Fiona Murphy – Gut Health Specialist
Fiona Murphy is a Sligo-based gut health practitioner who has studied this field intensively for many years after she herself suffered from bad acne, late night digestive fullness, anxiety, IBS, food sensitivities, UTIs and thrush infections from her teens. NONE of which were ever fully resolved through the medical route taking antibiotics and random probiotics and vitamins from chemists and her colonoscopys and bloods were always normal. At one point it was mentioned it might be “all in her head”. No gut specialists existed then. She was as one says “out at sea” suffering alone.
But she never gave up researching and watching her mum go into ill health, catapulted her into more studying. She later discovered through 10 years of continuous research that the oral contraceptive pill given for her acne for 10 years contributed to her monthly anxiety & PMDD, IBS, high blood pressure, thrush, UTIs and chloasma because those synthetic ocps destroy the gut microbiome. She also found a way to treat acne holistically so it is permanently gone through improving the dysbiosis in the gut and improving the efficiency of the liver. She started her own successful skin clinic age 28.
In total she endured a gut health, hormonal health, skin health, mental health battle for 20 years, worsened as a result of chronic stress caring long-term for her mum who had undiagnosed dementia from her 50s. After years of crippling digestive issues, anxiety & insomnia postnatally she left corporate pharma life career age 34 and went on a journey to find wellness alongside running her skin clinic.
Fiona did an MSc in food, nutrition and health. She focused on studying gut and hormonal health. She later about low stomach acid, SIBO, a leaky gut, fodmap sensitivities, adrenal fatigue, sluggish liver led to long term inflammation hwich caused her to go into early perimenopause and menopause at 42.
She realised that hormones are made in the gut and because her gut wasnt working well for years her hormonal balance came crashing down in her mid 30s. After years of trying elimination, gluten free, dairy free, fodmap diets, having tests & taking random probiotics and supplements balance was achieved through many lifetstyle changes, medication & hormones. She healed her gut herself and got well by age 43.
She learned so much she started this health clinic in 2020 to support others like herself. Fiona is married with 2 small kids 7 and 9 and lives by the sea in Sligo. Along with being a busy mum she works part time from home doing gut, hormone health and skin consultations. Fiona now does alot of work in the area of cognitive decline supporting carers because of her own mums struggle with dementia. Patients types she usually see suffer with acid reflux, or digestive gut issues or exhaustion, anxiety or endometriosis, PCOS or SIBO, acne or rosacea, itchy skin, elevated histamine or increasing allergies, psoriasis, ezcema, brain fog or fibromyalgia type illness in patients who presented as normal with no symptoms as children.
Outside of work Fiona is passionate about everything selfcare, skin aesthetics, cold water swimming, weight lifting, beach walks, reading health books, making smoothies, salads & attending to her house plants and garden. She is a perfectionist, organised & tenacious and prides herself on giving her patients excellant customer service as healing the gut is not a quick fix and patients need to be supported over a year or 2. To learn about her consultation process scroll down on the first page of this website.
Fiona has a degree in Microbiology, a Masters in Food Nutrition and Health and previously worked professionally for 12 years, as a Microbiologist for Temple St Children’s Hospital, as well as in Industry and in sales and marketing of gut health medications and skin creams for six major pharmaceutical companies.
For the past ten years, Fiona has run her own health and beauty and skin clinic in Sligo and has now diversified from just treating acne and skin conditions into the treatment of all gut-related health conditions due to the demand for her knowledge in this area.
Gut-health wellness is Fiona’s passion, combining her microbiology, nutrition and gut health expertise and knowledge to help others that are suffering. Fiona is passionate about treating acne, IBS, fibromyalgia and all autoimmune conditions and is reading, upskilling and attending conferences worldwide annually.
For many people, the stresses of modern living mean people aren’t sleeping well, people are stressed out and immunity post covid is top of mind. Fiona can help diagnose and treat these symptoms by prescribing short-term dietary changes, supplements and herbs to restore you to a happier, healthier self.
Treating you inside and out is my life’s work.
Talk to me today about a personalised plan for you.
Fiona Murphy, BSc, MSc, ITEC DIP NUIT
Specialist in treating SIBO, SIFO & Mould, FODMAP Sensitivities, Ageing, Acne & Rosacea Skin Conditions & Immune system support for Autoimmune Conditions
Available by Appointment Only
Polished Health & Beauty, Finned, Carney, F91A2V5, Co Sligo 086-8439979
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