Naomi Devlin

Boosting Gut Health & Immunity

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Course Description

Nutritionalist Naomi Devlin teaches you how improve your gut health and boost your immunity by feeding your gut microbiome with beneficial foods on a daily basis.

The key to great gut health is embracing diversity and you'll discover how to include more delicious and easy prebiotic foods and probiotic ferments in your diet.

You'll learn about polyphenols, how they help to keep us healthy, where to find them and how can you get more in your meals. Naomi will also explain prebiotics, the food our gut microbes love to eat! She’ll look at the whole range of prebiotics that you need for robust gut diversity. You'll learn about the digestive system and about beneficial gut bacteria.

You'll then dive into fermented foods, and find a probiotic ferment that’s right for you and your gut. (You'll find once you get your sour tooth, you’ll crave fermented food!)

Good digestion is all about efficiently breaking your food down so you can get the most benefit from it. She’ll round the course off by looking at plant enzymes, stimulating your own digestive juices and ways to prepare food that maximise nutrient benefits without compromising on taste.

You'll learn:

  • which foods can help boost your gut health
  • about using prebiotics, probiotics, polyphenols in gut health
  • how to make ferments
  • anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting foods

The course includes:

  • 4 on-demand video lessons - presented by Naomi Devlin and River Cottage
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical gut health assignments and recipes (with tutor feedback available)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Independent Cookery Schools Association approved

This course has been approved by the Independent Cookery Schools Association (ICSA), recognising the highest standards of training.

Time to complete the gut health course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 14 hours 25 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 2 hours 25 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your gut health recipe assignments: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

Your lesson notes will include the full details of the ingredients you'll need, but you will be making fermented food and baking gut friendly treats, so you'll need standard kitchen equipment.

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Naomi on your gut health assignments.

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CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 14 hours, 25 minutes of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • Medicine foods: Probiotics and bitter things

    We’ll start by learning what the terms probiotics and the gut microbiome mean and how microbes can positively affect gut, immune and brain function.

    We’ll learn about the benefits of fermented food and make a simple kraut out of seasonal vegetables and a probiotic drink – kvass.

    Then we’ll look at why it’s important to include bitter food in our diets, how to make it palatable without losing the benefits and explore the sources of bitterness – bitter leaves, herbs, spices, coffee, tea, chocolate, citrus zest and dark greens.

  • Prebiotics and diversity: The food our gut microbes love to eat

    We’ll learn about the foods that our beneficial gut microbes love and which foods encourage less beneficial microbes that can cause ill health.

    I’ll demonstrate a simple prebiotic curry base that can be adapted for meat and veg curries.

    You'll learn how to make quick honey pickles, crushed potatoes with a garlicky dressing and a rainbow slaw.

  • Anti-inflammatories to soothe the immune system and boost cell function

    Foods rich in polyphenols are great for supporting normal cell turnover and soothing the immune system.

    We’ll find out where to look for polyphenols and how to eat more of them. I’ll demonstrate a raw carrot dressing & beetroot cream dressing

    Beneficial fats are also highly anti-inflammatory, so we’ll make dukkah and gomasio to include seeds and spices in meals and some black sesame crackers to get more gut friendly linseed and chia seed into our diets.

  • Treats for your gut and tastebuds too!

    We all crave treats, and our gut is no different! Using the sweetness of dried fruit, seeds, nuts, spices and dark chocolate, we’ll make some gut friendly bars to pop in a lunchbox or enjoy with your afternoon tea.

    Less is more – we'll look at getting more flavour and beneficial ingredients into sweet or treaty things. They should also include fibre, polyphenols and prebiotics. I will demonstrate Happy Gut Tiffin, kale crisps (with kimchi or mushroom powder) and Peanut butter crumble topping

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Naomi Devlin

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Naomi Devlin
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Food & Drink classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Naomi Devlin

Naomi Devlin - Food & Drink
Nutrition expert Naomi Devlin is an unashamed foodie who was blessed with a coeliac diagnosis. After studying native diets around the world, she now believes that the key to health and happiness is to cook from scratch wherever possible. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be tasty and satisfying.

Using gluten-free wholegrains and sourdough cultures she has been teaching people about the endless possibilities and rich flavours of gluten-free grains at the River Cottage Cookery School for many years.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Good Web Guide
  • Red Herring Winner
  • Education Investor Awards 2021 - Finalist
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year