Hi Dakota Skye,
The question is, if you do not have parasites or Candida overgrowth, in other words if you do not have anything that could die from your treatment, then why would you have die off symptoms? And if it is not die off then there is the possibility that the treatment is not exactly targeting the problem in the right way. 6 days might be a bit too soon to conclude that, as there can always be a bit rough time in the beginning when we adjust to a new diet. Still it is a possibility.
I have a leaky gut too and I have been following this forum among others to find out for myself what I could do to heal it. People are very eager to recommend the strict diet here, and it’s great if that has worked for someone. BUT if you do not have Candida overgrowth I would not jump into such a restrictive diet. There can be many reasons for a leaky gut, such as inflammation. I personally got a lot worse during my strict Candida treatment.
Here are some of the things I have found:
I am using l-glutamine to heal the gut lining. I am also eating bone broths, partly because the gelatin in the broth is healing to the gut lining, but also because the gelatin is an easily digested and anti-inflammatory protein. Much easier to digest for someone with a leaky gut than for example lean meats. The GAPS diet introduced me to the use of bone broths and though I do not follow the GAPS diet I have integrated the aspects of it that work for me. Such as the bone broths and the use of fresh vegetable and fruit juices in order to alleviate constipation. Raw vegetables can be hard to digest with leaky gut but I find that when juiced they cause me no trouble. Apparently raw carrot is very good for healing the gut. I also personally have benefited from consuming more potassium rich fruits such as orange juice and bananas. These are strictly forbidden on the Candida diet but have been beneficial for helping my leaky gut. So go figure. Maybe it is as you wrote, the fructose that can help heal the leaky gut? I also try to do the food rotation (not eat the same foods until again after 4 days); it’s hard to do in practice but when I manage it helps me tolerate a larger variety of foods. I do not want to restrict my foods too narrowly as I am worried about not being able to introduce them back again. However the few days rest in between seems to give my digestive system the break it needs to handle some foods again.
High potency probiotics actually made my symptoms a lot worse. I don’t believe my worsened and new symptoms were simply die off. There is a possibility that I have a SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) rather than Candida and though this is often also treated with probiotics, research done in Cedars Sinai actually would show otherwise. If it is a matter of a bacterial overgrowth (and that could be good or bad bacteria, just too much of it where it shouldn’t be) then taking probiotics can actually make matters a lot worse. This is not to say they are in itself bad, just that they can do more harm than good if you happen to have sibo. So if your treatment is still making you feel worse, read about sibo to see if your symptoms match and see if your doctor could test it.
Hope you find a way to heal!