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The spice that ends tiredness!

- —Brenda Kerns

Wish you had more energy and less belly fat? The key could be ridding yourself of intestinal yeast! A new study suggests that one in three of us experience yeast overgrowth­s, which can release toxins that trigger fatigue and achy joints—and slow your metabolism, encouragin­g belly fat formation and more! Luckily, you can fix the problem now—or prevent it from ever taking hold—just by: 1Ending outbreaks with probiotics!

Taking just one mixed probiotic capsule daily helps end yeast overgrowth­s— and erase symptoms—for seven in 10 women, often in as little as three weeks, reports the journal Critical Care Medicine. These healthy bacteria produce acids that kill yeast on contact, explains study author Suresh Kumar, M.D. ■ One option: Life Extension’s Florassist Balance ($21 for 30 capsules, Lef.com/ww). Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.

2Koing yeast with a vegetable!

Two studies suggest that the humble rutabaga, a sweet, potato-like root vegetable, is such a powerful antifungal, just a half- cup a day can rein in intestinal yeast within 10 days! Try it sliced, salted and roasted like baked fries.

3Speeding healing with cinnamon

Adding 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon to your daily diet could tame a yeast infection in your gut within two weeks, suggests a study in the journal Mycopathol­ogia. Natural oils in cinnamon strengthen and heal the intestinal lining, helping it fend off yeast infections, says study coauthor Tony Costa, PH.D.

4Easing woes with ginger

Ginger inhibits the growth of intestinal yeast as effectivel­y as the prescripti­on antifungal drug Nystatin, reports the American Journal of Applied Sciences. To make a refreshing, yeast-fighting ginger tea: Grate an inch of fresh ginger root into two cups of boiling water; simmer 20 minutes; strain. Add a squeeze of lemon. Drink one cup, or take a 500-mg. to 600-mg. ginger supplement, daily.

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