Interested in learning more about the Gut Health Course offered from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

I completed the course in 2020, and I’m frequently asked about it, so I’m sharing it all today. 

Gut Health Course

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If you’re reading this right now, you fall into one (or more) of these categories:

  1. health coaches / nutritionists / doctors / other medical professionals
  2. aspiring health coaches / nutritionists / doctors / other medical professionals
  3. Gutsy women, on a gut health and health journey

Literally, no one else is reading this post right. Unless of course you’re my mom – hi, Mom!

No matter where you fit, this is likely to benefit you. More on that later.

First, let me share what you, too, can embark on for your own journey.

Gut Health Course Breakdown

For 5 months it’s all about gut health, and learning about it from many different angles.

Through their 16 module course, here are the topics you can expect to learn more about:

  1. Breakdown of the digestive system
  2. Absorption of nutrients during digestion; hormones that play a role in digestion
  3. Gut bacteria and the microbiome
  4. Probiotics, prebiotics, and fermentation
  5. Constipation and diarrhea, what they signify, and how to improve bowel movements through lifestyle changes
  6. Gut and immune system connection; autoimmune and auto-inflammatory conditions (celiac, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease)
  7. IBS and the gut-brain connection
  8. The impact of stress on gut health
  9. Food intolerances and leaky gut
  10. Candida 101
  11. SIBO
  12. Heartburn and acid reflux
  13. Blood sugar, metabolism, and obesity
  14. The connection between the gut and thyroid
  15. Gut and estrogen
  16. Gut health through an Ayurvedic lens
  17. Traditional Chinese Medicine and gut health
  18. Working amongst healthcare professionals
  19. Supplements that promote gut health
  20. Toxins in food, environment, and personal products that impact gut health
  21. Detoxing the gut
  22. Supporting the gut through food, spices, herbs, and food preparation methods
  23. Lifestyle practices for optimal gut health

Weekly Commitment for the Gut Health Course at IIN

Going through this 5 month program will take some time, but believe me – it’s exciting and hardly feels like any time at all.

When I took the course, I maybe spent 2-4 hours a week on it. 

Each Monday, a new module releases. The modules each contain:

  1. 4-6 video lectures 
  2. 4-5 handouts
    • These consist of readings, exercises, and resources to help you reflect further on the topics learned during each module. Over 20 of these are also converted into a library of printable done-for-you resources that can be used in client consults or even handouts for clients to print out and refer to.
    • Included in these are 16 brand-new specialized guides that are designed to help you understand the most common GI conditions and therapeutic diets, and how you can confidently support and empower clients in these areas while understanding how to safely practice within your scope as a health coach. I partnered with IIN to create 8 of these guides (including a Guide to IBS, Guide to Leaky Gut, and Guide to SIBO) that were featured in this series!
    • There are also 11 supplementary works which are a mix of readings, visual diagrams, content, and application guides that go along with audio/video lectures and work as tools for personal wellness goals and as action steps to incorporate in client consultations.
  3. A 5-question optional assessment quiz to test your knowledge

Each module also includes skill building activities, along with a reflection assignment an an optional recommended reading list on the topics covered during that week. 

As an added bonus, this course has a private Facebook group for extra feedback and support. If you’ve done any of my programs, you know just how much I believe in groups for growth.

Why Continue your education with the Gut Health Course?

I chose the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) way back when (graduated in 2012) because it was the world’s most recognizable health coaching program. 

At the time, I was miserable from my own gut-health issues (which were mostly unknown at that point) and knew I wanted to eventually help other women who were in my same shoes. While going through the section on gut health during the main health coaching course, I was hooked.

IIN would lead to my massive gut health passion, healing my own gut, and building a thriving business which serves other women who have (or suspect they have) IBS and/or IBD.


And now that I’m hyper-focused on the gut, my goal is to learn every last thing about it I can. When I saw that the school had a brand new program for IIN graduates dedicated 100% to the gut, I wanted in. 

Gut health is everything

I cannot stress that enough. 

When you heal your gut, you heal your life.

And that’s the absolute truth.

Why Does the Gut Health Course Matter to You?

See? I told you I’d get here. 

  1. health coaches / nutritionists / doctors / other medical professionals – if you are a wellness professional looking to expand your knowledge of digestive and gut health you join me for this course! Click HERE to learn more and enroll now. If you are a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) you can get 16 CEUs toward your recertification for completing this course.
    • If you’ve ever considered focusing in on a gut health coaching business, I strongly recommend this course. I have a 7-day e-course to help you dial-in that niche (gut health!) and then grow your online business. This course will help!
  2. aspiring health coaches / nutritionists / doctors / other medical professionals – I’m constantly getting messages from people looking to attend IIN. You don’t need to be a current IIN student or graduate to enroll in the Gut Health Course (it is open to all wellness professionals), but as a grad I can say firsthand that it is a transformative experience and amazing foundational education for anyone who is interested in becoming a Health Coach. Enroll today! HERE is the FAQ I put together on the school. Grab the Integrative Nutrition Curriculum Guide HERE.
  3. Gutsy women, on a gut health and health journey – I take the time and invest so much of myself in order to give back to you. I’m looking forward to sharing everything I learn; new or re-confirmed. 


Questions? About the school, the program or gut health in general?

I’m an open book. Leave them for me in the comments, and I’ll get to them as soon as possible.

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  1. Hi Sarah! I really enjoyed reading your article.

    I fall into the 3rd category of people you listed above and am on a gut journey. I bloat a lot and have some food sensitivities (although I’m still figuring out what my trigger foods are). You mentioned that this class is for people who have already gotten their health coach certification. I was wondering, however, whether this class would also be good for beginners who do not have this certification (and are doing the course for a personal benefit and not to become a health coach). Let me know what you think as I’m highly considering it.

    1. Hi Sophia! Thanks for reaching out. Yes, I definitely think it could be good for you. But, given your circumstances, you might also check out my course, Gut Healing for Beginners.

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