5 Lifelines To Use When Candida Die-Off Hits You Harder Than Expected
Patty Explains Candida Die-off Symptoms
Sometimes you could have done everything right to prepare for the Candida Cleanser, yet, somehow you still are experiencing die off…
…and it’s worse than you expected… headaches, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, emotional outbursts.
You’ve avoided sugar like the plague, followed our pre-cleanse prep coaching videos, drank yourself drunk with homemade broth broth, and you’ve taken so many probiotics that you’ve got them coming out your ears! You are observing your new friends in the Candida Cleanser Support Group and their cleanse is going swimmingly, they’re feeling better each day and even doing yoga!
But you’re a complete mess, bed ridden, exhausted, and emotional. You seem to be getting worse, not better!
You find yourself thinking, “What’s wrong with me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I dying!?”
First things first. Keep your cool, stress will only make matters worse.
And no, nothing is wrong with you, you’re not dying— that’s the Candida talking! You are experiencing what is called a die-off reaction; as candida dies it is releasing hazardous metabolic byproducts faster than your body can excrete them.
Common symptoms of die-off feel like the common flu: achy joints, fatigue, sore throat, excess mucus.
Sometimes you can experience an outburst of past health issues like thrush, strep throat, ear infections, acne, rashes… these are all common symptoms of the Candida dying and fighting back as your immune system works to exterminate it. Everyone experiences die off differently for a number of reasons:
- How long has Candida fungus been allowed to proliferate in your body.
- What tissues is it infecting? (Is it in your skin, digestive tract, sinus cavities, liver?)
- How efficiently are your liver and detox pathways functioning?
- What’s your past history use of alcohol, antibiotics, NSAIDs, and birth control?
- How diverse is your gut mircobiome?
- Is your immune system compromised?
- Are there co-infections present such as h.pylori or SIBO?
- And of course your genetics, nutrient deficiencies, stress levels, quality of sleep…
The list is extensive. This is exactly why the cleansing experience is personal to you. Don’t compare yourself to others, your journey will be different. If you are experiencing die-off, here are a few things you can do to support your healing process.
1. Support Your Liver & Boost Glutathione Levels.
This one is a biggie. With Candida living and growing in your body it’s like being hooked up to an IV drip of lethal toxins that have been silently wreaking havoc on all your systems, especially your liver as it works overtime trying to detox these hazardous compounds from your body.
Two major deadly compounds produced by Candida are gliotoxin and acetaldehyde.
Gliotoxin targets the destruction of your healthy liver cells.
It’s like a heat seeking torpedo heading straight for your primary detox organ! As you can imagine this puts quite a hinderance on your liver’s ability to cleanse your body.
Gliotoxin also suppresses your body’s immune function by initiating the death of healthy cells of the immune system: your neutrophils, eosinophils, granulocytes, and macrophages. These cells play a vital role in fighting off infection in the body. Gliotoxin is largely responsible for protecting the Candida fungus while it spreads within your body.
Acetaldehyde is a very dangerous compound, it is considered a human carcinogen. It is extremely difficult to detox from the body. Often it builds up in your tissues to cause problems and exasperate die-off symptoms. The process of removing acetaldehyde from the body is severely taxing on your liver and it completely drains you of your master antioxidant called glutathione.
Glutathione is like the hoover vacuum of antioxidants, scooping up all sorts of toxins while protecting you from oxidative stress, recycling important antioxidants, and detoxifying your liver.
Dr. Mark Hyman calls glutathione, “The most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease.”
Acetaldehye not only robs you of your master antioxidant, glutathione, it also kills your brain cells and damages your red blood cells. When it accumulates in the body it can cause:
- Severe joint/muscle aches and pains
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Emotional and mental distress: anxiety, depression, brain fog, poor concentration
- High levels of Acetaldehyde have been associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
You’ve probably experienced high levels of acetaldehyde the morning after drinking too much alcohol- it’s the byproduct of alcohol and what causes the hangover. With Candida living in you, it’s like having a mini microbrewery pumping alcohol into your system 24/7. Some people with severe Candida overgrowth actually report feeling constantly ‘drunk’.
Now can you see why your liver needs all the support it can get?
When you go ahead and attack the fungus with a powerful formula such as the Candida Cleanser, like any living organism, Candida is going to fight back! It’s life or death for this fungal tyrant and it is going to do all that it can to ensure its survival by unleashing its powerful arsenal of over 100 deadly toxins.
This can overload your already sabotaged detox pathways and put your compromised immune system into overdrive, so naturally feeling ill at this point in time is completely normal as you body is doing the best it can.
To help your poor liver out and to avoid acetaldehyde from building up in your tissues we highly recommend adding some of these key nutrients into your cleansing regime.
Herbs & Supplements to Support Your Liver
- Herbs such as Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Dandelion. Milk thistle is the #1 liver supporting and regenerating herb. You can find capsules of this herb in most health food stores.
