Your questions

If you have any nutrition or natural health related questions, please comment below or send me an email thehealthyepicurean@orange.fr

I will do my best to answer!

15 responses to “Your questions

  1. Can you help me or give any advice on bloating? I hate feeling bloated and have tried cutting out alcohol etc but it always comes back!

  2. Hello Emily!
    Bloating is a sign of poor digestion (your food is fermenting and not being digested properly) caused by eating too fast and under stress, eating the wrong food (intolerance), hormone imbalance or systemic infection (candida).
    If you suspect that you might have a food intolerance (perhaps wheat or dairy products?), you could try an elimination diet that should last between one to four weeks. After that, try to reintroduce one food group (wheat or diary in this case) at a time and then the other after five days.
    Make sure you eat lots of fibre and cut out all refined sugar (this includes fruit juice – eat the whole fruit instead, but not after a meal). Cut out all fizzy drinks too.
    I would strongly suggest you take a good probiotic which will help rebalance your gut flora and aid digestion. This will be especially helpful if you have taken antiobiotics recently.
    Obviously, if the problem continues you should consult your doctor.
    Good luck!

  3. Hi,

    My son has some eczema patches and the my GP prescribed cetreben for it. It cleared up to start with bu now isn’t working and I wondered if there is a natural cream that could help? Would be really grateful for your advice. Many thanks

    • Hi Lucie –

      Have you tried extra virgin coconut oil on his skin? Obviously I don’t know how old your son is, but even if he’s a baby it’s safe to use. Studies have shown that it’s effective for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It’s also an excellent general moisturiser – you could try it on your face – it gives you a lovely glow…

  4. Am loving the coconut oil! Like you suggested it is great for my skin too!

  5. When I lived in the US I was cared for by a physician who used only household and natural products to heal my illnesses/allergies – including my intolerance to dairy. When it was absolutely necessary for me to use antibiotics (after surgery), he suggested 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract in five ounces of water, taken in conjunction with the medication to ease the stomach discomfort caused by the drugs. It works great. Have you ever heard of this? I could not eat US yogurt, so that was not an option, at the time.

  6. My system goes ballistic with caffeine, so I do not drink anything but herbal teas, when I have a hot bev, and camomille is my usual choice. Camomille did not work well for antibiotics, in my case. He gave me many home remedies that work wonders and even provided me with a list of soaks that I could do for a variety of ailments. Would you believe that walking pneumonia, with 105 degree body temp (fahrenheit) could be cured with four soaks in in a hot tub, over 48 hours, using Pepto Bismol, Alka Seltzer and fresh-ground coffee? It worked and no drugs were taken internally during this ailment – not even an aspirin. I only wish he hadn’t retired.

    • That is impressive – he sounds like a very skilled healer. I’m guessing that his aim was to purge (coffee) and alkalise your body (pepto bismol, alka seltzer) to eliminate the infection and prevent it from coming back. An alkaline body fights infection far more efficiently than an acidic one and is an unwelcome ‘host’ for disease. Also, it’s better to avoid lowering the fever with medication if possible as the fever is salutary – it increases the liver temperature, allowing it to work more efficiently as a ‘filter’.

  7. My OH is finding that his knee and hip joints are becoming slightly creaky and is thinking about a joint supplement. What would you recommend? He’s currently taking 1000mg of omega 3 fish oil and a general muti vitamin.

  8. Hello Catharine ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sorry to hear about your OH’s dodgy joints. Omega 3 works well as an anti-inflammatory, but if he’s ‘creaking’, he could probably also benefit from some glucosamine and also MSM. Glucosamine helps to create new connective tissue to maintain flexibility and MSM helps maintain healthy, flexible joints and is important for bone, cartilage and connective tissue formation. It’s also important that he gets enough vitamin C (for collagen synthesis). A multivitamin probably won’t contain enough, so you might want to consider a supplement of this too (buffered is best as the acid in ascorbic acid could add to his joint pain).

    Suggestions :
    Glucosamine and MSM: http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Glucosamine-Chondroitin-with-MSM-90-Capsules/37832#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=glucosamine%20with%20msm&rc=284&sr=null&ic=2

    Vitamin C: http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Buffered-Vitamin-C-Citrus-Bioflavonoids-750-mg-100-Tablets/159#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=buffered%20vitamin%20c&rc=10141&sr=null&ic=13

    I hope this helps sort him out.

  9. Thank you very much! I will keep you posted.

  10. Hi
    I seem to retain water & get puffy. i was on water tablets but decided to โ€œweanโ€ myself off and see what happens โ€ฆ.. i have been off for 2 weeks but i woke up with a puffy face & body. is there anything natural i could take that is as successful as water tablets โ€“ i donโ€™t like to take medication ?
    Thank you for a great website !

    • Thank you Sharon! Do you know the reason for your water retention? Before taking anything, even natural, you must first of all rule out any serious cause (heart, kidney, thyroid, etc. problems). You should also check your electrolyte balance – too much sodium purges potassium and creates fluid retention, so try not to use too much salt. Any salt you do use should be unrefined sea or Himalayan salt (see my salt article) as they contain a variety of minerals and are less likely to cause fluid retention. Overuse of water tablets ends up creating water retention in the long run as they also purge potassium, which is vital for fluid balance, so you need to make sure you have enough in your diet (green vegetables and bananas are good sources). Other than that, once you’ve ruled out anything serious, good natural diuretics include alfalfa, asparagus, celery and dandelion. Vitamin B6 is also very effective, particularly if the cause is hormonal. Good luck! Let me know how you get on…

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