‘Crazy’ find in model’s bloated stomach
FITNESS model Emily Skye regularly posts about her stomach issues, sharing honest snaps of her battle with her belly bloat with fans.
But the mother-of-one and creator of online fitness program Emily Skye Fit recently took to Instagram to share the cause behind her struggle.
"I KNOW WHAT HAS BEEN CAUSING MY GUT BLOATING/PAIN!" she captioned the post alongside a snap wearing a sports bra and bikini bottom.
The 34-year-old Gold Coast fitness blogger revealed doctors have discovered several parasites lurking in her stomach as well as diagnosing her with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
"It's a great feeling to know I'm on the right track to getting my gut healthy again. It may take a long time though (could take a year or so) which is hard since I am a bit impatient, especially about my health," Emily wrote.
She said she's working on getting rid of the parasites by balancing her good and bad bacteria in her gut.
"Did you know that you can even have too much of a 'good' strain of bacteria!!" she told her nearly three million followers before explaining she has too much of the Lactobacillus strains - bacteria which produces lactic acid.
Because of that she has switched her probiotics to one without them.
"It's funny but I'm so in tune with my body that I had a feeling that was the case!"
Emily told her followers she undertook a stool test that showed she had parasites and is working on ridding them with herbal medicines.
"It's so good to know for sure. Your gut microbiots is the name given to the microbe population living in our intestine (we used to call it gut flora).
"It consists of trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in our intestinal tract mainly comprising bacteria - or what we commonly refer to as 'good & bad bacteria'." She advised having good quality probiotics will help ensure you have a diverse blend of the right strains of bacteria so you can have a happy and healthy gut and feel happier and healthier all over.
"When a specific species in your gut ecosystem are missing your entire system is compromised. That's why I believe in changing up your probiotics."
Since sharing the post on Monday morning it has clocked more than 38,000 likes with hundreds of fans leaving comments of support, while also sharing their own parasite experiences.
"Good for you. You must be so relieved. Praying you can work with your body to balance out the strains," one woman wrote.
"I've just finished SIBO treatment. Amazing how good 'normal' feels!" said another.
"My husband has SIBO! It's been a process getting better but he finally is!! Hope you feel better soon," a third commented.
"That's crazy," another said. "Feel better soon."
Another fan said she is coming to an end of her natural parasite cleanse, but may have to do another one as it hasn't cleared properly. "Hope you are on the mend soon," she wrote.
In July this year, the new mum posted two side-by-side to reveal the "drastic" changes to her body as a result of her bloating struggles.
She had treated herself to Thai food at the time which she believed was the cause.
"I have a feeling it's still that hanging around," she wrote in the post.
Skye, who gave birth to her first child Mia Elise Redmond in December 2017, is known for sharing honest, raw snaps of herself, especially after giving birth, and wanted her followers to know she too has body struggles.
"Most of you know I like to show you me at my best and at my worst so you know it's normal for your body to fluctuate like this!!"
Despite being in her activewear and ready for a workout, the 34-year-old who hails from Queensland admitted she didn't feel like training as her bloated tummy made her feel lethargic and she was also cramping.
In her most recent post, she said she has still been feeling sick from being run down, however is feeling positive after distinguishing the cause behind the bloating.
Emily is now considering doing a podcast on "gut health" with a health specialist in the field.