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Keep Harmful Fungi from Damaging It!

Among the kingdoms of living things, the plant and animal kingdoms are by far the best known, and few people think much about the fungal kingdom. This important kingdom contains about 80,000 species. Fungi are necessary for life on earth as they are essential to soil and plant health. When it comes to human life and health, however, some species are very beneficial and others are downright harmful. Beneficial fungi include edible medicinal mushrooms and the yeast used to make bread and alcoholic beverages. Modern antibiotics also come from fungi and mold.

On the other hand, many species of molds and yeasts can be agents of infection. Many women suffer from vaginal yeast infections and millions of people of both sexes experience unsightly toenail fungus. Children sometimes will get a yeast infection called thrush. Others living in a moldy environment can cause severe respiratory and general health problem. Some fungi, like the yeast known as Candida albicans are harmless when they are part of a healthy intestinal microflora, but become problematic when there are too many of them.

In this months Sunshine Sharing you will learn all about the good side of yeast and if your yeast gets out of hand, what you can do to simmer it back down. Two of my favorite NSP Herbs for helping to combat the intestinal yeast beast are Yeast Fungal Detox and Berberine. Yeast Fungal Detox helps tone them back down and Berberine helps clean them up and out and replenishes the good bacteria in your gut. If you have a big problem with it, you might want to try Candida Clear a 14 day Cleanse. There are also several mushrooms that fulfill the definition of being the good guys, Cordyceps, Reishi and Maitake. Learn more in this month’s newsletter. Also, don’t forget to check out this month’s Essential Oil article on oils with anti-fungal properties.