Natural Remedies For Athletes
by Dr. Rita Louise
Are your feet itching and burning? Maybe you have Athletes
Foot. Athletes foot is an infection of the upper layers
of the skin and is predominantly found on the foot. It is often
seen as an dry, itching, burning, scaling redness of the feet
especially in the webbing of the toes. When left unchecked, sufferers
may notice that their skin peels frequently and in extreme cases
there may be cracking, pain and bleeding of the skin.
While commonly associated with the
foot, athletes foot can also give rise to skin disorders
such as jock-itch. It is caused by the overgrowth of certain
types of fungus, including trichophyton, the ringworm fungus
or the tinea pedis fungus, each of which can be easily transmitted
from one person to the other upon contact. This contagious condition
thrives in warm, moist environments and without the proper growing
conditions; it will not survive at all.
Athletes foot is often transmitted when we walk around
barefoot at public pools or in public showers, in locker or changing
rooms, in home bathrooms, especially in the shower. It can also
thrive in individuals whos feet sweat excessively, who
wear the same shoes without allowing them to fully dry out or
when the feet are not dried thoroughly before covering them.
Interestingly, this disorder is seen more often in teenagers
and adult males.
In health circles, it is generally believed that prevention is
the best course of action to take. If however, you do end up
with a case of athletes foot, there are a number of natural
and alternative health remedies you can employ.
Recommendations For Wellness
Avoid all yeast containing foods: yeast breads, fermented beverages
(beer, wine, brandy, scotch, etc.) moldy cheeses, fermented vinegars,
salad dressing, peanuts, biscuits, canned citrus fruit juices,
cake mix, ice cream, all dried fruit, oranges, pickles, tomato
sauce, sugars, yeast powder, processed and smoked meats, malt
products, barbecue sauce, olives, mayonnaise, and chili peppers.
Avoid sugar (especially hidden sugars such as those found in
soft drinks, pastries, canned fruits and vegetables), artificial
sweeteners, and all refined carbohydrates.
Supplementation with a probiotic such as acidophilus can help
to restore the good bacteria in the body and help protect you
If you are at the gym or at a public pool, wear sandals in the
locker room, in the shower and in the pool area.
Wear cotton socks and if your feet tend to sweat, change them
often, making sure you dry your feet well before putting on a
Sprinkle baking soda on your feet before putting your socks on
to help absorb moisture.
When the weather is hot and humid, go barefoot or in sandals
Be sure to air your shoes out at night to allow any moisture
in them to evaporate. If possible dont wear the same pair
of shoes every day.
A tincture of black walnut can be applied directly to the affected
areas of the feet and toes to help kill the fungus.
Lemon balm, rosemary or a mixture of lavender oil and tea tree
oil can be used externally to help eradicate the infection.
Herbs such as goldenseal, pau d arco, olive leaf extract
or garlic can be taken internally to help heal the infection.
They can also be applied externally the affected areas or by
soaking the feet in a herbal bath made from these substances.
Some experts recommend adding grapefruit seed extract to your
wash, especially when you are cleaning your socks, gym clothes,
bath mat or towels.