Functional Nutrition Lab is a school that offers an in-depth functional nutrition training program for health providers of all levels. The two main components of that training, the Digestive Intensive and Full Body Systems, skillfully blend the art of practice with the science of nutrition. Functional Nutrition Lab was created by functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama to help practitioners achieve the same clinical and business success that she has had, becoming the last, best stop for patients who have tried everything.BACK TO TOP
Healthcare providers of all levels: nutritionists, health coaches, MDs, acupuncturists, chiropractors, RDs, NP’s, RNs, PAs, students . . . there are no prerequisites to starting your deep dive into Functional Nutrition with FNL. However, the coursework is not intended for the patient to work on their own health issues. Some prior professional training is recommended to get the most out of the program.
Functional Nutrition Lab is for you if...
Functional Nutrition Lab differs from other functional medicine and nutrition trainings in several ways. In many other trainings, there’s a focus on the theoretical. What Andrea is able to do, after working with hundreds of clients and thousands of class participants, is translate the theoretical into the practical. She wants you to have the clinical and business success that she has had, so she teaches you how to implement your knowledge to truly help people get well.
FNL is the only training program that teaches the following 4 key skills in building a thriving functional nutrition practice:
1. The art of connection: Learn how to create rapport and connection with your client, how to ask the right questions to find the root cause of their health issues, and tap into their motivations. Both your client compliance and clinical success will skyrocket.
2. In-depth anatomy and physiology through the lens of food and nutrition: How does food meet physiology? Food meets physiology differently in each of us because none of us are the same as any other. FNL teaches you to see what others cannot see—what’s going on in the unique body of your particular client.
3. Integrating your client’s unique physiology into their healing protocol: How to take the knowledge gained about the unique physiology of your client, along with his/her unique motivations (learned from the art of connection), to create individualized nutrition plans for your clients and patients that they will actually follow.
4. How to gain the respect of your client’s medical team: Work in tandem with physicians and other medical professionals, and become a true partner and advocate for your client.
Above all else, the support and mentorship provided by Andrea and her team are one of a kind. They guide you through case studies and answer your toughest questions so you can practice with confidence.BACK TO TOP
The Digestive Intensive is the first intensive of Full Body Systems. It is both a stand-alone module as well as your entryway into the Full Body Systems curriculum. The health of the digestive system affects the health of every other system in the body. After all, food meets physiology in the digestive system. Because of this, Andrea has set the Digestive Intensive as a prerequisite for entering the more expansive, year-long, curriculum. The Digestive Intensive is offered live in February and in a supported version at one other time of year. If you enroll in Full Body Systems during March or April, you’ll receive the home-study version of Digestive Intensive immediately upon registration so that you can catch up on the content in your own time.BACK TO TOP
To truly practice functional nutrition, you need to know about all of the body systems. Food meets physiology in the digestive system, and from there it affects every system in the body. Full Body Systems is a once-a-year opportunity to dive deep into 7 key body systems (digestive, immune, urinary, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive,) so you have the information you need to help clients and patients with complex issues in any part of their physiology.
Every Intensive covers the anatomy, function, and physiology of that system as well as its interconnections with the other systems and the pivotal place where food meets physiology. This course is oriented specifically toward practitioners, and includes Done-For-You protocols highlighting Andrea’s favorites from her years in practice, and dedicated Message Board inclusive of daily support from Andrea and her team, in addition to the live weekly trainings that are all recorded for your ease of participation. Functional Nutrition Lab: Full Body Systems will empower you to create lasting results for your clients, boost your confidence, and transform your practice!BACK TO TOP
The only portion of Full Body Systems that is available as a stand-alone course is the Digestive Intensive. We offer the Digestive Intensive this way because we understand that not everyone can commit to a full 9-month program of study and we want to give students the opportunity to both understand what Andrea offers and to get a digestible chunk of info that they can immediately put to work in their practice.
Full Body Systems becomes a community of practitioners and students, and the curriculum builds on itself. It’s important to Andrea to keep both curriculum and community integrity, so we do not allow students to take individual components of Full Body Systems.BACK TO TOP
Absolutely! You can participate in Functional Nutrition Lab from anywhere in the world. We’ve had Lab attendees from Hong Kong to Mexico to Switzerland and in over 43 countries to date. Wherever you are, we have a place for you in the Lab. All you need is a good internet connection.BACK TO TOP
A background in science is not needed to participate in Functional Nutrition Lab programs. Full Body Systems has been completed by practitioners at various stages, from those just completing health coaching school who have little-to-no science background, to those with nursing, acupuncture, or medical degrees.
