Candida Die off nearly killed me

Candida Die off symptoms are supposed to be pretty brutal. I wasn’t expecting the severity or the chain reaction though once I started my candida die off treatment/diet.

It all began innocently enough after a colon cleanse. The technician remarked I had an overgrowth of Candida and I really should treat it to regulate my health issues. The treatment was a low-sugar diet, antifungals and probiotics.

I started off with the low sugar diet. I Googled Candida Diet, which consists of giving up coffee and sugar and eating a lot of green vegetables like kale and spinach. I found some probiotic fermented beverages to wash down the kale salads I started thriving on and was off to the races in eradicating Candida from my body.

In addition to the diet, the technician also recommended Oil of Oregano as the anitfungal. I was to make a mixture of 6 drops to one ounce of water, swish it around in my mouth and then swallow. Just like Buckley’s it tasted like hell, but I heard it works, so with a heroic “Through the teeth and over the gums, look out stomach here it comes” I started carpet bombing my candida overgrowth.  This was on Wednesday the 3 of February. A day that will be forever burned in my conscience.

One thing they forgot to mention was the side effects of the candida die off, also known as “Jarisch-Herxheimer” reaction“. Candida Die off is supposed to be brutal, but my reaction sent me to the emergency room!

What happens during a candida die off is that the dying Candida begin to release toxins. 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 are ammonia and ethanol.

My die-off symptoms included brain fog, dizziness, insomnia which added to the overall flu like tired feeling; all because my body was not receiving an adequate supply of oxygen due to these toxins being released by the dying Candida. And headaches! Thursday started off with a caffeine withdrawal headache on top of everything. That I recognized. Then on But Friday it was a hangover headache. It may have been almost 30 years since I’ve had one but I knew what it was. This diet was giving me hangovers!

Saturday was worse. All I did all day Saturday was sleep, take tylenols for the headache and then sleep more. Then of course once the night rolled around I was wide awake until the wee hours of Sunday. I fell asleep around 6 and slept until around 8pm when I woke up ravishing. More kale salad and fermented beverage and another virtual sleepless night. 6:30 until 9 am. Then dragged myself into the office, feeling like total crap. Came home early feeling nauseous, started coughing and spitting up blood.

Candida Die off nearly killed me

THAT’s when I went to the ER. Turns out that thanks to my candida die off diet of green vegetables, that turn out to also be blood thinners I burst a blood vessel in my throat. I swore off the candida diet and decided to start eating healthy again.

Tuesday morning my teeth started to hurt and I felt like a sinus infection was coming on. This candida die off was killing me! But I was done with it and returned to my more normal diet.

I was still suffering from the brain fog the next day. It was Ash Wednesday and after attending mass I was going to take friends for lunch when one remarked my mouth was bleeding. I walked into a dentist office, but the earliest they could get me in was on Thursday.

Wednesday night despite walking almost 5k was another sleepless night due to the facial pain. And the anxiety attacks over why my gums were bleeding uncontrollably.

Thursday still feeling foggy but not as achy, but now my mouth was killing me I went to the dentist and they took x rays, said the bleeding wasn’t because of anything they could see and to come back the next day for a thorough cleaning. The bleeding was now more localized. Thursday night was yet another sleepless night.

Friday the dentist told me before my cleaning that I had Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis – aka “Trench Mouth”. The candida die off triggered something that triggered the trench mouth.

Over the course of 10 days the candida die off nearly killed me with a burst blood vessel in my throat because I was nauseous, to trench mouth but was perhaps a wake up call to pay more attention to different aspects of my lifestyle. Mainly diet and exercise.

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