Creating personalised health plans towards healthier guts, minds and bodies
I’m Claire, your health detective!
Whether you have uncomfortable digestive symptoms or other chronic symptoms, a healthy gut can support your whole body in every way: optimal digestion, immune function, energy production, metabolism and weight management, mental health, hormonal health, joint and muscular health and regulate levels of inflammation in the body (and increased inflammation is a key factor in all chronic disease).
Gut health is one of the key foundations to total health and that’s why I’m so passionate about this.
I help those with chronic digestive issues to understand their body, support healthier gut function and find a diet that works for them without feeling deprived. My aim is to help you feel comfortable and less bloated, gain freedom from the stress of your symptoms and actually enjoy food again (and life!). Having suffered from troublesome gut issues and unexplained symptoms, I know exactly how much they can get in the way of living a normal and enjoyable life.
I want to help you.
In my mid 20’s I experienced an explosion of health problems: feeling constantly sick and dizzy, severe joint and muscle pain, an IBS diagnosis, acne, depression, insomnia and unexplained liver inflammation which baffled my GP and a private liver specialist. Following all the routine medical checks and tests, I was told there was nothing wrong with me (my elevated liver enzymes were left as an anomaly). I was (unhelpfully) given multiple antibiotics “to see if they helped”. After making no progress through conventional medicine I started researching possible causes for my symptoms and found myself reading about the role of nutrition in chronic illness.
I decided to see a nutritional therapist and was recommended a food intolerance test and a stool test. I had over 60 food intolerances and was reacting to nearly everything I ate. The stool test identified a marked imbalance in my gut microbiome: a candida overgrowth. Candida is a type of yeast that’s found naturally in the gut but when there’s an overgrowth it can cause all of the symptoms I was experiencing, including the liver inflammation (due to the toxins that Candida produces). A candida overgrowth or any kind of gut dysbiosis can cause low grade inflammation and hyper-sensitivity to different foods.
Adopting a nutrient-dense wholefood diet and removing toxins and the offending foods that were continuing to drive the inflammation and gut dysbiosis, combined with targeted supplements to rebalance and heal my gut, allowed me to finally see big improvements in my health.
My pain began to lessen, the sickness and dizziness subsided, my digestion improved, my depression went away (and I no longer needed medication), my skin finally began to clear, my liver enzymes went down and I felt well again. It took time, but I finally felt like I was on the right path and I understood my body. It wasn’t unexplainable after all.
I learnt about the root cause of my symptoms. I learnt to work with my individual needs. I learnt that I can eat a nutrient-dense, satisfying diet and get better in the process. I learnt that health isn’t just about what we eat either, it’s about the interaction between our environment, lifestyle, diet, nutrient intake and genetics.
I feel empowered by the knowledge I have about my body’s individual needs. I know which foods support my body best. I know which nutrients I need to support me as my body changes. I can think clearer, my wellbeing is the best it’s ever been, my skin is clearer and my digestion is greatly improved.
Am I 100% “fixed”?
I am a work in progress.
But I am committed to feeling as good as a I possibly can using the tools I have gained from my training in nutrition to support my individual biology, genetics, nutritional and lifestyle needs to live an enjoyable life.
My passion for further research into health and wellbeing includes emotional and mental health as well as nutrition because our overall health is more than just the sum of what we eat and the nutrients we ingest. It’s also about our lifestyle and environment, our mindset, finding purpose, feeling supported and practicing self-care.
I decided to train to be a nutritional therapist myself because I am so fascinated by the life-changing impact that personalised nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits can have on every area of our health. And now I want to share my knowledge, experience and ongoing research with you so that you can have a healthier gut and feel as well as you possibly can too.
All of my recommendations are based on research and science. I use a holistic functional medicine approach. Rather than looking at one symptom in isolation I acknowledge that all symptoms can be interconnected and therefore rooted in one or more underlying imbalance. By addressing the underlying imbalance we can begin to address all your symptoms, not just one. Some of the key systems that can become imbalanced include: the immune system, digestive system, nervous system, endocrine system and detoxification system. I design personalised nutrition, diet and lifestyle plans to support balance within the body and optimise gut health.
I’m a registered Nutritional Therapist with a Post-graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science. Gut health is my specialism because it is a key foundation for our overall health. Hippocrates was spot on when he said “All disease begins in the gut” more than 2000 years ago!
I’m passionate about supporting you towards a healthier gut so that you can feel healthier and happier in your mind and body, eat well, stress less and enjoy life!
In an addition to my training in Nutritional Science I have completed further training in the following:
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Stress and inflammation
- Women’s Health
- The Gut-Brain Axis
I am a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I hold professional liability insurance with Balens.
- My dog Betsy, a Patterjack is the love of my life!
- My celebrity crush is Paul Rudd and my favourite films with him in are Wanderlust, Role Models and I love You Man
- My guilty pleasures include binge-watching a good boxset, eating dark chocolate and doing online shopping (usually crystals and organic skincare).
- I have a strong Yorkshire accent which often gets stronger when I’m on the phone!
- I’ve tried many complementary therapies along my own health journey: acupuncture, osteopathy, chiropractic, Reiki, Alexander technique, sports massage, reflexology, counselling, inner child work, shiatsu, Bowen therapy, Network Spinal Analysis and Kinesiology. It’s been an interesting journey!
- I’m an introvert but I need to spend time with people regularly otherwise I go a bit crazy.
- I rely on my gut feeling for making all decisions in life and it’s always right.