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CPD Webinars (BANT Accredited)

Here you will find all of our upcoming CPD accredited webinars. Click on each title to find out more information on when these will be presented live and how you can book to attend.

Depression and Anxiety (RECORDING)

Depression and Anxiety Webinar

Title: Depression and Anxiety

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in the UK and are the leading cause of disability worldwide with around 350 million people affected by depression according to World health Association statistics.

We can all experience feelings of low mood from time to time, and feel anxious, especially when under stress or after bereavement but for some people these feelings can persist and become a chronic problem, interfering with day-to-day living and their enjoyment of life.

There are many factors involved in the onset and development of depression and anxiety where our moods and emotions are influenced by a delicate interplay of brain chemicals and hormones, which in turn are influenced by the foods we eat, our lifestyles, and our digestive health.[1]

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, phosphatidylserine and acetylcholine and how they regulate our moods.
  • Discussion of the many different types of depression and anxiety: from Seasonal Affective Disorder, adolescent and post-natal depression to panic attacks and stress.
  • Physiological disorders that can cause depression such as hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue and food allergy.
  • The link between digestive health and mental wellbeing; the “gut-brain” connections.
  • Functional nutrition approach to supporting mental health including role of the diet, use of 5-HTP, omega 3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin D, choline, B vitamins and magnesium.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing mental health with practical information on implementing successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

[1] Opie RS, Itsiopoulos C, Parletta N, Sanchez-Villegas A, Akbaraly TN, Ruusunen A, Jacka FN. Dietary recommendations for the prevention of depression. Nutr Neurosci. 2017 Apr;20(3):161-171.

Dental Health (RECORDING)

Dental Health Webinar

Title: Dental Health

Presenter: Antony Haynes RNT BA (Hons) Dip ION mBANT mIFM CNHC & Dr. Elisabeth Philipps PhD

Price: £20

Antony Haynes will be presenting this webinar on dental health.

More and more, dental health is featured as a relevant topic for anyone concerned with overall health. This is because the health of our mouth, teeth and gums truly does have a significant effect on every aspect of health. The scientific research is catching up with what ecological dentists and some holistic practitioners have known and been saying for decades.

  • Learn about in oral microbiome and its relevance with different aspects of health.
  • Learn about the direct connection between dental health and heart health.
  • Learn how your oral microbiome interacts with your gut microbiome.
  • Learn what foods are best to help your oral microbiome
  • Learn what is ‘bad’ for your oral microbiome
  • Learn what foods & nutrients nourish your teeth
  • Learn what foods & nutrients nourish your gums
  • Learn which mouthwashes are helpful

Antony will NOT be discussing dental fillings, mercury matters or root canals.

Pain & Inflammation (RECORDING)

Pain and Inflammation Webinar

Title: Pain and Inflammation

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response aiding the healing response. However, lifestyle, environmental factors, stress, obesity, ageing and nutrient deficiencies can all tip the balance into a chronic low-grade inflammatory state. This initially subtle state is a possible factor in stubborn aches, niggles and musculoskeletal pain, as well as allergies, headaches and also named conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. If left unchecked, however, it is now recognised to be one the fundamental mechanisms underpinning several chronic diseases and conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases and some cancers. Resolving acute inflammation such as infection or injury and managing immune system health to avoid autoimmunity is therefore key to managing long-term pain and inflammation.

Many people rely on common medications such as aspirin and co-codamol to manage pain like headaches and musculoskeletal pain associated with inflammation, but these pharmaceuticals have some potentially serious and not uncommon side effects including gastric bleeding, indigestion and diarrhoea. Daily use of readily available painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen are also associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attacks and heart flutter (atrial fibrillation).[1]

So how can you effectively and naturally manage inflammatory pain without relying on common painkiller medication?

Join Elisabeth as she guides you through the latest research into inflammation and pain and discusses functional nutrition approaches to naturally manage pain. Reference will be made to real life cases in which nutritional intervention has made a positive difference.

Webinar topics covered include:

  • Understanding the biological mechanisms of different types of pain and pain associated with a chronic inflammatory state including in osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Exploring the factors that contribute to low-grade inflammation including lifestyle, stress, environment and nutrient deficiencies.
  • The biology of “inflammanaging” – managing aches and pains associated with ageing to maintain optimal health.
  • Mechanisms for balancing pain and inflammation pathways using natural pain management solutions such as curcumin, Ashwagandha and omega 3 essential fatty acids.
  • Dietary interventions and environmental and lifestyle support to naturally manage pain and inflammation.
  • How to lead an anti-inflammatory life – the power of supergreens!

