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Toenail fungus is usually a sign of a Candida yeast or virus inside the body and topically. “Onychomycosis” or tinea unguium is the name for the type of infection that causes the fungi to appear on the nails. The cause is an underlying fungal growth from dermatophytes or

non-dermatophyte molds and yeasts (mainly Candida species).   

Dietary protocol for eliminating yeast overgrowth:

  1. Cutting out all sugars, alcohol, milk products and any processed or junk foods that feed the yeast and unwanted bacteria
  2. Eating beneficial foods that help replace good bacteria in the gut, (sauerkraut, kim chee, miso) and taking a pre-biotic powder to also assist in the microbiome regeneration
  3. Eating more fiber, clean sources of protein and nourishing fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, and ghee

Step 1: Eliminating the Source of Yeast and Fungus

An important tactic for treating candida overgrowth is to eliminate what feeds the yeast and candida virus living in your digestive tract: sugars and grain products. Candida albicans yeast commonly grows inside the human body, the immune system needs to be strong to fight it so the Candida doesn’t take hold and root.

Once it does take hold, the bacteria and yeast thrive off of sugar molecules entering the digestive tract through the foods you eat.  Our treatment principle is to restore the body’s pH balance, improve the immune function and boost the good bacteria in your gut.

It’s difficult to effectively overcome any type of yeast infection or toenail fungus without kicking sugar and going grain-free.

Step 2: Replenishing Healthy Bacteria

Eat large amounts of food that support the growth of good bacteria.

Superfoods that will help replenish healthy bacteria include fermented foods, cultured vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi. Have daily serving of fermented vegetables along with other probiotic foods. In the beginning, introduce fermented foods slowly as they can cause digestive upset.

Step 3. Fiber, Protein and Quality Fats

Eat a high fiber diet. Fiber, due to its structure and the body’s inability to absorb it, passes through our digestive system un-absorbed by digestive enzymes and acids within the stomach, taking with it toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles that can accumulate within the gut.

Remove sugars and grains from your diet, add more fiber and increase the protein foods. If you eat animal products make sure to eat only grass-fed meat; organic, cage-free eggs or poultry; raw dairy; and wild-caught fish.

Your gut will also need plenty of healthy fats, especially coconut oil. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid and lauric acid, which are antibacterial and antimicrobial fatty acids that kill off candida.

Eat a diet that’s high in good fats and proteins along with quality fiber, eliminate sugars and starches, and we’re on the way to eliminating candida in your body, and the toenail fungus.


To control your blood sugar your food program is of paramount importance. The plan is to heal the adrenals, support the liver and strengthen the pancreas, resulting in a balanced blood sugar.

General Food Guidelines:

  • Eat high fiber, high water content and high nutrient dense plant foods. Vegetables, sprouts, and low glycemic fruit like berries, grapefruit, lemon and limes.
  • Eat high amounts of good oils, best to have little or no starches, moderate amount of protein.
  • Eat foods in an Acid (20%) and Alkaline (80%) balance.
  • Eat a high percentage of warmed or room temperature raw and live food.
  • Chew foods well, digestion begins in the mouth.
  • Have 12 -14 hours between your last meal and your breakfast meal.
  • Eat the right amount of food, only until 75% full.
  • Limit liquids when eating solid foods, sipping on warm water is okay.
  • Avoid eating food-like substances as in processed foods
  • Refrain from eating solid food at night, especially before sleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Stay hydrated; add a squeeze of lemon to warm water. For a moderate pick up, have green or mate tea.

Food Program

The majority of the recommended foods are vegetables and are high alkaline. An acid/alkaline balance in the body’s tissues is very important for optimal health, as well as for body structure and function.

A low to no starchy carbohydrate, very low glucose, medium protein, medium to high amount of specific oils and a vegan diet are the main components of the cleanse and rejuvenate process.

One specific food program doesn’t fit all, so find what works for you. We all have unique body types, lifestyles and health issues. Therefore, what may be adequate for one person might not necessary be suitable for another. Eat raw foods preferably at room temperature, slightly steamed vegetables, sprouts, soups, broths with raw vegetables added, low glycemic fruits, soaked nuts and seeds, raw nut and seed butters, seaweeds, select grains, beans and legumes, and recommended oils.

