There is some good advice in this thread – going easy on yourself and realizing you are SICK and do require rest over heavy working out: perhaps make vigorous work outs as a goal to reach as you are stabilized and your body is recovering. I can completely understand the desire of maintaining your normal body image however, it’s going to change and try to keep flexible enough with a “plan” to keep it fluid to the circumstances as encountered. Pushing myself FAR too hard too quickly really put me back tremendously which it’s taking a long time just to get back to where I was before pushing myself: just adding needlessly to suffering, silly me.
Don’t forget when oil pulling to not spit it down the drain, use a trash can or some container like how you discard bacon grease for instance – don’t want to add plumbing bills to the expense list. It can also be used on tampons for female issues. In fact, this reminds me I need to start pulling again as it helps tremendously with gum issues.
I can’t stress the importance of the supplements (vits/trace minerals), almost prior to going heavy on antifungals: particularly with iodine to help support which is critical to a healthy thyroid. However, to avoid any gnarly die-off from using high levels of iodine one should ready up on the importance of Co-Factor vits.mins. A very kind soul worked up an iodine supplementation protocol.. There’s so much cross over with this forum’s protocol but, stresses the importance of other minerals such as selenium.
I’m at a similar place, been forming my plans to restart treatment, yet again. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, mainly due to pushing treatment too aggressively. In my case, it’s more of a gradual transition plan so my body isn’t freaking out on too many planes all at the same time: to also help me identify what item is causing what reactions, etc AND to perhaps be more gradual with the using lighter antifungals to start such as garlic & cinnamon, perhaps working in some GSE or ACV starting once a week, rather than going full guns a blazing if only to help save energy and not push my liver with eliminating them. Although I haven’t seen much talk about it in this forum, green tea (decaf) is good for eliminating toxins to help support the liver. Also, for those who are having a hard time quitting coffee, transitioning over to regular Green tea isn’t a bad option as the caffeine level is much much lower than coffee. Another reason I believe coffee being on the avoid list is how it gives you energy to where one is pushing their body due to the ‘energy’ (stimulant) the coffee is giving them: where as it would be wiser to rely upon your body’s naturally generated energy which may leave you feeling tired but, will help force you to rest more than you would otherwise. Yes, it’s boring but, whose to say laying back, perhaps in some natural setting and reading a good book isn’t a wonderful way to de-stress/relax. The world has become to run at such a high pace, kicking back a little ‘to stop and smell the roses’ as the saying goes isn’t good for the spirit/soul. While putting one in a state of being which could help place the body in a healing mode. Rushing around constantly can’t be a good contributor to putting the body into a healing mode.
Since we are all trying to re-balance our systems, this also represents an opportunity to re-balance the mind/body/spirit connection as well. There is amazing power within the mind and will. Feeling down or grumpy? why not sing a verse from the Beatles song All You Need Is Love – wash negativity away with mantras like LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, etc…or whatever positive affirmations of all kinds one can come up with.
Sauna’s aren’t like tanning beds: completely different. The sauna’s spoken about here are usually small VERY HOT ROOMS lined with wood and usually some type of steam system: where you strip down to a towel and the heat forces one to sweat out toxins. The protocol even suggests alternating hot and cold water when bathing so, if available one could stay in a sauna as long as reasonable for them and then jump into a cool pool (probably both at a YMCA). In Europe, they go from sauna’s and dive into freezing ice filled lakes as they believe it’s good for the immune system. Same concept.
That’s one of the benefits I’m trying to build into my 2013 efforts: start short walks to get my sea legs going again and, during the day where I can soak in the sun at the same time. I know it’s winter and I’ll probably have to start all bundled up but, by the time things start to warm up the distances of my walks should tie in nicely with weather change. Though, I still suggest taking a min of 2,000 mgs of D-3 to maximize vit d levels: which can only help with re-balancing the body as may candida sufferers have low to medium levels of vit D.
TO get a little bit of extra exercise, park further from a store and increase the exercise of just walking/shopping. One can be creative with grocery bags, perhaps doing arm pumps while carrying into one’s home, etc. Just daily chores and errands can be grand opportunities to supplement treatment without being something one has to ‘go do’ but, just does. I also will be doing some leg raises just using ankle weights both as it’s own exercise but, incorporated into the walks. Same with very light bar bells or wrist weights: pumping one’s arms while walking (with or without weights) will help maintain muscle mass strength.
As always, appreciate each and every one of you – May God be with you all…..Blessings to everyone upon their healing journeys.