What is Candida Die Off Symptoms?




Ever since I started on the gluten-free diet, that’s when I realize how heavily my diet (in fact, most Americans’s diet) has relied on carbohydrates. I soon realize I have nothing to eat for snack except fruits and vegetables, cheese sticks, nuts and seeds, gluten-free cookies (loaded with sugar).

Anyway, my point is our diet is loaded with carbohydrates, which eventually turn to sugar, that feeds not just our brain, but some unwelcome guest in our intestine – yeast or candida. And we wonder why we’re always dealing with chronic illnesses and symptoms like allergies, chronic inflammation, joint problems, mood disorders, digestive symptoms and more.

Good news is that a strict elimination diet that avoids all simple carbohydrate may help to treat candida overgrowth. There are many different diets and strategies to accomplish this candida elimination mission.

They all serve the same purpose via a slightly different approach. Diets like body ecology diet, specific carbohydrate diet and FODMAP diets, all do the same thing with their own littler tweak. These are very restrictive diets and are usually meant for short duration just to clear the body of the offending yeast.

These yeast elimination diet is an endeavor of and by itself. Eating no sugar and carbohydrates for days or up to weeks are unimaginable to many of us. Many people quit in the middle of the diet because of the restriction foods choices. But even more people quit these diets because of the “side effects”.

That’s right. Isn’t it funny that diets have “side effects”?

Actually, these are good “side effects”, unlike those from drugs or pharmaceuticals. These “side effects” usually mean the diet therapy is working. Many people do not understand these “side effects” and automatically think that they’re not tolerating the diet, and consequently, change and quit.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Candida Die Off?

What they’re experiencing is actually called “Herxheimer reaction” or simply, candida die off symptoms or toxic die off symptoms.

When your candida elimination treatment is working, candida or yeast starts dying due to lack of food (carbohydrate restriction), increasing population of other organism in the intestine through probiotics supplementation, and antifungal medication or herbs that kill yeast.

When this happens, yeast is killed rapidly while releasing loads of metabolic toxic byproducts, which include ethanol (alcohol) and acetaldehyde (toxic byproduct after breaking down alcohol).

It’s like cleaning house, it has to get messy first, then the clean and fresh will come.

At this point, many may complain of:

Nausea
Headache, fatigue, dizziness
Swollen glands
Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea
Increased joint or muscle pain
Fast heart rate
Chills, or cold feeling in extremities
Skin itchiness, hives or rashes o breakouts
Sweating
Fever
Recurring vaginal, prostate and sinus infections

Relieving Candida Die off Symptoms

Candida Die-Off symptoms vary from person to person. These symptoms usually clear up within a week or so without intervention, but could last a little longer. There are a few strategies that can help minimize the symptoms by slowing the release of toxins and/or speeding up the detoxification system.

Try Molybdenum or Milk Thistle. The liver is your main pathway for eliminating toxins, which means your liver is overwhelmed during the toxic die-off. Molybdenum converts the neurotoxin acetaldehyde into acetic acid, which is a harmless substance. Silymarin in the milk thistle supports the detoxification process in the liver.

Temporarily reducing or discontinuing antifungal supplements.
Reducing your antifungal dosage will slow the release of toxins into your system. When you feel better, you can start to increase it again.

Increase water intake to flush out the toxins faster.
If you want to feel better, all those byproducts that are released by the Candida yeast need to leave your body. You can give them a push by drinking more water.

Relax and rest a lot.
Relaxing, meditating and taking some personal time will help your immune system functions better and staffs off infection.

Try saunas, massage or contrast showers.
These help to increase circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, which help you to excrete the toxins released from the dying yeast bodies.

Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C x4 times daily.
This multi-purpose vitamin boosts your adrenals and immune system to health.

Take two activated charcoal capsules every four to six hours during the day.

Take a soluble fiber supplement that contains guar gum, alginates, psyllium, or pectin before bed. These fibers bind to yeast toxins and are helpful in reducing the “die off” symptoms.

Also try Dr. Tobias’ CandidaFX – Extra Strength Candida Cleanse.  It’s a blend of herbs and enzymes that helps to eliminate unpleasant yeast and supports detox to reduce unpleasant side effects of candida die off. Also with probiotics to start rebuilding your gut flora right away.

