Fungus Free for Life

How to Get Fungus Free For Life

by Jennifer Savedge, as seen in The Doctor's Prescription for Healthy Living Magazine January 2005, pp 34-35


Kathryn Bell, of West Peoria, Illinois, was taking a laundry list of medications for everything from nerves to depression to high blood pressure. But when she broke out with a rash covering her entire body, her doctors could not come up with a cure. It was her daughter, Janet Ricca, who found the remedy. Janet had luck in the past treating her own digestive and skin disorders with antifungal herb supplements, so she shared the idea with her mother. Kathryn's doctors were flabbergasted with the results. Not only did her rash disappear but so did her other disorders. The 80-year-old woman no longer needs the long list of prescription medications. In fact, she's up and moving like never before.

There are over 400 fungi that produce pathogens, or mycotoxins, which are toxic to humans. According to Doug Kaufmann, a prominent fungus expert and host of the syndicated daily health show, Know the Cause!, "Mycotoxins cannot presently be discerned inside the human body. All we can do is see the track of damage they cause." Fungi are ubiquitous, and easily find their way into our systems. A fungal overgrowth in the body can mimic many diseases, such as diabetes, sinusitis, eczema, digestive disorders, and even cancer. And many times, we unknowingly take antibiotics or other prescription medications that make our symptoms worse. If you think fungus might be at the root of your symptoms, you need to learn how to get the fungus out of your body. Here's how to get fungus-free for life.

Don't Feed the Fungus

Fungus needs carbohydrates and sugar to proliferate, so people who have a fungal overgrowth tend to crave these foods. This is why people on low-carb diets tend to mysteriously have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, even though they are eating a lot of meat and animal products. Low-carb dieters are unknowingly killing off the fungus within their bodies that is at the root of their other conditions. Fungus can also be found in foods like corn and peanuts. This is why, according to Kaufmann, people with serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, crave foods like peanut butter, corn tortillas, or popcorn. Try a diet that is high in protein with few carbohydrates and sugars and avoid foods that might contain fungi. If you cut back on these foods and your symptoms dissipate, it is likely that fungus was the cause of your symptoms.

Restore Balance

Fungus finds its way into our bodies through the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is kept in check by the healthy bacteria and internal flora in our system. These bacteria also aid in the production of vitamin B and lactase. However, it is easy for the system to become unbalanced. Preservatives, additives, and the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, or alcohol can destroy the healthy bacteria in the body and allow fungus to grow unchecked. As you begin to reduce the fungus in your body through dietary changes and antifungal supplements, it's a good idea to take an acidophilus probiotic supplement that can reestablish your body's healthy bacteria, as well as a multivitamin to boost the body's supply of antioxidants and minerals.

Fight the Fungus

There are many natural antifungal supplements that destroy fungus in the body. Caprylic acid, olive leaf extract, apple cider vinegar, undecylenic acid, grapefruit seed extract, and neem have all been proven to contain antifungal properties. And it's actually best to try using a few different antifungal supplements in rotation. This is because fungus can learn to adapt to antifungals that are taken every day. Alternate between which supplements you use every few weeks to maintain their effectiveness. Here's a look at some of the most potent antifungal supplements and how they work.


Caprylic Acid

Caprylic acid is a fatty acid that is commonly found in both coconut and palm oil. It is one of the most popular and effective antifungal medications, because it is quickly absorbed and it easily dissolves the cell membrane of the fungus, rendering it inactive. Caprylic acid has been used for the treatment of candida overgrowth syndrome, as well as such fungus-related ailments as athlete's foot, constipation, ear problems, eye floaters, and sinus infections.

Olive Leaf Extract

Humans have used olive leaf extract for centuries to treat such conditions as gout, malaria, fever, and hemorrhoids. And as early as the 1900s, the leaves were also recognized for their antimicrobial properties. The active ingredient in olive leaf extract, called oleuropin, breaks down in the body to become elolenic acid. Elolenic acid is particularly effective against many strong strains of fungi. Olive leaf extract can help to treat fungal-related conditions like influenza, encephalitis, shingles, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, psoriasis, and sinusitis.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Odorless Garlic

Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which is very good at destroying fungi. It can be used for the treatment of high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, sore throats, acne, fatigue, headaches, and many other conditions. Apple cider vinegar also helps to boost the immune system, stimulate cell growth, regulate blood circulation, and neutralize toxicity in the body. And it is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E, as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, sulfur, phosphorous, and beta-carotene.

Undecylenic Acid

Like caprylic acid, undecylenic acid is a fatty acid that acts as an effective antifungal. It occurs naturally in the body in the form of sweat and it can also be extracted from castor bean oil. Undecylenic acid works to inhibit yeast and mold and restore the body's balance of healthy bacteria and internal flora.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract was originally used by farmers to kill the mold and mildew found on their equipment. It is a powerful weapon in the prevention and treatment of diseases. This phytochemical can fight over 100 different strains of yeast and fungus, directly killing the fungal germs both inside and outside the body.

Neem

Neem is a potent blood-purifier and detoxifier with strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. And unlike conventional antibiotics, neem does not destroy the body's healthy bacteria and internal flora that are needed to maintain optimum health. Neem has been used with positive results to treat such conditions as acne, eczema, herpes, and dandruff, as well as candida infestations.

Clean It Up

Now that you've attacked the fungus in your body, it is important to make sure that it is removed from the system. Increasing water and dietary fiber consumption will help to move waste through the body more quickly. Psyllium is a plant that is rich in the dietary fiber necessary to clean out the body. It literally acts as a sponge, attaching itself to toxins and flushing them from the system. It has traditionally been used to treat constipation. And according to the Food and Drug Administration, psyllium may also lower the risk of heart disease. One drawback to the use of psyllium as an herbal supplement is that it tends to gel up quickly, making it unpleasant to swallow. Psyllium can be taken in capsule form to avoid this unpalatable taste. Another option is a product called Flaxium, produced by BioActive Nutrients, that contains 50 percent psyllium and 50 percent organic flaxseed powder. This combination tastes better and is easier to drink than pure psyllium. And it also incorporates the healthful benefits of flaxseed, such as lowered cholesterol and reduced inflammation.

Put It All Together

This may seem like a long list of supplements to keep on hand for fungal infections. To simplify the process, you might try purchasing a product like the Antifungal Kit, by BioActive Nutrients, which is just now becoming available at health food stores. The kit contains several months' supply of all of the supplements listed above, as well as instructions for how and when to take each product, all at a discounted rate. And customers like Janet Ricca and her mom Kathryn couldn't be happier. Janet says, "I have tried other antifungal products, but the products in the BioActive Nutrients Antifungal Kit really deliver. And they're also affordable. Bottom line, it works."

 

The Kit includes BioPLUS, Probiotic-CSP, Caprylic Acid, Olive Leaf Extract, UGN (Undecylenic Acid, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Neem), Apple Cider Vinegar & Odorless Garlic, and Flaxium, Psyllium Powder capsules or Green Sweep.