Infections are not just uncomfortable - they have the potential to do great harm! Microbes thrive on sugar and carbohydrates so the starting point is to eat a low carb diet and especially avoid sugar and fruit sugar – these are the substrates that microbes love to ferment. New cases of diabetes may be picked up because of recurrent thrush, fungal toenails or staphylococcal skin infections.
Dental hygiene - the commonest chronic infection is streptococcus mutans, which causes dental decay with gum disease resulting downstream. Dental decay is a marker symptom of many other diseases including the clinical picture of metabolic syndrome and of course upper fermenting gut! Avoid sugar, brush teeth regularly and perhaps use herbal antiseptic mouthwashes such as neem.
Identify and treat hypochlorhydria – an acid stomach is a major line of defence against infection. Microbes that are inhaled stick to the mucus lining the airways and are coughed up and swallowed – so most end up in the stomach. This should be an acid bath to sterilise the upper gut. This is particularly important where there is hypochlorhydria. Hypochlorhydrics are at increased risk of food poisoning and recurrent infections.
Do not graze – this never allows the stomach time to become fully acidic between meals.
Take probiotics regularly – these are of proven benefit in, for example, avoiding traveller’s diarrhoea.
Take micronutrients as per Basic Package – these are essential for normal immune function.
Vitamin C – this is toxic to bacteria, viruses and fungi (and, incidentally, cancer cells). It is harmless to normal cells. It is a fabulous defence against infection. Taken by mouth it is poorly absorbed, but that helps protect against infection via the gut.
Minerals, especially zinc and selenium, are essential for normal immune function. Half a gram of the multimineral mix in a small amount of water to rinse the mouth, gargle and swallow 2 or 3 times a day is helpful.