If you have a Candida albicans infestation in your body and you finally decide that you need to do something about all the problems it’s created for you, and you begin to follow a Candida diet and/or take certain antifungal substances, then sooner or later you will experience what is officially referred to as the “Jarisch-Herxheimer” reaction, also called a “healing crisis” or, in the case of Candida, it’s usually referred to as die-off or die-off toxins. The name Jarisch-Herxheimer is the official name given to the physical reactions from the release of toxins by the dying Candida because the two dermatologists who discovered the die-off reaction were Karl Herxheimer and Adolf Jarisch.
Anytime you are able to destroy a large number of pathenogenic micro-organisms in your body during a fairly short amount of time, as the organisms are dying they naturally release endotoxins which the body and especially the liver and kidneys must work to remove. If you want to see more on endotoxins, please see theTextbook Of Bacteriology. When you have a Candida infestation and you’re going through a detox period, or you’ve started a Candida diet which avoids the food on which the Candida can survive, or you’re taking mild to strong antibiotics and/or probiotics, the Candida in your body will begin to die. When this happens the dying Candida begin to release endotoxins which in this case are aldehydes; the aldehydes are naturally capable of creating mild to severe reactions and symptoms in your body.
In addition to the aldehyde toxins excreted by the dying Candida, the living Candida albicans are constantly releasing other types of toxins and endotoxins in your body. The number of the various toxins can reach as high as 70 to 80 different toxins. Each one of these toxins is harmful to the human body, but two of the strongest toxins produced by the living Candida which normally present the most severe problems are ammonia and ethanol. Ammonia and ethanol can both change the environment of the intestines in favor of the Candida making it easier for the Candida to survive and reproduce.
Acetaldehyde toxins are capable of killing brain cells, damaging the endocrine system and therefore causing an imbalance of hormones, damaging the respiratory system, your immune system and adrenal glands, as well as causing damage to red blood cells which carry oxygen to different organs and the throughout the body in general. This helps you to understand why the die-off symptoms include such bothersome symptoms as fuzzy brain also called brain fog, dizziness, and even the tired feeling; all because your body is not receiving an adequate supply of oxygen due to the aldehydes being released by the dying Candida.
There are so many different symptoms caused by the Candida toxins aldehyde, ethanol, and ammonia and others that all of the various symptoms are not named here, but a sensible list of the most common symptoms are:
- depression and/or anxiety or other psychological symptoms
- flu-like symptoms sometimes with fever
- joint and muscle pain
- fast heartbeat
- fuzzy headed
- mild to severe headaches
- gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation
- skin rash
- swollen glands or lymph nodes
- mouth thrush and dry mouth
- fatigue or chronic fatigue
- constant feeling of being weak and tired
- loss of sleep
- upset stomach
- itchy or sore throat
In addition, any of your Candida symptoms may become worse as the healing process begins, and as was mentioned previously, this is referred to as the healing crisis or healing reaction, and is a common experience when the Candida are dying by the millions inside your body. In addition, the toxic symptoms and healing reactions are normally exacerbated by the fact that your body is using energy to replace the defective tissue and damaged cells that the Candida and toxins have caused during the infestation.
Of course, not everyone will experience every symptom named above, but anyone who has a Candida overgrowth and manages to destroy a fairly large number of the Candida during a matter of days, will normally experience more than a few of the symptoms named. Candida and Lyme disease both have similar die-off symptoms, and they can be often confused for each other, but there are dangers associated with that.
Living with Candida overgrowth and the Die-Off Symptoms
Sufferers of Candida infestations are constantly asking how long both the Candida overgrowth symptoms and the die-off symptoms are going to last. There may be some websites that will tell you that the die-off symptoms will end within a week or two, but to be honest, no one can give you an answer to either question. The reason for this is because each and every infestation is different and each person will react differently to a Candida diet and treatment; everyone has a different population of Candia albicans in their intestines and colon, everyone’s infestation includes different problems with it such as leaky gut syndrome and crashed adrenals, and everyone will treat a diet and treatment plan differently meaning some people will be more determined and faithful to their diet while others cheat when they know they shouldn’t. All of these factors play a role in determining the length of time that you will be on a Candida diet and treatment as well as how long you will have to endure the die-off symptoms.
In the meantime and while you are treating the Candida infestation, there are several supplements you can take and actions you can perform which will help to lessen the toxins and therefore lessen the toxic effects and symptoms your body will endure.
The most important supplement I can recommend to you in order to prevent further damage from the aldehydes, ammonia and ethanol in your system is an essential element by the name of Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate. (I highly recommend you get it from Amazon.com, I have linked it to the page). You must be certain that the information on the container reads Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate and not simply “Molybdenum” because there is a difference. MAAC is a bis-glycinate (glycinate is a non-essential amino acid) with excellent absorbability and a chelating agent which is capable of removing heavy metals and toxins from the bloodstream by binding the toxins or metals to the amino acid. The chelation process of MAAC will actually change the aldehyde toxins into an acid which is not harmful to your body; in fact, this acid is actually more detrimental to the Candida than it will be for you.
You should try to purchase Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate in pill form like the one I linked above, and preferably 250 mcg per pill (note that this is mcg and not mg), and take one pill three times a day, morning, noon, and night. It would also be preferable for you to take this for three straight days before starting any type of detox, Candida diet, or adding an antifungal to your treatment. Once your die-off symptoms have ceased or lessened to a great degree, you can begin to decrease the number of pills by one pill every three days as long as the die-off symptoms do not return.
