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Become a Functional Nutrition Expert
Certified by iTHRIVE ACADEMY

Grow. Lead. Thrive.

Most of the nutrition and healthcare education is nothing but watered-down science.


Learn from instructors with decades of coaching experience who have grown their own successful businesses.

Nutrition Consultation

You’ll be pushed to grow personally and professionally by like-minded individuals who are here to support you.

Consultation Call

Get the tools and resources to start coaching during your training & get professional feedback to help you become the best coach possible.

Factors about Nutrition

Learn how to start a successful side hustle and build your own coaching business.

Online Nutrition Consultation

You’ll be mentored personally by successful coaches who have started right where you are.

Knowledge about Nutrition

No matter your schedule or time zone, our programs are designed with a flexible lifestyle in mind. Just add wi-fi.


Mugdha Pradhan

CEO & Founder of iThrive, TedX speaker, Healer & Spiritual Coach

In 2017  despite having a Master's in Nutrition when I struggled with my own personal health issues, learning the nuances of Functional Medicine transformed my health- from losing 30 kgs to reversing an autoimmune condition, I healed myself. I moved from Canada to introduce Functional Nutrition for the first time in India through iThrive - Healing & Beyond 2019.
My vision is to create healthier, happier, disease-free communities across the world every single day.

With my expertise in Functional Nutrition, my ability to build strong teams and beautiful cultures, and my passion for scientific research and evidence-based work,  iThrive has raised two rounds of funding so far.

I now not only help people solve their physical health issues but also complex mental, emotional, and spiritual health issues with an 'invite-only' program called Embracing The Human Experience. In the Academy, I take the module on Mind-Body Medicine.

Functional Nutrition
What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition is a holistic wellness approach that takes into account all the essential aspects of an individual such as the daily habits, important health metrics, current lifestyle, environment they are living in and concluding on root causes before giving any nutritional guidance.

Course Outline
1.  Anatomy and Physiology

- Introduction
- Homeostasis
- Human Physiology
- Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base balance

2.  Interpreting blood tests

- Introduction to blood
- Why do blood tests matter?
- Interpreting different blood panels: CBC, Blood Glucose, Lipid profile, LFTs, RFTs, Markers of oxidative stress, Enzymes, Waste, pH and Bicarbonate

3.  Biochemical Pathways

- Introduction to biochemistry
- Carbohydrate metabolism:
  Meaning, types & sources, Contribution to energy production, Measuring, Checking status, Clinical outcomes & Corrective actions to be taken
- Protein metabolism
- Fat metabolism
- Micronutrient metabolism and Electron transport chain (ETC)
- When biochemistry goes haywire focusing genetic mutations and lifestyle drivers

4.  Understanding Nutrients

-Functions of Nutrients
-Deficiencies of Nutrients
-Toxicities of Nutrients
-Supplements for different conditions

5.  Human Microbiome

-Introduction to Human Microbiome
-Impacts of gut microbiota on overall health
-Tools for healing the gut
-Testing of gut microbiota-Virome

6.  Understanding Food

- Dietary guidelines and Functional Nutrition in different conditions: Paediatric diseases, Neurological problems, Bone and joint problems, Endocrine problems,   Liver problems, Respiratory problems, Renal problems, Cardiovascular problems, Cancer, Autoimmune problems, Digestive problems
- Food Politics

7.  Addressing top Chronic health problems plaguing humanity

-Paediatric diseases, Neurological problems, Bone and joint problems, Endorinal problems, Liver problems, Respiratory problems, Renal problems, Cardiovascular problems, Cancer, Autoimmune problems, Digestive problems

8.  Stress and Mind - Body Medicine

-Physiology of Stress
-Making sense of physical stress
-Deep diving into mental stress
-Strategies for stress

9.  Toxins and Detoxification

-Introduction to Toxins
-Impacts of toxins on overall health
-Introduction to the pillars of detoxification
-How toxic are we?
-Mobilization of toxins from the body
-The different phases of detoxification
-Routes of elimination
-Ways in which toxins cause damage
-An evidence based detoxification protocol