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for naturally managing inflammatory pain with practical information on successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

References:

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anti-inflammatories-non-steroidal/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Multiple Ways To Support Gut Health Webinar (RECORDING)

Multiple Ways To Support Gut Health Webinar Recording

Title: Multiple Ways to Support Gut Health

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

There are an estimated 620,000 patients diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the UK[1] and up to 20% of the UK population is currently thought to experience some degree of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).[2]  Stress is one of the main triggers and contributory factors of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, as well as generally compromising digestive function contributing to short- and long-term health issues. With stress being such a widespread issue (85% of UK adults report they regularly experience stress[3]) and such a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders prevalent throughout the population what can be done to help manage optimal GI function and prevent disease?

The gut microbiota is complex community of bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms that live in the digestive tract; its composition and diversity is integral to our health. Diet is of course a central issue when it comes to preserving our GI heath, because by eating and digesting we are literally feeding our gut microbiota and influencing its diversity and composition, as well as potentiating our immune response. Functional nutrition therefore provides a unique framework for managing the underlying common causes of GI disease that manifest as different conditions and support optimal health.

Elisabeth will provide an up to date summary of current approaches to successfully managing gut health through nutritional interventions, carefully selected supplements and lifestyle modifications. Reference will be made to real life cases in which nutritional intervention has made a positive difference.

Webinar topics covered include:

  • The latest research into the role of gut microbiota in health, GI disease and beyond.
  • Inflammation and intestinal permeability in health and disease.
  • Pros and cons of different GI health orientated dietary programmes including FODMAPs and anti-inflammatory diet with the exclusion of common food groups such as gluten and dairy.
  • Comparing and contrasting different strains of probiotics to effectively manage GI health.
  • How to use Saccharomyces boulardii to support adverse effects of stress and antibiotics on GI function.
  • Clinical application of relevant GI supplements including digestive enzymes, curcumin, pancreatic and gallbladder support for optimal digestion.
  • Environmental and infective triggers of GI disease and stress management for optimal gut health.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing GI health with practical information on successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

References:

[1] Molodecky NA, Soon IS, Rabi DM, et al. Increasing incidence and prevalence of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases with time, based on systematic review. Gastroenterology 2012;142:46–54

2 https://patient.info/doctor/irritable-bowel-syndrome-pro

3 https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/blog/great-britain-and-stress/

Stress & Sleep (RECORDING)

Stress and Sleep Webinar Recording

Title: Stress and Sleep

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

As many as 16 million adults in the UK say they are suffering from sleepless nights and one in three (31%) report suffering from insomnia.[1] The impact of regular poor-quality sleep affects many people on a day-to-day basis, leading to reduced capability and function both at work and home. Research in the last decade has also uncovered the far-reaching health implications of chronically poor sleep including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity and even a reduced life span.

There are many factors that can impact on sleep including stress, snoring, sleep apnoea, blood sugar balance and diseases like hyperthyroidism. However, for some, insomnia and poor sleep quality has just become a way of life. So, what are the contributory factors in poor sleep cycles and what can be done to overcome them?

During this webinar Elisabeth will discuss current research into stress, sleep and diet. Reference will be made to real life cases in which nutritional intervention has made a positive difference.

Webinar topics covered include:

  • What is sleep? Role of the brain, hormones and circadian rhythms.
  • Causes of sleep disorders including the role of stress, cortisol and the endocrine system.
  • Role of melatonin in healthy sleep cycles and supporting the synthesis pathway of this crucial hormone.
  • Role of serotonin in sleep, rest and relaxation.
  • Clinical application of food supplements to support sleep including 5-HTP, magnesium, B vitamins and herbal extracts.
  • Stress management techniques to successfully implement a functional nutrition programme to support quality sleep.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing optimal sleep patterns with practical information on successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

References:

[1] https://www.aviva.com/newsroom/news-releases/2017/10/Sleepless-cities-revealed-as-one-in-three-adults-suffer-from-insomnia/

Methylation, Health & Disease - Why Is It Important? (RECORDING)

Methylation, Health & Diseases – Why Is It Important Webinar

Title: Methylation, Health and Diseases – Why Is It Important?

