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Can Gardening And Working With Soil Cause A Candida Yeast Infection?

Can Gardening And Working With Soil Cause A Candida Yeast Infection?

I’ve got an email here from a lady called Joanne Freeman. Joanne is in Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s a wonderful place. Joanne asking, “Eric, I do lots of gardening and I want to know. I work with sand and soil and stuff like that. Can it cause Candida?”

Not really, Joanne. You don’t really get Candida from soil and stuff like that. Some people when they’re immunocompromised, especially older people if they’ve got like really bad lung problems, especially ex-smokers or people on steroids, taking prednisone or asthma drugs. These people at times can get a disease called “Legionnaire’s disease.” You may find on bags of potting soil, for example, some warnings on potting mix. Wear a mask when you mix this soil up. I don’t worry about that kind of crap. I work in the garden all the time digging up stuff, putting nice veggies in. I have to show you guys some pictures of my wonderful fruit and vegetable garden. It’s all coming up. I’ve been talking on Instagram.

You don’t really get Candida from gardening. You get Candida because you become immunocompromised. That happens because of stress or antibiotics. I’ve done many videos on causes of Candida, but gardening is not really one of them. In fact, if you really enjoy gardening, it’s going to improve your health, not detract from it. Not a good idea, though, to smoke if you’re gardening. Smoking is not good anyway. I don’t think it’s an issue with you.

One thing I’ve been getting into the last few years is wearing gloves, so I try to keep my fingernails and fingers really clean. I was out gardening yesterday afternoon. I had some nice think gloves on, digging in the soil, and that’s why my skin stays nice and clean. Otherwise, you’re going to get dirt all around the base, in the cracks and things like that and it’s hard to get out sometimes. If you’re doing hands in soil, my advice is to go to your hardware store or gardening center and buy some really comfortable well-fitting gloves. I’ve got many types of gloves. I use special types for painting. Certain types for gardening. I use other types if I’m doing any welding or cutting or grinding or things like that. I’m very safety conscious. I put glasses on top of my glasses to protect these. I wear hearing protection. I’ve seen too many people have accidents and problems from not protecting their body properly.

If you are concerned with soil, there’s no reason why you couldn’t put on a long sleeve shirt, wear gloves. I’ve even got special gloves that extend to here for pruning and cutting my roses. Because the thorns can prick into your arms and things like that. You can probably see some prick marks I’ve still got here from some thorns. Thorns pricking me in the arm when I didn’t used to do that.

If you protect your body well and you’ve got good respiratory function, you’re not going to get Legionnaire’s disease unless you’re really sick. But you’re not going to get Candida from gardening. That’s my opinion, Joanne.

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