Gut Health Nutrition Specialist

Original price was: $799.00.Current price is: $499.00.


Help clients on their journey to tackle painful, disruptive, or embarrassing gut symptoms, improving quality of life. The Gut Health Nutrition Specialist certificate includes: 

  • The science behind microbiomes, gastrointestinal conditions, and the gut-brain connection 
  • Nutritional strategies and holistic approaches to realign the gut 
  • How to spark behavior change in clients 
  • Business resources, handouts, and tools that prepare you to help others 

98.9% Student Satisfaction | Online & Self-Paced | Complete in 6 Months or Less 

Become a Gut Health Expert

Medical professionals, wellness specialists, and any individual wishing to improve their health can benefit from this certification. Get the knowledge and tools to fully understand the gut and restore it through nutrition. 

Learn about the role of the gut in overall wellness in the AFPA Gut Health Nutrition Specialist course

What You’ll Learn in the Gut Health Nutrition Certificate

  • The role of the gut in overall wellness, from the gut microbiome’s connection with the immune system to its communication with the brain 
  • What can disrupt the gut, from sleep, stress, and lifestyle factors to conditions and hormone imbalances  
  • The latest nutritional strategies to support a healthy gut microbiome, heal the gut, and relieve symptoms 

This Gut Health Course is For You If… 

  • You are a nutrition or wellness professional that wants to specialize in a growing niche. 
  • You work with clients with digestive issues or autoimmune conditions, including IBS, SIBO, Celiac disease, or Crohn’s. 
  • You want to holistically address your or a loved one’s gut issues. 
  • You want to optimize your physical, mental, and emotional health. 
Enroll in the AFPA Gut Health Specialist Course to specialize, help clients with digestive disorders, and support your health holistically

What Can I Expect From The Program?

Up-to-date curriculum

Up-To-Date Curriculum

Features the latest research on nutrition, holistic health, and health behavior change

Dynamic learning methodologies

Fits Your Unique Learning Style 

Includes a variety of learning methodologies, from videos to case studies and interactive activities 

handouts and real-life tools

Handouts & Real-Life Tools

Download, share, and reference dozens of helpful nutrition and lifestyle resources 

Affordable financial investment

Affordable Financial Investment

Competitive pricing and options to sign up for a payment plan with 0% interest

flexible course of study

Flexible Course of Study

Complete the certification online, using any device you wish 

Enrollment Includes Diverse Course Materials 

  • 8 online modules with the knowledge necessary to support clients in optimizing their digestive wellness through nutrition and lifestyle 
  • 23 handouts you can download and print for future use 
  • Multimedia learning materials to suit your learning style 
  • 5 engaging case studies and 3 activities to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice 
  • Up-to-date scientific articles about gut health nutrition 
  • Tools you can use with your clients to better understand their gut health status 
  • A toolbox of dietary strategies for addressing specific gut health issues 
  • A toolbox of lifestyle strategies for supporting gut health in the long term 
  • Information about research-backed herbs, botanicals, supplements, and probiotics that bring the body back into balance 

A Look Inside The Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to Gut Health Nutrition Answer

  • What is Gut Health?
  • Why is Gut Health Important?
  • An Introduction to a Functional Approach to Gut Health
  • The Impact of Genetics and Health Behaviors on Gut Health
  • How Does Diet Impact Gut Health?

Module 2: Gastrointestinal Anatomy & Physiology Answer

  • The Digestive System
  • Brain to Stomach
  • Small and Large Intestines
  • Accessory Organs

Module 3: The Human Gut Microbiome Answer

  • Symbiosis
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics from Food and Supplements
  • Dysbiosis

Module 4: Inflammation, Stress, & The Gut-Brain Connection Answer

  • The Enteric Nervous System
  • Immunity and Inflammation
  • Stress

Module 5: The Impact of Nutrition on Gut Health Answer

  • The Impact of Key Nutrients on the Gut
  • The DIGIN Model and the 5 Rs
  • Eating Principles and Healing Dietary Protocols
  • Therapeutic Elimination Diets
  • Restorative Foods for Healing

Module 6: Nutritional Healing Options for Digestive Health Imbalances Answer

Nutritional Strategies for Faulty Digestion with Symptoms in:

  • The Mouth
  • The Esophagus and Stomach
  • The Liver
  • The Pancreas
  • The Gallbladder
  • The Small Intestine
  • The Colon

Module 7: Lifestyle Strategies & Approaches for Optimal Gut Health Answer

  • Wellness as a Lifestyle
  • Eating Principles for Health and Wellness
  • Balancing Life Stress
  • Cleansing and Detoxification

Module 8: Special Topics in Gut Health Answer

  • Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities
  • Psychobiotics and Mental Health
  • Athletes and Sports Nutrition
  • Anti-Nutrients
  • Social and Environmental Factors
  • The Gut Health of Children

What Other Students Are Saying

“I’ve really enjoyed taking the AFPA Gut Health Nutrition Specialist course. The content was well-delivered and easy to understand. I love that you can study at your own pace and that all the material is available for download to refer to and use in my coaching practice. The course covers a wide array of content and I found much of it to be fascinating!”