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

You might have read this webinar title and thought “What is methylation and why should I care about it?” The answer is simple – when the methylation cycle is functioning optimally, this biochemical process that occurs billions of times every second throughout our body has significant positive impact in many systems, including supporting energy production, heart health, brain function and mood and detoxification. In fact, poor methylation has been linked to many health conditions including Alzheimer’s disease[1], Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)[2], Multiple Sclerosis (MS)[3], depression[4], migraines[5] and heart disease.[6] It’s also a process that is increased during times of stress so arguably methylation support should be a crucial part of most people’s lives.

Methylation is reliant on number of key nutrients, which is why the diet plays such a crucial role in this cycle. Folate, a B vitamin, is critical for methylation cycle but is form dependent. Folic acid found in many food supplements and food sources of folate are not biologically active and need to be converted to the metabolically active form of methylfolate (5-MTHF) in the body. Some individuals, due to their unique genetic patterns and expression (i.e. polymorphisms), do not produce adequate or effective folate converting enzymes. In fact, certain common mutations in this gene can reduce our ability to produce active methylfolate by up to 70%, which negatively impacts the methylation cycle function.

Elisabeth will provide an up to date summary of current approaches to successfully managing the methylation cycle through nutritional interventions and carefully selected supplements.

Webinar topics covered include:

  • The latest research into the role of the methylation cycle, health and disease.
  • Testing for folate enzyme mutations.
  • Comparing and contrasting different forms of supplementary folate and Vitamin B12 to support rather than hinder the methylation process.
  • Clinical application of relevant supplements to support methylation including Vitamin B12, magnesium, Vitamin B6, betaine and choline.
  • Dietary interventions and environmental and lifestyle support to optimise the methylation cycle.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing methylation with practical information on successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

References:

[1] McCaddon A. Vitamin B12 in neurology and ageing; clinical and genetic aspects. Biochimie. 2013; 95(5):1066-1076.

2 Wang XX et al. Genome-wide DNA methylation and gene expression patterns provide insight into polycystic ovary syndrome development. Oncotarget. 2014;5(16):6603-661

3 Neven KY et al. Repetitive element hypermethylation in multiple sclerosis patients. BMC Genet. 2016;17(1):84

4 Gandolfo G et al. Association of the COMT synonymous polymorphism Leu136Leu and missense variant Vak158Met with mood disorders. J Affect Disord. 2015; 177:108-113

5 Liu A et al. Analysis of the MTHFR C677T variant with migraine phenotypes. . BMC Research Notes 2010;3:213.

6 Wernimont SM et al. Polymorphisms in serine hydroxymethyltransferase 1 and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase interact to increase cardiovascular disease risk in humans. J Nutr.2011;141(2):255-60

Managing Seasonal Allergies (RECORDING)

Managing Seasonal Allergies Webinar

Title: Managing Seasonal Allergies 

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

Up to 30% of adults and 40% of children in the UK suffer from hay fever.[1] Many people rely on a variety of drugs to counteract the often-debilitating symptoms such as itchy sore eyes, runny nose and asthma. However common medications such as anti-histamines only suppress the immune system and do not address the underlying cause of immune system imbalances. Histamine is a major mediator in immune-mediated allergies like hayfever and high levels of histamine release in the body through exposure to allergens, like grass pollens, coupled with high levels of histamine found in certain foods can exacerbate allergy type symptoms.

The peak allergy season of May-June will soon be with us so what will you be doing to prepare?

Join Elisabeth as she guides you through the latest allergy research and discusses functional nutrition approaches to naturally support seasonal allergies such as hayfever as asthma. Reference will be made to real life cases in which nutritional intervention has made a positive difference.

Webinar topics covered include:

  • Understanding immune-mediated allergy mechanisms involved in seasonal allergies.
  • The role of the gut in allergic reactions: The link between seasonal allergies and food allergies.
  • Dietary programmes and interventions to manage seasonal allergies.
  • A guide to choosing the right supplements to naturally support allergies including quercetin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing seasonal allergies with practical information on successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

References:

[1] https://www.allergyuk.org/information-and-advice/statistics

Menopause (RECORDING)

Menopause Webinar

Title: Menopause

Presenter: Antony Haynes RNT BA (Hons) Dip ION mBANT mIFM CNHC

Price: £20

Antony Haynes (Registered Nutritional Therapist, Author & Lecturer) will be presenting a webinar that focuses on the Menopause.

