Practitioner Course

A Gut-Focused Approach to Mental Health

The neurotransmitter approach to mood and anxiety disorders doesn't hold and the bidirectional gut-brain connection appears to be the key to mental health.

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


1.1 hours total


Lara Zakaria

About this course

For decades, the approach to the treatment of depression and anxiety has focused on neurotransmitter balance and function.  There has been huge research efforts based on the serotonin hypothesis which have produced no convincing evidence of a contributor to depression and now appears to have little to no relevance.  The underlying processes of many mental health conditions is much more closely linked to environmental factors especially gut function.

In this presentation, Lara Zakaria details the multitude of factors that impact mental health including inflammation and environment, focusing on the fascinating gut-brain axis. There is now substantial research on the role these factors have in brain function and therefore, many options for us to intervene. Lara reveals how the environment impacts neurological function and gives clear dietary and nutraceutical solutions that can have significant and lasting relief for your patients.
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

  • Update your skills in mental health treatment.
  • Discuss the various factors that contribute to the rise of depression and anxiety
  • Explore the bidirectional gut-brain connection
  • Identify the factors that modulate the environmental impact on mental health
  • Learn how to implement personalised, evidence-based dietary and nutraceutical interventions for managing mental health through a route-cause approach

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Lara Zakaria PharmD MS CNS 

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.