Symposium Session: Integrative and Functional Nutrition Therapy for Mood Disorders

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3100, 5320, 5420
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.3, 8.3.6, 10.4.4

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders today. These disorders impact the quality of life of millions of Americans of all ages. There is an impressive body of evidence demonstrating that food influences mood, with the microbiome-gut-brain axis taking center stage. Specific integrative “psycho-nutritional” therapies including healing foods, elimination diets, targeted dietary supplements, and mind-body practices can transform the mental state of the individual and restore wellness.

In this thought provoking session, Kathie will examine what the literature says about diet’s impact on mood disorders and will provide specific actionable strategies for putting this science into practice.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify foods and nutrients to support brain health and mental well-being.
  2. Explain the microbiome-gut-brain axis and its relationship to mood disorders.
  3. Review a case study using an integrative and functional nutrition therapy approach to a patient with a mood disorder.
  4. Discuss and demonstrate a mind-body practice that can be helpful in treating mood disorders.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ, teaches her clients how to create vibrant, nourishing lives, combining the very best of modern nutritional science, integrative and functional medicine, mind-body modalities, and ancient healing practices. She is the cofounder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, an online educational program for registered dietitians. Kathie is the author of The Swift Diet and coauthor of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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