– Nutrition & your gut
Optimum gut health affects your whole body and plays a pivotal role in your overall well-being.
Unpleasant digestive symptoms are not the only sign that your gut health needs some love – 90% of diseases are linked to poor gut health. The health of your gut can affect your immune system, mental health and well-being, your skin (think psoriasis, acne or eczema), inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and even weight management. By optimising your gut health through nutrition, you can have a positive impact on your daily life.
Suffering from any of these?
Bloating; Constipation; Diarrhoea; Heartburn after meal; Smelly wind; Food intolerances; IBS; Ulcerative Colitis; Diverticulitis; Psoriasis; Acne; Eczema; Rheumatoid arthritis; Autoimmune conditions; Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO); Anxiety and Depression
These are the areas I can support you…
Eating a Mediterranean diet & increasing the amount of fibre you eat is one of the best ways to improve your gut health but…
…it’s difficult & can often make your symptoms worse!
We’ll work together to increase the range and types of foods you eat at the right times – so that your “friendly” gut bugs grow & develop into a diverse and abundant range of bacteria that support rather than wreaking havoc with your health.
But the timing of when you introduce each food is key too – whether prebiotic (onions, garlic, asparagus etc) or probiotic (yoghurt, sauerkraut or kimchi etc) – introduce them too early and you’ll feel so much worse.
Did you know that long term restrictive diets can harm your microbiome?
I wont force you to follow any restrictive diets (FODMAP or otherwise) forever – because that can negatively affect your health and your gut microbiome. I want you to make changes that are safe and give you confidence, whilst always keeping an eye on the ultimate goal of supporting your long term health.
Reset Your Gut Health Programme
by Virginia Hills
Your personalised action plan & food recommendations to address your symptoms, calm inflammation & repair your gut, so that you can regain control over your symptoms, meals and your life. Incorporates lifestyle, stress management & exercise recommendations – because they are relevant to your gut health too!
the unique programme follows a step-by-step approach to your gut health, and typically lasts for around 90-days
Your gut microbiome is like a garden – it needs a little nurturing, love, tenderness, time to flourish & wow its host. Slow & steady wins the race…
And we can work on weeding out the bad guys if we need to.
Book a 30 minute, no obligation chat with me, and I’ll listen to your concerns & explain a little more about how I can support you.
You’ll complete an online questionnaire, and record a food, drink and lifestyle diary in preparation for our first 90-minute consultation. Don’t worry, it’s easy!
You will also receive your Personalised Health Plan, covering your specific recommendations (no need to take notes!), supplement & functional test recommendations (if that’s what you choose) via my secure, online portal.
Approximately 2 weeks later, we meet again for a 15-minute chat to see how you’re getting on and whether you have any quick questions you need help with.
We’ll agree some further food & lifestyle changes at your pace and discuss any change in or new symptoms you’ve encountered. We’ll also review any functional test results (if appropriate) or supplements I’ve suggested – and you’ll receive another Personalised Health Plan afterwards.
We then work on a 2 – 3 week check-in & follow-up cycle with a third, Personalised Health Plan after your next follow-up to complete your programme.
If you are not feeling 100% tip-top by the end of your programme, we can repeat this process until you are: the number of times we meet varies from person to person and on how quickly your body responds to the lifestyle changes implemented. This is completely flexible, and you are under no obligation to keep going once you feel better, but can always book another 60-minute consultation if you need it.
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You ask, I answer
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Should I change my diet before I come to you?
No – please don’t make any changes! It’s best if you keep your diet as normal as possible before your first consultation. The quickest way for me to understand your gut health is for me to see exactly what you are eating and drinking and how you are feeling at your first consultation. I won’t judge you on what you eat: my sole focus is understanding and supporting your gut health.
Can you test my gut bacteria (the gut microbiome)?
Yes! This can play a significant part in your symptoms (if you have any) and gives a more specific insight into your gut health. You can order a private, functional stool test through me that you can take at home. With a functional stool test result, my approach can be much more targeted and specific, leading to faster and more personalised results for you. All functional tests are in addition to your programme costs.
Can a stool test at my GP provide the same information as a functional stool test?
A functional stool test does not seek to replace any tests that your GP can request, rather to enhance your experience and support your health journey.
I’ve been told I need to go on the low FODMAP diet but don’t know why or how to do it. Can you help?
Do I need to come and see you in person?
Do you work with men?
Do I need to have a diagnosis of IBS before working with you?
How many consultations will I need?
Will I have to stop eating gluten, bread and pasta forever?
What's the advantage of taking a functional stool test?
If I suspect this is this case and recommend a functional stool test, my approach can be much more targeted and specific, leading to faster and more personalised results for you. All functional tests are in addition to your programme costs.
Will I need to take supplements?
Do you work with clients with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)?
How do I pay for my programme of consultations?
Can I work with you if I have IBS?
Are you avoiding certain foods because you think you have a food intolerance?
Do you work with children?
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what my clients say
Seeing Virginia was the BEST decision! She recommended testing & combined with her excellent knowledge, Virginia was able to explain why my symptoms were happening: after following her targeted advice, I have had no further problems & am so grateful. I thought my previous diet was quite healthy & wasn’t sure any changes would make such a significant difference – I cannot recommend Virginia more highly.
Virginia is very knowledgeable and lovely: she is easy to talk to and provides lots of advice in her sessions.
Virginia was able to pull out the key points from what I was saying and understand what my issues and concerns were in a concise manner. She then gave me advice and suggested changes that have made immediate improvements to my health and wellbeing. I am so utterly grateful and feel thoroughly relieved to have a real plan.
Virginia is amazingly understanding, supportive, helpful & incredibly knowledgeable about all things related to diet, nutrition & digestion! She is extremely caring & offers very helpful advice in a way that is down to earth, sensitive, sensible & not too unrealistic either.
I would highly recommend her to anyone I know, as well as others I don’t.
You can literally say anything to Virginia – she doesn’t judge, goes at your pace, is a lot of fun and soooo knowledgeable.
Virginia Hills Nutrition | Kent
Nutritionist in Kent, providing personalised nutrition programmes using natural, holistic approaches to tackle your health concerns; investigating the root cause of your symptoms & incorporating targeted food & lifestyle adjustments - so that you can live your best life again.
Kent, South East England, UK
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