- Our Liver Support Formula: a combination of non irradiated milk thistle and dandelion root.
- “Triple Therapy”: a combination of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium, and Silymarin (active ingredient in milk thistle).
- Molybdenum Glycinate
- N-acetylcysteine also called NAC
- Complex B vitamins, especially Pantethine (Vitamin B5)
The combination of Alpha lipoic acid, Selenium, and Silymarin is called “triple therapy” and is used to heal hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and elevated liver enzymes. Developed by Dr. Berkson, this precise combination is a lifesaver for livers offering powerful liver regenerating properties while replenishing glutathione stores.
Molybdenum glycinate is the highly absorbable and is one of the only minerals that will detox acetaldehyde from your body.
Next to Molybdenum, NAC is your next best thing for detoxing acetaldehyde. This amino acid increases your glutathione levels to reduce acetaldehyde toxicity.
Foods That Naturally Boost Glutathione
- Cruciferous vegetables: kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli sprouts
- Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchi
- Bone broth
Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. The nutrient sulforaphane in these vegetables is responsible for boosting your glutathione levels naturally. Broccoli sprouts have the highest amount of sulfurophane out of all them all.
Fermenting these vegetables to make sauerkraut and kimchi adds numerous nutrients, enzymes, and live beneficial bacteria that further support your detox pathways and immune system.
Drink home made organic bone broth. Bone broth provides powerful building blocks to support your detox pathways, liver function, and glutathione levels. Rich in glycine, which is needed in ample amounts by the liver to make glutathione. Bone broth is also rich in potassium, your cellular detox mineral, which helps move waste out from your cells. Another added bonus to your cleanse.
2. Try A Coffee Enema
Used in the Gerson Institute as part of their alternative protocol for natural cancer treatment, coffee enemas’s can boost glutathione levels up to 700%. This works as the ultimate kick start to your immune system.
Dr. Gonzalez explains, “The caffeine stimulates the sacroparasympathetic nerves in the colon to trigger the release of toxins in the liver via a reflex arc.”
Basically a coffee enema is one of the most powerful ways to stimulate the liver to purge its stored toxins into the intestines to be evacuated from the body via your next bowel movement. This is like pushing the reset button on you liver.
More on how to safely do a coffee enema here: How To Properly Do A Coffee Enema To Detox The Liver.
3. Take Detox Supports
Detox supports like ZEOCO, activated charcoal, and bentonite clay bind with toxins in the intestines, render them inert, and help escort them safely out of your body. Now your liver has an army of janitors helping to clean up the mess, this takes a huge burden off your liver.
Take them in capsule or powder form on an empty stomach 1 – 2 times a day.
Important Note: Remember to space out these detox supports 2 hours apart from any Candida Cleanser capsule or any supplement to avoid any interference of absorption.
4. Supplement With Magnesium
This essential mineral is needed in copious amounts to maintain good health but our current diet and stressful lifestyles have sucked us dry of our magnesium levels, we are like shrivelled up little prunes.
Magnesium is a crucial element in making liver detox enzymes and is needed to support our parasympathetic nervous system. It helps to keep us in rest & digest and allowing for healing to take place, rather than in our sympathetic states (fight or flight) which floods our body with stress hormones putting a further hinderance on our healing process.
Magnesium comes in many forms, Magnesium glycerinate is highly absorbable, Magnesium oxide is great for helping remedy constipation, Magnesium threonate is great to help improve sleep.
5. Manage Your Stress!
As mentioned above, when you are in a chronic state of fight or flight you are chronically flooding your body with stress hormones making it very difficult for your body to heal. Being in this stressed out frazzled state also further depletes you of your buddy, magnesium.
Magnesium is actually better absorbed through your skin versus oral supplementation so Epsom salt baths are a great way to multi-task. Filled with magnesium, Epson salt baths are a quick way to soak in your daily recommendation and induce instant therapeutic relaxation. Epsom salt baths also aid in the detox process as the salts draw toxins out from body. Its a win-win-win!
Other ways to help induce relaxation and manage stress are :
- Deep belly breathing. The deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates your parasympathetic system and instantly switches you out from fight or flight and into rest and digest (great to do before meals to stimulate healthy digestion).
- Humming, singing and gargling stimulate you vagus nerve and help active your rest and digest nervous system to bring you into a more relaxed state.
- Meditation , visualizations, chanting
- Gentle restorative stretching such as yin yoga
- Infrared sauna
- Journaling: stream of consciousness writing or keep a gratitude journal
- Walks in nature and fresh air, or bring nature inside and get more house plants.
Find something that works for you and do it everyday.
Of course remember to stay hydrated. Be easy on yourself. Have compassion and patience for your process. Avoid strenuous exercise and stressful situations.
Listen to music that makes you happy.
Watch a comedy (laughter is strong medicine).
And surround yourself with people who love and support you.
And if you need more help, come find us in the Candida Cleanser Support Group on Facebook.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Candida Cleanser, Community Leader