By CHANTAL COOKE
Going up a dress size in a day may seem extreme, but for many women its a reality.
Excessive bloating can actually mean that clothes that fit in the morning are far too tight by the evening.
The good news is this isn’t actually fat or “weight” that is being put on. It’s usually a result of yeasts in the gut getting out of control. And it can be treated, and most in cases, eliminated.
A common yeast causing gut problems and bloating is Candida. Although it’s naturally present in our gut it can get out of hand and cause a variety of symptoms – bloating is just one of them. Other symptoms could include;
• Sugar cravings
• Diarrhoea and/or constipation.
• Allergies to certain foods/pollens/house dust mites/animals etc
• A strong reaction to Beer – either positive or negative. Either people don’t like it but they don’t know why. Or they are “addicted” to it. Â Beer can also make sufferers sleepy
• Repeated bouts of thrush
• Depression and anxiety without any obvious cause
• Lack of concentration
So how can Candida be treated?
Cherry Smith is a registered homeopath, qualified EAV practitioner and expert in Candida treatment; “Most people recommend a traditional Candida diet – but it is very restrictive and in my experience most people can’t maintain it for long enough to make any real difference. Candida mainly feeds on sugars and simple carbohydrates, but it can switch to proteins if necessary. So in many ways fighting Candida through your diet can be an impossible task.”
In addition, because Candida is a fungi, when its food source is lacking it will become dormant in a cyst form clinging to the gut walls. In this form it can survive for years. So when you change back to a normal diet it just starts up again.
“It may sound counter-intuitive but it’s actually better to keep the Candida in an active state so that anti-fungal therapies can work better and kill if off” explains Cherry.
So what does Cherry recommend? Here are her 10 tips to help combat Candida for good;
1. Eliminate sugar as much as possible – Candida thrives on it, so the amount of Candida cells will generally reduce if sugar is excluded from your food. It’s not a cure-all but it’s a good start and makes treatment easier
2. Use a good probiotic daily
3. If you are experiencing food allergies and your energy levels are falling then a homeopath could help with remedies to boost your constitution which in turn will help boost your energy, helping your immune system to combat the fungus and the allergies
4. Drink 1 to 2 litres of water a day to flush out the toxins produced by Candida
5. An EAV machine can also be useful as it charts the energy flows through the body and can highlight areas that need attention and where the Candida has really taken hold. Candida may originate in the gut – but it doesn’t necessarily stay there
6. Use natural anti-fungals like citricidal, tea tree oil (can also be used as a douche, 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, vitamin C with bioflavinoids
7. Eat apples, grapefruit, pomegranates, pears, cherries, lemons, nectarines, oranges and any berries – these foods are good at fighting Candida
8. Take a general mineral supplement with zinc and magnesium/calcium as Candida can interfere with mineral uptake in the gut
9. A homeopathic preparation of Candida in a 6c potency, one daily taken for several weeks
10. Eat proteins with carbohydrates to balance sugar levels and choose foods rich in Omega 3
It’s important to get professional help if you have a Candida problem – and if you want stop that bloating that leads to a change in dress size!
There are a variety of professionals that can help;
1. Your GP. S/he is likely to prescribe an anti fungal like Nystatin, which is unpleasant and has to be taken for many months
2. Various alternative practitioners usually have lots of people coming to them for Candida help. Applied kinesiologists, homeopaths and naturopaths can all help. Many of these practitioners use bio testing machines for allergies etc which will pick up Candida and yeast problems
The key is get help because Candida rarely goes by itself and just changing your diet is not enough” says Cherry.
For more information see: www.candida-treatments.org
About Cherry Smith:
Cherry Smith is a qualified EAV practitioner, a registered member of the Society of Homeopaths and also has an Msc in Applied Biology. Cherry has been helping people fight Candida for the last 13 years. See: www.cherrysmith.co.uk and www.candida-treatments.org
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