Remember, you’ll get the best results when combined with a candida-free diet.





Probiotics




The Good Guys in Our Gut

What is probiotics?

The prefix “pro” means good, as in “pros and cons”. The last part, – biotics, basically means living things, such as bacteria.

So probiotics means good bacteria.

Good vs Bad Gut Bacteria

Our intestines are filthy, not clean and full of bacteria, yeast, etc. Got the picture? In fact, there are between 500-1,000 different species of bacteria in the intestines, mostly large intestines. Small intestines contains only a small amount as it is close to the acidic content of the stomach.

Let’s get back to our bacteria in the large intestines. Actually there are more than just bacteria. There are also fungi or yeast and protozoa. Of course, there are good ones and bad ones too.

Let’s start with why there is bacteria in our intestines. Who would have thought of that?

Actually, these bacteria are scavangers in our system. As we all know, we ingest food, digest food, then absorbs the nutrients from the food. These all happens in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

We always think that this is a very highly efficient system at least it has stayed pretty much the same over last millions of years with the first human on earth.

Anyway, food particles are not 100% digested and absorbed. When the leftover food gue gets to the large intestines or colon, someone has to take care of that. Just like we have garbage man who takes care of our garbage in the city.

The intestines provide the perfect environment for these critters to survive – moisture, nutrients and protection to outside threats.

The only threats they have antibiotics.

Anyway, while our intestines provide a nurturing environment for these critters, they’re also working for us.

Obviously, these bacteria are eating our leftover undigested food scraps. Here’s the difference between good bacteria (probiotics) and bad bacteria.

They both have their own very distinct diet.

The good bacteria (probiotics) prefers healthy foods, and they break down the undigested carbohydrates and produces short-chain fatty acids that our body can use for energy. Kind of like recycling, and renewable energy.

The good bacteria can also make vitamin B’s and vitamin K. And they also help with metabolizing bile acids, sterols and xenobiotics.

The bad guys feed on junk food. And you know what I’m talking about. The byproducts that they produced are harmful to our body. And some studies is showing that having a well-fed robust population of bad bacteria in your gut is the probable cause of obesity.

So how do we get more of the good probiotics guys and get rid of the bad guys?

The way I frequently explained to my families is an analogy to keeping a house pet.

We all know kitty eats cat food. And doggie eats dog food.

Since we know the good and bad guys eat a different diet. We’re going to feed more of the healthy diet that the good guys prefers, and restrict the bad guys’ diet of junk food.

When this happens, the bad bacteria will soon die because of lack of food for them. And the good bacteria will continue to flourish on the healthy food, and less environmental competition from the bad bacteria.

Also, taking a probiotic supplement is a good ways to add more good bacteria to your intestines. This will also help crowd out the bad bacteria.

Remember, taking the probiotics supplement is not enough. You need to feed your “pet” (probiotics) with a healthy diet. Otherwise, they’ll keep dying of hunger and starvation. And you’ll be wasting your probiotic supplements.

What are some good ways to add probiotics to your diet?

The best sources of probiotics are in fermented foods and beverages. It sounds quite disgusting, but these products actually taste pretty good.

Kefir. Kefir is a fermented yogurt drink made from milk. You can also get Kefir made from coconut water, if you’re allergic to milk. You can purchase your own kefir grain, and make your own kefir from organic milk or coconut water. The kefir grain can last up to couple of years.

Kefir is different from the commercial yogurt drinks (ie Danimals), which has only sprinkles of probiotics.

Kombucha Fermented tea. I think you can make your own, but I wouldn’t trust myself with this one.

Kim chee This is a spicy fermented vegetables in Korean cuisine. The vegetable is usually marinated and fermented in Korean chili pasta and salt. The most common kim chee is made with Napa cabbage. But you can also get cucumber kim chee.

Probiotics supplement Start with at least 1 billion colony forming unit (CFUs). Don’t waste you time and money with anything less.

Just a word of caution. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. That’s why a course of probiotics during antibiotics therapy is beneficial. Be sure to take the probiotics and antibiotics at least 2 hours apart from each other.