Beating Candidiasis with Infrared Saunas
When it comes to treatment-resistant yeast infections (medically known as “candidiasis”), infrared saunas are sometimes referred to as the treatment when no other treatment seems to work. It may sound odd, but using an infrared sauna is one of the most effective ways to combat yeast infections, whether it’s in the form of athlete’s foot, thrush, or the more common vaginal yeast infection.
When candida (body yeast) dies off, nearly 80 types of toxins enter the body, including ethanol and acetaldehyde, a chemical compound the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has identified as a Group 1 carcinogen. While your liver, skin, and other organs typically do a great job of purging these toxins, a severe die-off of bodily toxins (as in the case of a yeast infection) can overwhelm the body’s support system and compromise your ability to eliminate such toxins. Fortunately, there are infrared saunas. Infrared saunas are a great help in eliminating the waste products of yeast infections (scientifically referred to as candidiasis).
So, What is Candidiasis?
Candidiasis is a type of fungal infection from yeast that primarily affects humans. Due to advertisements on television and radio, we commonly think of vaginal yeast infections whenever the topic of yeast infections pops up, but a yeast infection can take hold in any warm, moist part of the body where the candida fungus is present. It’s not just the fungus that is the issue; candida can really complicate your life and may include general exhaustion, foul breath, imbalanced hormones, loss of sexual interest, pain in the joints, poor immune system response, urinary tract infections, and decreased mental sharpness. Sounds like a good time, right?
Some Signs You May Have Candidiasis
You may be surprised by some of the non-physical symptoms of having an abundance of candida in your body. These can include:
- Seeing “floaters”
- Sugar cravings
It’s also worth pointing out that individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with cancer, diabetes, or another form of disease likely have an overabundance of candida in their systems. But, did you notice we included “sugar cravings” on that list? It turns out that having too much candida in your system — alongside other deficits in your nutrition — can cause increased sugar cravings. This is a problem; candida (like other yeasts) thrives on sugars. So, when you give into these cravings, you are only exacerbating the issue by feeding the thing you are attempting to defeat.
Yeast Infections… They’re Surprisingly Common
Although yeast infections are irritating, you may be somewhat relieved to learn that fungal infections from candida are surprisingly common. In fact, just about everyone has candida yeast in their colon. And, it’s perfectly harmless so long as it stays put. But, in women, this is rarely the case — three out of four women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at least once. Although boys and men can have penile yeast infections, it typically shows up as an itchy rash and is easier to treat than vaginal yeast infections. Candida-caused fungal infections can also show up in the mouth and throat. When this type of yeast infection is present in the mouth, it is known as “thrush.”
What Causes Candidiasis and Yeast Infections?
An overabundance of yeast in the body can lead to infection for a variety of reasons and it usually is not a sign of poor hygiene. Poor diet, on the other hand, may be a factor if you experience recurring bouts of candidiasis and/or yeast infections. Some of the leading causes of candidiasis and yeast infections include:
- Antibiotics (especially vaginal yeast infections)
- Unmanaged diabetes
- Compromised immune systems
- Poor diet (including high-sugar snacks)
- Poor sleeping habits
- Hormone imbalances
Keep these causes of yeast infections and candidiasis in mind for this next part.
Infrared Saunas vs. Candidiasis
Now that we’ve discussed what yeast infections and candidiasis are and how they lead to infections, you’re probably ready for some good news. So, here it is. Infrared saunas help to clear up candidiasis and yeast infections by getting at the source of the problem. Infrared saunas tackle candidiasis in several interesting ways. For one, infrared saunas help to balance metabolism, which includes optimizing your digestive system to properly convert sugars and carbohydrates into readily usable glucose and fructose (the simple sugars your body needs to function at its best).
Another way in which infrared saunas (such as those made by Good Health Saunas®) take on yeast infections and candidiasis is by eliminating toxins that wear us down, make our organs function at a less than optimal level, and complicate the immune system. As the largest organ in the body, the skin is responsible for upwards of 15% of toxin elimination. Add an infrared sauna into the mix and you will be sweating your way to better health. Plus, the higher temperature of an infrared sauna helps your body to fight off viruses, pathogens, and bacteria. Infrared saunas also enhance blood circulation, oxygenate the blood, and improve liver health. These are all essential parts in fighting off candidiasis and preventing a reoccurrence. By relaxing in an infrared sauna, you will also find it easier to get a great night’s sleep and experience a number of other positive health benefits.