell repair. Unfortunately the human body cannot manufacture its own vitamins so obtaining them from the diet is essential. Here you will learn the roles, food sources and therapeutic uses of the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and water soluble vitamins (the B vitamins and vitamin C), as well as discovering folic acid (Vitamin B9), choline, inositol and PABA.

Unit 2 Movie Lectures

Unit 2 Teacher Length
Electrolytes part 1 Mary Sharma 12m
Electrolytes part 2 Mary Sharma 6m
Microminerals part 1    
Mary Sharma    
10m
Microminerals part 2 Mary Sharma 13m
Vitamins Mary Sharma 15m
Water part 1 Mary Sharma 10m
Water part 2
Mary Sharma 11m
  Total 1h 17m
     


Unit 3 – Diets & glucose control

This unit introduces you to the composition of a healthy diet, and shows how small dietary changes can affect the macronutrient balance in a positive way.

A good appreciation of the basic components of a diet that supplies all the necessary nutrients is vital to maintaining good health. The food groups that are essential for a healthy and balanced diet are: Grains, Vegetables, Legumes, Animal proteins (Meat, Fish, Eggs and Dairy), Fermented Foods, Raw foods, Oils and Fats, Water. This unit give you an understanding of how each of these contributes to health and how diets can be manipulated to ensure that individual nutritional needs are met, for example in the case of a vegan or during pregnancy.

In addition, you will discover how a variety of special diets can influence health, including the food combining diet, the Paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet and the blood-type diet.

Building on your learning from unit 1, you will explore the mechanism of blood sugar control in more detail and learn how addressing this via diet relates to weight loss, diabetes, PCOS, Alzheimers and Dementia.

Unit 3 Movie Lectures

Unit 3 Teacher Length
Nutrition & Health part 1     
Mary Sharma     
7m
Nutrition & Health part 2
Mary Sharma 17m
Nutrition & Health part 3
Mary Sharma 14m
Nutrition & Health part 4
Mary Sharma 8m
Nutrition & Health part 5
Mary Sharma 15m
Nutrition & Health part 6
Mary Sharma 14m
Blood Sugar Balancing Karen Carman 1h 9m
  Total 2h 10m
     


Unit 4 – Detoxification, microbiome & allergies

Detoxification
‘Detox’ has become such a buzzword in recent years. On this course you will gain an understanding of the facts behind the myths. At the end of this study period you will have an appreciation of the issues involved in fasting and special diets for detoxifying the body.

Bowel Flora
Before the advent of antibiotics there was a strong belief that many disease conditions started in the colon as a result of toxic conditions there, this was known as “autointoxication”. The idea never entirely faded out, however, particularly among naturopathic practitioners, and now it has a new name: “leaky gut syndrome”. In this section you will learn the crucial role gut bacteria play in health, and strategies to improve the balance of the microflora.

Allergies, chemical residues and additives
Allergies are an area of growing concern, with many people wondering what they are, where they come from and what they can do about them. Our course will give you an appreciation of the main dietary contributions to allergies, how allergies and intolerances work, and how best to address them from a dietary point of view. As well as gluten and lactose, we will explore intolerances to other common substances such as fructose, histamine and salicylates. Also covered are: the major sources of chemical residues and additives in our foods; the nature of the additives expressed as ‘E numbers’; and the benefits of organic farming.

Unit 4 Movie Lectures

Unit 4 Teacher Length 
Nutrition & Health cont. part 1  
Mary Sharma 8m
Nutrition & Health cont. part 3
Mary Sharma 15m
Nutrition & Health cont. part 3
Mary Sharma 14m
Marvelous Microbiome part 1 Karen Carman 1h 15m
Marvelous Microbiome part 2
Karen Carman 1h 17m
Loving your Liver Karen Carman  
1h 19m
Allergies Mary Sharma 3h 32m
Allergies Case Studies Mary Sharma 37m
  Total 8h 27m
     


Unit 5 – Naturopathic philosophy

Nutrition can be a rather ‘dry’ subject if we just concentrate on the bulk nutrients, macro and micro minerals. There are many advances into our nutritional understanding on a daily basis and probably more research done in nutritional medicine than any other subject. Explore this exciting research in the course and read about many different nutritional philosophies throughout time, learn the core naturopathic principles for a healthy lifestyle and uncover wisdom from Ancient Greece, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda.  

Cause of disease
The nature of disease and its origins is studied here, drawing on homeopathic and naturopathic philosophies from some of the pioneers of modern medicine, such as Claude Bernard, Rudolf Virchow and Elie Metchnikoff.