The Menopause affects all women, and often their families and work colleagues. Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women and are due to the changing hormone levels, particularly oestrogens, but may also be influenced by factors such as diet and exercise, lifestyle and any medications. Therefore, for some people, lifestyle factors such as reducing/stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, reducing caffeine intake, reducing stress, eating healthily and taking regular exercise can considerably help the symptoms of menopause. So-called ‘alternative therapies’ may also be considered for menopause symptom control. Amongst the non-medical intervention, Nutritional Therapy has much to offer in terms of ameliorating the signs and symptoms of menopause as well as supporting bone health.

  • Learn about the most common signs and symptoms of the menopause.
  • Learn why such a high percentage of women experience menopausal symptoms.
  • Learn about the mechanisms involved in menopausal symptoms.
  • Learn about the potential risks of HRT.
  • Learn about the adrenal and thyroid hormone connection in menopausal symptoms.
  • Learn about nutritional therapy intervention to resolve menopausal symptoms.
Brain Health and Teenagers (RECORDING)

Brain Health and Teenagers Webinar

Title: Brain Health and Teenagers

Presenter: Christine Bailey MSc mIFM mBANT CNHC PGCE & Dr. Philipps PhD

Price: £20

By teenage years and into adulthood the brain has a weight of 1.3kg/3lb – it is one of our heaviest organs, demanding the most oxygen and glucose and essential nutrients. Important changes are happening to the brain during adolescence – it continues to develop and mature until the late 20s.

All the changes the brain is experiencing and the ever-changing environment faced by teens may explain why it is the time when many mental disorders—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders—emerge. In addition, the growing independence in terms of dietary choices makes it particularly important to nourish their brains.

This seminar will look at brain health in teenagers, factors that can affect development and performance and the role of nutritional intervention.
Christine will address common concerns such as anxiety, low mood and depression as well as how to optimise brain health for performance.

Anaemia (RECORDING)

Anaemia Webinar

Title: Anaemia 

Presenter: Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc (Hons) BSc Nutr Med

Price: £20

There are believed to be around 4 million people in the UK that may be living with iron deficiency anaemia. Symptoms are easily missed especially with our busy lives. Insomnia, irritability, fatigue, hair loss, pale or clammy skin and heart palpations are some of the major symptoms of this type of anaemia, which is also significantly impacts patients with chronic kidney disease, heart failure and gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

Dietary sources of iron and functionality of the gut play a key role in anaemia, with those following vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as some women in their pregnancy, children and teenagers needing to take extra precautions to ensure optimal iron levels.

But iron deficiency isn’t the only cause of anaemia. In fact, there are over 400 different types of anaemia affecting an estimated 25% of the world’s population and 47% pre-school children developing a type of this red blood cell disorder.

Auto-immunity can be a key factor in developing a certain type of anaemia: Pernicious anaemia occurs as part of an autoimmune condition that prevents absorption of Vitamin B12 in the gut related in part to insufficient levels of Intrinsic Factor in the stomach. This type of anaemia, therefore, has different origins so simply supplementing with iron will not help and may even be harmful.

So, what can we do within functional nutrition to support those at need of optimising red blood cell function and their energy levels?

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Red blood cell synthesis and function.
  • The origins, prevalence and symptoms of different types of anaemia including iron deficiency, pernicious anaemia, sickle cell anaemia and aplastic anaemia.
  • Role of iron, Vitamin B12, folate and intrinsic factor in the body and iron storage.
  • Causes of and testing for iron, Vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies.
  • Functional nutrition programmes to support red blood cell function, iron and Vitamin B12 levels and to optimise nutrients for different anaemia protocols of different age groups and requirements.
  • Selecting the most bioavailable and bioactive forms of iron, Vitamin B12 and folate and when and how to supplement with the necessary vitamins and minerals.

This comprehensive webinar will provide you with a complete and effective framework for managing anaemia and optimising red blood cell function with practical information on implementing successful functional nutrition programmes. A full set of scientifically referenced slides and recording of the webinar are included in the investment price.

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