We are fortunate today to live in a time of countless innovations and progress in medical technology. Every day, the medical industry makes great strides to cure and prevent diseases, keeping people healthy and living well.
Many efforts are also made to explore the healing properties of natural, everyday foods. Research has shown that some foods can be as useful as over-the-counter medications in treating conditions such infection.
Infection is the invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites in our bodies. These infections can show up on top of our skin, below our skin, or on our insides. Sometimes the anti-microbial properties of the foods we eat can help prevent or fight infection.
Below, we’ve provided a brief description of 10 different foods that can help fight or prevent skin infections. You’ll want to note that most are beneficial when ingested and some have also proven useful when applied topically.
#1 Cabbage fights Skin Infection
The high vitamin C content in cabbage helps our bodies fight off foreign invaders. Cabbage leaf poultices have also long been used to help heal cuts, scratches, grazes, abscesses and infected wounds.
#2 Coconut fights Skin Infection
When eaten, the high levels of lauric acid and caprylic acid in coconut fight candida yeast and boost immunity. And using coconut oil directly on the skin will protect your skin from unhealthy bacteria in the environment.
#3 Garlic fights Skin Infection
The components in fresh garlic will fight yeast, fungus, and worms in the digestive tract. Garlic also detoxifies the liver, boosts immunity, and helps build good bacteria. Topically, garlic is also an antiseptic.
#4 Ginger fights Skin Infection
Ginger helps the immune system fight infection. It’s also powerful enough to kill the influenza virus. Additionally, ginger is a great antidote to queasiness, and it helps ease inflammation from arthritis.
#5 Honey fights Skin Infection
Raw and unprocessed honey contains an enzyme that releases hydrogen peroxide and kills bacteria. It can be applied topically to cuts and abscesses or mixed with garlic and ginger to disinfect wounds. As an effective wound healer, it can also help heal sore throats.
#6 Lemons fights Skin Infection
Coumarin and tetrazine are two compounds found in lemons that help fight against pathogens both inside and outside the body.
#7 Onions fights Skin Infection
Onions contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6, antioxidants and potassium. They fight the growth of bacteria and can help in battles against the common cold as well as more serious fungal infections.
#8 Oregano fights Skin Infection
Oregano helps fight bacteria in the body, boosts the immune system, and can even reduce stress. A tablespoon of oregano leaves also contains as much antioxidant power as a whole cup of blueberries.
#9 Pineapple fights Skin Infection
Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that is anti-microbial as well as helpful for digestion.
#10 Turmeric fights Skin Infection
Turmeric has proven beneficial in treatment of health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. It also has incredible anti-microbial properties and works to kill bacteria and viruses. It can be eaten or used topically to disinfect cuts and burns.
When natural remedies for Skin Infection don’t work…
…See a doctor. Infection can spread. It can spread from one part of your body to another or from one person to another. Some infections can only be treated with medication, so it’s important to get a doctor’s input on treatment options.
If you have been diagnosed with a bacterial skin infection, we may be able to offer you an additional option.
At Precision Research Institute in San Diego, we are seeking participants aged 18 and older for an upcoming clinical research trial on acute bacterial skin infections. To find out if you qualify, or for more information, give us a call or fill out the contact form on our website.