Wellness Journey Part 7: A Realization | Reincorporation in Moderation

Personal Chef, Wellness, Nutrition, Diet, Candida, Self-Help, Journey, Food

After doing some further research into candida, and the the process called candida die off…it all began to make sense!

First…what is die off?

When large numbers of yeast and fungal cells are rapidly killed, a die-off occurs and metabolic by-products are released into the body; it is common to experience this side effect known as ‘die off’. The amount of candida cells being killed makes this very different from the regular cell elimination that forms part of the candida’s lifecycle.When these cells die, they release all the noxious substances that they contain, including at least 70 different toxins. This can cause existing Candida overgrowth symptoms to appear to worsen in the short term.

I began putting the pieces together, starting from the incorporation of the probiotic yeast S.boliardii.

A variety of sources and personal accounts state that it may be possible to experience ‘die off’ when taking S. boulardii probiotics. Typically one would start taking the probiotic gradually…once every other day, increase to once a day, and then twice a day for really bad candida overgrowth.

While the symptoms of candida die off can vary person to person, they are typically compared to those of a cold or seasonal allergies. This occurs because the toxic byproducts of candida tend to cause inflammation, which can lead flu-like symptoms, skin breakouts, blocked sinuses, GI distress, sweating & fever, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and brain fog.

These toxins are stressing your liver too, so having a sore abdomen is also possible. It is commonly recommended to take a liver support such as milk thistle when at risk of experiencing ‘die off’ in order to aid efficient toxin breakdown.

So essentially what I was experiencing was flu-like candida die for for the normal 7-10 day period. While I must say it was an absolutely terrible week…it was truly the turning point of my recovery.

As the body beings to rid itself of the candida, one begins to feel an increase in energy, as well as relief from the die off symptoms and any other GI or brain fog related symptoms.

There are other ways to know that you have experienced die off…the stool will have string like contents. I will spare you the visuals, but if you are interested search candida in stool.

Going forward…I will continue to with the supplement regimen I have been following as well as a less strict diet…eliminating gluten (for now) and consuming dairy and sugar in moderation.

Going forward it will be imperative to decrease stress and continue to be in-tune with my body. Making time for self-care, yoga, and activities I enjoy doing as well as being able to create a life-work balance.

Thank you to my best friend Ashley for encouraging me to write about this journey.

Wellness Journey Part 6: Off the Wagon | A Week of Reprieve

Wellness Journey Part 6: Off the Wagon | A Week of Reprieve

Personal Chef, Dietitian, Nutrition, Wellness 

After a week of a supplement break I am ready to start titrating my original supplements back in.

This past week was a setback in my wellness journey and the gut healing process; not being able to take an anti-candida supplement or glutamine to help rebuild the gut has probably stunted the progress I had made over the past month.

In addition to removing the supplements, I also chose to be a bit more lax on the foods I restricted…breaking it down to basics; removing gluten (wheat), eggs, dairy, and sugar, while limiting fruit intake to once per day.

This less restrive diet plan has helped to ease some of the stress I was feeling as a result of following a very strict plan. I plan to continue following this with some additional modifications to combat the candida — limiting grains and omitting caffeine, and alcohol.

I must admit that I did go a bit off track last week as well…I drank black coffee, almost everyday; which is contraindicated with candida because the caffeine can weaken the immune system response as well as cause a spike in glucose that will feed the candida.

I also had a bagel (it was totally worth it), which does not affect me via GI pain…but rather via a breakout on my face 2-3 days later. One bagel caused a cluster of 4-5 pimples around my chin; according to various diagrams this can either be related to hormones or stomach/small intestine issues—it was probably a combination of both. This was a great reminder that every decision you make about what you eat can affect your body in so many ways!

It’s easy to forget that your skin is a vital functioning organ. With an average surface area of more than 21 square feet and 6% to 10% of your body weight, your skin is actually your largest organ!

Unlike other organs, you can easily touch, see and check your skin health daily, so it’s a great indicator of what’s going on inside your body—especially your gut health.

Skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis are typically a symptom of something else going on in the body. That’s not to say that all acne is caused directly related to an imbalance in gut flora—it’s merely a piece in the puzzle, a significant piece. So it makes sense that the health of your gut is fundamental to having glowing, clear skin!

It always comes back to intestinal permeability, or leaky gut. To review: the gut wall is made up of lots of cells, and each of these cells are held together by a ‘tight-junction.’ Normally these tight-junctions are impermeable and do not let substances through, however harmful bacteria can damage these junctions and cause gaps to form. Once the tight-junctions have been opened up, you have what is known as leaky-gut syndrome.

When the junctions have gaps between them, contents of the gut are able to pass through the cell wall and into the bloodstream. Molecules of food, bacteria and parasites are then able to pass into the bloodstream where they can trigger a host of problems throughout other parts of the body. Many autoimmune conditions as well as skin conditions are triggered by leaky gut syndrome.

I am officially going 100% gluten free, and I am not swaying…because I am so over breaking out! GF bagels with cashew butter here I come!

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve started to titrate the original supplements I was taking back into my daily routine. Starting with the Candicidal (from Xymogen), digestive enzymes, and glutamine…next I’ll incorporate probiotics and BiomeMedic (from Purium) which helps to remove the RoundUp (glyphosate) from the gut.

To solidify getting back on track…I attended a talk on Leaky Gut & Autoimmune Disease which reinforced the importance of diet compliance, not just supplementation, when healing the gut. I will start to include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, as well as kefir and kombucha.  

Back in business this week and the next few months to follow. I have to continue to remind myself that this is a journey and that there will be bumps along the way…learning from the bumps is where the most knowledge will be gained!

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