Nettle Leaf Tea
Three days before you start the detox or diet you can also start drinking an herbal tea called Nettle Leaf. This is an antioxidant which will also supply a safe form of copper to your body which sometimes begins to deplete if you should have to take the Molybdenum for a prolonged period of time because of the die-off toxins. Drink several cups of the tea throughout the day, or you can take the nettle leaf herb in capsule form if you prefer. Nettle leaf will also support your kidneys, your thyroid and adrenal glands throughout your treatment. We offer the finest selection of Nettle Leaf Tea specially for candida patients for over a decade.
CandidaOFF by Probacto
CandidaOFF is manufactured by us at Probacto. It is a herbal mixture of three different herbs which, together, are capable of destroying the Candida while at the same time either lessens or prevents the die-off toxic effects, or the symptoms of die-off. This type of performance by a mixture of substances is called synergistically or synergy and is explained as the interaction between two or more elements which together produce an effect different from and greater than the effects of each individual component.
CandidaOFF contains Pau D’Arco Bark, Lemon Grass and Marigold. Vitamin C and Milk Thistle are also essential in working to decrease your candida infection.
Pau D’Arco Bark: This is an herb which has been used to treat and cure strep throat bacterial infections, liver disease, eczema, and it kills viruses and fungi such as Candida albicans. It’s also contains properties which lessen the effects and symptoms from the Candida die-off toxins.
Lemon Grass: Since lemon grass contains many anti-oxidant minerals, it’s a perfect herb or tea to use during the process of detoxification of the body, especially the kidneys. It’s also used to cure insomnia and indigestion.
Marigold is full of anti-oxidants which will safely detox the body as well as protect the body’s cells from further damage due to the Candida toxins and preventing oxidation which can produce oxygen-free radicals which are capable of suppressing the immune function. For the dosage of CandidaOFF, follow the instructions on the label.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C contains natural anti-inflammatory properties, is an antioxidant, and a natural diuretic which means that by drinking lots of water along with vitamin C it will to reduce the die-off toxins by literally washing them from your body. Vitamin C is also used to strengthen the adrenals which you will need to be in top performance to aid the immune system in fighting the Candida overgrowth as well as the die-off toxins. During the first one to two months on a Candida diet and treatment, taking 1000 mg of vitamin C three times a day would be a benefit to removing the toxins and protecting your body at the same time. Don’t stop taking the vitamin C all at one time, instead you can slowly decrease the amount to 1000 mg a day once your die-off and Candida symptoms have ceased.
Milk Thistle: The herb milk thistle will protect your liver from Candida toxins and heal the damage that has already occurred. Any supplement of milk thistle should contain at least between 70 and 80 percent silymarin, biologically active component of milk thistle. Most people with liver damage can take up to 420 mg a day with water. Be sure to purchase the capsules containing the powder form.
Actions to take during your Worst Die-off period: One thing that you should already be doing if you have a Candida infestation is drinking more water than you normally do. Water presents a flushing action in the kidneys as well as the tissues and cells of the body which washes the toxins out of the body. Drink as much water as you can especially during the die-off period.
If your die-off symptoms are severe and are making you literally too weak or too sick to continue with your normal daily schedule, you may be using too many antifungals or too high a dose of your antifungal. The natural thing to do is to take away one or two antifungal supplements if you are taking more than one, and if you’re only taking one at that time, you should either cut the amount way back or stop taking it all together until the die-off symptoms have stopped or at least decreased by a large degree to a point where they are no longer bothersome.
You can also try decreasing your usage of probiotics until things get under control. Antifungals are used to kill the Candida cells, and if too many Candida are being destroyed at one time, then this will create more toxins in your body and therefore the symptoms of die-off will be worse. Once you feel the die-off symptoms lessen to a large degree or stop, you should wait a few days and slowly begin to increase the amount of your antifungals and probiotics, but try to keep in mind what it felt like when you were taking too large an amount or too many at one time.
Sauna and Tub Soaks: If you have access to a sauna during the die-off period, this is an excellent way to detox the body. Using a sauna can enhance the detoxification processes allowing more toxins to be expelled from the body, plus taking a sauna can also cleanse and rejuvenate the skin as well as relieve stress.
Hippocrates was once quoted as saying, “Give me the power to create a fever and I will cure any illness.” There’s a specific reason that our bodies produce a fever when we’re sick; when you have a fever the body heat is increased to a higher than normal temperature, and this higher temperature will destroy certain bacteria and viruses. A sauna can be used to create a ‘mock’ fever which will increase the healing factor by increasing your body’s antibodies, white blood cells, and interferon which is an anti-viral protein that will help to protect your body from various viruses.
The first time you use a sauna you should remain inside the sauna for only around ten minutes; this is so that you can become aware how your body is going to react to the new sensation of a sauna. If you are able to handle ten minutes with no aftereffects, then the next time you can probably remain in the sauna for 20 to 30 minutes. You must remember to stay properly hydrated as you will sweat a lot and if you are not hydrated during this period you can cause issues.
If you do not have access to a sauna, the next best action to take is to soak in a tub of medium-hot water for 10 to 20 minutes. The water should be medium-hot but not so hot as to burn your skin, just hot enough to cause your body temperature to rise and to cause perspiring. The room should be very warm and any drafts areas should be closed off so that your body will be more likely to perspire during the time you’re in the tub. Be sure to drink plenty of water whether you’re taking a sauna or soaking in a tub of medium-hot water.
Stress is one of your body’s worst enemies whether you’re suffering from the die-off toxins or from the symptoms of the Candida infestation. Stress can weaken your immune system because it affects the adrenal glands in such a negative way and learning to rest, sleep and relax as often as possible during your die-off period and throughout your treatment will be a huge benefit to the outcome of your treatment.
Hopefully, your die-off period will be short-lived; but whether you experience the toxins for a few weeks or a few months, the supplements and actions described above will help to protect your body from and lessen the effects of the die-off toxins.
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