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Emma Willis health: ‘I wasn’t feeling me’ TV star reveals details on bout of ill health

Emma Willis, 43, began modelling as a teenager and went on to grace the covers of Marie Claire, Elle and Vogue. She got her first big break presenting on MTV and thanks to her natural empathy for others, and landed other shows such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Hot Desk, This Morning and Loose Women. She later became the face of Celebrity Big Brother and can now be seen on screens presenting The Voice.

Emma revealed that she experienced a sudden and unexplained bout of illness which left her stressed, puffy and bloated.

Emma admitted that she was a total mess and even considered therapy to cope with how she felt.

She told Women magazine last year: “I was feeling s*** and low at the beginning of the year. I wasn’t me, and I didn’t know why.”

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Emma Willis health: Presenter had a bout of ill health (Image: Getty Images)

Initially thinking she might be pregnant, the Voice host went to hospital to get to the bottom of why she was feeling so low.

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She explained: “I had a bunch of blood tests done and they came back not great. I had quite a few inflammation markers that came back.

“I had really low hormones, really high cholesterol and things weren’t good.

“Normally, I’m a very positive, happy person and suddenly I wasn’t, and that really affected me.”

The presenter then sought the help of a nutritionist to help her get her health back on track.

She underwent a six-week cleanse and took up pilates alongside new self-care habits.

Emma said: “I went to see a nutritionist, who did some tests, and it turned out to be lots of different things that were all over the place.

“Stress, inflammation in my body, as well as being puffy and bloated, and I was just knackered.

“It took a while but I felt so much better by the end of it. It’s annoying. It’s constantly looking after yourself.”

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Emma Willis health: Presenter was bloated and knackered (Image: Getty Images)

How your diet can affect your mood?

Dietary changes can bring about changes in the brain structure which can lead to alternative behaviour.

The gut can reflect how a person feels emotionally and when stressed or anxious it can slow down the digestive system or speed it up.

The connection between carbohydrates and mood is all about tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid. As more tryptophan enters the brain from tryptophan with some help from the B vitamins.

Foods thought to increase serotonin levels in the brain include fish and vitamin D.

According to research published by the University of Illinois Extension, eating regular meals and snacks at the same time every day helps keep blood sugar levels steady.

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Eating at regular intervals helps to ensure that your body has a continuous source of fuel, and this may assist in keeping your mood stable.

Mayo Clinic said: “Skipping meals makes your body less able to assimilate food, and you are more liable to overeat at the next meal. If you keep yourself from getting too hungry, you may be able to avoid a bad mood.”

Emma, who is a proud mum of three children, added: “I’m now more aware as I get older of being healthy and taking care of my body from the inside, rather than thinking about how it looks from the outside.”

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