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.