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Perfect Health Diet, Gut Flora and Fungal infections

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 05, 2012 at 2:16 PM

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?s=fungal+infections

I've been dealing with a stubborn nail fungus for years now. I've seen some improvement from adopting paleo diet. Does any one know the reasoning behind Perfect Health Diet recommending adding glucose (from safe starch) to assist the body in fighting fungal infections? I basically follow a GAPS/SCD form of paleo and my only sources of carbs are fruit (2-3 servings daily,mainly berries), vegetables and honey. I am contemplating even going lower carb, but I am not certain how this will affect my nail fungus or gut flora.

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on November 14, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Since I've been on the Ketogenic diet I've noticed the the fungus on my smaller toes is getting better, wasn't sure if it was my imagination, but since your post I'm hope the diet is getting rid of it. The big toe is still about the same but the big toe nail grow at a very slow rate. Been on the diet for 3 to 4 months. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Swimfit52

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:25 PM

My dermatitis improved when i started eating a lot of fruits (coming from vlc paleo)

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on January 06, 2012
at 05:06 PM

thank you both very much. I still struggle on all the initials :>)

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on January 06, 2012
at 04:43 AM

I experienced that very thing! Got better in the 60g/day range.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:27 PM

I have a good friend who had nail fungus problems that went away when moving from VLC to ZC.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Great answer, JG. Paul Jaminet himself (and I for that matter) experienced the VLC/fungal infection problem you describe.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Starch is glucose though, which is *quite* a lot like sugar. And that's not the definition of safe starch. And I don't even know what your point is anyway, it doesn't seem to relate to what I wrote, but thanks for the tip. I'll look for watermelons just as soon as I want to.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:22 PM

www.perfecthealthdiet.com a modified "paleo" diet espoused by Paul Jaminet- one of the nicest and thoughtful men in the community

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Sugar is not the same as starch. Safe starch = glucose, not fructose. That's why all of the safe starches do not have much sugar: yams, sweet potatoes, yuca, potatoes, white rice. If you want sugar, you should look to tropical fruits like watermelon, which provides carbs in the form of sugar (sucrose/fructose). That's not what's meant by safe starches.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:33 PM

thanks for the advice!

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Perfect Health Diet, Sue :) Basically paleo with more safe starches.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I feel stupid, what is PHD?

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:57 PM

The glucose does increase the hydration of the mucusu linings, which makes you more resistant to infection, but it seems the larger problem is that many fungi can use ketones for energy, while our defenses require glucose to function at peak effeciency. So swinging away from VLC/ketone metabolism and adding more glucose-based starches can increase the bodies immune response to these invaders, while decreasing the health of the fungi.

From http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4878

Low-carb diets, alas, impair immunity to fungal and protozoal infections. The immune defense against these infections is glucose-dependent (as it relies on production of reactive oxygen species using glucose) and thyroid hormone-dependent (as thyroid hormone drives not only glucose availability, but also the availability of iodine for the myeloperoxidase pathway). Thus, anti-fungal immunity is downregulated on very low-carb diets.

Moreover, eukaryotic pathogens such as fungi and protozoa can metabolize ketones. Thus, a ketogenic diet promotes growth and systemic invasion of these pathogens.

As the fungal infection case studies on our ???Results??? page illustrate, low-carb dieters often develop fungal infections, and these often go away with increased starch consumption.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Great answer, JG. Paul Jaminet himself (and I for that matter) experienced the VLC/fungal infection problem you describe.

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on January 06, 2012
at 04:43 AM

I experienced that very thing! Got better in the 60g/day range.

7e13e284a1bafd7b4de14a50ee96140c

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:25 PM

My dermatitis improved when i started eating a lot of fruits (coming from vlc paleo)

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on January 05, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Fungi feed on sugar. I'm not sure there's much reasoning behind adding extra carbs if you're functioning healthily. But there's almost certainly some detail in the mirco-nutrient or environmental range which could be improved, and a change of diet would shake things up a bit. Your gut flora don't need to be intentionally fed carbs, but depending on your broth/fermented/just plain dirty food intake there could be room for improvement there. In any event, if it's been a problem for years, it's probably worth trying anything once.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Sugar is not the same as starch. Safe starch = glucose, not fructose. That's why all of the safe starches do not have much sugar: yams, sweet potatoes, yuca, potatoes, white rice. If you want sugar, you should look to tropical fruits like watermelon, which provides carbs in the form of sugar (sucrose/fructose). That's not what's meant by safe starches.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Starch is glucose though, which is *quite* a lot like sugar. And that's not the definition of safe starch. And I don't even know what your point is anyway, it doesn't seem to relate to what I wrote, but thanks for the tip. I'll look for watermelons just as soon as I want to.

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on January 05, 2012
at 02:37 PM

The minimum glucose from safe starches that PHD recommends is to keep all mucus membranes from drying out. I had dry eyes and that would reflect how my intestinal mucosa was fairing when I was eating zc and vlc. The intestinal mucosa is a first line immune defense area. Since adopting PHD and time, my nails look great, no athlete's foot etc. But not starch alone, I'm still prone to some fungal breakouts and I think it's b/c I don't have my micronutrients right. I was supplementing with zinc-stopped and I seem to be sensitive to my iodine status: I need more to be healthy. Good luck with your n=1 experiments and post if you find success. I'm still looking for clues to improve my fungal resistance.

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I feel stupid, what is PHD?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Perfect Health Diet, Sue :) Basically paleo with more safe starches.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:22 PM

www.perfecthealthdiet.com a modified "paleo" diet espoused by Paul Jaminet- one of the nicest and thoughtful men in the community

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on January 06, 2012
at 05:06 PM

thank you both very much. I still struggle on all the initials :>)

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on January 05, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Are you taking any probiotics?

You might need to do a month where you double up the dose of your probiotics (or get a really heafty strain) and add in some other ferments. You can also soak your nails in vinegar, that helps kill the fungi. Then rub on some tea tree oil to the infected areas, let dry - then keep dry until next soak. Consistency is key though, you have to attack it daily!

Fungi lives off sugars. I would think you should keep the sugars extremely low and cut the starches. Maybe one month of this could fix it then you could go back to normal eating and not 'doctoring'.

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on January 05, 2012
at 03:33 PM

thanks for the advice!

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on June 30, 2013
at 02:32 AM

You can clear up much gut problems with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.
never use pool DE as it is processed different and is poisonous.

Farmers have feed their livestock Food Grade DE for generations. FDA has cleared it as safe for food and consuption.

Coconout oil will also kill off fungus, bacteria, and virses. You should read 26blue.com for kitchen remedies. They only have lists of foods, but we pick a few and they work.

The website 26blue.com is a wiki for kichen remedies It refers to the Dreaded Four: fungus, viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

You just type in whatever problem you have and see what has worked for others. Kitchen remedies.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:07 PM

How's your Vitamin D Status? All my skin-related issues are gone now that I am sufficient in D.

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on November 14, 2013
at 12:03 AM

Since I've been on the Ketogenic diet I've noticed the the fungus on my smaller toes is getting better, wasn't sure if it was my imagination, but since your post I'm hope the diet is getting rid of it. The big toe is still about the same but the big toe nail grow at a very slow rate. Been on the diet for 3 to 4 months. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Swimfit52

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