Mainly eat low starchy vegetables, seaweeds, avocado, sprouts, vegetable pesto’s, nut and seed milk yogurt, kefir and pates. Raw vegetable salads at room temperature, raw vegetables with/or in a soup broth, lightly steamed and in soups.

Vegetable Smoothie™️ (twice daily, this is a meal in itself.)

Click link for > Vegetable Smoothie How To Recipe

This vegetable smoothie drink is the foundation of the program as it contains fiber, nutrients and liquid. Drink at least one blended vegetable smoothie daily, two or three would be better.

Fresh vegetable smoothies made with chlorophyll-rich green leafy vegetables, ginger, turmeric and a half of a low glycemic green apple will promote cleansing, help alkalize the blood, carry out toxins and rejuvenate the body and mind.

Green Drink™️ (drink freely throughout the day.)

Click link for > Green Drink How To Recipe

Avoid and Eliminate these Foods

  • Check carefully food labels for additives. Corn, modified corn products, high fructose corn syrup, sugars, salt, saturated and hydrogenated fats and MSG are hidden in so many foods. Read the ingredients on the label, or even better, don’t even eat food like substances from oxes, cans, bottles, etc.
  • Stale foods, unwholesome and dead foods, foods containing chemical additives, preservatives and avoid all GMO foods.
  • Commercial, non-organic foods, foods that have been micro-waved, foods that are refined, per-packaged, enriched, canned, sulphurated foods, junk foods, foods with additives that you may not know or understand, irradiated foods and processed foods.
  • Sugar and sweets, all artificial sweeteners, NutraSweet, Aspartame, Splenda, high fructose corn syrup, etc.
  • Wheat, white flour and foods with these in them, such as muffins, pies, cakes, pastries, etc.
  • Gluten foods; wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut, seitan and white rice
  • Saturated and hydrogenated fats and oils and margarine, fried foods and foods with heated/cooked oils in them. Oils from animal products.
  • Cow dairy products and foods with cow dairy products in them.
  • Coffee, high caffeinated drinks, alcohol, bottled juices and carbonated drinks.
  • Table salt and condiments such as mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, commercial shoyu, MSG, chili sauce, etc.
  • Meats and shellfish
  • Peanuts and peanut products.

Supportive Supplements (dosage depends on the individual).

These products can all be purchased at the Dragon’s Den Herb Shop Maui, Hawaii.


How to Lower Blood Pressure Through Food & Lifestyle

Mediterranean-style diet – traditionally, this diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables, therefore high fiber, moderate protein intake mostly fish (Omega-3 rich), some grains, olives and olive oil, and fruits are eaten seasonally.

Best Foods to Maintain or Lower Blood Pressure:

  • High fiber foods: Unprocessed foods high in fiber such as vegetables, fruits and seeds should be the basis of any healthy diet. Eat foods high in healthy fiber help stabilize your blood pressure
  • Low sodium foods: Excess salt consumption raises blood pressure. Limit your consumption to no more than 1,500–2,000 mg daily.
  • High potassium foods: Potassium counteracts the effects of sodium and helps lower blood pressure. Include foods like melons, coconut water, avocados and bananas.
  • Omega-3 rich foods: Omega-rich foods flax seed oil wild caught salmon, chia and flax seeds reduce inflammation.

Specific Foods that Reduce Blood Pressure:

  1. Dark chocolate – Dark chocolate contains at least 200 milligrams of cocoa phenols, which can reduce blood pressure. At least 70% cacao.
  2. Garlic – Garlic and garlic supplements can help lower blood pressure and relax smooth muscles. Garlic helps to thin the blood, prevent the blockage in blood vessels, and therefore lower blood pressure.
  3. Spinach – Spinach is rich in magnesium and folate, which can help prevent high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
  4. Sunflower Seeds – Rich in potassium, magnesium and healthy plant fats. Sunflower seeds can help reduce cholesterol levels, open up blood vessels and promote healthy blood pressure.
  5. Bananas – Bananas are rich in potassium and fiber.
  6. Tomatoes – Cooked tomatoes are loaded with calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and E and lycopene. Compounds in tomatoes can lower cholesterol buildup in blood vessels and combat the development of hypertension in a variety of ways. Lycopene in tomato’s is activated by heat, add cooked tomatoes to your food program.
  7. Broccoli – Broccoli and cruciferous vegetables have been found to have beneficial health effects. They have high amounts of potassium and chromium that help regulate blood sugar levels and weight, both related to high blood pressure.
  8. Melon – Eat melons that are rich in potassium, such as cantaloupe and watermelon which are especially rich sources.
  9. Beets – Rich in Nitric Oxide, generates the endothelial derived relaxing factor, which relaxes blood vessels, and iron producing nutrients.

