So often we feel icky and can’t explain why we have particular physical symptoms. Mostly, it’s blamed on a virus or a bacterial infection. But, guess what? Fungal infections are just as prevalent. And, most of the time they go undiagnosed. If you suspect you’re a victim of a fungus among us, below are some suggestions of antifungal foods that may come to your rescue.
Not-Fun Symptoms. Are They Caused By A Fungus?
Sometimes, we, or even medical practitioners, can misdiagnose the cause of certain symptoms of recurring ailments. It’s not uncommon because bacterial and viral infections are running rampant these days.
However, when particular symptoms persist after bouts of antibiotics, rest, and maybe even antiviral meds, it might be time to explore another culprit. Surprisingly, that perpetrator could be a parasite or a fungus. (Some believe they may be considered one in the same category. That is up for debate and a discussion for another article.)
Regardless, these are some common internal and/or external indicators of a fungal infection:
- redness, blistering, peeling, cracking, and/or itchy areas on the skin
- unusual tiredness, brain fog
- many allergies (including asthma)
- low sex drive, impotence
- headaches, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- vaginal itching (yeast infection)
- redness and pain or itching in the groin area (jock itch)
- itching, cracked skin in the toes (athlete’s foot)
- toenail rot
- itchy, scaly, round-shaped blistery patches (ringworm)
- unexplained introduction of autoimmune disease
Truly, none of these sound particularly attractive, nor are they pleasant to experience. On top of that, these are SERIOUS symptoms!
Fortunately, the brighter news is that there are antifungal foods that can help relieve these types of symptoms. Additionally, there are foods and herbs that can help diminish the presence of the fungus (that cause the symptoms) and help the body detoxify.
The Most Famous Fungi Who’s No Fun-Guy At All!
The most common fungal infection is Candida. Candida can wreak havoc on your entire biological system without you even knowing. Frighteningly, you can have no symptoms for a long time, or, it can trick health practitioners into thinking the problem is a bacteria or a virus. Overgrowth of Candida can sometimes present as:
- Ear infections
- Bronchitis or other respiratory infections
- Gum disease
- Chronic sinus infections
- All the other uncomfortable symptoms listed above from fungal infections
Yeast/Candida overgrowth can happen for several reasons. One is a weak immune system. Another can be a result of antibiotic use. Improper diet may also be a culprit.
Most noteworthy, once the diagnosis of Candida overgrowth is established, you can begin to use antifungal topical concoctions as well as proper dietary practices as a means to kill off the not-fun guy.
Antifungal Foods Still Have to Fight the Opponent!
Unwelcomed fungus in our bodies is not eradicated simply or quickly. Unfortunately, getting healthier requires tenacity with a defined diet as well as dealing with the release of toxins.
Without creating alarm, the truth is that Candida detox can actually be quite toxic. And, it can be detrimental to your health in its own way.
Ironically, when we starve the fungus, it releases contaminants into our system. It’s highly recommended that as you switch to antifungal foods and diminish the presence of Candida, you hydrate and flush your system constantly. Some naturopaths suggest you should drink up to a gallon a day of diluted cranberry juice (no sugar) with fresh squeezed lemon juice.
It’s not unusual to feel great right off the bat, and then feel gross and lousy shortly afterwards. The toxins from the Candida squelch may cause uncomfortable symptoms, along with food cravings. Don’t give into them. Unfortunately, if you do, you’ll start the sugar/Candida cycle all over again.
Heroically, give it your best effort to suffer through the nasty detox effects such as: headaches, nausea, low energy, cravings, and mood swings. They won’t last long if you continue on a proper antifungal foods diet. Along with that, sticking to it should eradicate the presence of Candida overgrowth and help repair your body to a “healthy” fungal state.
Before we present the optimal antifungal foods, let’s have a look at the worst foods for a fungal condition. Yes, some foods and drinks actually provide energy for the Candida to keep growing. Others may lessen your body’s ability to fight off infection. In either case, here are items to absolutely avoid if you want to get rid of Candida overgrowth:
- sugar (processed, organic, cane, fructose, corn syrup, agave, and sugar substitutes)
- high-sugar fruits (bananas, grapes, …)
- grains high in gluten
- processed vegetable oils
- some dairy products
- swordfish and tuna
The Winners of the Antifungal Foods Awards!
Below are some foods, herbs, spices, and teas that can help kill off a fungal infection:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Oil of Oregano
- Onions and Leeks
- Green Apples
- Raw Garlic
- Cooked Cruciferous Vegetables
- Wild Salmon and Grass-Fed Beef
- Coconut Oil
- Bone Broth
- Pau D’arco Tea
Some sources are convinced that Undecylenic Acid and Caprylic Acid kill fungus (externally and internally.) However, you will need to research their side effects before making the choice to apply or administer either of them. Regardless of your choice in antifungals, you’ll want to make sure you are ingesting good probiotics as well.
When it comes to biological symptoms, it’s important to examine the body as a whole. Just because there’s toenail fungus, doesn’t mean the infection is just in that toe. Or, if you’re feeling sluggish, even slightly depressed, it’s possible that the condition is systemic. Looking at diet, sleep, and stress levels are the first call to action. After that, check it out—it’s possible that a fungus could be a cause for physical disturbances.
Hopefully, some of these antifungal foods will bring some relief to your condition. Feel free to peruse the Get Thrive site for other tips on best health for you and your family. While you’re there, we’d love for you to sign up for the Thrive Newsletter! It’s free and chock full of up-to-date health and wellness news.
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Author: Carra Robertson