Andrea has a way of teaching that allows both novice and professional to participate. She’s an expert at breaking down the hard-to-understand information so that you can actually comprehend what you might have previously found out of reach and expand upon what you may already know in ways that you have not contemplated.
The truth is, Andrea struggled with science all through high school and never took another course until she needed it for her nutrition practice. Once it had a purpose, it all made sense. She’s the one to put it into context so it can make sense for you.BACK TO TOP
The online classes (audio only) are each 2 hours long and are composed of approximately 75% lecture and 25% interactive workshop.
During the lecture portion of the class, Andrea teaches, shows videos, shares diagrams and illustrations custom-made for her teachings, and asks questions of the students that can be answered right on screen in our online classroom. She also provides quizzes so that you can test your knowledge at incremental points throughout the course.
You are encouraged to listen in live, but if your schedule doesn't allow, you can listen at any time. We have had many students complete the entire FBS course by listening to the recordings and participating on the Message Board, which is available 24-7.BACK TO TOP
Each Intensive delivers comprehensive print materials including:
Andrea and her team are available on the Message Board to answer any and all questions you might have regarding class material and client cases. You are not alone. We take great care in answering your questions about both the art and science of functional nutrition, and we provide support for the entire 9 months of Full Body Systems and beyond. You can return to the Message Board at any time, even when you’re no longer a student. Many students consider the Functional Nutrition Lab Message Board their ‘search engine’ for all things health and nutrition.
In addition to the Message Board, each Intensive includes a one 90-minute Q&A call with two FxNA Nutritionists (‘Study Hall’) and one 2-hour Q&A call with Andrea (‘Power Hours’).BACK TO TOP
By completing both DI and FBS, you can earn 60 category 1 continuing education units with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (30 for each course) by passing an online test at the completion of class.BACK TO TOP
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While we do discuss various types of assessments that may be utilized in practice in Full Body Systems, Andrea’s focus is more on arming each practitioner—no matter their scope of practice—with the skills and understanding to approach each case with an investigative eye.
With this deeper understanding of how to practice, clinicians know which lab assessments might be necessary and when they can be avoided (to best support a client’s budget). They also fully grasp the role of labs among other assessments such as signs, symptoms and a detailed client history.
Andrea has found that many practitioners feel that without a deeper understanding of what’s happening in the body, that it’s challenging to apply practices of functional testing in practice with integrity and follow-through. Testing options can fall short if clinicians are unable to identify and address the root of a client’s symptoms, motivate them to make changes, or answer tough questions because of a lack of understanding of anatomy, function and physiology in the context of holistic health and nutrition.BACK TO TOP
The Functional Nutrition Lab curriculum starts with the Digestive Intensive in February, followed by eight months of Full Body Systems covering six additional body systems. Full Body Systems is offered once each year, with enrollment closing in the early spring to facilitate the development of the curriculum and the growth of the community.
Enrollment in either program grants a live seat in that program for two years and lifetime access to that program’s materials.
The Digestive Intensive is offered live two times per year, in February and July.BACK TO TOP
Functional Nutrition Lab has been the pivotal training for many practitioners who want to grow their nutrition businesses. Upon completion of Full Body Systems, you will have the clinical and people skills to grow your business by referral.
People want to get better, and when you’re able to solve cases that others found unsolvable, the referrals will likely begin to pour in.
Functional Nutrition Lab is not a business school per se, but we teach practitioners to grow their business the old fashioned way: by doing great work that gets people talking.
In Andrea’s private practice, she attracts clients who have health conditions that have been left unresolved by many doctors. She has been able to build a thriving practice, with a two-month wait list, because clients trust that she is able to dig deeper and help them get to the root cause of what ails them.
This training will help you build a thriving business—one where your clients become raving fans and you become known as the go-to practitioner.
Listen to the recordings of the Full Body Systems Roundtable where three stellar Full Body Systems graduates and Andrea discuss the trajectory of their holistic health practice over the last year.BACK TO TOP
Andrea’s road to understanding the power of nutrition began with a personal tragedy. Her young husband, Isamu, was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor when Andrea was newly pregnant with their only child.
Isamu was given only 6 months to live. Unwilling to simply watch her husband die, Andrea began diligently researching the power of integrative practices, including nutrition. Her fast-growing and targeted understanding of healing foods helped prolong his life (2 years past his prognosis!), increased the quality of his days, and gave him an opportunity to know their son, Gilbert.
