Yoga is more than a method of teaching. It’s a way of life that’s more than meditation techniques. When you start yoga, you include healthy eating habits, social interactions, works, and bathing habits that have captured the hearts of over 15 million people. Workout fads are common, but no workout program has endured like Yoga, which has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.
For most people, it’s more than just burning calories and toning muscles. The combination of stretching, strengthening, deep breathing, and meditation gives yoga more health benefits than we can fit in this piece. What you may not know, however, is that yoga can help you fight mold illnesses. Let’s explain.
How mold affects your exercise
Working out at home means you get all the health benefits of breaking a sweat while saving money, not interacting with crowds, and the joy of picking your music. You also interact with fewer germs, but if your house is infested by mold, like 70 percent of homes in America, you may be putting your life at risk.
Indoor mold causes health concerns such as wheezing, itchy eyes, throat pain, burning, coughing, not forgetting exercise intolerance. Some people are unlucky enough to experience severe reactions such as asthma attacks and, in some cases, long-lasting lung infections. This is according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Obviously, high impact exercises when you are ill is uncomfortable, and it strains your body, which could lead to more complications. Since mold illnesses make it hard to breathe, the amount of oxygen in your blood and lungs decreases significantly, resulting in your body not utilizing oxygen properly, reduced energy generation, and lower nutrient metabolization.
When this happens, the first thing you think of is to stop working out to regain your health. This is not an entirely wrong approach, but the lack of exercise leads to poorer health. This is where yoga comes in.
How yoga helps fight mold illness
Every inch in your body renews itself. Even your body hair takes at least three to six years to reach its life span and replace itself. This process is your body detoxifying itself. When you have mold illness, your body has to work extra hard to detoxify, and how long it takes to clear the mold from your system will largely depend on how much work you and your lifestyle subject your cells to.
That’s why working out is vital for your healing process. As mentioned earlier, adopting yoga is not stretching out on a mat and calling it a day. It involves improving your diet, incorporating deep breathing and meditation, and improving your bathing habits.
So, how can yoga help you heal faster?
Helps cleanse your circulation system
Your body relies on your circulation system to carry oxygen, hormones, and nutrients to the body. An important part is to remove waste products such as carbon dioxide from your organs. The circulation system suffers the most when you have a mold illness. Yoga causes the blood to circulate effectively throughout the body, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to travel to your organs. Oxygen and nutrients reach your hardworking organs, which helps you maintain your health.
Improved blood circulation helps the lymphatic system
With the increased blood flow, your organs can comfortably and efficiently circulate fluids and ensure that your hormones and waste materials are easily transported to their final destination. This means you are helping your body get rid of toxins, including mold-related toxins, quickly and more efficiently.
Helps your organs heal
During yoga stretches and poses, the pituitary gland releases growth hormones, telling your body to increase cell production in your muscles, tissues, and bones. Your body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate are also easily regulated, improving the immune system’s work. With a healthy immune system, your body can fight illnesses and restore health.
Improved immune system
Yoga activates our sympathetic nervous system, which means your heart and breathing rate increases, and so does your blood pressure. This makes it easy for your body to flush bacteria and mold spores out of your lungs, airways, and system. That’s not all. During yoga, your body releases epinephrine and norepinephrine into the bloodstream, activating the cytokine cells. This is just a fancy way to say yoga has an anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system, allowing it to work harder, thoroughly, and efficiently to battle mold and self-harming inflammations.
Takes care of your nervous system
Granted, your brain and heart control the well-being of the rest of the body. If they are compromised, the rest of the system suffers and can’t perform at its best. During yoga, your body releases a combination of positive chemicals in the brain that helps in physical relaxation and cognitive function. Your immune, circulation, endocrine, and lymphatic systems are equipped to work at optimal levels. This makes moving your body each day vital if you want to remove mold toxins. Better still, reaching a point of sweating helps a lot because sweat is a natural way for your body to cool down, eliminate waste, and cleanse itself.
If you have mold-induced acne and rashes, you will notice they start clearing the more you sweat. A great way to know if it’s working is to check for slowed body hair growth because as you sweat, your pores and follicles are cleared out, which may slow down and stop growth.
Even as you do yoga, you need to ensure that you get rid of the mold in the house to avoid further exposure. Take note of any musty, earthy smell, stains on the ceiling tiles, bubbling paint, and soft walls. If you have wallpaper, it may start getting soft. Leaks are also a leading cause. Make sure your home is well ventilated, especially all moisture-prone areas like bathrooms. Fix all leaks, clean and dry wet areas, and ensure your house gets enough sunlight in all rooms. If the problem is too severe, it may help to call a professional.