Swimming and Candida

by Pool Builders on 06-13-2008 in Articles

Whether you have a vaginal yeast infection, a problem with oral thrush or a general feeling of malaise due to a suspected overgrowth of candida albicans, you can benefit from the knowledge of natural ways to fight candida.

Many things do positive things for your body and in terms of yeast infection; swimming might be thought of as a gray area. While we know exercise is something that can help fight candida and that being sedentary can help them thrive, you might be wondering about yeast and swimming and specifically swimming in a public or chlorinated pool. This article addresses that issue.

Swimming and Candida

You might think that having a yeast infection means you cannot do certain things you enjoy such as exercising and swimming. If you're feeling lousy with the symptoms of this illness you might not feel like doing anything but resting until it passes but activity can not only help you recover but it can help you reduce the likelihood of getting yeast infections at all. Exercise can actually help you by putting your body in a better position to fight off the candida.

While some are concerned about being submerged in chlorine and how that throws off the balance in the vaginal area, if you are doing all the right things with respect to following a candida diet, the benefits of exercise with swimming can be helpful.

Is Candida Contagious?

Some people are concerned that if they go swimming, they'll either aggravate their infection or pass it on to others. You cannot catch candida infections from another person by swimming in the same water and if you are suffering from it, swimming in a public pool will not pass your infection onto someone else swimming in that pool.

Swimming and various exercises can actually be helpful in fighting candida. Not only does the bacteria not thrive in a healthy body but they can't populate well in the presence of an alkaline state and by swimming and doing other exercises, you will be oxygenating your body and increasing your immune system's functions to fight off bacteria overgrowth.

Caution Regarding Yeast and Swimsuits

It's important to be aware that there is an aspect of swimming that you should be careful of beyond the fact that chlorine can alter the pH of the vaginal area. It's well known that keeping the area moist and damp can increase candida populations. When swimming, be sure to dry the body well promptly afterwards. Excessive moisture can aggravate symptoms and create a great breeding ground for yeast.

In terms of naturally fighting yeast, beyond exercising, you need the right food in your diet. There are candida based diet and lifestyle plans that help to create a harmonious level of bacteria in the body. Our bodies has many types of flora that have distinct jobs and the right nutrition, the right amount of rest and a healthy body will all contribute to a scenario that lets the good bacteria flourish and keep the harmful ones at bay.

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