Movement of disease
How does disease move through the body? Explore this idea from the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, which says that perfect health is being in balance with the five elements. These elements are held in the body by the Tri Dosha and it is the tri dosha that are then responsible for anabolism, catabolism, metabolism, our food preferences and elimination. You will also study the process of disease as viewed by homeopaths and naturopaths.

Naturopathic concepts
Explore the concept of good health at a cellular level, and find out in detail why the balance of the electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium) is crucial to health, through their effect on pH and body acidity. This valuable knowledge is based on the work of Max Gerson and is not included in many nutritional therapy courses but provides a strong foundation for you to explain and address your clients’ symptoms at a cellular level.

Unit 5 Movie Lectures

Unit 5 Teacher Length
Intro to Naturopathic Philosophy    
Mary Sharma   
10m
Vitalistic v Reductionist Medicine Mary Sharma 12m
Cause of Disease Mary Sharma 14m
Cause of Movement Mary Sharma 11m
Red Flags Mary Sharma 19m
Supplements Ed Joy 1h 20m
  Total 2h 26m
     


Unit 6 – Supplementation and named diseases

Nutritional supplementation
There is an ever-growing interest in nutritional supplements. Find out for yourself about the issues involved in supplementation, including not only vitamins and minerals but also probiotics, EFAs, digestive enzymes, amino acids, anti-microbials and certain herbs.  Each individual will have different requirements, abilities to absorb and susceptibilities to large doses, so what works for one person may not work for another. Explore how the different body organs and systems can be successfully supported through supplementation.

Named diseases and nutritional protocols
Take a look at some of the more common named diseases and how nutritional protocols can help. It’s important to remember that every individual will react to dietary changes and supplements in their own individual way. The role of a good therapist is to understand what is happening on a more energetic level and recognising that changes of a physical nature can have a profound effect, influencing cellular energy production and often, a detox reaction. This section also covers ‘red flag’ symptoms which are indicative of pathology that must be checked by a medical doctor.

Unit 6 Movie Lectures

Unit 6 Teacher Length
Boosting your Digestion
Karen Carman 1h 5m
Mood Boosting Karen Carman 1h 8m
Leaky Gut Karen Carman 1h 16m
Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid   
Karen Carman     
1h 7m
Using Supplements
Karen Carman 1h 15m
  Total 5h 51m
     


Unit 7 – Functional testing

Laboratory tests
In this unit you will be introduced to some of the most useful laboratory tests that you might use in your practice. Lab testing is not essential to create a good nutritional prescription; however it can sometimes provide valuable extra insight into a patient’s case, for example when dietary changes and standard supplements do not appear to be helping in the way you would expect. There are a huge number of lab tests available and we recommend you build up your knowledge slowly, as there is a danger of results being misinterpreted by an inexperienced practitioner. This unit gives you in-depth knowledge of three very useful tests – adrenal stress profile, stool testing and hair mineral analysis.

Adrenal stress profile
A simple, non-invasive saliva test which measures the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA at specific times of day and can help identify imbalances which could be causing symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity and dysglycaemia.

Stool testing
Stool tests are available to investigate conditions such as candida, coeliac disease, leaky gut, lactose intolerance and the presence of parasite, viruses and bacteria. As symptoms of different conditions may often appear similar, finding the exact underlying cause helps to identify the most effective treatment strategy. The client can take the sample in their own home without the need for any specialised equipment.

Hair mineral analysis
This is a useful test to identify mineral imbalances in the body which can affect things like blood sugar balance, thyroid function, adrenal function, mental and emotional state and a client’s overall vitality. It is also commonly used to test for the presence of heavy metals such as mercury, which is common in clients with amalgam fillings. Again it is a simple test that can be taken in the client’s home and the sample posted to the laboratory for analysis.

Unit 7 Movie Lectures

Unit 7 Teacher Length
Lab tests – Hair Analysis Sarah Stelling    
2h 15m
Lab tests – Stool Analysis   
Jacquie Lane 1h 17m
  Total 3h 32m
     

Unit 8 – Clinical Studies

Case studies
This final module is a Case Studies module, providing you the chance to put all your nutrition theory into practice.

Detailed instructions and templates are provided to help you gather information and format your case studies, and you will get plenty of practice interpreting cases and building safe and effective nutritional prescriptions, with a full rationale to support your recommendations. You will complete 5 sample cases and receive detailed tutor feedback before finding a live case study of your own.

Example Case study: John
Live video consultation: Amy
Case study 1: Debbie
Case study 2: Jenny
Case study 3: Susan
Case study 4: Helen
Case study 5: Annette
Live case study

Setting up in practice documents
In addition you will receive useful documents and information to assist you in setting up your own practice, including a sample letter to a GP, consent forms, privacy notices, data protection policy and legitimate interest assessment. This completes the information you need in order to set up and run a successful nutritional practice.

