Candida Die Off
If you experience a Die Off crisis, don’t be hard on yourself. It happens to almost everybody. If you find you have pushed your body too hard and you are feeling like you have overwhelmed your bodies ability to eliminate, you’ll want to temporarily stop using any anti-fungal and to drink lots of purified water. You may also wish to consider Daily Detox Tea as it can help to flush toxins through your blood, liver, lymph, and kidneys.
Other gentle detoxification supports that may help include Buffered Vitamin C, Activin Grape Seed Extract, spirulina, non-sweet vegetable juices (especially green juices) and eating extra vegetables at your meals, preferably raw, if your digestion does well with it. One of my favourite herbs is turmeric and I drink a tablespoon of it with lemon juice, water and stevia. It supports the liver in detoxification and alkalizes the body to help rebalance. I recommend, as always, that you read up on the herbs mentioned here and be sure you are vigilant about any contraindications you may have to any herbs you are considering using.
When die off symptoms subside, you can begin to gradually increase the anti-fungal dosage again over a few days or weeks to the level that you were at before the crisis. From there, you can continue to proceed to the recommended maximum dosage according to how you feel. If you never reach the full dosage but finish the three-month phase, this is fine and you can just move on to the next phase.
Is it Die Off or not?
This is not always an easy question to answer, especially if you are wondering if your symptoms are a result of the living yeast or the dying yeast, or both. However, it’s important not to miss other serious conditions because you incorrectly dismiss them as Die Off.
An herb named Milk Thistle can help, and you can take it all through your treatment.
Your body needs all the support it can get to reduce the effects of Die-Off, and that’s where Milk Thistle comes in. It is a natural supplement that both repairs your liver and protects it from future damage. The active ingredient in milk thistle is Silymarin. You can find a good example of milk thistle extract here, standardized to 80% Silymarin Flavonoids.
What happens during Candida Die-Off?
Candida Die-Off (otherwise know as a Herxheimer reaction) occurs when the Candida yeast cells are rapidly killed. This might be due to the probiotics you are taking, or perhaps you started a course of antifungals. Either way, as the yeast cells are killed they release a selection of nasty toxins into your bloodstream. These toxins accumulate in your system faster than your body can remove them, resulting in the usual Die-Off symptoms like headache, fever, muscle pain and brain fog.
When the Candida yeast is killed it can actually release up to 79 different toxins, of which the most important are Ethanol and Acetaldehyde. If your liver can’t act fast enough to remove them, these become responsible for a wide range of Die-Off symptoms.
How does Milk Thistle help?
You can see the importance of a healthy, functioning liver if you want to minimize the effects of Die-Off. That’s why Milk Thistle is such a useful supplement for Candida sufferers. Here’s how Milk Thistle supports your liver.
The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is Silymarin, which is actually a group of phytochemical compounds named flavonolignands. These compounds help your liver in a number of ways.
Firstly, Silymarin stimulates protein synthesis in your liver, helping to repair damaged liver cells and restoring their function. Secondly, it actively protects your liver cells by making changes to the cell membranes. This prevents toxins from entering the cells. And thirdly, Silymarin encourages the growth of new liver cells.
Its important to realize that Milk Thistle is no ‘quack’ cure. It is regularly used for cirrhosis, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. Its liver-protecting properties are widely accepted in the medical community.
Other Treatments for Die-Off
Candidate by Native Remedies
Candidate is a 100% herbal formulation containing Lemongrass, Pot Marigold and Pau D’Arco. The Pot Marigold in particular is excellent for flushing toxins out of your system. Read more >>
This mineral helps your liver to break down Acetaldehyde, one of the byproducts of Candida Die-Off.Read more >>
Pantothenic Acid (or vitamin B-5) & vitamin C
These are very supportive for your adrenal function and immune system. Die-Off puts your body under stress, so a healthy immune system is vital to make sure your stay healthy. Read more >>