10. Risks of EMFs

-Introduction to EMFs
-Martin Pall case studies
-EMF hypersensitivity
-EMF solutions

11. Coaching skills

-The art of Coaching
-Why do your coaching skills matter
-Bringing in Joy
-Practicing Empathy
-Teaching your clients mindfulness, importance of tracking and Identifying triggers
-Strengthening yourself as a coach (this has many sub components)
-Creating a community around your practice (this has many sub components)

12. Functional Movement

-What is Movement?
-Movement - How is it different from exercise?
-Prolonged Sitting and Sedentariness.
-Movement Hierarchy
-Exercise Fundamentals.
-Self-Limiting Exercises.
-Pain and Movement Dysfunctions.
-Programming and final thoughts.

4 Months Course
6 Classes Weekly
75+ Hours of Video Lectures
Hours of video lectures
Conventional medicine doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against chronic disease. But you do.

India is deemed as the world's capital of diabetes. The diabetic population in the country is close to hitting the alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025 and 80 million by 2030.

People standing in row

5.8 million Indians die from Non Communicable Diseases  every year, in other words 1 in 4 Indians has a risk of dying from a NCD before they reach the age of 70.

Nutrition Imabalance

14% of India's population sufferes from mental health ailments. 45.7 million Indians suffer from depressive disorders and 49 million from anxiety disorders. “India is facing a possible mental health epidemic”, said Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Group of People

100 million Americans-nearlyone in three-have either prediabetes or diabetes.


About 1.7 million Indian's deaths caused by heart diseases every year. Health data shows that roughly 16 lakh people suffer from stroke throughout India.

Raised Hands

More than 2 milllion Indian children are estimated to be affected with autism.

Growth Chart

Chronic disease will generate $47 trillion in healthcare costs globally by 2030 if the epidemic is unchecked. That's more than the annual GDP of the six largest economies in the world

Chronic disease is sabotaging our health, and the current medical model is leaving patients sicker than ever-and practitioners like you exhausted, frustrated, and dismayed.

What our Students have to say

Samruddhi Dodmise
iThrive Academy - Batch 6
Laxmi Priya
iThrive Academy - Batch 3
Tanuj Madan
iThrive Academy - Batch 9
Aditya Sangore
iThrive Academy - Batch 2
Functional nutrition has greatly helped me identify pieces of puzzles in nutrition science that mainstream nutrition science would never have done. I feel that I now have a greater understanding of what goes inside my body and how to heal it in times of adversity. Also with thousands of supplements in the market, functional nutrition allowed me to choose which ones are really effective and which ones are a marketing gimmick. If one wants to heal holistically, functional nutrition is the way to go!
Now working with iThrive Essentials
iThrive Academy - Batch 1
My time at the iThrive Academy was fantastic – it provided invaluable insights and incredible foundational knowledge. The teachers are clearly passionate about empowering students with the right tools to help foster root cause healing. It's also a wonderfully warm, collaborative community that I am proud to be a part of.
Works as a Freelance Health Consultant
Pankhuri Purnima
iThrive Academy - Batch 4
iThrive Academy has been my initial step in entering the field of Functional Nutrition. Being a Post graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics, I had a good command in this field already but learning the functional aspect of nutrition has expanded my quest for knowledge and learning more. I came to know that there are many other aspects like toxins, stress, supplements, coaching, and movement that are required along with nutrition to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Thank you iThrive Academy for making me feel guided.
Now teaches at iThrive Academy

I am a practicing functional nutritionist who is now able to help my patients better.

This course helped me understand different concepts of clinical nutrition and food nutrition therapy that I did not learn as part of my master's programme. I can now reverse my client’s lifestyle diseases in a shorter span of time much more effectively. I thank all the faculty members for the continued support that all the students of the academy enjoy even after the course gets over. 

iThrive Academy Student & Current Faculty, Batch I

iThrive has made me into a Functional Nutritionist that can successfully lead people on the journey of healing. 

I was astounded and amazed with how little we know about something as basics as nutrition and how it is indeed the very foundation of good health. The academy taught me how the body is perfectly capable of healing itself using the right kind of nutrition and guidance. iThrive is a rich body of knowledge and information. It has helped me start on a journey of lifetime of healthy living and healing. 

