Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Clear Up Common Fungus-Related Symptoms

Fungus overgrowth is associated with an imbalance of intestinal flora originally caused by antibiotic use and vaccinations. Because of our society's typical high-sugar, fat-laden diet, we imbalance our bodies' bacteria levels even further and cause overgrowth of a species of fungi known as Candida albicans. The word "Candida" is thrown around a lot in alternative health communities as the cause for every possible ailment, however, this is usually not the case and it is much easier to treat than it's made out to be.

Having Candida is not the end of the world, but it is a health concern depending on the incubation level. Candida lives first in our mouth (thrush is medical term) and can be knocked back down pretty fast, however if it has shown up in the mouth you can be sure that your whole body is riddled with fungus, and you need to take action immediately.

If you're having a problem with Candida, try the following:

COLLOIDAL SILVER. Suffocates Candida.

PAU 'D ARCO. Make a tea from this herb. Very anti-fungal.

PROBIOTICS. Especially acidophilus. Restores healthy intestinal flora.

PRE-BIOTICS. Beet root (not beet juice) licorice, slippery elm, and chicory root. In supplement form, look for the terms FOS, XOS, GOS and inulin. Feeds the probiotics and ensure their survival.

FERMENTED FOODS. Kefir (goat) sauerkraut, kim chi, yogurt, cultured sprouted almond or brazil nut "cheese." Significantly increase the levels of beneficial gut bacteria.

GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT (GSE). Known for being a powerful antifungal. Many good results have been studied and it has helped many people, and while I have noticed no difference when I've taken it, I wanted to list it so you can find more info on your own about it.

FASTING. Candida needs sugar to live so fasting for 3-7 days is an amazing clean up. Works like a charm.

HEALING FOODS. Raw garlic, cooked asparagus, ground clove, raw onion, steamed leeks and raw ginger all kill Candida.

Now that you know what to add to your lifestyle and diet, here is what to avoid:

REFINED SUGAR. Feeds fungus and Candida. Only use stevia, yacon root, raw honey, lo han guo, and xylitol. Follow the glycemic index and glycemic load of foods.

GRAINS. While some may act as pre-biotics, most feed yeast and fungi. An example is most alcohol - a.k.a. fermented grains.

SUGARY FRUITS. Avoid mango, pineapple, banana, and hybrid seedless fruits for a short period as they can ferment in the intestinal tract - if you must have some, eat it alone. Consider the following low-sugar, high-fiber fruits instead: figs, seeded grapes, cherries, cucumber, bell peppers, and olives.