— Susan W., Gut Health Nutrition Specialist

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Erin B.
Huge help to my clients and myself

I paired this with an autoimmune course and it has expanded so much of my practice. It’s been great to offer gut health to my clients

Angela Soboh (Dorval, CA)
Gut health nutrition specialist

Love everything about this course! Super insightful

Laura Antidormi (Las Vegas, US)
Great courses

I enrolled in a course and really enjoyed it. l was so intrigued l finished it within a few weeks. I immediately enrolled into more robust course that is going to help expand my business. I only regret is not finding AFPA sooner.

Liz Luyando (The Bronx, US)
All About the Gut

Halfway through the course! It’s a wealth of information, very well presented


How long does it take to complete this course? Answer

This program must be completed in six months. While it is designed to provide you with ample time to progress , you can request a six-month extension for a fee of $75. 

How soon can I start this course? Answer

We have open enrollment, so you may start whenever you are ready. Shortly after completing your purchase, we will grant you access to the learning portal where you can begin your course. 

Are there payment plans available? Answer

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What are the requirements to enroll in this course? Answer

You must be at least eighteen years old and have a solid understanding of the English language to enroll in this program. We also recommend (but do not require) that you: 

  • Hold at least one current certificate in a health, wellness, nutrition, or fitness discipline (OR) have an undergraduate degree in a health or science discipline 
  • Have knowledge of health and wellness coaching strategies and practices 

How do quizzes and exams work? Answer

All quizzes, exams, and assignments are online, open book, and can be completed when you’re ready. 

You must score at least 80% on all quizzes and the final exam to pass and receive your credential and a certificate of completion. You may take a quiz as many times as you need to pass. If you don’t pass the final exam, you can request a retest for a fee of $75. 

Do I need to complete continuing education to maintain my certificate? Answer

No, the Gut Health Nutrition Specialist Course is a Certificate of Specialty and does not require you to complete continuing education credits. 

Can I earn continuing education credits for completing this certificate of specialty? Answer

Yes! If you’re already AFPA certified, additional certifications count for 16 CECs towards renewal.  

Why is gut health important? Answer

The gut is comprised of all body parts and organs involved with taking in and putting out food. This includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, colon, and rectum.  

Gut health is a core factor in overall wellness. A healthy gut microbiome supports: 

  • Digestion: A well-functioning gut aids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, ensuring the body receives essential vitamins, minerals, and energy from food. 
  • Immune System: The gut is home to a sizable portion of the immune system. A balanced gut microbiome helps defend against infections and promotes immune tolerance. 
  • Mental Health: The gut-brain axis facilitates communication between the gut and brain, influencing mood, stress levels, and mental well-being. 
  • Metabolism: The gut microbiome can impact metabolic processes, including how the body stores and uses energy. 
  • Protection Against Pathogens: Beneficial gut bacteria act as a barrier against harmful pathogens, preventing them from establishing themselves in the gut. 
  • Detoxification: The gut plays a role in eliminating waste and toxins from the body. 

How does diet impact gut health? Answer

The foods we eat provide nutrients not only for us, but also for the trillions of microorganisms residing in our gut.  

Consuming a diverse range of foods supports the growth of diverse beneficial gut bacteria. For instance, high-fiber foods, prebiotics, and probiotics promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and nourish the gut microbiome. Staying adequately hydrated and identifying and avoiding food sensitivities can also be beneficial for gut health. 

What Is the gut brain connection & how does it impact health? Answer

The gut-brain connection, also known as the gut-brain axis, refers to the bidirectional communication system between the gastrointestinal tract (the gut) and the central nervous system (the brain). This intricate communication pathway plays a significant role in mental well-being and overall physiological balance: 

  • The gut produces and releases neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, which facilitate mood regulation.  
  • Stress and emotional states influence gut function and microbiome composition, while chronic stress can cause imbalances in the gut microbiome and contribute to gastrointestinal disorders.  
  • An imbalanced gut microbiome can trigger chronic inflammation, which has been linked to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.  
  • Emerging research suggests that the gut-brain axis may play a role in conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Are there any restrictions in my state regarding what I can do as a Gut Health Nutrition Specialist? Answer

The laws around health and wellness practitioners vary widely across states.  

We encourage you to check your state’s laws before starting your certification. 

Can I speak with an Enrollment Specialist before signing up? Answer

Yes, AFPA offers support before, during, and after your certification. To speak with an Enrollment Specialist, email us at or call 800.494.7782. 

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