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Fungal infections, do you want some self help tips?

09/10/2014

athletes foot

Fungal infections can be caused by a high stress lifestyle, a diet high in carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine and a lowered immune system.

Fungal infection comes in many guises, such as thrush (oral and genital), skin eruptions on the hands and other parts of the body, athletes foot, jock itch, fungal nail and candida overgrowth of the intestines.

Its a very common condition, and western medicine prescribe anti-fungal creams and anti-fungal tablets.  Of course these do not address the route cause.

How can you help your body to get back to a state where fungal overgrowth is not possible?  Here are three relatively simple changes your can make:

Firstly, eating a high vegetable diet with good sources of protein like organic meat, chicken, oily fish and good hydration. Reducing alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants.

Secondly, garlic and onions have natural anti-fungal properties and and may help to boost the immune system too.  Using coconut oil by rubbing into the skin and including in your diet, may also assist due to it’s high caprylic acid content.

Thirdly, managing your response to stress.  Stress will always be part of life, we can’t control the stress around us, but we can control how we respond to it. NLP coaching may help you find ways to manage stress better, I offer NLP coaching in Richmond and Fulham. As part of this introducing exercise like yoga and walking a few times a week, to encourage movement and time for your mind to focus on something different, calming down the parasympathetic nervous system.

And remember to breathe!  the exhale, is the de-stressor.  We tend to take lots of shallow intakes of breath when under stress, and this means we don’t breathe out much, and this has a holding on sensation, which of course is what we are doing when under stress, we are holding on for our life.  And exhale….

I hope this has been useful, if you have any questions or need a more tailored programme, please drop me an email nutritionaltherapylink@gmail.com

Julie

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