Nutrition 7 | Nutritional Therapeutics

Develop a deeper understanding of the body and how to use nutrition to support health.


Length: 13 hours

Instructor: Carrie Watkins

This course is within the following program

  • Holistic Nutrition Online

    Certificate Program

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Who is this course for?
Course length (start & watch when you want)
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Meet your course instructor

Carrie Watkins

Dr. Carrie Watkins has been a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor for more than 15 years. She is a passionate educator and has extensive experience in both teaching and clinical practice. Dr. Watkins graduated from McGill University with Bachelor of Science with focus on Wildlife and Plant Biology and received her Naturopathic medical training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She was the owner and operator of a busy clinical practice in Toronto for several years before fulfilling a dream to live closer to the ocean. For over a decade now, Dr. Watkins has lived and practiced on beautiful Vancouver Island. Dr. Watkins loves to learn and explore how psychology intersects with health, access to resources and how we experience our lives. She has spent many years leading health education and wellness programs in hospital, community and corporate settings. For over 10 years, they has held a faculty position at Pacific Rim College teaching many core classes in biomedical sciences, anatomy and nutrition. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Watkins is an instructor in the movement and yoga community with many years of experience and advanced training. She believes in offering practices that support more agency, knowledge and personal growth. This has led to the development of her passion projects: Conversations with the Nervous System, Conversations with the Breath, the Science of Embodied Yoga and Experiential Anatomy. When she is not teaching, you can find Dr. Watkins outside. Her deepest pleasure is spending time in the wildness of Vancouver Island and the never-ending process of growing and learning in her garden.

Course description

This course is designed to educate and inspire people interested in the therapeutics of nutrition. In this course, you will learn the basics of anatomy, body systems and how to support common health issues with nutritional interventions. 

We will travel through the body with a focus on the most common conditions seen in practice so that students receive information to help make choices and also to better understand the root causes of these conditions. 

Nutrition is a wide-ranging field with many possible approaches. In this course we look at the most current ways to support health through a safe and open-minded lens.  We recognized that people have individual constitutions, access to food and personal needs. This course offers recommendations which also supporting an individualized approach.

By the end of this course:

  • Students will have a greater understanding of anatomy and the function of body systems. 
  • Students will have a clearer knowledge of the underlying root causes of common conditions
  • Students will be able to explore various nutritional therapies for each body system. 
  • Students will be able to consider how different nutritional choices affect them and to make individual changes that work for their unique constitutions and needs.

Lesson plan

Section I | Welcome

1. Introduction

2. Course outline

3. Guiding principles

Section II | Digestive system

4. Introduction

5. Anatomy & physiology

6. The phases of digestion

7. Gas & bloating

8. Indigestion

9.  Bowel health

Section III | Liver & metabolic system

10. Introduction

11. Anatomy & physiology

12. Fatty liver

13. Detoxification

Section IV | Hormone health

14. Introduction

15. Anatomy & physiology

16. Foundations for hormonal health

17. Menstrual cycle health

18. Prostate health

19. Thyroid health

Section V | Nervous system

20. Introduction

21. Anatomy & physiology

22.  Stress

23. Migraines

24. Cognitive health

Section VI | Cardiovascular system

25. Introduction

26. Anatomy & physiology

27. Cardiovascular nutrition 101

28.  Blood pressure

29. Anemia

Section VII | Musculoskeletal system

30. Introduction

31. Anatomy & physiology

32. Joint health & arthritis

33. Bone health

34. Muscle health

Section VIII | Immune system

35. Introduction

36. Anatomy & physiology

37. Autoimmune conditions & diet

38. Upper respiratory tract infections

39. Allergies

Section IX | Urinary system

40. Introduction

41. Anatomy & physiology

42. Urinary health

43. Kidney stones

44.  Urinary tract infections

Section X | Skin health

45. Introduction

46. Anatomy & physiology

47. Acne vulgaris

48. Rosacea

49.  Eczema

Section XI | Conclusion

50. Course summary & conclusion