Depending what I’ve eaten, or even what mood I’m in, I can go up and down in a dress size in one day. Which is a right inconvenience. Apparently, this is common with a lot of women and is caused by bloating from yeast infections or problems in your gut.
Recently I spoke to London-based homeopath and microbiologist Cherry Smith, who specialises in problems such as yeast infections. She explained that there are several simple steps you can take to reduce bloating.
‘There can be several reasons for your size and weight fluctuating like this, but for a lot of women, the most common cause is a yeast called candida,’ explains Cherry. ‘Candida is present in all our guts, but can sometimes get out of hand.’
The most common approach to tackling candida is an anti-candida diet, which can help, but it’s better treated in its active state.
‘Cutting out sugary foods and drinks, fruit juice, bananas, white refined carbohydrates and highly processed foods, plus champagne, cider and beer, will help reduce the candida in the gut and make it easier for anti-fungal therapies to work effectively. Also, whenever possible, eat proteins with carbohydrates as this helps balance your sugar levels,’ says Cherry.
These small dietary changes will give you a good basis with which to tackle the candida. But Cherry says you can also take some other simple steps which will help.
1. Use a good probiotic daily
2. Drink lots of water
3. Use natural anti-fungals, such as citricidal, tea tree oil (which can also be used as a mouthwash and in bath water), garlic, grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid, aloe vera juice, pau d’arco tea, oleic acid (found in first pressing virgin olive oil), oregano complex and vitamin C with bioflavinoids
4. Take a general mineral supplement with zinc, magnesium and calcium (as candida can interfere with mineral uptake in the gut).
Cherry says that this approach has had permanent results for many of her clients, and some of the effects stretch way beyond a reduction in bloating. ‘One of my clients, Sally, lost nearly two stone, regained her energy and felt more positive (which led to her being promoted at work) – and of course her bloating stopped completely.’
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