Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungus that usually appears between the toes. The affected areas of the skin may be itchy, red, scaly or cracked. Scratching the infected skin and then touching other parts of your body can also spread the infection.
Athlete’s foot is caused by fungi growing on the skin and thriving in warm, dark and moist places like feet. It isn’t just something that we catch. There is more to the root cause of athlete’s foot than infected swimming pool, towels, beds or showers.
The following factor contribute to this condition: Weak immune system, low number of probiotic bacteria in the gut, poor hygiene, antibiotics, poor diet high in sugar, high glucose / fructose syrup, white flour foods, stimulants, nutritional deficiencies (lack of B1, zinc, magnesium, selenium B complex, vitamin C), avoiding raw vegetables, diabetes, chronic high blood sugar levels, have certain other health conditions, such as diabetes, medications, Candida albicans overgrowth, etc.
Candida is a type of fungal yeast and is often at the root of lots of health conditions like eczema, arthritis, and allergies. While it is a natural strain that is found in everyone’s guts, problems arise when it becomes overgrown due to lack of beneficial bacteria. In a similar way, also the fungus responsible for athlete’s foot (tinea fungus) naturally resides on the skin but when the skin bacteria is out of balance, the this yeast will multiple and cause problem.
– Read article on CANDIDA OVERGROWTH, CANDIDA ALBICANS, CANDIDIASIS, THRUSH, YEAST INFECTION, FUNGAL INFECTIONS > as athlete’s foot can be effectively treated using the same principles and remedies.
– Avoid antibiotics (use garlic supplements standardised for allicin such as Garlic Max),
– Avoid sugar (use only Xylitol), white flour products, white rice, pizza, cheese, commercial omega 6 oils, and excessively starchy foods. Reduce dairy and meat products as they contain antibiotics too.
– Every day consume raw vegetables, onion, garlic, cabbage family, raw home-made sauerkraut (not pasteurised!). Use only raw coconut oil.
– Wear socks made of wool, cotton, or other natural materials to keep your feet sweat-free. Always dry feet after getting out of water. Wash towels.
– Every day take good quality probiotics such as ImmuProbio, ColiProbio, or UltraProbio (all by HealthAid) because when your inner ecosystem is balanced, your whole body microbiome (including bacteria and yeasts residing on and in the skin) will be balanced.
– Garlic Max (HealthAid) with meals are the best garlic formulas that are effective in fighting candida overgrowth. Garlic fights fungal infections and also boosts immune strength. Please keep in mind that many garlic products such as odourless garlic, powders, oils wont be effective.
– Bee Propolis, like garlic also helps to fight fungus.
– Consume foods such as Chlorella, as it is known to feed good probiotic bacteria and support immune system and detoxification.
– Take Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU per day), Magnesium citrate and Zinc supplements every day to support your immune system.
– Mix about twenty drops of pure essential Tea tree oil, Oregano oil or Clove oil with one tablespoon of raw organic Coconut oil (also anti-fungal). Keep in a small glass container and use externally as often as possible.
Some use essential oils directly on the skin, others dilute them as essential oils are highly concentrated and for this reason it is generally not suggested to use them directly on the skin. I would avoid applying undiluted essential oils to broken skin, as it will be painful and cause irritation.
– Mix together: 1 capsule of Saccharomyces boulardii > (a beneficial yeast that has been shown to battle pathogenic species of fungi), half teaspoon of crushed fresh garlic or onion (or a few drops of bee propolis tincture) and 1 TBSP plain organic yogurt. Use a cotton ball to spread the mixture onto the infected areas and allow it to stay unwashed for at least an hour or overnight.
– In a container (for a foot bath), mix together 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar (high-quality, unpasteurized with the “mother” with 2 cups of water. Soak your feet for an hour or so. Instead of foot bath you can also apply plain apple cider vinegar (without water) directly to the infection with a cotton ball.
– Use Propolis creams or creams with garlic such as Alliderm, etc.
– Before bed keep your feet interchangeably in a very hot water (2-3 minutes) and icy water (1-2 minutes). Alternate 3-5 times. After the treatment dry up your feet and use externally one of the mentioned above remedies (Tea tree oil, Propolis cream, Alliderm, etc.) and leave it over night. In the morning repeat the same.
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