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, 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. No gut specialists existed then. She was as one says “out at sea” suffering alone.
But she never gave up and watching her mums illness 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 caused much of her monthly anxiety & PMDD, IBS, high blood pressure, thrush, UTIs and chloasma because those synthetic pills 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 battle for 20 years as a result of chronic stress caring long-term for her mum who had early onset dementia. After years of crippling digestive issues, anxiety & insomnia postnataly she left corporate pharma life age 34 and went on a journey to find wellness alonside running her then successful skin clinic. She does alot of work in the area of cognitive decline supporting carers because of her own mums struggle with dementia.
She did an MSc in food, nutrition and health. She focused on studying gut and hormonal health. She later learnt low stomach acid, SIBO, a leaky gut, fodmap sensitivities, a stagnant liver & chronically low testosterone and low oestrogen which were root causes of all symptoms but the long term inflammation caused her to go into early perimmenopause.
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 improving diet slowly over time, stress reduction, medication & HRT. She healed her gut herself and got well by age 40.
She learned so much she started this clinic in 2020 to support others like herself. Fiona is married with 2 small kids and lives by the sea in Sligo. Along with being a busy mum she works part time from home doing gut health and skin consultations. Patients types she usually see suffer with gut issues or anxiety or endometriosis, PCOS or SIBO, acne or rosacea, elevated histamine or allergies, psoriasis, eczema, brain fog or fibromyalgia type illness. Outside of work shes into 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 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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