Advanced Clinical Focus: Digestion & GI Health

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"You are what you eat” is only partially true.
You are what you eat, digest, and assimilate.

Areas Of Focus

The digestive tract is where everything begins and everything ends. It’s where we break down, absorb, and assimilate food that becomes the components that fuel the cells of the body. Proper digestion, absorption, and assimilation is vital to total optimal health. 

  • Enhance your ability to identify and assess GI tract dysfunctions through the utilization of diagnostic tools, comprehensive evaluations, and by recognizing specific symptomatology.
  • Gain a holistic perspective on the root causes of health issues in the digestive system, recognizing the interrelationship between various factors, including diet, lifestyle, stress management, and environmental factors.
  • Discover a range of evidence-backed techniques and therapies including the 5 R's framework for digestive healing to promote the restoration of optimal digestive health.
  • Foster an integrative approach to digestive wellness, incorporating targeted diets, beneficial foods, nutraceuticals, and mind-body modalities for optimal outcomes.

  • Build a toolkit of sustainable lifestyle modifications to guide clients in cultivating lasting habits and behaviours that support ongoing digestive health.


the Digestion & GI Health Course

Class 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Explore the intricate anatomy of the digestive tract, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its structure and functions.
  • Going deeper than you ever thought possible to intimately understand the digestive process by unraveling the step-by-step mechanisms that contribute to optimal digestion and nutrient absorption.
Class 2: Pathophysiology
  • Dive into the pathophysiology of specific digestive conditions, unraveling their underlying mechanisms and symptoms.
  • Master the art and science of implementing 5 R's of digestive healing to form a comprehensive approach to gut restoration.
  • Investigate the intricacies of intestinal permeability.
  • Understand the connection between autoimmune disorders and the fundamental importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced gut.
  • Explore in great depth the fascinating world of the human microbiome and its profound impact on digestive health.
Class 3: Targeted Interventions For Specific Common Conditions
  • Focus on targeted interventions for prevalent digestive conditions, such as: hypochlorhydria and hyperchlorhydria, gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, H. pylori infection, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.
  • Develop a robust repertoire of practical techniques to effectively address these conditions, empowering you to quickly create and deliver functional nutrition protocols to restore the GI health of your clients with upmost confidence.
Class 4: Digestive Healing: An Evidence-Based Approach
  • Explore healing diets that have shown efficacy in restoring gut health, providing the foundation for your therapeutic interventions.
  • Build on your existing knowledgebase of therapeutic of foods, and dive even deeper with the latest evidence-based research to enhance your ability to recommend targeted dietary interventions.
  • Expand your knowledge of targeted supplementation, equipping you with the knowledge to recommend appropriate nutraceuticals to optimize digestive well-being.
  • Uncover the intricate mind-body connection and its influence on digestive health, exploring techniques that can complement and enhance therapeutic interventions.

Course Outline

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“Josh is by far one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. His knowledge and desire to truly teach his students is second to none. He has an amazing way of breaking down complex information so that it is palatable to everyone. Josh is helpful, patient and pretty funny too. I’ll definitely be taking more classes with him in the future.”



“Josh’s Advanced Clinical Focus: Digestion and GI course is an exceptional and comprehensive offering. His deep understanding of the human body, and rigorous research provided so much insight. IBD in particular is a bit of black hole in western medicine, so the guidance Josh offers about diet and botanicals is especially welcome. One day this approach will be mainstream and the suffering people experience from digestive issues will plummet – until then, this course is really an oasis for GI-based wellbeing. 
Thank you Josh!”

Rachel Schipper


Course Takeaways

A thorough understanding of the digestive process.

Gain a profound understanding of how the digestive system works, from ingestion to absorption, and how it impacts overall health and well-being.

How to identify imbalances in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract

Learn to skillfully recognize and assess imbalances within the GI tract, pinpointing issues that may be contributing to health concerns.

