If, as well as a bloated belly, you also suffer from one or more of the following – irritable bowel, thrush, recurrent urinary infections, low energy, bad skin, bad breath, fungal infections, sugar cravings, wind or PMS – your issues could all be related to an overgrowth of a yeast called candida.
Candida is something which lives inside all of us, but practitioners of natural medicine believe that, due to stress, antibiotics, high sugar diets and illness, our levels of good bacteria can die down and candida starts to grow to take their place.
Candida is fermentative so leads to bloating and bowel problems. It can also overgrow in the urinary tract causing the infections and thrush and on the skin leading to fungal infections.
To correct this problem we need to take a few different adjustments:
Stop feeding the candida.
This means reducing the amount of sugar in the diet, by cutting out cakes, biscuits, sweets, fruit and fruit juices. This is a temporary measure we believe is very important. Eat savory snacks like nuts, oatcakes and hummus instead.
Kill the candida.
We often suggest using a good anti-fungal supplement like the Manna Candida Support, an extract from the Pepper bark tree.
This is usually taken for four weeks alongside the diet changes and will often make a remarkable difference.
Replace the good bacteria.
As the candida has overgrown as a result of the good bacteria dying off we need to replace the good guys to stop it growing back again.
To do this we usually suggest a good strong Probiotic like the Manna GUT Support. Feed and strengthen the good guys. This helps them grow and colonise correctly in the gut to hopefully prevent any recurrence of the problems.
You can also download the free Manna Candida eBook for more information and help.