Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fungal Infections of the Skin

What is a Fungal Infection?

Fungal infections range widely in their severity and significance.  Fungi are in constant contact with the skin, mucous membranes, and tissues of the body.  Most of these are harmless; some are irritating; others are severe and others are lethal.  Called mycoses, fungal infections are dealt with through the body's immune system.  They are most severe in people who have been taking antibiotics over a long period because antibiotics weaken the immune response and kill off bacteria that destroy fungi in the body. 
Common fungal infections include candidiases and tinea (including ringworm and athlete's foot) among others.  Fungal infections arise because of an impaired immune system.  The immune response has been weakened by accumulated toxins that already exist within the lymph, liver, intestines, and spleen, which require ongoing protection by the immune cells. 
All natural remedies are designed to cleanse the system and boost the immune response.  Here are some foods and lifestyle recommendations that promote an immune response. 

Foods to Eat
  • Raw, saltless sauerkraut
  • Chlorophyll-rich foods stop the spread of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.  Good sources are barley grass and wheat grass (probably the most effective of all in treating yeasts), parsley, kale, collards, dandelion greens, watercress, romaine lettuce, and cabbage.  Avoid taking these with juice. 
  • Seaweed contains selenium and many other minerals that rebuild immunity.  Seaweed is rich in iodine, which was the preferred treatment for yeasts before antifungal drugs. 
Foods to Avoid
  • Excess salt
  • Fruits
Herbs to Treat Fungal Infections
  • Echinacea
  • Burdock root
  • Dandelion
  • Goldenseal
A healing remedy is to combine echinacea, burdock root, and dandelion as a decoction.  Boil 3 cups of water, then lower the flame; add 1 tsp. of each herb and simmer for ten minutes; turn off flame and steep for another ten minutes.  Drink one cup of tea.   Natural Healing~
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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