If you are like I was and many of the clients I have worked with over the years you may be struggling with the effects of chronic fungi. As many of you already know the root cause to many health problems may be fungal in nature and can be related to antibiotic overuse and a diet high in grains, sugars, alcohol, and of course the silicone in IMPLANTS! However could it be that there is a piece of the puzzle for you that may have been overlooked?
Have you noticed that others are getting right onboard with the Phase 1 diet and antifungal regime with wonderful success stories and you are having continued cravings and difficult die-off symptoms? Or maybe you find that you feel much better than before starting Phase 1, but you still have signs that your health isn’t what it should be? For you fungi may be an indication of an even deeper rooted problem.
Copper is known to have anti-microbial properties and is one of the bodies most important “yeast killing” substances. It is often used on crops and in swimming pools to control bacterial and yeast overgrowth. Suffice it to say that copper in the right amounts in the body is very important for our basic health, but there is a growing body of evidence that there is a dark side to copper.
“Copper Toxicity” takes effect when copper becomes biounavailable. When this happens the body is not able to utilize the antifungal benefits of copper. Why? We don’t really have the answer to that, but it appears that certain fungal pathogens are hardwired to use copper toxicity as a key signal to circumvent the antifungal properties in this important metal.
Biounavailable copper is toxic and known to deplete the immune system and because of this certain fungi will be left to proliferate systemically. There is also a very symbiotic relationship between copper and zinc that will be left unbalanced in this state. The importance of these two minerals as “yeast killers” lies in that relationship.
How can a person become copper toxic? There can be many reasons for this such as low intake of foods containing zinc, multivitamin supplements with copper in them, copper pipes, IMPLANTS, etc. If I have a client who is struggling with complete wellness on the Phase 1 diet I first want to know what their copper levels are. The best way to do this is through hair mineral testing. Until copper toxicity is uncovered and detoxed from the body you may continue to struggle to some degree with fungal overgrowth. Balancing of zinc and copper along with good whole food vitamin C supplement may be the key to moving you on with to wellness with this protocol.