Eating for Foot Health: Try Superfoods to Prevent Diabetes Infections

“Food is medicine,” according to wise Greek philosopher Hippocrates. In ancient times, food was all people had to prevent horrible diseases and infections. Today, people with diabetes are often advised to be mindful of what they eat. “Even though we live in a pill-popping, drug-oriented culture, more and more people are starting to realize that food is really our best medicine,” concurs Dr. Stephan Ripich, M.D. He adds, “There is no stage of Type 2 that can’t be helped by making some smart dietary changes.”

The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer are interested in learning how to prevent diabetes complications, like diabetes infections of the foot. In addition to killing fungus and bacteria in your footwear using UV light, eating the right superfoods is another natural method of preventing infection.

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There are many superfoods that can help diabetics prevent infections.

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DisCide: Examining a New Disinfectant to Tackle Foot Fungus

Many of us have been battling infectious foot fungus for many years. Part of the problem is likely a genetic susceptibility that makes some people more of a target than others. The other factor — the controllable factor — is that we come into contact with fungal spores after treatment, thus re-infecting the feet again. These tiny, microscopic, living spores thrive in our moist, dark shoes. They can cling to socks, bed sheets, bath mats, and towels. They can even survive on tile floors or the shower floor for many months. Have you ever wondered what hospitals use to keep their surfaces, towels, and sheets sanitized? Looking to the pros may provide the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Is there wildlife growing in your shoes? Tackle the problem before it leads to foot fungus!
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April Is National Foot Health Awareness Month- Tips on Caring for Your Feet

You know your friends — your feet. They get you everywhere you need to go, whether it’s down a flight of stairs to the laundry room, over to the copying machine at work, across the mall for holiday shopping, or around the park for leisure. They’re arguably the most underrated part of the body. We are always bombarded with talk about “heart health” and “skin health,” but let’s not forget about foot health. It may be the end of the month, but it’s not too late to review a few key points for National Foot Health Awareness Month.

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.
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UV Light Disinfects Hospitals, Cleans Water and Sanitizes Shoes

The sun’s UV light sometimes gets a bad rap due to concerns about “radiation.” In the summer months, we slather on sunblock to avoid these powerful UV rays. Yet, man has come up with a number of safe ways to harness ultraviolet light for practical purposes. In this article, we’ll discuss three emerging uses for UV technology that you may not know about.

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Could a Baking Ingredient Have Antifungal Properties? Woman Claims Cornmeal Soak Cured Husband's Toenail Fungus in 2 Weeks

Toenail fungus is one of those confounding problems that just never seems to go away, no matter what you do. Many people go through a daily regimen of treatment for weeks, months, and even years. Often they are unsure whether or not the treatment is even working since they can’t tell until the old fungus nail begins to grow out and a new, healthier nail grows in. Many times people become frustrated and turn to cheaper, more accessible folk remedies as a toenail fungus solution. A woman writing in to the Tampa Bay Tribune recently claimed that a simple kitchen staple could serve as a natural cure for toenail fungus.

Does cornmeal have antifungal properties? Some people say it does. 

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Does cornmeal have antifungal properties? Some people say it does.
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Laundry Secrets: How To Kill Athlete's Foot Fungus In The Wash

“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth yelled in the famous Shakespearean play. She was, of course, talking about the blood on her hands from killing King Duncan. However, for people suffering from onychomycosis or athlete’s foot, that “spot” might be a lot harder to catch – it might be a tiny fungal spore.

These insidious organisms can live on surfaces for many months, re-infecting hosts multiple times. Since antifungal treatment is generally time-consuming and expensive, no matter which method you choose, you will want to avoid this fate. Here’s what we know about killing fungus on towels, clothing and sheets through the laundry.

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Fungal spores easily come off athlete’s foot and get onto towels, bedding, and clothing. Image Source:

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Defeat Athlete's Foot: New Clorox Product Kills Microbes Living On Surfaces In 30 Seconds

We’re always looking for new products that promise to keep our environments just a little more germ-free. Anyone who has kids of school-age knows what we’re talking about! You’re also probably particularly concerned about microbes on the surfaces in your home if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to come down with a foot fungus like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. These infections tend to be like grandma’s fruitcake — no matter how much you try to politely decline, they just keep coming back! One new product that caught our attention is the Clorox 4 in One Disinfectant & Sanitizer.

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