Top Five Tips for Skillfully Managing Candida Die-Off
by T L Cornish, CNP
“Die-off” is a slang term used to describe the phenomenon that accompanies any significant death of pathogenic organisms in the body. This effect is especially noticeable when candida yeast are killed off by anti-fungal use. This happens because their by-products or mycotoxins are released most when they die. If too many yeast are killed at once (due to agressive anti-fungal treatment), transient problems arise. Mycotoxins are known neurotoxins so increasing the levels too dramatically at one time can produce both physical and emotional/mental symptoms. Generally speaking, most people experience die-off as an exaggeration of their existing candida-related symptoms or as worsening of chronic health conditions.
Too much discomfort indicates that your eliminative organs have become overwhelmed with the cleansing work of trying to clear the mycotoxins (or in the case of detoxification, whatever other toxins you are eliminating from your tissues by cleaning up your diet or catalysing cleansing through herbal products.)
Go slowly and be patient with your program.
The yeast reducing response to the WholeApproach Protocol may in some cases become more noticeable after a few weeks as the scrubbing effect of the seed and husk powder and the rest of the purge drink, scrub away at the intestinal waste where the yeast hide. Prior to reaching this level where more substantial amount of yeast are killed off, some people feel little effect from the anti-fungal products. Thus they increase boost their dosage of anti-fungal too much in hopes of feeling like ‘its doing something.’ This can be a mistake as feeling die-off symptoms is not the goal. Comfortably and gradually eliminating yeast is. In fact it’s best if you can keep your symptoms just below the surface and finding the perfect dosage to take to keep them there.
Once you do feel die-off symptoms, it’s best to reduce your anti-fungal dosage a bit and then gradually increase it again as your body catches up with the sudden surge of detoxification challenges. Remember, it’s important not to overwhelm your eliminative organs with toxins from dying yeast.
One – Bentonite and Psyllium minimize die-off toxicity
One of the best aspects of the WholeApproach Protocol is the unmatched ability of the psyllium and the bentonite to absorb toxins produced by dying Candida organisms. This helps minimize die off symptoms
The highly Caprol product as the Phase One anti-fungal is an excellent choice for the first anti-fungal in the program because it is gentle yet highly effective. It has a direct focus on the Candida that is in the digestive tract (especially in the colon), which must be resolved to clear this essential elimination pathway. Clearing the colon is an important first step before more systemic detoxification of yeast and mycotoxins from the rest of the body.
The ability of the purge to soak up mycotoxins reduces the chances of die-off symptoms but they can still be experienced. If you think you have overdone it with the anti-fungals or are perhaps experiencing die off combined with some detoxification discomfort because of radical diet changes, there are steps you can take to reduce the discomfort. It’s best to take steps to reduce the symptoms.
Two – Reflect on your Responses to your program
The process of treating CRC doesn’t necessarily yield linear results. The recovery process involves a complex spiral of steps – killing off yeast, clearing the by-products, strengthening the body, killing off more yeast, clearing the by-products, and so on. You can trust, however, that no matter what is happening, your body never stops working hard to cleanse, repair, and balance itself. But the improvement of our body functions doesn’t follow an exact schedule and our organs are not always consistently successful in meeting the challenges that face them and die off symptoms can be confusing.
If you feel confused you may doubt your progress, and may have trouble differentiating between die off issues and other health challenges. The non linear nature of the healing process and the number of factors that can influence our healing ability can indeed make it difficult to determine the effectiveness of some of our efforts. The use of a detailed health diary and diet diary can help tremendously with the identification of patterns and responses.
Three- Monitor your progress with the help of the questionnaire
Filling out the WholeApproach Questionnaire on a weekly basis is a wonderful method that you can use to track your progress as it will help you to distill all the improvements or setbacks of the last week. You can then look at your results in light of the specific dietary and supplement strategies you employed over the week. Did your actions and efforts lead to symptoms improvement, worsening of symptoms, or worsening of die-off symptoms?
Four- Take a break if you feel ill
If you experience a strong die-off symptom crisis, or any other significant health challenge (like a cold or flu), you may wish to temporarily stop using anti-fungal agents. Other possible supports include increasing your water and vegetable intake and considering the use of Buffered Vitamin C as well as gentle herbal detoxification teas to help ease the symptoms.
If your crisis is truly severe, please consider the possibility that it may not be die off related and consult with your physician. Although they may not understand or be aware of the healing strategies that you are working with, they can at least check to rule out the possibility of some kind of serious illness.
Five- Let some things just ‘be’
Be aware that you can create stress if you try too hard to make sense out of every phenomenon that occurs during treatment. Sometimes it’s important to just accept what is happening and put your energy into finding a balanced state to help you pass through it. This kind of a relaxed attitude will reduce pressure on you and help facilitate healing.
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