Fungal infections that occur on the skin are among the best-known infections. Many people are looking for a natural treatment for nail fungus, which is a frequent problem. Few know, however, that the appearance of the nail fungus is actually a sign of a candida overpopulation or with another fungus. “Onychomycosis” is a type of fungal infection localized at the level of the nail. This occurs due to the multiplication of dermatophytosis or non-dermatophytosis (especially those of Candida species).
Symptoms of nail fungus
Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) is very frequent, estimates showing that between 3 and 12% of the population suffer from fungal infections at the toes, in a smaller or larger number. Elderly people are more susceptible to nail fungus than the young and those with weakened immune systems.
Signs of a fungal infection of the nail:
Nails become brittle and they change color, especially the thumbnail, which is the most susceptible to infection
- Appears a fading white or brownish-yellow color on the nail or the sides of it.
- Nails become soft, they break easily or become very thick and they change the shape
- Pain around the nail
- The nail is detached from the skin
- On the surface of the nail, there are white peels forming in the form of a gathering or white dots scattered on the entire surface. (hereinafter referred to as “white superficial Onychomycosis”)
Persistent signs of fungus appear slow but can last for years. Removing the fungus requires patience and time for healing. It may take a few months until the results become visible. But a correct approach and the elimination of the causes that triggered the problem from the beginning can prevent mycotic infection return.
Why is there a nail fungus?
Mainly it is an imbalance in the body between good and bad bacteria. Just as in the case of other ailments that derive from bowel-related problems, you do not have enough good bacteria in your intestines, you get to create a high level (bad bacteria) into the body, which occurs on the skin.
Besides the poor health of the intestines, there are other factors that favor the appearance of infection:
The athlete’s leg infected with the fungus in a manicure salon, for example, or from an infected pool, gym or sauna
Damaged nail lodge
Shoes too tight or dirty
Skin conditions such as psoriasis
Circulation problems in the legs, as a result of existing diseases, such as diabetes or an arterial disease
Weak immune system
The diet that helps to eliminate foot fungus
Some people resort to ointments or medicines to treat toenail fungus, but often they are ineffective in the long term and do not solve the case. Some medications designed to kill nail fungus include itraconazole or terbinafine. They must be administered between three and six months to treat the infection, but it often reappears.
Medicines in the form of tablets are more effective than ointments, but does not offer any warranty and have more side effects. In addition, it needs to be used for longer periods and has many contraindications. Another disadvantage is the fact that they have the effect of a patch to solve the problem only on the surface, not the cause.
The only way you can effectively get rid of toenail fungus is by changing the diet.
Diet to eliminate overcrowding with fungus includes three steps:
- Eliminate sources of sugar that feed the fungus and bad bacteria
- Include beneficial food to replace the bad bacteria in the intestines
- More fiber, healthy sources of protein and nutritious fats.
Step 1: Remove the source that feeds the Candida
The first step in treating a fungal infection of the nail is cut at the root, but naturally. In other words, most likely you will need to make some changes in eating. The best tactic for dealing with overcrowding with candida is food source removal of fungus and viruses that live in the digestive tract: sugar and cereal products.
To analyze the way in which candidates are developing. Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in the human body. For healthy people, other bacteria and immune cells are held under control so as not to create problems, but sometimes the candida can multiply over and can cause infections in different areas.
One way that candida makes its presence is through the skin, where it can cause reactions or serious infections. But it may come out in the mouth, the vagina or the anus.
It will be hard to solve the problem you have with the fungal nail infection or fungus if not quitting the addiction to sugar and not almost entirely eliminate sugar and cereal products.
Step 2: Consumption of foods
After cutting the source for depopulation of the bad bacteria, the next step in terms of nourishment will be increased consumption of foods which will favor the multiplication of good bacteria.
Superfoods that help in this are fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi. It is essential to start to eat at least one serving of fermented vegetables per day, besides other probiotic foods, fermented dairy products or as kombucha.
For example, yogurt and kefir can contribute effectively to increase immune function and restore bowel health by strengthening the body’s defense mechanisms. Besides, it’s good to take a supplement with probiotics in order to speed up the healing process.
Step 3. Consume more fiber, protein and quality fats
Consume more fiber, protein and quality fats. In the end, you have to enrich your fiber intake from eating. Due to its specific composition and inability of the body to absorb them, the fibers cross the digestive system without being absorbed by the digestive enzymes and acids in the stomach, collecting in the way toxins, waste products, fat and cholesterol particles that accumulate in the intestines.
Taking into account that will be removed foods rich in sugar and grain, fiber, and it’s good to focus on eating foods rich in protein quality preferable of vegetable origin.
Besides the fiber and protein quality, healthy fats should be eaten, especially coconut oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, Caprylic acid and antibacterial and antimicrobial fatty acids which help the body eliminate candida.
With the help of a rich diet in protein and healthy fats, and, besides a significant intake of fiber. And a drastic reduction in the consumption of sugar and grain-will be able to eliminate candida in the body and, as a consequence, and any fungus on the nails. Here are the categories of foods you should eat and why should you limit yourself to combat overpopulation with fungus:
What foods should be eaten in abundance:
Colorful Vegetables- these nutrient-rich foods are good sources of essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to the healing of the intestines and the immune system.
Probiotics or fermented foods (organic and raw as much as possible) are beneficial for filling bacterial populations. Probiotics take control of the fungus and have the effect of strengthening immunity.
In addition to yogurt, probiotics are good sources for kimchi or sauerkraut, kombucha.
Vegetable juices/drinks- Green Vegetables strengthen immunity and cleanse your body of toxins, residues, and bacteria.
Avoid to sweeten your green drinks with honey or other sweeteners like this and opt for fresh vegetables. It can be used for drink sweetener stevia extract, which contains no sugar.
Coconut oil, ground flax and chia seeds-Flax and chia seeds are antifungal and constitute sources of healthy fats. And coconut oil, which, in addition, contains lauric acid, a fatty acid with strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Garlic, cinnamon and curcuma-are effective in fighting bacterial infections, viral and to improve health digestive.
Unsweetened cranberry juice creates an acid medium, that the fungus doesn’t like. The juice should be 100% of cranberry and do not contain potassium.
What foods should be limited or eliminated:
Sugar in any form, white sugar, honey, maple syrup. Sugar feeds candida, therefore it should be avoided as much as possible.
Cereals transform into sugar molecules in the body, which feed the fungus and bacteria. Even whole grains (rice, oats, quinoa) can exacerbate the problem. But the most harmful are a fine grain of the kind used in baked goods, bread, cereals, muffins, etc.
Or fruit juice-although fruits are healthy, contain much sugar. Fruit juice does not contain fruit fibers and increases blood sugar levels, causing food cravings, energy loss, inflammation and immune function. A tunic when it is consumed on a long period.
Alcohol-favors multiplication of fungus. Many alcoholic drinks are high in sugar. Food intolerances-Mycotic infections are due to some food allergies.
Eliminate foods that trigger negative reactions of any kind and see if symptoms occur after eating dairy, eggs, certain oilseeds, wheat and grain products.
If you want to track down a possible allergy or sensitivity, try an elimination scheme to see which foods cause you problems. Try to remove them.
If you find it an unbearable, think that many other people have had success with these methods. And, most likely, you will not have to adopt them for the rest of your life.