Practitioner Course

Engineering Immune Protection with Phytonutrients

Learn the best practices to fortify the immune system through the use of phytonutrients at the interface of the gut-immune axis.

Online Course
1 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


90 min/1 lesson
1.5 Hours total


Dr Lara Zakaria

About this course

The immune system is a complex orchestra that can easily go “out of tune” if nutrition status, gut health, and environmental factors aren’t optimised.

An interesting and under-recognised regulator of our immune function are the nutraceuticals and food phytonutrients. They have the ability to greatly influence immune status including reduce inflammation, inhibit allergic response and stimulate immune defence.

We depend on these regulators to constantly keep our immunity "in tune". When the immune system is out of balance we become susceptible to allergies and autoimmune diseases, chronic infections, inflammation and spiralling chronic illness.

In this webinar, Lara Zakaria looks at nutraceuticals and food-based interventions, focusing primarily on phytonutrients and the gut-immune interface. Dr Zakaria explores what constitutes a healthy immune system and discusses the difference between giving our immune system a short-term boost versus bringing the system into balance.

This discussion delves into the power of the gut-immune interface and explores the best practices for fortifying the immune system.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn the best practices for fortifying the immune system with phytonutrients
  • Explore the foods and herbs that will optimise immunity, including Broccoli (DIM and I3C), Alliums (sulphorophanes), Resveratrol, EGCC, Curcumin and the β-glucans
  • Gain a new range of therapeutic options including medicinal and culinary herbs
  • Update your understanding of specific phytonutrient targets such as the nuclear transcription factors Nrf2, ARE and NF-ΚB
  • Explore the detoxifying and toxin eliminating effects of methylation and Glutathione

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Lara Zakaria PharmD MS CNS IFMCP

Dr Zakaria is a Functional Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist based in New York City. A graduate of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, at Rutgers University (BSpharm) and the University of Colorado Skaggs College Of Pharmacy (PharmD), she spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice.

After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned a MS in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and subsequently qualified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) as well as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).

Lara currently practices as part of a multi-disciplinary Functional Medicine clinic and supervises a professional mentorship program under the Medical Directorship of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. She is also adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics at the University of Bridgeport and George Washington University, as well as guest instructor for Functional Medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy.

Lara is passionate about gut health and the prevention and reversal of metabolic, kidney, and autoimmune disease and working with pharmacy professionals to leverage their unique expertise in medication management, drug-drug/drug-nutrient interactions, and genomics to optimize patient medical and nutritional programs.