Super Foods To Treat Athlete’s Foot
If you work out, play sports, run, or engage in frequent exercise, you’re liable to know what athlete’s foot (or foot fungus) is like. It’s a common fungal infection that affects millions of people on a frequent basis. It is characterized by fungal growth on the skin of the foot, and sometimes on toenails. Symptoms include itching, burning, stinging, cracking, and scaling of the affected skin. Inflammation of the skin between the toes and soles of the feet are also common.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
People with athlete’s feet may be suffering from candidiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth) in their gastrointestinal tract, which can cause natural imbalances throughout the body that can lead to fungal infections. Sometimes correcting this imbalance is all it takes to relieve longterm athlete’s foot. Other causes can be improper foot hygiene, and general skin infections that spread easily in indoor swimming pools and gym locker rooms.
Treatments for Athlete’s Foot
Natural essential oils can be applied topically to infected areas. These include tea tree, geranium, and patchouli oils. Flower essences such as Rescue Remedy Cream™ and crab apple can also be helpful. Other herbal extracts and combinations include:
- Tea tree oil diluted with calendula or lavender oil, especially for sensitive skin
- Grapefruit seed extract applied topically, or as a supplement taken orally (it’s necessary to dilute this oil) Other exercises to try include blinking your eyes regularly to reduce eyestrain
- mixture of honey and crushed garlic applied to the area
- Pau D’Arco (a wet tea bag soaked for ten minutes then applied to the area)
Diets rich in raw food, whole grains, and limited dairy products can help reduce the growth of fungus, while yeastproducing foods, such as beer, bread, wine, cheese, and pickled foods can exacerbate the problem. Excess sugar (including honey, fruit, and juice) should be avoided when you are trying to get rid of any fungus.
Add a few important supplements to your dietary routine to help eradicate the fungal infection. Acidophilus; bifidobacteria; vitamins C, E, A, and B complex; and zinc have all proven helpful.