If you’re having trouble with Candida Die-Off, a good sauna can be a great way to eliminate some of the toxins from your system. As you will see, the type of sauna that you use can make a great difference to the effectiveness of your treatment. Sauna improves circulation and helps you flush out toxins through sweating. You can use sauna therapy before, during and after your treatment for Candida overgrowth. In parts of Northern Europe sauna has always been a part of daily life, and with the right equipment there is no reason why you can’t do the same.
How can Sauna Therapy help with Candida?
Candida Die-Off can release up to 79 different toxins into your body, including ethanol and acetaldehyde. Between your liver, your skin and other organs, the body normally does a great job of eliminating most of these toxins. However, if you experience a severe Die-Off reaction then that means your body has been overwhelmed.
Sauna is a way to help increase the elimination of toxins. This works in a couple of different ways. Firstly, remember that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is responsible for up to 15% of all toxin elimination. An effective sauna will have you sweating in no time, opening your pores and allowing a larger quantity of toxins to be expelled.
Secondly, sauna will enhance your blood circulation. This oxygenates your cells and helps your liver to remove toxins from your bloodstream. Supporting your liver is a crucial part of beating your Candida overgrowth.
Lastly, the higher body temperature encouraged by the sauna actually helps to kill viruses and pathogens within your body. Viruses have a lower heat tolerance than the other cells in your body, so the higher temperature is actually assisting your immune system. Additionally, higher temperature enhances metabolic processes within your body – this can help with things like healing and cell repair.
How to do your Sauna Therapy
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Don’t stay in a sauna for more than 30 minutes, and make sure the temperature stays below 100 degrees (43 degrees Celsius). Drink two glasses of water before you start your sauna, and avoid heavy meals for at least an hour beforehand.
During your sauna, wear very light clothing or a bathing suit. Try to relax during the sauna, or even meditate if you can. Take in a small clock or watch with you to monitor the time, but try not to spend all your time looking at it!
After your sauna, take a shower to wash off the sweat and any toxins that you have expelled, then drink another glass of water to stay hydrated.
Types of Sauna
There is a very real difference in the effectiveness of various types of sauna. The traditional electric, gas or wood-fired sauna is actually thought to be the least effective for detox. A more recent invention, the infrared sauna, is much more appropriate for Candida sufferers.
Infrared saunas have a very different feel to conventional saunas. An old-fashioned sauna heats the air, which in turn heats your body. An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters or bulbs instead – these emit infrared radiant heat that is absorbed directly into the body. The air temperature actually remains cool.
These new infrared saunas are better for detoxification for several reasons. They will cause you to start sweating almost immediately, meaning that there is no need to preheat the sauna. They also offer a pleasant, more comfortable experience.
Who should do sauna therapy?
Those with heart disease or any medical condition should consult their doctor before beginning sauna therapy. Generally though, saunas are very safe – they have been used for hundreds of years in Europe by all members of the family.
The Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program contains a number of alternative strategies for expelling Candida toxins.