Admittedly, 2019 has been a whopper for sensational news headlines. So when I saw multiple reports of a drug-resistant “Super-Fungus” last month, they barely registered; seems like we’re all going out one way or another. However, Ayurveda has some tips for saying “Not Today” to fungal infections.
As you’ve learned from any cursory exploration of the forest, fungus thrives in cold, moist places. This is also true in your body. When the body is not efficiently digesting, the subtle moisture content can increase, leading to a dampness that hinders wound healing and aids fungal growth. If you tend to get spring allergies, slow-healing cuts, nasal congestion, ear infections, candida, or if you are severely overweight or have Type 2 Diabetes, you may be more susceptible to fungal infections, according to Ayurveda.
Thankfully, free medicine is available. Both diet and lifestyle play a crucial role in establishing an equilibrium of health in your body and reducing that vulnerable dampness.
Bring On the Spice, Girls
Add or increase your usage of black pepper, turmeric, cardamon, fresh ginger, dried ginger, cumin, and all curry spices in general. These tiny but mighty digestive warriors have the power to begin shifting your internal environment to one inhospitable to fungus. You want to add heat and dryness, assisting your body in digesting the excess moisture.
Napping is for Babies
If you take daytime naps, wean yourself away from them. You know that sweaty, slightly-lethargic feeling when you wake up? Daytime sleep adds a moist heat and heaviness (excess weight included)to your body: a liability in a battle against a SuperFungus. (If you’re pregnant, elderly, or seriously sick, you are excused to go take your nap.)
Avoid yogurt specifically and fermented foods in general. That thin layer of liquid on top of your newly opened yogurt? That’s what happens in your body, too. If you’re already a human with a higher moisture content, yogurt will increase congestive moisture in your body. It can also also be a cause for constipation, in case you needed additional justification for its removal.
Plain Rice, No Dice
Dry-roast your rice before cooking it: just shake it around for a couple minutes in a dry pan on med-high heat until it is mildly fragrant and pearlized. While boiled or steamed rice adds nourishment and bulk to the body, dry-roasting it beforehand will actually assist in helping your body to release water content rather than adding to it.
You Got to Move it, Move it
Exercise. Movement increases your digestive fire, which in turn creates a more efficient system for breaking down foods and improving digestion on both a gross and subtle level. Exercise alone may not be enough to counter the internal dampness, so create a little sweat and don’t depend solely on afternoon walks to tip the scale.
Note: this list is for those who tend to have excess dampness in their systems. If you have a small, dry body (no judgement; that’s my body type) then read a different article. You need to increase moisture in your tissues and digestive tract, so hang on for an article about lubing up your insides without using lotion.