Natural Health: Every summer my athlete's foot returns. What can I do?

Natural Health: Every summer my athlete's foot returns. What can I do?

It happens every summer. Once the temperature goes up my athlete’s foot returns. What can I do to prevent it?

The fact that you have recurring issues with this fungal infection suggests that we need to start by supporting your immune system.

Fungal infections are different to other types of infection as they are a direct result of our innate immune status. We don’t acquire immune protection against fungal diseases simply by being exposed to the fungal infection. (The specific white blood cells responsible for fighting off fungal infections are called T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which are produced in the thymus gland.)

Since fungal infections only take hold when your immune system and digestion are not functioning as well as they should be, it is a good idea to include more garlic in your diet and cut out processed foods, particularly sugars and grains. The active ingredient in garlic, allicin, works to support immunity while specifically fighting fungal infection.

Allimax products are a simple and effective way to benefit from allicin. The company produces a wide range of options, from liquids and capsules through to topical creams and gels. Check out its website on allimax.us to determine which products best suit your needs.

My sleeping has become fitful of late, leaving me feeling tired and irritable. I’ve two young children and am currently working from home. Is there a remedy I could take?

This is a difficult time for those of us working from home while parenting young children, not to mention the general levels of stress and anxiety being raised as well. I can imagine it is difficult to find the time and space to properly unwind and get the break you need to relax and prepare for a good night of quality sleep.

While I typically cite technology as a detractor when it comes to quality sleep, there are some wonderful free resources online to help with breathwork and meditation. Taking time throughout the day to follow some deep breathing exercises will not only help with sleep, but will also help with brain function, circulation, lymph flow, and immune function.

There are so many different options available, from ancient practises through to guided apps. It doesn’t matter which approach you take as long as it is something you find easy and can work into your day (or night) somewhere. The great thing with an interactive app or video is that you can encourage your kids to join in, and it doesn’t need to be a zen or quiet space.

Simply managing to get intentional breathing done at least once a day, more if you can manage it, will make a significant difference for you and your children.

Getting in enough water is important for optimal functioning during the day as well as helping you to sleep soundly. You may also want to use magnesium, as this helps with relaxation, muscle function, and nerve health. Magnesium is available as an internal remedy and in topical preparation form — if you can, use topically and internally to get the best results from this mineral.

I get about two throat infections every year which usually need to be treated with an antibiotic. Is there a natural remedy I can take instead?

Preventatively, I would suggest you take a zinc supplement. Zinc, specifically in the form of zinc gluconate, supports immune health and is particularly useful in dealing with throat and respiratory issues. This is a good idea for those who suffer from repeat bouts of tonsillitis as well.

To treat a current infection, or simply to ensure you are getting the zinc directly to the back of the throat, try zinc lozenges. Manuka honey will also help to treat infection of viral and bacterial origin, including streptococcal and staphylococcal infections.

Take a teaspoon of the honey and hold it in your mouth as close to the affected area as you can, for as long as possible before swallowing.

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