Mastery in Restoring GI Tract Balance

Acquire the knowledge and tools to effectively restore balance in the gastrointestinal system, promoting optimal digestive health.

In-Depth Exploration of Root Causes

Delve into the intricacies of common root causes behind various health issues, allowing you to address health concerns at their source.

Targeted Therapies with Diets, Foods, and Nutraceuticals

Discover how to tailor dietary plans, select specific foods, and recommend nutraceuticals to address individual health needs, enhancing the efficacy of your treatments.

Long-Term Maintenance of Digestive Health

Develop strategies for sustaining digestive wellness over a lifetime, empowering yourself and your clients to enjoy continued health and vitality.

This program is for you if you are a…

  • Nutritionist or health coach
  • Culinary Nutrition Expert
  • Dietitian
  • Naturopathic doctor
  • Medical doctor
  • Nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Chiropractor or physiotherapist
  • Personal trainer or fitness specialist
  • Wanting to learn more about nutritional therapeutics

No matter what your background, you will walk away with the tools to implement natural therapeutics immediately. This is truly the medicine of the future, and the future is now.

Now an approved CEC provider for:

the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN)

the Health 

Coach Alliance (HCA)


International Organization of Nutritional Consultants

Registration Includes

Four 1.5 - 2-hour classes
(online recordings)

One 1 hour live stream Q&A session & live mentoring

Transcripts and audio files for all classes

Complete set of 300+ slides

Course Handouts & Toolkit

Certificate of Completion


Diverse learning to suit your style

Live Stream Q&A Session

Whether you attend the session live or catch up on the replay, the interactive mentoring call offers you a unique opportunity to have your questions about the course content answered, receive personalized guidance, expert mentoring, and unwavering support throughout your learning journey.

Full Transcripts of all Pre-Recorded Classes

Transcripts are a valuable resource to enhance the learning experience. With transcripts you can efficiently navigate through the course material, build a comprehensive practitioner resource library, and deepen your understanding of the subject matter.

Full Audio-Files of all Pre-Recorded Classes

By providing audio files in our online program, we offer our students a dynamic learning experience that engages multiple senses, facilitates deeper comprehension, and enables convenient on-the-go access to our content.

Josh Gitalis Ba(H), CNP, IFMCP

Clinical Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner

Meet Your Instructor

josh gitalis

With over 15 years of experience as a clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner, I have dedicated my career to uncovering the origins of disease and developing transformative healing protocols. I firmly believe that the key to unlocking your potential as a practitioner lies in the combination of hands-on experience coupled with continued education.

As an educator, I am passionate about working with health practitioners and clinicians, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to understand the root causes of illness and discover effective upstream solutions for  acieving their health goals. 

My approach to protocol design goes beyond telling my client what to do, I prioritize explaining the "why" behind each recommendation and how it uniquely impacts the body.  This is what fosters a therapeutic relationship and invites my clients to re-claim responsibility for their own health outcomes.  

Through my Functional Nutrition Certification Program and courses, I empower practitioners to delve deeper, bridging the gap between research and clinical practice to achieve exceptional results with their clients.


Explore the full FunCtional Nutrition Certification program 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if can’t attend the live session, will I still be able to watch them?

Yes, the recording of the live stream will be posted within 24 hours after the session to be viewed at your leisure.

Can I send in questions if I am not able to attend the live question and answer session?

Yes, any questions submitted before the session, will be addressed. (Unless there are too many questions to cover).

How long will I have access to the materials?

2 years. If there are any updates to the information in that time, you will have access to that as well.

Can I get a certificate showing my successful completion of the course?

Yes. You must successfully complete a short open-book quiz with a passing mark of 80%. A digital certificate of completion will be emailed to you within a month of receiving the completed quiz.

What is the time commitment for this course?

You can watch and read as much of the material as you like. There is no evaluation of your participation. The purpose of this course is to provide you with the best information on the topic. What you do with it is up to you. You get out as much as you put in.

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