Happy summer everyone! I am the last person to complain about the summer humidity...especially after spending 2015 in the subtropics of Australia. Ontario's soggy days barely even register compared to a climate where giant mushrooms can pop up on the lawn overnight. I'm talking portabello-sized fungi!
There’s nothing like warmth and damp to create the perfect conditions for fungus. Great for mushroom farmers, not so great for us - because we, too, are fertile grounds for opportunistic fungi of a less-edible kind.
Ever wonder how fungal infections work?
Microscopic fungi live all around us. When they reproduce they release spores into the air, which can be inhaled or attach to the skin. The fungi are looking for a source of nutrition, and to some of these little guys, we look like a smorgasbord.
Not everyone is vulnerable. If you have a weakened immune system (for example, if you've recently used antibiotics) you’re more susceptible.
Fungal infections of the skin include athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm and yeast infections. These are common, but once contracted, often difficult to ditch.
More serious are fungal infections of the lungs, from inhaled spores. Yikes, right?
Boosting immunity is a smart place to start prevention. Make sure that your diet is full of diverse, unprocessed plant foods, covering the full-spectrum of colours. Get enough sleep. Consider a good probiotic supplement, to boost the legions of healthy bacteria fighting on your behalf from within your gut.
Certain plant compounds are particularly effective at fighting fungal infections. In 2009, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis tested the purified extracts of the leaves and bark of Moringa oleifera against the strains of fungi that cause most human health issues. The leaf extract performed remarkably well: it was found to totally inhibit the contaminants.
A 2005 study into the effects of both Moringa leaf and seed extract found similarly promising results.
As traditional medicine, Moringa has long been valued for its anti-fungal properties. It's no surprise that science now confirms what practice has evidenced for centuries.
So, if you’re susceptible to fungal infections, what does this mean? Should you bathe your toes in moringa leaf powder?
Start by adding raw, organic SuperLeaf Moringa to your diet, daily. Try using our Moringa Skin Food topically, too. It’s a mixture of cold-pressed, organic fruit oils, Moringa seed oil and aloe vera, packed with plant-based healing properties.
And of course, keep your skin dry, cool and take sensible precautions at public pools, and gym locker rooms.
To learn more, check out this explainer video.