Pratishtha Khan
iThrive Academy Student, Batch 12

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibility criteria for admission?

Everyone who is passionate about Health is welcome to join us!!

What is the duration of this course?

It is a certification course that includes 3.5 months of teaching followed by 15 days of practical training.

Is it a diploma or certification course?

It is a certification course specializing in Functional Nutrition.

What is the difference between a Nutritionist/Dietitian and a Functional Nutritionist?

In addition to general nutrition, a Functional Nutritionist focuses on reversing diseases, preventive care, and sustainable health. They concentrate on identifying the root causes of any problem, and not just covering up the symptoms.

What will be my career options after completing this course?

Once you complete  iThrive- Healing and Beyond's Functional Nutrition program, you can start practicing Functional Nutrition pan India.
As career opportunities, you can work as a freelance Functional Nutritionist, become an instructor, or work as a research associate at iThrive itself (provided there are openings and your performance throughout the program was impeccable).

Is this program affiliated with any University?

As this is a certificate program, it doesn't require any affiliation with any Universities.

Will this course help me practice Functional Nutrition?

Once you complete the course successfully, you become an iThrive certified Functional Nutritionist and with this you can advance your practice on your own. Since iThrive is a Functional Nutrition coaching company, we authorise you to practice Functional Nutrition anywhere in India.

Will I be able to practice as a Functional Nutritionist outside India?

No, You can only continue practicing as a Functional Nutritionist within India after you have completed the course.

Are the classes pre-recorded or live?

All the lectures are conducted live. Also, as a lot of working professionals enroll in this program and might miss their live lectures sometimes so the recordings of the lectures are available.

Is this an online or offline course?

This course is totally online as we only work on a virtual platform. We believe in providing hassle-free classes.

I'm interested in this course but I don't belong to science background; will it work for me?

Yes. We’ve designed the program to include the basics and simultaneously introduce the science of functional nutrition. Our aim is to educate everyone and create a disease free planet.

Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes, we do offer scholarships. Please get in touch with our associates for the same.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the eligibility criteria for admission?

Healthcare professionals, Non- healthcare professionals, and all other professionals are welcome.

2. What is the duration of this course?

It is 4 months of course which includes 3.5 months of teaching followed by 15 days of practical training.

3. Is it a diploma or certification course?

A certification course of functional nutrition as a specialization.

4. What is the difference between Nutrition/dieticians and Functional nutrition course?

Functional nutrition focuses on preventive care, to find the root causes of any problem, and not just cover up the symptoms

5. What will be my career options after completing this course?

You can help and heal people by reversing their lifestyle from any chronic disease by working as a certified functional nutritionist.

6. Is this course have any affiliation with any University?

ITHRIVE Academy is affiliated with ITHRIVE- Healing and Beyond, which is a functional nutrition coaching company based in Pune.

7. Are the classes will be pre- recorded or live classes will be held?

All classes will be held live on video conferencing platform and also the video recording of the same will be provided after each lectures for furture referals.

8. Is this course 100% online ? Do i need to attend any classes in person?

This course is totally online as we only work on a virtual platform. Hassle-free classes delivered at your comfort zone.

9. I'm interested in this course but i don't belong to science background, will it work for me?

Yes, Obviously we have designed our course to introduce Functional nutrition, medical terminology, Nutrients etc. from base level.

10. How the evaluation of this course will be done?

The assignments, case studies , and submissions according to the tutor will be evaluated individually or in a group.

This world needs people like you!

Together with a new approach to health care, we can turn the tide and reverse the course of chronic disease for good.

Not only can you help stem the tide of chronic disease, but you can also enjoy a more fulfilling career by giving yourself the tools and the model to do the one thing you got into this business to do: dramatically improve people's health and lives.

A more effective approach and a more rewarding practice go hand in hand.

The world needs more Functional Medicine practitioners with ancestral perspective one that goes beyond symptom suppression to address the real issue the mismatch between our bodies and our environment.

Ready to fast-track your path to a future where you and others can thrive?

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