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Earn a Functional Nutrition Certification From LIFE University

This certification helps you gain the credibility and confidence you need to have a successful health coaching business that transforms the world.

Our students have told us that, when they receive a certification, they feel more confident and authoritative.

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"The world needs you...

With an estimated 133-million Americans currently suffering from chronic illness and only 121,000 health coaches, there are simply not enough natural providers to treat and educate people with the time-tested protocols of ancient medicine.

That’s where you come in. You can turn your passion for natural health into a thriving health coaching business—transforming your life and thousands of others."

– Dr. Chris Motley & Courtney Bursich

DNM, DC, DABCA, Certified in Acupuncture, PAK
Certified Health Coach, FDN-P, & Influencer 

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Why Become a Functional Nutrition Coach?

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  • Flexibility
    Create your own schedule and be your own boss 
  • Make Great Money
    Build a successful business with no income ceiling
  • Do What You Love
    Truly make a difference in people's lives
  • Become a World-Changer
    Join a community of people dedicated to
  • impacting lives and transforming healthcare

What's Included in the Certificate?

This certification is backed by one of the world’s leading chiropractic and holistic health schools — Life University. When someone graduates from this course they will earn a diploma and be recognized by this premier institution.

  • Access to Guided Training

  • Go at your own pace through our 40+ modules, quizzes, study guides, bonus videos, and our 1,000 page textbook. Plus, get exclusive access to guest speaker videos from industry experts.
  • Peer Accountability Group

  • Connect with like-minded students and graduates — all focused on changing the world and pioneering a health revolution. PLUS get live Q&A sessions, monthly Master Classes, and ongoing support from our staff and instructors.
  • Exclusive Business Course

  • Our business course teaches you everything you need to know about launching and scaling a successful business — from marketing to new client packages with templates and examples!

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What You'll Learn 

Learn how to treat the root cause of disease with ancient principles that have been used successfully for centuries. 

This course was designed by doctors and leaders in nutrition, herbalism, and functional medicine. 

By the end of this course, you will have the confidence you need to help clients live healthier, happier lives with the support of research and ancient techniques that speak to the proven nature of a total body approach to healing.

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  • The history of modern and ancient medicine.

  • The power of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • ​The science behind nutrition, including macro and micronutrients.

  • ​An in-depth look at each body system and how they work together.

  • ​Remedies to disease and conditions rooted in ancient medicine.

Meet Your Industry-Defining Instructors

Dr. Eric Zielinski

Dr. Josh Axe
Founder & CEO of The Health Institute

Jordan Rubin
Founder of Garden of Life, Co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, & Bestselling Author

Dr. Caroline Leaf
Cognitive Neuroscientist

Courtney Bursich

Dr. Christopher Motley
DNM, DC, DABCA, Acupuncture Certified, PAK

Dr. Dan Sullivan
DC, Brand Strategist

Dr. Dave Touhill
DC, Marketing Expert

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Certified Functional Nutrition Course Syllabus

Introduction to the Course

MODULE 1 - Foundations of Ancient Medicine

MODULE 2 - The Fundamentals of Nutrition

MODULE 3 - The Industrialization of Food

MODULE 4 - Meals and Mindset are Medicine

MODULE 5 - The Nuts & Bolts of Chemistry and Biochemistry

MODULE 6 - Fundamentals of TCM, Part I

MODULE 7 - Fundamentals of TCM, Part II

MODULE 8 - The ABCs of Essential Oils

MODULE 9 - The Detoxification System

MODULE 10 - The Digestive System and Microbiome

MODULE 11 - The Nervous System

MODULE 12 - The Endocrine System

MODULE 13 - The Cardiovascular System

MODULE 14 - The Immune System

MODULE 15 - The Respiratory System

MODULE 16 - The Musculoskeletal System

MODULE 17 - The Urogenital System

MODULE 18 - The Integumentary System

MODULE 19 - Alternative Therapies and Total Body Health

What Students are Saying

"The Health Institute Functional Nutrition Course has been amazing so far! 

I love that this course is for everyone. Whether you want to be a health coach or you want to be wiser as you’re shopping the grocery store for your family, This course is for you! 

Knowledge is power and if there’s anything I want to truly learn more about it’s nutrition & how to live a long, healthy, and vibrant life!!! 

The best part about learning this is that it’s not only for us—the knowledge will be passed down to our clients, family, children, and hopefully generations to come."

– Julia P.

"The Health Institute has bridged so many questions I've had on ancient medicine and how we can truly live in harmony again. 

The ripple of health that will come from this depth of knowledge will be remarkable. 

I am so grateful to be a part of this movement!"

– Jasmine R.

"Thank you Dr. Axe! You and your program really delivered. 

When I started this program, I became really sick. After going through the first few lessons, I was able to quickly get myself back to health and balance with the nutrition guidance and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

The Ebook is such a great resource I can refer to over and over. I downloaded it as a PDF on my phone, so I can easily look up a protocol for virtually any health issue, right when I need it. 

I’m learning SO much. I can’t wait to finish the business course next, so I can start helping more people!"

– Casey M.

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Why Enroll at The Health Institute?

From Our Founder

Years ago, I helped my mom recover from life-threatening disease using ancient health principles and natural healing methods found in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since then, I have personally SEEN how these methods transformed not only my mom’s life, but the lives of thousands of people who apply these principles and techniques. 

That’s why I am SO passionate about The Health Institute’s Certified Functional Nutrition Course. 

If you have a passion for health and for changing the world, and want to create a profitable business that gives you a flexible lifestyle, this course is for you.

You will learn everything you need to know to become a functional nutrition coach, with a unique focus on Traditional Chinese medicine and ancient eastern healing protocols.This certified course was designed by doctors and leaders in nutrition, herbalism, and functional medicine.

- Dr. Josh Axe

Dr. Axe DNM, DC, CNS, is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, clinical nutritionist and founder of one of the largest natural health websites in the world, draxe.com. He is the bestselling author of Eat Dirt and Ancient Remedies, and the co-founder of Ancient Nutrition and founder of Leaders.com.

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The Health Institute FAQ

 When does the Functional Nutrition Certification enrollment start? 
The Functional Nutrition Course Certification is an online program. This means that you can get started right away. As soon as you join you will get access to the program and can start your journey to becoming a Functional Nutrition Coach, certified by Life University.
 Do you a have payment plan?
Yes we do! You can find it by clicking the button below.
 What if I get stuck completing the certification?
We are here to help. If you have a technical question about accessing the content of the program, our Student Success Team is happy to help you.
 Can I complete the certification while working full-time?
Yes! This content is completely self-paced. With 2-3 hours a week, in less than 6 months you should be able to complete the entire course.
What makes The Health Institute's course unique?
Our industry-leading instructors, our emphasis on Traditional Chinese Medicine and their diagnostic techniques, and the ongoing community of support, Master Classes, and office hours creates a tight-knit community of unstoppable health coaches.
 Can I complete the certification remotely?
The Functional Nutrition Certification is completely online. This means that you can take the program at your own pace and from any location — all you need is access to the internet.
 How do I get my certification?
To complete the Functional Nutrition Certification, you need to achieve a mark of 70% on each of the weekly quizzes and the final exam. You can take the quizzes and final exam as many times as needed to reach a grade of 70%.
What is your refund policy?
You can access our refund policy by reviewing our Terms here. 

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