Fungal infections, hateful things aren't they? They appear on the skin and unfortunately are very common these days. Many people are desperate to find something, anything, to get rid of it. It causes embarrassment, self-confidence issues, and feelings of self-loathing as if you are a gross, dirty human and solely responsible. Well, you're not gross and dirty as a matter of fact, the cause of toenail fungus almost never has to do with dirty socks and unclean feet (although that environment can quicken the manifestation and spread). Few people are aware that toenail fungus symptoms can actually be a sign of candida virus or yeast within your system and your mainstream doctor is content to continue blaming your dirty socks and throwing toxic medications at you that don't work. “Onychomycosis” is the name for the type of infection that causes the fungi to appear on/under the nails. This is caused by underlying fungal growth from molds and yeasts (mostly Candida). With dietary changes and one simple pantry ingredient you can treat and eliminate the root cause of the toenail fungus, even when you’ve been struggling with it for years.
1 in 3 Americans has toenail fungus, that means a large number of the population is suffering and they don't have to. The older population and diabetics are more prone to have nail fungus as well as and people with compromised immune systems and auto-immune disorders. .
Signs that you’ve developed toenail fungus include:
- Your nails becoming brittle or changing color, especially your big toe nail which is most likely to become infected A yellowish or brownish discoloration developing of the front or sides of the nails, as well as possibly a red, horizontal line appearing across the toenail.
- Nails becoming soft, breaking easily or becoming thicker and changing shape and detaching from the nail bed.
- Fungal infections can show up slowly but last for years. When you go to see your GP they will automatically prescribe a medication which takes months to work and does not prevent recurrent infections. Additionally, the prescriptions come with a laundry list of potential side effects like liver failure, heart failure, and kidney failure. That doesn't sound like a win/win to me.
- Since fungus gives off uric acid (like purines) fungal infections can also produce gout like symptoms of excruciating pain in the big toe prior to actually seeing the fungus manifest in the toenail. So if you don't generally eat the usual gout offenders -meat, beer, beans, etc. and are wondering what the heck is causing your gout attacks, then more than likely you have a fungal infection in the works, give it time and it will make and appearance on your toe.
What causes toenail fungus? When you have an imbalance of bad bacteria to good in the body this results in the good bacteria being overpowered by the bad bacteria, which then leads to gut-related problems. Good bacteria regulates the levels of yeast and fungus (bad bacteria) in the body, which will eventually grow and grow until you see external signs on your skin and nails. But the fungus can come from outside sources as well, such as nail salons, swimming pools, and gyms. However, the fungus can only take hold IF your body has a compromised immune system (aka poor gut health). People with diabetes and circulation problems in the legs are also predisposed to fungal infections. Since the blood doesn't circulate as well from the feet -being the furthest away from the hear- as with the upper most parts of the body, the tendency for poisons and fungus to accumulate in the toes is much higher.
Changing your diet is key
Get rid of the sugars, processed foods, and breads, which feed the yeast and bad bacteria, and start taking probiotics or consumeprobiotic rich foods and drinks like fermented veggies or kumbcha. Drink filtered water and add apple cider vinegar to your diet daily (just a tablespoon in a glass of water is good). Also unsweetened tart cherry juice (just the cherry juice not the juice cocktails) is great for ridding the body of excess uric acid or cranberry juice. I don't recommend the tablets because they've been known to create kidney stone in some people.
Adding flax and chia seeds to your diet can help in the long term since both contain anti-fungal properties and provide healthy sources of fats as well as coconut oil, which also contains lauric acid - a powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial fatty acid.
Supplements and spices that can help prevent recurrences are:
- Oregano Oil
- Olive Leaf extract
- Goldenseal leaf combined with Echinacea
All of these beauties are powerful anti-microbials, anti-fungals, and anti-virals. The top three can be used daily and indefinitely, the bottom three should be cycled; take daily only for a couple of weeks at a time.
Since you know how now to prevent it from recurring, read below to learn how to get that nasty fungus off your toenails in about a week:
Yes you read that correctly. Good old salt and it doesn't matter what kind; table salt, mineral salt, sea salt-makes no difference. Fungus can't live on salt. Hooray!! No life threatening side effects, no cost, just the natural healing power of God's creations. Isn't life grand!
Do this twice daily (morning and evening) or at the very least once daily (evening). Make a thick (paste like) solution of salt and water. A teaspoon of salt per infected toe should be enough, but you can use more if needed. Clean your little tootsies nicely and dry thoroughly. If your nail has lifted from the nail bed then "pack" the solution between the toenail and the nail bed and along the side. If the fungus hasn't lifted the toenail, then "pack" as much under the toenail as you can and along the sides of the toenail. Then rub a bit of natural oil on your toenail to keep it from drying out. You can use coconut oil (anti-bacterial) but any natural oil is fine, olive, almond, vitamin E oil). Cover you foot with a clean sock and let the healing begin. You will see a difference the next day, but a HUGE difference in a week, really advanced cases will naturally take a bit longer, but certainly not several weeks or months like the allopathic methods. Your toenail will begin to grow back and you can move on with your life and buy yourself some new open-toed sandals!
Other remedies are tea tree oil, topical oregano oil, and topical apple cider vinegar, but these take much, much longer to yield the same results as salt.
Peace and joy to you!
P.S. If you have your heart set on getting a prescription from your GP or Podiatrist, then I am certainly not going to argue or tell you not to - you have to do what you feel is right for you, but isn't is worth it to give this a try first? You have nothing to lose but fungus. :)