Thursday, April 7, 2011

Foods and Fungus

Fungus Infections result from the growth of fungi.  This can happen in many different places on your body.  Your skin, nails, lungs and blood can be affected. Yeast infections and athlete's foot are examples of fungal infections.  Fungul infections can be mild to serious affecting all ages.  Although, it is difficult to cure fungal infections, you can improve it by following a simple diet.

  • Foods containing sugar, yeast, dairy, wheat and caffeine are believed to aggravate pre-existing fungal conditions and promote the growth of new fungus. Alcohol and nicotine are also culprits that create a desirable environment for fungus to form, and they further exacerbate the problem by weakening the immune system so that it cannot fight off infection. People who have a tendency toward fungal infection should reduce or avoid these foods and substances.


  • Certain foods are thought to inhibit the growth of fungus in the human body, and people prone to fungal infections may find it helpful to increase consumption of these substances. Garlic is well known for its anti-fungal properties and may help to prevent fungal infections. Consume garlic fresh in prepared foods, or supplement it using garlic pills available in any nutrition or health foods store.


  • Oregano also has anti-fungal properties, so include it in the anti-fungal diet. Most people are familiar with Italian seasoning, which is oregano marjoram, but oregano vulgare is the form which is more potent and effective in treating fungal infections. Oregano vulgare comes in an oil which you should take in small amounts; a few drops diluted in water is sufficient.

Plant Tannins

  • Plant tannins, such as those founds in the skins of grapes that give red wine its color and sharp taste, have proven to have powerful anti-fungal properties. Tannins come in several forms and are available at health food and supplement stores. They also come in concentrated and isolated forms.