Unravelling IBS – A functional Nutrition Perspective

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This short course...

  • is delivered: As an online on-demand-video from a live course 
  • is for: Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, naturopaths, other health care providers and final year nutrition students interested in applying functional medicine approaches to IBS
  • is with: Christine Bailey
  • spans: 5 hours recording time
  • provides: BANT CPD 5 hours; NNA 5 hours

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, affecting 10-15% of the world’s population. Approximately two-thirds of those who suffer from IBS are women. While not curable there are many areas of intervention that can help with the condition. This course will provide you with an overview of IBS and SIBO and related conditions and discuss testing, dietary and lifestyle intervention, and the role of nutritional supplementation.


What will I learn?

By the end of the recording you will be able to:

  • Create impactful gut programmes to address IBS
  • Apply new research findings in your approach to lab testing, interpretation and intervention
  • Choose tests and supplements with greater confidence
  • Avoid potential limitations of antimicrobials, low FODMAP diets and similar approaches
  • Be more confident in supporting your clients with microbiome imbalances
  • Define the 5R framework (remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, rebalance) as it pertains to structuring treatment plans for patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction.

What will be covered?

Session 1 

  • ION introductions and  housekeeping
  • Overview of IBS (NICE definition). Different subtypes and diagnosis criteria
  • Functional Roles of the Gut
  • When to Suspect Digestive Dysfunction – signs, symptoms, health history
  • Looking at the potential Triggers and Mediators for IBS
  • Q and A

Session 2

  • Association between IBS, SIBO and SIFO
  • Dysbiosis and contributing factors
  • Gut dysbiosis Assessment – stool, breath, blood tests
  • Uses and Limitations of lab testing
  • Individual exercise and short Q and A – review stool test
  • Q and A

Session 3

  • Role of Diet and dietary strategies to consider
  • Use of Low FODMAP, limitations and implementation

Session 4

  • 5 R approach overview
  • Addressing dysbiosis with nutritional supplementation (parasites, candida, dysbiosis)
  • Use of Probiotics, Prebiotics
  • Gut – Brain Axis

Who is leading the course?

Christine Bailey MSc MIFM MBANT

Christine is an award-winning functional Nutrition Practitioner, registered nutritionist, chef and author of over 14 recipe and health books including the Gut Health Diet endorsed by Dr Mark Hyman. She regularly appears in the media and runs a successful practice in Berkshire and London.  She is also Director of Nutrition at Thomas Franks Ltd and regularly runs Corporate webinars across the UK and Europe.

She lectures on nutrition at BSc and MSc level and presents at national conferences and events on a wide range of health and nutrition topics. Christine runs a range of cookery days on healthy eating and how best to implement specific dietary approaches.

How will I be taught?

ION’s CPD courses reflect best practice for online teaching and learning practice.  This is an edited recording of a live course. It contains presentations interspersed with exercises and recorded Q&A sessions.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The course price is £89.00.

  • PDF of Powerpoint(s)
  • Approx. 5 hours edited recording
  • You can access the course up to 12 times. 
  • BANT CPD 5 hours, NNA CPD 5 hours

Important information


About this on-demand recording

  • The speaker is not present on this recording and you will not be able to ask them questions but you will be able to see the recorded Q and A sessions.
  • This course was recorded in October 2022. All recordings are removed approximately one year after they are recorded so that we can ensure our courses contain up to date information. You will be able to access the course up to 12 times before the materials are taken down.

How do I book?

  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • Click the "BOOK" button at the top or bottom of this page - you will be taken to our webinar platform 'Big Marker' to purchase your ticket.
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Registration links and materials

  • You will be automatically sent a link to the course when you register. Please do not share this with anyone. This is set up to only allow entry to the first user that clicks it. Further links cannot be generated. 
  • Your booking confirmation email contains the password needed to access course materials (where applicable). Please type (rather than copying and pasting) this password when prompted and please ensure there are no spaces at the beginning or end. 
  • To download the course materials, click the HANDOUTS button in the video player (situated between the VOLUME and QUESTIONS buttons).  


  • Participation in an ION CPD course forms part of a practitioner's or individual's ongoing learning. It does not qualify a non-clinically trained practitioner or individual to work in a clinical setting. Individual’s boundaries of safe work, advice or practice are primarily determined by their formal qualifications and related personal insurance. 
  • This on-demand recording is recognised by BANT and the NNA for 5 hrs CPD  
  • Non BANT or NNA registered practitioners may use this course for their CPD depending on the requirements and guidance of their professional body.
  • ION cannot provide certificates for online courses

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