How to Holistically Manage HPV
HPV, (Human Papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted STI, in fact, it’s so common even the CDC says that nearly ALL sexually active people will get HPV at some point in their lives! (https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stats.htm)
HPV is a virus that of course, depends on the health of your immune system, which depends on your gut health, your nervous system, and your overall health in general.
Here are some important facts about HPV:
There are over 200 types of HPV, 40 of which are sexually transmitted. The HPV virus most commonly infects the cervix (cervical dysplasia), anus, and throat, and can also cause genital warts (which can be easily burned off by a doctor or dermatologist), in both vulva and penis-owners.
Some cases of HPV are low-risk and some are high-risk which need to be monitored by your doctor to prevent it from developing into more serious health issues – like cancer.
Some people with HPV have no symptoms and some experience serious side effects. For example; cervical cellular changes causing cervical dysplasia (abnormal cellular changes on the cervix), can lead to cervical cancer if not detected/monitored in time. This is rare, but it happens!
This is why it’s important to get regular pap smears and check-ups to detect these cellular changes, as they can lead to cervical, anal, or throat cancer if not detected in time.
There is NO CURE for HPV however, HPV infections usually clear up on their own within a few years. This is why learning how to manage it with a holistic approach to managing HPV is important!
There are many different ways you can manage HPV holistically including:
- eating the right foods to boost your immune system and support your gut health
- taking the right supplements to boost your immune system and support your gut health
- incorporating certain lifestyle practices that help the healing process (i.e. reducing stress).
Here are some of my tips for fighting HPV holistically:
1. Your Diet:
- Eat a diet rich in nutrients and fresh, whole, good-quality foods
- eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables which provides necessary vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber for good digestion, especially:
- orange-colored fruits and vegetables
- i.e. sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkins, apricots, and peaches
- cruciferous green vegetables which are high in folate
- i.e. broccoli, kale, sprouts, and cabbage
- dark green leafy veggies are high in folate which is a vitamin commonly associated with cervical health. It primarily helps make and repair DNA and produce red blood cells (RBCs). You typically get enough folate from your food, where it’s most commonly found in dark green leafy vegetables
- i.e. kale, rocket, spinach, watercress, and fresh herbs
- purple and red vegetables and fruits as they’re high in lycopene
- i.e. tomatoes, beetroot, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- Vitamin E has also been reported to protect cells from oxidative DNA damage and mutagenesis, thereby preventing the development of some tumors (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7698010/#:~:text=Vitamin%20E%20has%20also%20been,oncogenic%20HPV%20persistence%20%5B48%5D.)
- i.e. avocado, coconut, raw nuts, and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
- vitamin A (a.k.a. Retinol) has antiviral properties and helps to improve healthy cell function.
- i.e. organic lamb, chicken liver, and fatty fish like salmon.
- For vegans & vegetarians – increase your orange-colored vegetable intake
- Include whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and millet in your diet for extra fiber
- Eliminate junk food, fried foods, and any processed foods – these foods can weaken your immune system
- Significantly reduce and/or eliminate the 3 main inflammatory foods from your diet – dairy, gluten & sugar
- Include seafood in your diet which contains essential minerals like iodine, magnesium, calcium, boron, selenium, and zinc – essential for maintaining a healthy immune system
- Alkalize your diet by eating mostly plant-based and reducing animal products to 3-4 meals per week
- But make sure you are still getting enough protein in your diet!
- Drink green tea daily as another powerful antioxidant, Matcha tea is good too!
- My FAVOURITE Brand of supplements that I LOVE to work with is PAPILLEX – both the Papillex and AHCC supplements.
- You can buy them at https://papillex.com/ and use the discount code YONI10 to get 10% off your purchase!
3. Wellness Practices:
- Reduce stress levels
- Meditation & yoga
- Physical exercise
- Walks in nature
- Lots of sleep
- Lots of water
- Herbal teas – nettle, lavender, elderberry, and raspberry leaf
- Yoni steam using nettle, calendula, and lavender
- A warm castor oil pack on the abdomen – helps to increase your body’s immunity, raise t-cell response, and kill cancer cells
- Start a yoni egg practice with either a jade egg or rose quartz egg
Something to also be aware of is noticing how your body feels during sex. If you are aroused, your cervix sits higher but when you are not aroused, your cervix sits lower, which when receiving penetration, can be painful or uncomfortable on the cervix and can put it at risk of damage.
This is just high-level information to get you started on how to holistically manage HPV.
For a more in-depth approach including more food suggestions, supplements, and their dosages, lifestyle practices, and more facts about HPV, sign up for my HPV HEALING GUIDE.
It’s an incredible resource that you need in your life when you live with HPV!
I also offer 1:1 support calls as part of my services and create a safe space for you to feel comfortable talking about your experience with someone who understands your HPV healing journey because it’s not always easy!
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