Fungus in nature plays its role in eliminating old, decaying matter whether it is plant or animal. Fungi can also play a huge role in breaking down the human body prematurely. Not every kind of fungus is bad or harmful to the body. There are many medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake, and maitake that are among some of the greatest stimulators of the immune system. The more harmful types of fungus include yeast, strains of mold and mycotoxins.
Fungus is everywhere. They are tiny and practically invisible to the naked eye. They can survive cold and dry conditions for years dormant and then become active again. They tend to attack plants or animals with weakened or impaired immune systems. Just see what happens to a lemon that has fallen from its mother tree where it was getting all of its nutrients. A few weeks at most and the lemon will start to develop green mold spots which means it’s game over. The same situation can happen in humans who let fungi take over by not properly supporting their immune system.
Fungus in our food
Yeast fungi enter the body through food with hidden mold or outright mold such as molded cheeses, certain mushrooms, and molded breads. There is also a widespread contamination of food with mycotoxins. One such mycotoxin called aflatoxin is one of the most carcinogenic substances on earth. Humans consume anywhere from 0.15mg to 0.5mg of aflatoxin every day through foods like popcorn and peanuts.
Fungi can also enter the body if you breathe them in. This usually happens in a wet damp environment or if you sleep on a musty pillow, wear musty clothes, or have damp wet items sitting in your house. Basically fungi love wet, damp places to colonize. So keep your house clean and dry.
Symptoms of Candida fungal infections
- Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
- Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
Top Five Antifungal Foods
- Coconut oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Walnut
Try adding these antifungal foods to your diet to help boost your immune system.