Individuals with Candida Related Complex (CRC) have an overgrowth of yeast in their bodies. Once Candida yeast populations in the intestines and/or systemic yeast levels have grown to the point that they cause symptoms, it is crucial to a full recovery that the yeast population is reduced to normal or even, for susceptible individuals, to below normal levels through the use of an anti-Candida diet and supplementary anti-fungal agents. However, there is a challenging 'catch' involved with this essential strategy.
Living yeast cause symptoms by releasing toxic metabolic by-products into your body. Unfortunately, as you kill them they will temporarily release even larger amounts of these toxins. Generally speaking, most folks experience die-off as an exaggeration of their existing Candida-related symptoms or as a worsening of chronic health conditions. Feeling some of your symptoms worsen a bit might be alarming, but is encouraging in the sense that it confirms both the presence of Candida and its susceptibility to the anti-fungal you are using.
Die-off is experienced differently by each person. Most folks experience die-off at some point in their recovery. There really is, however, no sure way to predict what point or to what degree one is likely to feel it. Others start treatment (in some cases even just diet change) and feel worse right off the bat in response to the temporary toxicity.
They may experience flu-like symptoms (stuffiness, headache, general aches and pains), skin rashes, vaginal irritation/discharge, numbness, mental confusion, fatigue, brain fog, constipation, and/or diarrhea. The die-off reaction normally lasts from one day to one week and can come and go throughout the program (it is especially likely to occur during the first weeks of a new phase of the program). However, as our body becomes stronger, your susceptibility to Candida toxins is reduced and thus so is your die-off symptoms.
The severity of an individual's symptoms depends upon the weakness of the organs most affected by Candida, the strength of you immune system, the degree of Candida infestation, and the environmental and emotional stress you are experiencing. We all also have our own different approaches to sel-treatment. Some of us are more self-aware and gentle with ourselves, while others are still learning about what their bodies need and how to treat ourselves with patient, loving kindess. If we impatiently "push" our progress, we are likely to experience more severe die-off reactions.