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Become a Functional Nutrition Counselor

Functional Nutrition is a holistic method that goes beyond dietary theory, beyond herbal remedies alone, and beyond protocols, to encompass the whole person, their lifestyle, habits, history, and more.

Internationally acclaimed Functional Medicine Nutritionist Andrea Nakayama has designed Full Body Systems: the comprehensive 10-month online holistic nutrition program that gives you the skills you need to work with any client, no matter their symptoms or diagnosis.

Once you complete your training and pass the Certification exams, you will be certified as a Functional Nutrition Alliance Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor (CFNC). You are also eligible to apply to be board certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner through AADP.

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The Functional Nutrition Alliance is accredited by the American Association of Wellness Practitioners (AANWP). By completing Full Body Systems and passing the certification exam, you will be eligible to apply for AANWP board certification.


Full Body Systems teaches you to leverage the powers of nutrition so you can use “food as medicine” to help people finally feel better.

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Why The

Functional Nutrition Alliance?

The Functional Nutrition Alliance envisions a world where people are empowered to achieve better health outcomes with diet and lifestyle modifications. This vision depends on a new kind of practitioner — the Functional Nutrition Counselor. Since 2012, we’ve equipped thousands of aspiring Functional Nutrition Counselors with the skills, education, and confidence to lead effective nutrition interventions through our signature online training and certificate course, Full Body Systems. More than that, we’ve built a community of like minded practitioners working to change healthcare.

Andrea Nakayama founded the Functional Nutrition Alliance in pursuit of this vision. As a Functional Medicine Nutritionist with decades of clinical experience, the breadth of Andrea’s teachings range from systems-based thinking and the science of nutrition, to the power of story and the art of counseling. Through Functional Nutrition Alliance programs like Full Body Systems, Andrea is inspiring and training the next generation of Functional Nutrition Counselors to bring holistic health and healing forward.

The Full Body Systems Advantage

Become a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor (CFNC) with:

 State of the art curriculum 

  • 10 months of immersive weekly lessons from Andrea Nakayama cover the 7 major body systems and consist of 30-minute audio classes with expert guidance, visuals, handouts, and transcripts.
  • 4 mini-modules focused on Andrea’s signature art of counseling.
  • Supplemental course materials and curated bonus content enable you to dive deeper into the subject matter to advance your interests.
  • Ready-to-use practitioner tools and handouts to put to use immediately with clients, friends, and family.
  • Art of Counseling demos and exercises to gain confidence putting what you learn into practice.

 Expert mentorship 

  • Group mentorship with our nutrition team so you can ask your questions, learn from experienced clinicians, engage with your peers, and explore how to put what you learn into practice.
  • Live Q&A sessions with Andrea to explore case studies, art of counseling, and practice development with a master clinician.
  • Nutrition team support, 24/7 online forum allowing you to connect with our team of expert nutritionists, as well as fellow students and graduates.

 Continued education & more 

  • A second, consecutive year of FBS lessons and live mentorship (your victory lap!) to continue learning and working in community with fellow functionally-minded peers as you build your practice.
  • Lifetime access to course materials and practitioner tools to return to as you work with clients.
  • Ongoing community and support, as well as access to new content and exclusive education opportunities, with an Alumni membership subscription (optional, additional fees apply).

 Certifications & credits 

  • Certification upon completion if you elect to take the exam to become a Functional Nutrition Alliance Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor (CFNC). No additional charge.
  • Category 1 CEU options if needed for your professional development.
  • The opportunity to apply for our post-graduate program, where you can earn the Functional Nutrition Lifestyle Practitioner Certification (FNLP).

What people say about Full Body Systems

“I have taken several Holistic Nutrition programs over the years and none of the programs compare to Functional Nutrition Alliance training. Andrea’s teaching style has transformed my life and confidence in introducing compliance with my clients. This is the best Nutrition training and it’s a must for all healthcare practitioners including doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists.”

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It’s definitely worth the money. Worth every penny. Best investment you can make, both for your clients and for people in your life.

My husband who is a doctor had an autoimmune condition. Nobody in western medicine could help him. Andrea and I guided him and he got completely better. On his 60th birthday, he thanked me for saving his life. He didn’t think he was going to make it, and I couldn’t have done what I did without Andrea.

I think all health coaches should go through this.

Margie Bissinger | MS, PT,

“I have learned more than I ever could have imagined from Andrea Nakayama. These teachings and this community have provided resources and guidance far beyond my expectations. Going through Full Body Systems has allowed me to see possibility and feel confidence in taking care of clients who previously seemed overwhelming. I absolutely LOVE how Andrea repeatedly tells us that we CAN solve complicated health challenges, and she teaches us how, one step at a time. This course has been revolutionary for me and my thinking and I cannot wait to see how many lives will be transformed because of it!

Stacy Day | BSN, RN, CHC


Andrea Nakayama

Nominated as Top Educator for 2017 by the Evolution of Medicine
Master Functional Medicine Nutritionist and the heart of the Functional Nutrition Alliance!

Andrea is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist and educator, leading thousands of clients, students and practitioners around the world in a revolution reclaiming ownership over their own health. Andrea works with patients, practitioners, and doctors, reframing both health and healthcare for more sustainable results.

I developed this program because practitioners like you were asking for the secrets to my success. I share them all with you in my comprehensive online immersion program—Full Body Systems.

Get results. Be the expert. Help the people you want to help.

— Andrea Nakayama