Practitioner Course

Systems Approach to Iron Management

Explore the role of iron status as a marker of health.

Online Course
3 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


4 hours total


Lara Zakaria

About this course

Iron is a key mineral needed in a variety of physiological mechanisms, with complex mechanisms for homeostasis. Often dismissed as a marker of malnutrition or specific to patients prone to anaemia, we’ll explore the role of iron status beyond a basic nutritional marker.

In this comprehensive 3-part series, we review iron's role in metabolism, ageing, neurological health, detoxification, and GI function and microbiome balance. We’ll also discuss Functional approaches to assessment and personalised intervention strategies. 

Lesson One

This session is the first of a series of 3 lectures and will set the foundation for understanding the systems-based approach to iron homeostasis. We’ll review the overlapping physiological mechanisms that both rely on iron balance and impact iron levels. These include metabolic health, mental health and cognition, immune function, detoxification capacity, GI function, microbiome balance and the liver-GI axis.

Lesson Two

This session focuses on assessment considerations for iron status. We’ll review signs and symptoms, advanced laboratory considerations, and explore case-based examples. 

Lesson Three

The final session is where we apply what we’ve learned about iron physiology, homeostasis, and assessment to develop a comprehensive and highly personalised, functional medicine intervention plan. We’ll consider all aspects of lifestyle - including diet, environment, daily habits - as well as nutraceutical prescription in an effective strategy that goes beyond the standard strategy for more holistic and effective patient outcomes.
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 we will

  • Review the physiological foundations of iron homeostasis in the body.
  • Discuss the bidirectional relationship between iron status and physiological demand based on a systems medicine approach.
  • Review the evidence regarding the pathophysiology impact of various chronic disease pathophysiology on iron status.

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.