Candida: Are you auto-contaminating yourself without knowing it?
Wondering why you can’t seem to shake your candidiasis?
Majority of the time, this is what people tell me they have the most trouble with despite all their scrupulous efforts. It’s true that in the end a lot of factors can interfere in the success of an anti-candida approach: mainly looking at food, toxicity and stress aspects. And yet… there are a lot of ways in which we knock ourselves down without knowing or intending to!
Our sexual partners re-contaminate us, and most importantly what we come into contact with every day: our underwear and bedding.
We don’t always understand how much the mere fact of washing our things can sustain a form of toxicity.
I hope you are aware of the existence of candida albicans: this yeast / fungus which causes a whole set of internal but especially external imbalances, such as vaginal infections, that we women have so much trouble getting rid of once it’s set in.
Yeasts love hot, humid corners. Just sweating in your underwear is enough.
Of course, those who suffer from fungal infections know how important it is to wash their underwear and change them every day.
But washing them in the machine, with lye and hot water, may not be enough to kill the bacteria involved in bacterial infections, as well as in the case of candidiasis.
I know… scary isn’t it?
It’s known today, that many women, who self-contaminate are also contaminating their whole family, by washing their contaminated underwear (in the machine), with the rest of the household’s dirty laundry.
Furthermore, if your underwear is not 100% cotton, it will promote the proliferation of bacteria. However, it will not tolerate being washed in water more than 50 degrees C!
Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at the New York Medical School argues that in order to remove this type of contaminant from your clothing, the water needs to be at least 60 degrees Celsius.
If you wash in cold water, you’re spreading the toxins, and re-contaminating other clothes.
In fact, according to studies: machine drying and ironing are additional ways to remove these contaminants from our under-garments.
It goes without saying; if you have a propensity to vaginal infections and cystitis, do not wear thongs! It’s the best way to make things worse.
A good habit to have is to sleep without pajama bottoms or underwear. Free the butt! This “aeration” is one of the best ways to stop self-contamination.
If you sweat during the night, another good idea is to change your sheets once a week. Not doing so simply means you spending your nights in a sort of microbial soup, in which you simmer and self-re-contaminate. We don’t want that.
Kelly Reynolds, a researcher and associate professor of environmental health at the University of Arizona, suggests using the dryer and regularly cleaning your washing machine.
Others will suggest that you put your clean, damp underwear in the microwave to better control the proliferation of candida albicans.
Personally, I find it less risky and easier to simply add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the machine, along with the laundry detergent.
Same when you put the laundry to dry: a few drops of a very disinfectant essential oil, such as lemon, will do fine as well!
So, if you feel you’re not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel: consider switching to cotton underwear. Wash separately from the rest, on high temperature, adding to your laundry detergent a few drops of tea tree and / or lemon, and if possible, to dry everything in the dryer, and not in the open air (unless in the sun).
The regular use of anti-bacterial essential oils in the machine will guarantee its cleanliness… but you may also add white vinegar and baking soda!
Personally, I like to vary the oils: eucalyptus, mint, orange, lemon, tea tree, and lavender (not a real lavender, that would be a messy affair). Try it out, and let me know your results!