Candida die off symptoms are different for every person, depending on the individual's overall constitution, and how long the candida has been over-growing, and what physical symptoms are resulting from the body’s attempts to deal with the excess yeast.
You may have heard the term "Herxheimer reaction" . This refers to the same phenomenon known in candida treatment as "die off", and is also sometimes called the "healing crisis". That's because you feel worse instead of better for a a period of time.
For some it lasts a day or two, others can experience die off symptoms for up to a week. And still others, who may be dealing with a more exacerbated immune deficiency may experience these unpleasant symptoms whenever a new dietary change is made toward reducing the amount of food available for the yeasts to thrive (more on that farther down the page).
The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment -- it usually means that the treatment protocol is indeed working, maybe a little too well.
Candida die off, sometimes referred to as the Herxheimer Reaction, occurs when the excess candida yeasts in our system literally “die off”, producing toxins at too rapid a rate for our bodies to process and eliminate.
When the candida yeasts die off in large quantities, it results in an immune reaction to the endotoxins released by those organisms as they die, causing an increase in symptoms we may have already been experiencing, and/or sometimes producing a new set of symptoms.
As the body works to detoxify, you may experience symptoms including dizziness, headache, “foggy” headedness, eye floaters (the little blurs in vision which can be detected when the eyeball moves back and forth), depression, anxiety, heightened anger reactions, gas & bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, exhaustion, need for more sleep, sweating, chills, nausea, skin breakouts, or other symptoms.
I know, it reads like I strung up a bunch of symptoms from one of those commercials that ends with “side effects may include…” but the truth is that die off symptoms are caused by real biological occurrences resulting in your body experiencing these reactions.
The two main factors which cause the unpleasant (and at times even debilitating) symptoms of candida die off are dietary changes and antifungal treatments.
Dietary Changes: When you begin to make healthy changes in your diet, you begin to starve the excess yeasts that have been hanging around gobbling up the extra sugars in your blood. When there is not enough fuel for these yeasts, they begin to die off.
Please refer to the
Step By Step Dietary Guidelines for help in how to gradually make healthy changes in your diet, at your own pace, thereby helping to minimize candida die off reactions.
Antifungal Treatments: Starting on any kind of antifungal treatment will obviously kill yeast, as yeast is a fungus. Doctors commonly prescribe antifungals to treat topical candida yeast infections (such as a vaginal yeast infection), as well as antifungal prescriptions which can be taken internally for systemic yeast overgrowth.
I prefer to use the wealth of natural antifungal agents found in nature. There are foods which are naturally antifungal, as well as special preparations of herbs or spices which have excellent therapeutic effects.
Remember, it's very important to make proper dietary changes before beginning an antifungal treatment. There are two important reasons for this, which go hand in hand.
First, if you continue feeding the yeast while taking antifungal treatments at the same time, you’re not going to make much progress, as the two actions are going to be canceling each other out.
Second, if you continue feeding the yeast while at the same time taking antifungals, you increase your chance of experiencing some pretty severe die candida die off reactions.
Please remember that candida die off symptoms are an indication that your efforts are paying off. It's all part of the natural healing process. Stick with the program and you will beat the yeast.
Try an epsom salt bath, or a baking soda bath, to help draw out toxins.
If you have access to natural hot sulfur springs in your area, by all means have a soak!
Saunas and steam baths are great for sweating out excess toxins.
Follow a good sweat with a revitalizing, rehydrating drink.
A coffee enema will do wonders for an overstressed liver, and help immensely in flushing out excess toxins.
Please see the Cleanse and Detox link below for a number of simple treatments you can do at home.