The Natural Antifungal Turmeric

The Natural Antifungal: Turmeric

Natural Antifungal: Turmeric

 

Turmeric, derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, is more than just a culinary delight. It’s a potent herb that has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Its primary active component, curcumin, provides turmeric with its distinct golden hue (that can sometimes leave your skin orange!) and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

It’s proven to help maintain gut health and combat candida overgrowth by disrupting the harmful candida cycles and provides balance to the gut flora.

 

Antifungal Benefits

Curcumin, is the source of its antifungal activity, and works against fungi by disrupting their cell membranes and stopping their abilility to reproduce.

Turmeric’s antifungal properties offer a natural, side-effect-free way to support your body’s defenses. Here’s some of it’s top benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties: By reducing inflammation in the body, it can potentially alleviating symptoms of conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Powerful antioxidant: Helps neutralize free radicals, which can cause cellular damage and contribute to aging and various diseases.

  • Aids digestion: Traditionally been used to support digestion and treat digestive issues. It may help stimulate bile production, enhance gastric motility, and reduce symptoms of bloating and gas.
  • Supports brain health: May help protect against age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
  • May help manage diabetes: May help improve insulin sensitivity, regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce insulin resistance, which could be beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.
  • Anti-cancer properties: Some studies suggest that curcumin in turmeric may have anti-cancer properties, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and potentially reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.
  • Promotes skin health: Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat various skin conditions, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can help reduce acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin conditions when applied topically or consumed orally.
  • Supports weight management: Turmeric may aid in weight management by boosting metabolism, reducing inflammation associated with obesity, and promoting fat loss.
  • Improves mood: Curcumin has been shown to have antidepressant effects by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Consuming turmeric may help improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

Incorporating Turmeric in Daily Meals

One of the simplest ways to tap into turmeric’s power is by adding the spice to your daily meals. Curries, soups, and stews are just the beginning.

Sneak a sprinkle into your morning smoothie, give a golden twist to your rice or quinoa, or mix it with honey and lemon for a cheerful, health-boosting beverage.

 

The DIY Golden Paste

To secure a more concentrated dose of this golden goodness, consider crafting your own Golden Paste.

Blend turmeric powder, a dash of black pepper – which enhances curcumin absorption – and a healthy oil (like coconut or olive), and voila! Your potent antifungal friend is ready to be added into a variety of dishes.

 

Turmeric in Gut Health

I cannot stress enough the significance of turmeric in maintaining gut health, particularly in fighting inflammation…

Chronic inflammation is increasingly recognized as a root cause of numerous diseases, implicating the critical role of a healthy gut in overall well-being.

Turmeric, with its active component curcumin, exerts a powerful anti-inflammatory effect within the gut microbiome. This not only assists soothing the digestive tract but also supports the integrity of the gut lining. Preventing the release of harmful substances into the bloodstream, a process associated with chronic inflammation.

Dr. Mark Hyman, a leader in the field of functional medicine, often speaks to the power of dietary change for healing…

“Turmeric isn’t just a spice; it’s a medical multi-tool, especially for the gut. It helps heal and protect the gut lining, making it an essential ally in combating leaky gut syndrome and the myriad of issues it can lead to.” -Dr. Mark Hyman

 

Turmeric and Candida Overgrowth

An excessive growth of Candida, a fungal species, is a common issue impacting many individuals. Factors such as gut microbiome imbalances, stress, a diet rich in sugars, and excessive antibiotic use can all play a role in this condition.

Candida can trigger widespread health issues by leading to leaky gut syndrome, where toxins and microbes break through the intestinal barrier, leading to a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Digestive issues: Chronic diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain.
  • Food sensitivities
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Skin problems.
  • Joint pain: Stiffness, or swelling, similar to symptoms of arthritis.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and celiac disease.
  • Mood disorders: Depression, anxiety, brain fog, and poor concentration.
  • Hormonal imbalances: Irregular menstrual cycles, PMS symptoms, or fertility issues.

Introducing antifungal foods such as turmeric can aid in addressing the root cause of the fungal imbalance and promote the healing process.

Learn more about How To Heal your Gut with the 4R Protocol and our 45-day CCWS Candida Cleanser Protocol.

 

Turmeric Recipes for Antifungal Diet

Looking to make your meals not just delicious, but also a part of your antifungal defense plan? Here are two simple and impactful recipes:

 

 

Golden Milk

Try a soothing and spicy elixir known as golden milk. Using milk (dairy or non-dairy), and a dash of sweetness from honey or maple syrup. Not only does it offer antifungal benefits, but it can also be a calming bedtime treat, perfect for a restful night’s sleep.

 

Turmeric Roasted Vegetables

Spice up your veggies and your health with a turmeric twist! Toss your favorite sliced vegetables in a blend of olive oil, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Roast until tender for a side dish that’s delicious and full of nutrients.

 

Tips for Incorporating Turmeric in Daily Diet

While turmeric offers a wealth of health benefits, it’s important to use it in a manner that improves its effect. Here are a few simple tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of turmeric’s antifungal properties:

 

Pair It with Piperine

Black pepper contains piperine, a compound known to enhance the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000%. When using turmeric in your cooking, don’t forget to add a pinch of black pepper to the mix.

 

Opt for Organic and High-Quality Sources

To avoid unnecessary exposure to pesticides and heavy metals, choose organic turmeric. Also, seek out reliable sources to ensure the purity and quality of the spice.

 

Combine with Healthy Fats

Curcumin is fat-soluble, meaning it’s better absorbed in the presence of fats. Cook with a little oil or add avocado or nuts to meals containing turmeric for maximum benefit.

 

 

Turmeric Supplementation

For those who are looking for a comprehensive approach, turmeric supplements offer an easier solution.

Packaged in capsule form, these supplements deliver a concentrated dose of curcumin, removing the uncertainty of adding turmeric into your daily regimen. When selecting a supplement, choose those with superior bioavailability, that way it will maximize your body’s absorption of the antifungal properties.

 

Adding turmeric into your candida diet can be incredibly beneficial, alongside the 45-day CCWS Candida Cleanser Protocol. 

We are here to support your candida and gut healing journey, so we invite you to join our Facebook Support Group! In this group, you’ll find a community dedicated to sharing experiences and advice on their candida and gut health journey.

Take our 100% free online candida assessment below and find out your infection level and what you need to do to heal!

 

Niki Pym,

Certified GAPS Practitioner

 

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