Staff Writer, Fitness

Gemma Harris


Gemma Harris is a Staff Writer for Fitness at Saga Exceptional. Gemma has been a journalist for over seven years and is a self-confessed health and wellbeing enthusiast, which led her to specialise in health journalism. During her career, she has worked with top editors in the industry and taken on fun fitness challenges such as completing 40 weighted dead bugs daily for three weeks. She is particularly passionate about nutrition; after being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome in 2016, she discovered her fascination for gut health and founded – a dedicated space for providing a hopeful outcome for people with gut issues. Gemma’s core aim is to help others through her writing. 

Gemma has written about various topics from combatting the spread of health misinformation on social media and her experience of taking mental health medication, to sleep stories and mindful gardening. Previously a freelance journalist, she has produced content for leading health journals such as Gastrointestinal Nursing and the British Journal of Healthcare Management, as well as multimedia health and lifestyle platforms, including, StomaTips, Fit&Well, LiveScience and

She is the proud owner of two adorable guinea pigs who are far too spoilt and have become her writing companions. When she is not writing, Gemma can be found walking in nature, at a yoga or spin class, swimming, doing an at-home YouTube workout, snuggling up with a self-help book or meditating. She is also a member of a local running club. These experiences help to influence and shape the content she creates. And because life is all about balance, Gemma also enjoys having cocktails with friends. 

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Articles by Gemma Harris

Woman sat on a bed in pain and clutching her stomach.
Gut Health

Stress and IBS: 8 ways to relax and ease the effects

Stress can be a trigger for IBS, but you needn’t suffer in silence. Experts share their unique stress management tips to help you live well with the condition.

Spread of foods including fruit and vegetables, proteins such as fish and chicken, bread, eggs and oil

Food groups explained: what are they and how much do you need?

Dietitians reveal how getting the right amount of each can support your health.

Salt shaker next to the word 'salt', made out of salt, on a blue background.

7 must-know signs you’re eating too much salt – and how to cut down

Concerned you’re consuming too much salt? Experts reveal how to know, plus practical steps to take to reduce salt in your diet and improve your health.

Legs of a man sitting on the toilet
Gut Health

How to have regular bowel movements: three things a dietitian wants you to know

Do unruly bowels affect your life? Or are you just wondering whether your bowel movements are normal?

Dr Megan Rossi, who has dedicated her life to gut health research and sharing her knowledge, sat at a desk surrounded by lots of objects, with some of her books in the background.
Gut Health

“Treat your gut bacteria like a pet”: gut health advice from Dr Megan Rossi

The gut health doctor shares her gut health top tips, such as drinking tea, and tells us what led her to becoming a gut health expert.

Cubed pieces of turnip in an air fryer, alongside a whole turnip on a chopping board

Are turnips good for you? Health benefits of this underrated root veg revealed

Turnips can support your health in many ways, from your gut to your brain health. A leading dietitian explains how