The immune system is responsible for the protection of our body against the various potentially identified aggressors in the form of viruses, bacteria, allergens, toxins, and malignant cells among many others. In addition, it is responsible for down-regulating immune responses against external harmless triggers such as food, or against the bodies’ own tissue. Failure to do so may result in the development of allergy or those autoimmune disorders. Nutrition, as you will learn in this module, plays a vital role in immune system functions.
The module on Nutrition and Immune System will allow participants to understand how immune system works and the role of nutrition in its integrity, examine the impacts of diet, how defaults or nutritional behavior or disorder may indirectly affect immunity and the resulting physiological consequences, and devise an electronic presentation of analyzed scientific findings and present in a digital platform.
This module is designed for professionals in health and nutrition-related works, foodservice industry, and practitioners of other modalities such as athletes, coaches, media influencers, vloggers, and the like. This is also open for individuals who are just passionate to expand on their knowledge in achieving wellness through holistic food and nutrition principles and practices.
Participants must have basic knowledge in Microbiology and a baccalaureate degree in any field.
August 8, 15, 22
16 contact hours
6 hours synchronous | 10 hours asycnhronous
At the end of the module the participant will be able to:
Explain immune functions in physiologic conditions and in situations of nutritional inadequacy
Assess dietary, behavior, or disorder impacts on immunity and physiological aspects
Apply a scientific presentation on critically assessed recent scientific findings linking nutrition, microbiota, and immunity
Introduction to Microbes and Immune System
Innate and Adaptive Immunity
Allergens and Immune Response
Nutrition and Immunity
Recent Scientific Findings
RND, D/MENRM, MSc
A Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian and an Assistant Professor of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Manila. He obtained his BS Nutrition degree from the University of the Philippines Los Baños as full scholar, honor roll, and an elected member of the Gamma Sigma Delta International Honor Society of Agriculture and Phi Sigma Biological Sciences International Honor Society. He is also a former Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholar.
Manansala has an integrative academic background to share among students through a holistic approach in problem-solving and critical analysis skills in scientific inquiry. He obtained his Master of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management major in Culinary Management degree at DLS-CSB as full scholar where his master’s thesis has been published in an international journal based in France. Further, both his graduate Diploma and Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management major in Coastal Resources Management degrees were obtained from University of the Philippines Open University.
Manansala has earned graduate academic units in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Bioethics under the Master of Science in Biochemistry program at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine, UP Manila. His recent trainings include an online course on Biosafety for COVID-19 provided by the National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity, National Institutes of Health, UP Manila. He obtained a diploma Level 1 Master Course in Italian Cuisine and Oenology from the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) in Piedmont, Italy, under the faculty development grant from SHRIM, DLS-CSB. Manansala is also a Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines (FoodSHAP) level 2 HACCP-certified, and an active member of the following professional organizations: Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitians, Nutritionist- Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Society for Microbiology.
Marc Dexter Macalintal
RND, MD, IAAND, DipIBLM, DPCLM
Dr. Marc Dexter Macalintal is not your ordinary physician. He is a double-board certified as a Physician and as a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian. He finished his Bachelor's degree in Nutrition at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. He found his love for the management of chronic diseases as he believes in what he called "real medicine". Whereas, management approach does not only focus in the treatment of the symptoms but also digs in and uncovers the root cause of the disease.
Dr. Macalintal finished the introductory courses in Functional Medicine and Nutrition from the Institute for Functional Medicine. He further studied Lifestyle Medicine and obtained a Diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine with flying colors as Top 1 in the Diplomate Examination administered by the Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Dex as known to many, is also an International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an active consultant for different medical groups in Metro Manila and in his hometown in Lipa City, Batangas. He has been a regular speaker in various seminars, conferences, and media guestings.
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