Norma Bridge, Dip ION - Digestive Health
Hello, I'm Norma, I help people to discover their optimal (gut) health through personalised nutrition. I work closely with you to find the root cause to your health concerns and create an effective plan to get your health back on track - 14 years of clinical experience.
I offer a 'holistic approach' that incorporates the whole person, their environment and their circumstances and combine it with the science of the body's biochemistry and disease processes. I believe that many common diseases arise from imbalances in the biochemistry of the body's natural systems, and that, in principle, balance can be restored by careful tailoring of the natural substances in the diet.
In many cases the root cause of a health issues lie within the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). One's diet may be adequate, but improper function of the GI tract can cause an imbalance in other systems and consequent health issues. Such dysfunctions include: incomplete break down of foods, inadequate absorption of nutrients, ineffective removal of waste by-products of metabolism, and hidden food sensitivities.
In other words, not only is good nutrition important, but also on how the body deals with the food it is given.
Heredity, environment and even the influence of the mind itself makes us biochemically unique, so 'rebalancing' the body's systems through diet needs an understanding of the whole person. That's why one-on-one consultation lies at the heart of a successful, personalised plan.
Here to help, call today... +44 (0) 7791890541
Cutting-edge laboratory tests available.
"It's a rare thing to find a practitioner with a great manner, excellent knowledge and a true dedication to getting results for their clients - and you have all of these. I'm really glad I found you!"
"I feel absolutely fabulous - no problems whatsoever - it feels so good to be normal again"
"Thanks for all your help and information Norma, you are a tremendous help and terrific individual."
"Essentia nutrition's expert advise has truly transformed our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"I have been meaning to drop you a note to thank you for the workshop the other evening. I thought you were very professional and the content was fascinating."
"Thanks again Norma for all that you have done to help me. I don't think that I would be as well as I am today without you!!"
"…you have been very highly recommended by a friend of mine and I would like to make an appointment."
"I have been feeling so much better, with energy! Can't thank you enough for that."
"Thank you so much for the initial consultation - I am feeling very positive about making changes!"
"I have been encouraged by my progress and your science-based advice and I have recommended you to another friend whom I believe is about to make an appointment.''
Training, qualifications & experience
Norma Bridge, a Nutritional Therapist with over 14 yrs of clinical experience, graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London and the University of Bedfordshire in 2006. ION is recognised as one of the foremost nutritional institutes in the United Kingdom.
Although her training has covered all areas of health and nutrition, Norma's experience has mainly focused on digestion and gut health, such as IBS, SIBO, Candida, dysbiosis and leaky-gut. In addition to digestive problems, she also works with autoimmune disorders, skin complaints, allergies and food intolerances, thyroid conditions, osteoporosis, vegetarian & vegan diets.
In the past, Norma has tutored with Premier Global Trowbridge and CNM College of Naturopathic Medicine Bristol where she taught clinical skills to nutritional therapy students. In addition, she regularly provides workshops and seminars at a corporate level as well as local clubs and groups.
See below for memberships with professional organisations...
- Registered with the British Association for Applied Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
Norma is a Full member of this professional body for Nutritional Therapists and is obliged to abide by their Code of Ethics, professionally insured and undertakes regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as encouraged by the organisation.
- Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is an organisation set up with government support. Norma is a registered member of this organisation and has provided proof of training and experience within the field, professionally insured and abides by the CNHC’s Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Information about health conditions (*)
Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
COVID-19: Offering online consultations via Skype, Zoom & telephone.
First consultation: £100 - £120 depending on time required
- In-depth analysis of your medical history, lifestyle and diet
- Explanation of your health issues
- Discussion of useful laboratory tests
- Creation of your 1st phase personalised programme
Diet and lifestyle changes are negotiated with you to ensure they are achievable and sustainable. Vitamin or mineral supplements are often recommended to accelerate the healing process.
The initial programme is reviewed and progressed through follow-up consultations to acheive yout health goals. Duration and frequency are tailored to your needs and charged pro-rata.
Post-Test Consulation: £75
Includes test interpretation and explanation, with diet, lifestyle and supplement recommendations based on findings.
Laboratory tests are available at an additional fee.
At Essentia we offer a variety of laboratory tests from Genova Diagnostics, Regenerus Labs, Biolab, Cambridge Nutritional Sciences, which include IgE food allergy and IgG food intolerance tests, genetics from Life Code Gx, hormonal from Precision Analytical Inc, nutritional status, stool analysis, metabolic function, bone health, please see website for a full list.