You discovered you had an overgrowth of candida yeast and immediately began a yeast free regimen. However just a few days into the diet you feel even worse than you did to begin with! What is going on?
There is a very good possibility that you are experiencing candida die off symptoms and if they are severe, you may need to rethink your diet plan.
Candida yeast occurs naturally and is good for the human body as long as it is held in check by good bacteria. Several things can affect the levels of good bacteria in your system including but not limited to:
• Antibiotic usage
• Pregnancies- more than one
• Use of alcohol
• Prescription steroids
• Birth control pills
• Poor diet
When the good bacteria in your gut is reduced or eliminated, it allows candida yeast to grow unchecked leading to a host of issues.
Treatment and Side Effects
Most people work diligently to reverse the effects of candida overgrowth, starting with removing yeast and sugary items from their diet and adding probiotics to their daily diet. These efforts work by effectively starving the candida yeast. Problems can occur however when the yeast begin to die.
As candida, yeast begins to die it releases toxins into the system, 79 of them to be exact. The most troublesome of the released toxins are ethanol and acetaldehyde. Whether you will suffer from these toxins or not is difficult to predict, as each person’s infection will be different. The more candida overgrowth you have the more risk there is of die off symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
• Hives/ rashes
• Headaches / dizziness
• Vaginal- Sinus infections
After beginning a yeast free diet, you may notice a few of these symptoms, but if they are severe or persist, you may want to slow down your treatment process. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it is not necessary to tear it down that quickly either! Reintroduce a few items to your diet until your candida die off symptoms slow or cease altogether.
Candida die off symptoms may sound like a treatment that is actually worse than the disease, but the good news is it is not permanent. As your body rids itself of candida and your good bacteria levels return to normal you will quickly see a reduction in symptoms. In fact you will feel great overall.
As always before starting any process that affects your health, discuss your concerns and plans with your family physician.