Nourish - Candida Overgrowth – Lifestyle Changes (Part Five)
Welcome back to part five of the candida overgrowth series where we are discussing lifestyle changes that really help to bring our microbiome and candida back into harmony.
We will be rounding up everything we’ve learnt about reducing candida overgrowth over the last 4 blog posts in this series. If you missed out on parts 1-4, see the links at the bottom of the page to head on over to them.
This is an extremely important part of the candida puzzle and is absolutely vital to the healing journey.
A wholesome diet combined with a nourishing lifestyle helps to heal the gut, reduce stress, improve the immune system and of course, helps to heal candida overgrowth.
Below is a small list of 3 lifestyle changes you can start right away to help balance candida overgrowth.
No. 1 – Reduce stress
As mentioned plentiful times over the previous 4 blogs, chronic stress is a nightmare for the immune system. It paralyses the immune system. It can make the body more susceptible to infection by reducing its white blood cell count. With a compromised immune system, candida is left unattended which can really exacerbate candida overgrowth.
Stress hacking techniques include:
- Spending time in nature – nature walks or a wander through a city park even. A bonus would be to get outside and soak up some vitamin D whilst you’re at it.
- Practising breath-work to slow down the mind and carve out some time for yourself.
- Taking up a new hobby or reviving an old one. Perhaps it’s knitting, or maybe it’s swimming, piano lessons, cycling, yoga or painting. Whatever puts you into a state of relaxation, do it, and enjoy 🙂
- Write truly obtainable to-do lists and don’t overwhelm yourself with chores and expectations. If this is hard to do, try writing them down in priority order. Choose 3 top items on the agenda that absolutely must be done, and then choose 3 that are important. Then choose another that would be nice to get done but can be done the following day and so on.
- Notice environments or people that cause you stress.
If the people you see or the places you go cause you enormous amounts of stress, it’s time to re-evaluate your lifestyle. Figure out a way of either dealing with these situations more effectively, or avoid the people, the conversations, or the environments that are causing this stress. Working with a cognitive-behavioural therapist can be a great way to overcome your usual patterns of dealing with stress.
See my previous blog here on reducing stress for more ideas.
No. 2 – Exercise and lymph movement
Movement is a huge part to fighting candida overgrowth, which may surprise some.
Not only is exercise important for your overall health, but in moderate amounts it’s also great for the immune system. Our bacteria and virus-fighting white blood cells actually travel faster throughout the body of someone who exercises for 20 minutes or more a day!
And as we all know, exercise releases happy hormones, aka endorphins which aids in stress reduction and improved mood.
One other vital part to exercise is the effect it has on the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system carries away toxins and metabolic waste from the body’s tissues and relies on muscle movements to keep lymph moving through its vessels.
Lymphatic detoxification is a huge part of clearing out candida. When doing a candida cleanse, it can be a tad overwhelming for the body sometimes, especially when it has to excrete all of the toxins that are brought to the surface during the detox, aka a Herx reaction. This is when you may feel nauseated, tired, moody, experience skin rashes or perhaps headaches.
Although commonly referred to as the body’s secondary circulatory system, it is important to recognize that the lymphatic system is not like the heart muscle that pumps automatically. We have to move, breathe and even use body massage techniques to help improve our lymphatic drainage.
Light exercise, rebounding, swimming, cycling, walking, running, yoga. All of these work to increase circulation and boost lymphatic movement.
Another technique is dry skin brushing. This helps to increase blood and lymph circulation. Read my previous blog here for more info by scrolling down to point 7 🙂
And as mentioned above for stress reduction, breathing. Deep breathing can also boost blood circulation and increase lymphatic circulation. Double win there 😊
No. 3 – Sleep
We all know sleep is important, but when it comes to fighting candida, it’s got to become very important. Sleep directly impacts every system in our body and if we are sleep deprived, our body will not be able to function optimally. This includes how well we’re able to handle stress, and how we recover from it.
I have covered techniques on dealing with stress here and here so please have a read for more detailed info so as to help you on your candida overgrowth reduction journey.
And so we have come to the end of our five part candida overgrowth series.
I hope this information has, or will be useful for you and you now have a clear picture of what you’re dealing with and how to go about tackling it.
I know this may all sound a lot, but getting these lifestyle and diet practices in place will help to provide you with a strong foundation for your body to heal and eventually you’ll be in a place of balance.
Good luck 😊
Continue reading the candida overgrowth blog series here:
- The Symptoms, The Causes and the Treatments (Part One)
- Dietary Changes (Part Two)
- The Importance of Fermented Foods on an Anti Candida Diet (Part Three)
- Herbs, Medicinal Mushrooms and Supplements (Part Four)
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.