Functional Therapeutic Diets Specialist Certification at Primal Health Coach Institute

Become a Leader in Therapeutic Nutrition

FLEXIBLE SELF-STUDY TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

Learn how to use food as medicine to address various health conditions and empower your clients to feel and be their best.

Study Online

With our self-paced learning approach, you can choose when and where to study. 

Lifetime Access

Review and revisit the learning materials whenever you want. 

Community Support

Connect with a global network of PHCI faculty, students, and graduates.

What You'll Receive

The Functional Therapeutics Diet Specialist Certification focuses on functional medicine and therapeutic nutrition principles. The course covers essential topics such as the gut-brain connection, the microbiome, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, and inflammation. Students learn how to conduct nutritional assessments, use the healing power of food for health and vitality, and provide ongoing support and guidance to their clients.
  • 12 online course modules detailing the most popular and effective therapeutic diets
  • Discover the nuances of 10 different functional therapeutic diets and the health conditions they can help heal.
  • A deep understanding of how to address your clients’ health symptoms with the most appropriate nutritional guidance
  • Become a skilled coach with the ability to identify which clients are candidates for specific diets and guide them towards optimal well-being.
  • Access to a private Primal Health Coach Institute Facebook community
  • Join our private Facebook community for support from the Primal Health Institute team and your peers and build a network of committed health and fitness professionals.
  • EDUCATION

  • INSTRUCTORS

  • CERTIFICATION

  • PRICING

  • WHO IT'S FOR

  • DETAILS

What You'll Learn

The Functional Therapeutics Diet Specialist Certification Course is a specialized training program designed to teach healthcare practitioners and nutrition professionals how to use food as medicine. The curriculum is based on the principles of functional medicine and therapeutic nutrition, emphasizing the use of whole foods, dietary supplements, and lifestyle interventions. The course delves into 10 different functional therapeutic diets, providing students with an in-depth exploration of each.
  • Primal Blueprint Diet
  • Paleo Diet
  • Basic Elimination Diet
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • FODMAP Diet
  • Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP)
  • Specific Elimination Diet (Plant Chemical Intolerances)
  • Whole Foods Ketogenic diet
  • Carnivore diet

Course Outline

Welcome!

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Course Overview

Bonus Educational Material

Introduction

Understanding Functional Therapeutic Diets Part 1 - Interview with Instructor Martha Tettenborn

Understanding Functional Therapeutic Diets Part 2 - Interview with Instructor Martha Tettenborn

Legal & Support

Disclaimer and Copyright Notice

Support

Chapter 1: Therapeutic Diets Explained

Quick Facts

What Is a Therapeutic Diet?

Characteristics of All Functional Therapeutic Diets

Additional Features of Some Functional Therapeutic Diets

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 1 Exam

Chapter 2: Using Functional Therapeutic Diets Within Scope of Practice

Quick Facts

Your Role as a Health Coach

Scope of Practice

Can Health Coaches Give Nutrition Advice?

How to Operate as a Health Coach Without Giving Individualized Nutrition Advice

Chapter Summary 

Chapter 2 Exam

Chapter 3: The Primal/Paleo Diet

Quick Facts

Description of the Diet

Premise of the Diet

Purpose of the Diet: The Therapeutic Rationale

Execution of the Diet

Lifestyle Factors and Supplements

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 3 Exam

Sidebar: The Weston A. Price Diet

Chapter 4: The Ketogenic Diet

Quick Facts

Introduction and Disclaimer

Description of the Diet

Premise of the Diet

Therapeutic Uses

Execution of the Diet

Testing for Ketosis

Transitioning: The "Keto Flu"

Lifestyle Factors and Supplements

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 4 Exam

Chapter 5: The Carnivore Diet

Quick Facts

Description of the Diet

Premise of the Diet (Are Humans Carnivores?)