Supplements that Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

  • Garlic
  • Vitamin C
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Omega-3 supplement
  • Chinese Herbal Formula – Jiang Ya Ping Pian
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2
  • CoQ10
  • Cranberry and Pomegranate juices
  • L-Arginine
  • Potassium
  • Hawthorn berries
  • Magnesium
  • Chinese herbal Dan Shen Yin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Dr. Christopher’s Blood Circulation Herbal Formula
  • Chinese Herbal Formula – Hypertension Repressing Tablets

Foods to Avoid to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

  • High sodium foods: Sodium raises blood pressure; avoid high sodium processed foods, pickles, olives or canned foods.
  • Trans fats and Omega-6 fats: These fats increase inflammation and blood pressure and are found in packaged foods and conventional meats.
  • Sugar: High sugar consumption is connected to high blood pressure.
  • Caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause an increase in blood pressure.
  • Alcohol: Narrows arteries and can increase blood pressure.

Lifestyle Tips to Lower Blood Pressure

  • Regular exercise and diet play a large role, reduce stress, better sleep, more free-time and fun, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, journaling or art therapy, surround yourself with encouraging friends and exercising on a daily basis.

Blood Pressure – What it is and What to look out for

Blood pressure is a combination of systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure represents blood force, or pressure, while the heart is beating and diastolic pressure stands for blood pressure when the heart is at rest.

Systolic pressure is the top measurement in a blood pressure reading. In a reading of 130/80, 130 represents systolic pressure and 80 represents diastolic pressure. In pre-hypertension, systolic numbers range from 120–129 and diastolic numbers are less than 80.

Blood pressure ranges include:

Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg
Pre-hypertension: Systolic between 120–129 and diastolic less than 80

Stage 1 high blood pressure: Systolic between 130–139 or diastolic between 80–89
Stage 2 high blood pressure: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg

High blood pressure happens when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart. Long term-high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

Results of high blood pressure include:

  • Arterial damage
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Blocked or ruptured blood vessels
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Vision loss
  • Loss of cognitive function: concentration, memory and ability to learn
  • Metabolic syndrome: a cluster of metabolic disorders such as high cholesterol and insulin, atherosclerosis and increased waist size

There can be no symptoms as blood pressure increases, but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness or vision changes.

Causes of high blood pressure include:

  • High-salt diet
  • Poor nutritional dietary intake
  • Emotional stress
  • Obesity
  • Birth control pills
  • Lack of exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy-metal poisoning
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking

How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

  • Don’t exercise, eat, drink caffeinated beverages or smoke within 30 minutes of measuring your blood pressure.
  • Sit still with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. Follow your monitor’s instructions or ask your doctor how to use it correctly.
  • Make sure you check your blood pressure at the same time each day.
  • Check your blood pressure two or three times each time you sit down to measure it. Wait one minute in between each reading. Be sure to track your measurements, either writing them down in a journal or using an online tracker.

Castor oil packs aid in elimination and detoxification. Castor oil packs have many applications and are used in many conditions including fibroids, cysts, headaches, migraines, constipation, intestinal disorders, gallbladder and liver conditions, and other dysfunctions when used properly and consistently.

Supplies:

  • Small/dish towel, piece of flannel
  • large/bath towel
  • hot water bottle or heating pad
  • castor oil

Directions:

1) Apply a generous amount of castor oil to the desired body part

2) Put a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag over the area you just put castor oil on

3) Place a dry dish towel or flannel over the plastic

4) Place a hot water bottle or heating pad over the towel/flannel

5) Cover all with a larger towel, creating a tent-like effect to keep the heat in (If too hot place a second towel/piece of flannel over the plastic)

6) 20-minute minimum rest. You may sleep, use visualization, or meditation at this time.

* With pregnancy consult your physician.