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Healthy Gut = Healthy Life.



I hear you, you're exhausted. You've found your way to my world as your dealing with a few health issues (bloating, joint pain, weight gain around the middle, hormonal imbalances) or perhaps parenting a child with a chronic health condition (such as JIA, celiac disease, learning difficulties).

That's why I've got a little gift created just for you... some Healthy & Delicious Energy Boosting Recipes that I know you'll love. They're not only easy to cook, delicious and nutritious, but also great for everyone's health. They're all gluten and dairy free :)

Enjoy! Here's to a healthy gut and healthy life - Vanessa x



The main force behind establishing The Healthy Gut Nutritionist is a deep desire to help people achieve their health goals... and get a healthy gut!

In early 2018 my young daughter (who was 2 years old at the time) woke up and couldn’t walk. Her knee was constantly swollen, red and hot and we spent months seeing specialists trying to work out what was wrong. At the same time she was constantly sick, with vomiting and diarrhea.

When prescribed with a chemotherapy drug (that she could not tolerate) to treat a diagnosis of a autoimmune disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), in my gut I felt that there was more that we could do to help her symptoms. I didn't know what or how, but I knew I needed to do what I could to help her. 

That’s when I decided that there HAD to be a better way. 

I made it my life’s work to study the real science about food and nutrition, and the impact it has on all the systems in our body. I spent thousands of hours researching arthritis (including JIA), inflammation, and our immune system; and the intersection with gut health, nutrition, infections, environment, and the impact of epigenetics. I spent every single day exploring with my daughter ‘what's going on in there?’. And through this journey I have learnt the power of functional nutrition, a healthy gut and the life-changing positive impact it has on our deep health. 

​Which led me to some pretty incredible results…. My daughter regained her health and is in remission since June 2020. She can now run, jump, climb, hop with the swelling in her knee and digestive complaints completely eradicated. ​She is very happy and an incredibly healthy little girl.

And through this journey I also healed myself.

  • I banished brain fog (hallelujah!)

  • Put an end to 3pm snacking

  • Got rid of pesky bloating

  • Extinguished debilitating joint pain in my wrists and ankles

  • Eliminated crippling PMS pain

  • And I no longer suffer with annoying pimples. 

These days I enjoy glowing skin, more energy, I feel happier and healthier than ever.​ I choose a healthy lifestyle that I love.​ Whilst I've always eaten well, until my study I never knew the true power of food.

I know that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring. I also know it can be hard, especially supporting children and other family members through the journey. Not having time, being confused by all the information out there, and also not knowing what suits you (or your child's) body best - I've been there too!

​I am a Functional Nutritionist who will support you and your family to optimise your health and wellbeing. My clients not only enjoy the food they eat, they love their healthy lifestyle because their symptoms reduce, they have more energy, feel and look great.

Isn’t it time that you achieved your health goals...and got a healthy gut?

Click here to book a free Discovery Call with me. I live in Australia but have clients around the world.

Sending you my best - Vanessa Vanderhoek, The Healthy Gut Nutritionist 



I offer complimentary 15 minute consultation where we will unpack your (or your child's) current symptoms and how a Personalized Functional Nutrition Assessment and / or a Program can help you.

Whilst I live in Canberra, Australia, I work with clients from around the world via Zoom.


9 months ago I reached out to Vanessa for advice because I needed more energy to be the person I wanted to be - a great mum while juggling a full time successful career that's stressful and often long hours. Vanessa introduced me to a wholefoods breakfast shake that I love and look forward to having every morning.

3 months in and I noticed that my hair was better than ever - shiny and strong. 5 months in I didn't need fake nails anymore, my nails are now strong! 6 months in and the dark circles and rings under my eyes are GONE!!! My energy is fabulous. My mental health is great. I feel fantastic. I have stopped taking vitamins as I no longer need them.

I've always been very healthy and fit, but have never noticed such obvious improvements like this before - and I've tried a lot! This is SOOO easy - thank you very much Vanessa!!!

- Megan Kelly