Hi there. Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand. Thanks for tuning into my video. I’m an author of a book called, Candida Crusher and I’m also the formulator of a range of products called Canxida. Thanks for checking out my video.
I’ve got an interesting question here from a patient that I’ve seen now for some time and wants to remain anonymous. Doesn’t really want to give out any details. That’s fine. I respect that. The patient wants to know if sauna is good for Candida. This lady is kind of incredible. She’s very much into fitness, into exercise, she’s eating quite a healthy diet, and she wants to know the best ways to detoxification including sauna therapy. If I find it valid or not.
I love saunas. In fact, I think they’re a fantastic adjunct to cleansing in general. If you look at people in many countries, Scandinavian countries for example, have been doing sauna now for generations. It’s a really good way to clean up the body. It heats the body up. Your skin is your largest organ. And when you can eliminate toxins through the skin, 15 or 20 percent of all toxins get cleared through the skin, so by warming up the body to no more than about 100 degrees, say 43 Celsius, is a good way to eliminate a lot of garbage out of the body. Candida produces many different kinds of toxins and so do bacteria. By doing this sauna therapy, heating up, you’ve got a good ability to flush toxins from the body.
But is it mandatory? No, it’s not. It’s not something that I recommend everybody do because some people find it very uncomfortable to get into an environment called a sauna. There are different methods of sauna. I prefer the older method of hopping into one of those nice pine rooms with some hot coals and then pouring a scoop of water on them, preferably with a bit of pine essential oil in there, and that gives a beautiful ambient atmosphere, a lot of steam, a lot of heat. Some people find that uncomfortable, but this is traditionally how saunas have always been conducted.
The newer method is infrared sauna using bulbs or tubes that emit an infrared light into your body, so the room doesn’t really get hot, a small room. You can actually buy these small mobile devices. They’re quite handy. So they put this infrared light into the body. It heats up the body internally. Tissues get warmed up and you perspire quite promptly. Either way, the old method or the new method, whatever turns you on, but yes, I think sauna therapy when conducted properly is fantastic for cleansing the body in general.
This is how I do sauna. I don’t have a shower first. Some people say have a shower first. I don’t find it necessary myself. Obviously take your clothes off, go down maybe to your underclothing, your briefs or panties or whatever you want to wear you in there, put a towel around you. You hop into the sauna and with the steam on the ambient one I was telling you about, I will normally sit in there for about 5 or 10 minutes and get quite warm, get very hot, and start perspiring. When I start perspiring reasonably well, I hop out. I go straight out of there. I usually drink a glass of water and then I’ll towel dry myself for a moment or two and relax, then I’ll hop back in for the second time. And I found the second time is when the pores of the skin open right up. This is when you perspire very, very heavily. Perspiration seems to come out of places you didn’t even know that you could perspire from. It’s remarkable how much sweat you can lose with a sauna. And then I’ll put another scoop of water on the hot coals and I’ll just sit there for a good 10 or 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and I’ll really take it in. It’s my time to relax. I love this warm, humid, moist environment.
Steam rooms are another thing you can try out, a room called a steam room. You need to be careful with sauna therapy if you’ve got blood pressure issues or on certain medications. You might want to check with your health care professional before you say, “Yes, Eric, I’m going to do sauna.” Get yourself checked out before and particularly if you’re over 50 like me. If you’re an old guy or an old person because I’m considered old these days, get yourself checked out. You should have a medical at least once per year anyway. So find out that everything is okay.
The second tip I’ll give you is make sure you drink plenty of water. You’ll be surprised how much perspiration comes out of the body, so you need to put a lot of water back. I will easily drink two pints of water after a sauna.
The third tip I’ll give you when you’ve finished your sauna is make sure that you have a nice relaxing shower and have tepid showers. Have it a little bit warm and then cool it down, then don’t finish off with a cold shower. I don’t find that to be a really good idea. I find a tepid shower to be good. Not hot, not cold. And then gently turn it down and turn it down until it’s reasonably cool and stay under there for a good three or four minutes and really cool the core down. If you don’t cool the core down, when you are driving home or you’re at home with the sauna, you can be perspiring for some time after. So make sure that you cool the body down properly and make sure you’re well hydrated. Those are good tips for a sauna and you’re going to feel fantastic. You’ll have a good night’s sleep as a result.
How often to do saunas? Usually twice a week is sufficient and you can do it in six week blocks, I find, works quite well. Just make sure you drink that water.