After Isamu’s passing, Andrea knew she had a new purpose in life... to change the way we do healthcare. She quit her job in book publishing to pursue practicing Functional Nutrition, both as a career and a mission.
Functional Nutrition Lab was created for those of you who want to follow in Andrea’s footsteps. When Andrea hung her shingle as a practitioner in 2009, she was astounded by how quickly her practice grew. She went from having a small solo practice to having a waiting list to running a virtual wellness center where she had to hire additional nutritionists. She even helped the most desperate people with the toughest cases including autoimmune issues such as Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s and MS, as well as those with cancer and undiagnosed health challenges that other practitioners could not resolve.
When she spoke with her colleagues, she realized that she was having exponentially greater success than others who had the same tools and the same educational background as she had.
To help others have the same success that she’s had, Andrea created Full Body Systems (Functional Nutrition Lab) to teach practitioners how to practice TRUE root-cause and functional nutrition, and to develop a practice that naturally scales based on the great results that they are getting with their clients.
Her education and includes the following:
Andrea is the very first Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) and has created the certifying body for this credential.
Accolades of Note:
A co-producer of the Hashimoto’s Institute, Andrea has been featured in Oprah's O Magazine, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and has made regular contributions to The Epoch Times and numerous online conferences including Sean Croxton’s Second Opinion Series, where she is a crowd favorite. Andrea was awarded the National Association of Nutrition Professionals’ Impact Award in 2015 and Service Award for her commitment to the nutrition industry in 2016.
Andrea is now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert on the medical teams for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of world-renowned doctors.BACK TO TOP
Your enrollment grants you a seat for two full years, as well as lifetime access to materials. If you first participate in the Digestive Intensive or Full Body Systems in 2017, you will receive a special coupon to use to register for free next year. Consider it Andrea’s gift to you. (Many students call their second free year their “victory lap”!)
If you are not able to find your coupon code, please email email@example.com so we can take care of you and ensure that you have your free seat at the table for Functional Nutrition Lab 2018!
If you participated in the program in 2016 or earlier, discounted access to the program will be provided. Keep an eye out for your email or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.BACK TO TOP
For Full Body Systems, in addition to the 1-payment option, you have the option to pay for the program over 12 months with an added finance charge.
For Digestive Intensive, you can opt for a 1-payment or 2-payment option (with no additional finance charge).BACK TO TOP
With Functional Nutrition Lab: Full Body Systems, no matter where you’re at right now, I guarantee, without reservation, that you’ll gain more know-how, more confidence, and more tools to serve more clients and to engage more successfully with other health care professionals as referral partners. OR YOU’LL GET YOUR MONEY BACK.
Please Note: To lock in your refund, your request must be made via email within 30 days of the first class. Simply tell me what didn’t work for you and ask for your money back to get a complete 100% refund.
Classes are held weekly on Wednesday mornings at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern. Each session is 90-minutes PLUS 30-minutes of workshop. If you can’t make it “live,” no worries. The recordings of the classes will be posted that same day, so carve out the time each week to sit down with pencil and notebook and get ready to listen and learn so that you can apply the teachings into your practice.
All the dates are listed in the sidebar on the right side of this page.BACK TO TOP
Each weekly class is 90-minutes. There are some added bonus sessions that are optional but recommended to help boost your confidence and comprehension.
Plan on a minimal time investment of 90 min/week, but to get the most out of the program we estimate a 3 hr/week commitment with the option of investing additional time for deeper learnings.
If you can’t make it “live”, no worries. The recordings of the classes will be posted that same day, so carve out the time each week to sit down with pencil and notebook and get ready to listen and learn so that you can apply the teachings into your practice.BACK TO TOP
Andrea does not take time for Q+A during the classes, but if something is not clear, there is an immediate way to get her attention in the online classroom and she does like to interact during class. Twice a month there are chances to ask questions in live sessions either with Andrea or with her Nutrition Team. Yet your best opportunity for Q+A is on the dedicated Functional Nutrition Lab Message Board, where you can ask questions any time they arise, and have the support of other practitioners in the community as well as Andrea and the rest of her Nutrition Team. Andrea is on the Message Board nearly every day during the live Intensives.BACK TO TOP
You have lifetime access to materials—and a seat in the live sessions for two years!BACK TO TOP
You bet! Functional Nutrition Lab includes an active Message Board monitored by Andrea and her Nutrition Team at FxNA. It’s a place where you can ask questions and connect with both Andrea and the rest of your FNL community.BACK TO TOP