Unit 8 Movie Lectures

Unit 8 Teacher Length
Case Introduction & Main Issues   
Mary Sharma   
37m
Case Diet Diary
Mary Sharma
16m
Case Family History
Mary Sharma
6m
Case Personal Health History
Mary Sharma
12m
  Total 1h 11m
     
Unit 8 Answers Teacher Length
Case Overview Mary Sharma
23m
Diet Programme Mary Sharma
26m
Summary Mary Sharma
8m
  Total 57m


3 Day Clinic Practice

You will learn how to put theoretical knowledge into practice in a safe therapeutic environment, and you will learn new methods so as to extend your practice, it is also a great place to ask questions, to listen and learn from each other and make new friends. The 3 days training will include:

  • Detailed naturopathic case taking
  • Blood sugar balance in detail (including weight loss/diabetes and obesity)
  • Endocrine disorders (adrenal fatigue/PCOS/thyroid problems, HPA axis)
  • Revision of naturopathic nutrition/philosophy/electrolyte balance
  • Stress and its effects upon all disease/allergies/PNEI (interactions between immune system/endocrine system and central nervous system)

Research and additional reading references

The course includes many references for opportunities for you to further your learning with additional research areas and specialist books. So you can deepen your learning in areas of personal interest.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure, function and key sources of macronutrients in the diet.
  • Understand how the balance of macronutrients in the diet can affect health.
  • Understand the role and importance of dietary minerals and vitamins.
  • Understand the health impacts of dietary vitamins and minerals and the pros and cons of supplementation.
  • Understand topical issues in nutrition, diet and health.
  • Understand the composition of a healthy diet and individual needs.
  • Understand the dietary contributions to allergies and additives.
  • Understand naturopathic philosophy and its principles.
  • Understand named diseases and nutritional protocols.
  • Take a complete medical case history from a client.
  • Analyse and interpret a case history to produce a treatment plan.
  • Gather additional data to enable further investigation.


A brief contents of the Anatomy & Physiology course is given below:

To read the full contents of the course, visit that section of the website.

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 1

Introduction 

The cell
Learning outcomes
Cell structure and function
Other membranes
Maintaining healthy membranes
The importance of knowing cell types 

The skin
Learning outcomes
Structure of the skin
Skin pathology

Digestive system
Learning outcomes
Structure of the alimentary canal
Position of the organs in the abdomen
How digestion works
Summary

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 2

Introduction 

Skeleton
Learning outcomes
Anatomical position
Bones
Components of bones
Influence of hormones
Fracture repair
Body language of posture 

Joints
Learning outcomes
Joints and body language 

Muscles
Learning outcomes
The three types of muscle tissue
Function and action of skeletal muscles 

Nerves
Learning outcomes
Distinguishing the parts of the nervous system
Components of the nervous system
 

Musculo-skeletal nutrition
Learning outcomes
Balanced diet and its ideal proportions
Calculating body-mass index
The healthy musculo-skeletal system
Summary

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 3

Introduction 

Respiratory system
Learning outcomes
Gaseous exchange
Components of the respiratory system
Mechanism of breathing

Cardiovascular system
Learning outcomes
Anatomy of the heart
Circulatory system
Cardiac cycle
Heart language
Summary

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 4

Introduction 

Blood
Learning outcomes
Blood is a connective tissue
Composition of blood
Cellular content of blood 

Resistance and immunity
Learning outcomes
Non-specific defence mechanisms
Inflammatory response
Lymph and lymphatic system
Immunity
Importance of memory cells
Acquired immunity
Vaccination issues 

Excretory system
Learning outcomes
Necessity for excretion
Repertory exercise
Components of the urinary system
Summary

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 5

Introduction 

The Liver
Learning outcomes
Structure of the liver
Function of the liver

The Endocrine System
Learning outcomes
The components of the endocrine system
The target organs

The Brain and Nervous System
Learning outcomes
The brain
Parts of the brain
The blood –brain barrier (BBB)
The structure of the spinal cord
Summary

Anatomy & Physiology Unit 6

Introduction

Male reproductive system
Learning outcomes
Puberty
The parts

Female reproductive system
Learning outcomes
Puberty
The parts
Menstrual cycle

The Special Senses
Summary

For the full contents of the Anatomy & Physiology Course please view that section of the website.

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Nutritional Therapist Course

Nutritional Therapist Course

Price includes:
Nutrition course
A&P course
3 day workshop
Books
Tutor marking
3 year study period (can be done in 1 year)
Certification
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