A well-designed Candida treatment plan aims to make your treatment as fast and easy as possible. However, there are some treatments that advertise cures within such a short period (like 12 hours in one example!) that they are simply not credible.
In fact, going too fast can expose you to a severe Candida Die-Off reaction. This is an unpleasant condition that will make your Candida treatment much more difficult. You can avoid it by following a proper recovery plan and taking it slow.
Candida Die-Off is also known as the Herxheimer reaction. It occurs when many fungal microorganisms like Candida are destroyed at the same time. Now you’re probably wondering why this would be a bad thing – after all, the purpose of a Candida treatment plan is to kill the Candida, right? Well, the problem is that each of these Candida cells releases up to 79 different toxins when it dies. And when you have a large number of these cells dying at the same time, the toxic overload can overwhelm your liver.
The symptoms of Candida Die-Off are pretty similar to regular Candida symptoms – in fact they are caused by exactly the same group of toxins. The major difference is that Candida Die-Off is much more intense. This is because instead of being released slowly, as a result of Candida’s metabolic processes, all those byproducts are released at once in a flood of toxicity. Some people who experience Candida Die-Off report nausea, migraines and other very unpleasant symptoms. However, the good news is that if you follow the right treatment plan, you do not need to worry about experiencing Candida Die-Off at all.
The first way to avoid Candida Die-Off is to make sure that you don’t make too many large changes at once. That’s why, in our Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan, Dr Wood and I recommend taking breaks between introducing any new dietary changes, probiotics, or antifungals. This is the safest, easiest method to beat your Candida. Allowing enough time between each phase of the plan allows your liver to adjust and prevents too many Candida toxins from being released at the same time. In our plan we lay out a specific timeline that should keep you from experiencing any Die-Off symptoms at all.
To be even safer, I recommend that you take some liver-supportive supplements before and during your treatment. Supplements like molybdenum and milk thistle are great for eliminating Candida toxins like acetaldehyde, ethanol, and uric acid. They will also reduce the risk of you experiencing Die-Off symptoms when you introduce a new food or move on to the next phase of the treatment plan.
If you follow these two steps, then the chances of experiencing Candida Die-Off become much smaller. This is really important – I have seen many Candida sufferers quit their treatment plan because the Die-Off symptoms simply got too bad. A good treatment plan will allow your body time to adjust during each phase of the treatment, ensuring that you keep your motivation and stay on the program long enough to beat your Candida overgrowth.
Here are a few links that should help you to design an effective anti-Candida recovery plan.
Candida Die-Off And Your Treatment
What Is Die-Off, And How Can You Prevent It?
Here is a more detailed look at how Candida Die-Off might affect your Candida treatment. It lists the symptoms of Candida Die-Off, and details some treatment methods that you can use to prevent or reduce it.
Supplements To Help With Die-Off
If you’re worried that you started your treatment too fast, and you’re concerned that you might be experiencing a Candida Die-Off reaction, you need to be looking at supplements to support effective liver function. This is because the liver is your first line of defense against Candida-related toxins like acetaldehyde and uric acid. Good examples are milk thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, and molybdenum.
Depending on which stage of the diet you have reached, you might also consider toxin binders like bentonite, activated charcoal, or chlorella. These reduce the load on your liver by binding to toxins in your gut and eliminating them from your body. You can find much more detail on toxin binders and liver-supportive agents in our Ultimate Candida Diet program.
Molybdenum is needed by the body to produce enzymes that can process acetaldehyde (the major toxin released during Die-Off), and convert it into acetic acid. This can then be excreted from the body like any other toxin.
- Milk Thistle
Milk thistle contains silymarin, a compound that repairs damaged liver cells and protect them from the toxins circulating in your blood stream.
When Bentonite clay passes through your colon, it absorbs any toxins that it finds and then expels them when it passes out.
Other Ways To Reduce Your Die-Off Symptoms
Taking supplements is not the only way to reduce the stress on your liver. If a Herxheimer reaction is overloading your liver, a few simple lifestyle changes that can boost your detox pathways and help your body to expel toxins more efficiently. Here are some suggestions.
- Alternative Detox Methods
This page summarizes the different alternative detox methods that you can try. The pages below go into more detail.
- Oil Pulling
This ancient remedy mystifies modern doctors, but anecdotal evidence suggests it can help reduce the symptoms of Die-Off.
- Skin Brushing
Your skin is responsible for up to 15% of toxin elimination. Skin brushing enhances this process and improves your circulation too.
- Contrast showers
Contrast showers boost your lymphatic system and improve your circulation. They have long been used as an alternative remedy for the common cold.
- Exercise and Candida
The right amount of exercise can improve your body’s defenses against Candida. Don’t over-do it though as this can weaken your adrenals.
Sauna improves circulation and helps you flush out toxins through sweating. This page tells you what type of sauna works best.
For more detailed information on the symptoms of Candida Die-Off, how to recognize it, and how to avoid it, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan. Remember that a properly designed treatment plan is your best defense against Candida Die-Off.