Therapeutic Uses

Execution of the Diet - START HERE

Transitioning to Carnivore

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 5  Exam

Chapter 6: Basic Elimination Diet

Quick Facts

Description of the Diet

Premise of the Diet

Therapeutic Uses

Execution of the Diet

Chapter Summary

Chapter 6 Exam

Chapter 7: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Low FODMAPs

Quick Facts

Description of the Diets

Important Definitions

Premise of SCD

Therapeutic Uses of SCD

Execution of SCD

Premise of FODMAPS

Therapeutic Uses of FODMAPS

Execution of FODMAPS

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 7 Exam

Sidebar: The GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Chapter 8: Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

Quick Facts

Description and History of the Diet

A Primer on Autoimmune Diseases

Premise of the Diet: How the Diet Impacts the Immune Response

Therapeutic Uses

Execution of the Diet

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 8 Exam

Chapter 9: Specialty Elimination Diets -- Anti-nutrients and Chemicals that Damage Human Health

Quick Facts

Introduction to Glutamate, Oxalates, Salicylates, and Histamines

Glutamate

Oxalates

Salicylates

Histamines

Chapter Summary and References

Chapter 9 Exam

FINAL EXAM

Functional Therapeutic Diet Specialist Final Exam

What Our Grads Say

Completing the Primal Health Coach Program has proven to be an invaluable asset to my coaching practice. I'm so much more prepared to explain the benefits of a primal lifestyle to my clients and coach them as they take their health, fitness, and performance to a higher level than they ever thought possible.

James Arthur

Certified Primal Health Coach

The Primal Health Coach Program expanded my access to and credibility with people who embrace primal principles but who may not have considered holistic medicine, enhancing my practice and extending my professional reach. 

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons

Certified Primal Health Coach

The knowledge I learned from the Primal Health Coach Program allowed me to skillfully integrate for my patients the healing power of Periodontal Laser Therapy with the healing power of primal lifestyle and diet. 

Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS

Certified Primal Health Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I continue my learnings with a specialty certification course from the Primal Health Coach Institute?

If you're interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, nutrition, or wellness, gaining specialized knowledge in functional therapeutic diets can be an excellent way to differentiate yourself and expand your professional opportunities. The Functional Therapeutics Diet Specialist Certification from the Primal Health Coach Institute provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how food can be used as medicine to promote optimal health and wellness. By completing this course, you'll gain a deep understanding of various functional therapeutic diets, including their principles, benefits, and application. Moreover, the certification demonstrates your commitment to the field and positions you as a knowledgeable expert to clients and colleagues alike. With this certification, you can expand your professional network, enhance your career prospects, and make a positive impact on people's health and well-being.

How long will it take for me to complete the course and earn my certification?

Once you enroll in the course, you'll have full access to all 12 chapters, but you must work through them in sequential order and pass an exam at the end of each. You can complete the reading, viewing, and testing portions of each chapter at your own pace and log in at any time to pick up where you left off. There is no time limit, so you don't have to rush through the material, and you'll have lifetime access to the course content.

How difficult are the online course and exams, and what if I have trouble passing?

This course material is on a par with an upper-division college course in the health sciences but we present the material in an easy-to-read, totally digestible manner. There are exams at the end of each chapter and a final exam at the end of the course. If you score below 75 percent, you can return to the material for review, and then attempt the exam again and as many times as you need to pass it. If you struggle on the exams, our staff is here to help you with one-on-one support to ensure that your experience is positive.

I’ve taken other online courses and they didn’t live up to my expectations. How is this course different?

When you enroll in any of our courses you immediately become part of our community, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you reach your education and career goals. We’re so confident that the program and our organization will exceed your expectations that we offer a money-back guarantee. When you enroll in the Functional Therapeutic Diets Specialist Certification course you gain access to all course materials immediately. If the course isn’t to your liking or doesn't meet your needs we will issue a full refund, no questions asked, within 7 days of enrolling and if not more than 3 chapters of the course have been completed. Our refund policy gives you the opportunity to test drive the first 3 chapters of the course risk free.

Functional Therapeutic Diets Specialist Certification at Primal Health Coach Institute

Become a trusted guide for clients on the path to better health.

Functional therapeutic diet specialists are needed to meet the growing demand for nutrition and functional medicine-based approaches to health and wellness. Gain a deep understanding of how different dietary approaches can support various body systems, promote optimal health, and help individuals achieve their health goals. And work with clients to fine-tune their nutritional choices, incorporating whole foods, supplements, and lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes and overall quality of life.
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