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Candida Die-off: Your Healing Friend and Foe

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 03:05 PM

 

by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant

"Die-off" is a casual term used to describe the mass death of pathogenic organisms residing in the body. Die-off is known to create a myriad of symptoms. Some medical doctors recognize die-off, but are more likely to refer to it as a Herxheimer reaction.

What causes die-off?
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.

It takes the body some time to clear out the toxins released by dead and dying yeast cells, especially if a huge number have died at one time. (Remember too that the dead yeast cells themselves also have to be eliminated.) In the meantime, the released toxins are in your bloodstream and can strain the eliminative capacities of the liver, kidneys, colon and lymph as they make their way out of the body, producing uncomfortable symptoms.

Feeling worse before you feel better
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 after beginning the WholeApproach Candida program 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.

Some people start the program and feel better almost immediately, noticing positive effects such as increased energy, better mental focus, better elimination, etc. For these folks, the die-off experience is still likely to occur, but probably a few weeks down the road.

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 your body becomes stronger, your susceptibility to Candida toxins is reduced and thus so are 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 your 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 self-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 kindness. If we impatiently "push" our progress, we are likely to experience more severe die-off reactions.

Managing Die-Off
Candida most commonly colonizes the sides of the colon. It typically thrives behind and inside any build-up of fecal waste. Where there is a large amount of fecal build-up or intestinal mucous, die-off may be delayed or prolonged. It can take some time for the WholeApproach Program to scrub away at the wastes so that the anti-fungals are able to exert their full effect.

For this reason, response to the WholeApproach Program becomes more noticeable after a few weeks. In the interim, many folks become impatient to feel die-off symptoms for the confirmation of progress that they bring. It's important to keep in mind that once you feel die-off symptoms, you may need to reduce your anti-fungal dosage a bit and then gradually increase it again as your body catches up with the sudden surge of detoxification challenges.

Of course, you'll want to try to prevent die-off symptoms from manifesting throughout the rest of your program. The fact is that more die-off symptoms don't necessarily indicate that you are killing more yeast, just that your eliminative organs are becoming overwhelmed. This is how die-off can become your foe instead of your friend, since overwhelming your body is not conducive to healing. A slow, gradual yeast elimination process is much healthier.

The best strategy is to begin taking the anti-fungal of each consecutive Phase at a very low dose and increase it gradually, according to your responses. If you have moderate to severe die-off symptoms you would be wise to cut back on your anti-fungal dosage to reduce the number of dead yeast cells and toxic waste material your body has to cope with.

Indeed, the art of happily surviving a Candida purge involves learning to manipulate the die-off process by being very aware of and negotiating with your body's response to the detoxification process. Eventually you'll get used to how it feels to be detoxifying healthfully and you can strive to maintain this feeling without suffering through symptoms.

There is no rush and there are no heroes when it comes to Candida treatment. You will be rewarded with faster recovery times when you proceed with your Candida purge at a rate that your body can comfortably cope with.

Bentonite and Psyllium minimize die-off toxicity

One of the best aspects of the WholeApproach Program is the unmatched ability of the psyllium and the bentonite to absorb toxins produced by dying Candida organisms. Another reason for the success of the WholeApproach program is the use of the highly effective, yet gentle liquid Caprol product as the Phase One anti-fungal. Caprol is such an excellent choice for a first anti-fungal because it has a direct focus on the Candida throughout the digestive tract. The yeast along the digestive tract, especially in the colon must be resolved to clear this essential elimination pathway. This will help ready the body for effective management of a complete detoxification of yeast and mycotoxins from the rest of the body (in the case of continued treatment to resolve systemic Candida overgrowth).

What if I experience a die-off crisis?

First, don't be hard on yourself. It happens to almost everybody. If you find you have pushed your body too hard and you are feeling ill, the best thing to do is to temporarily stop using any anti-fungal and to drink lots of purified water. When symptoms subside, you can begin to gradually increase the anti-fungal dosage again over a few days or weeks to the level that you were at before the crisis. From there, you can continue to proceed to the recommended maximum dosage according to how you feel. When you do this very gently and patiently you will kill off as much yeast as is possible without suppressing your healing process. If your crisis is severe, please consider the possibility that it may not be die off related and consult with your physician. Although they may not understand or be aware of the healing strategies that you are working with, they can at least check to insure that you are not in any danger.

You may also want to consider using Daily Detox Tea for gentle detoxification support tea that can help clear yeast toxins from your blood, liver, lymph, and kidneys. You may find symptom relief is further expedited by taking Buffered Vitamin C, Querceten/Bromelain, spirulina, non-sweet vegetable juices (especially green juices) and eating extra vegetables at your meals, preferably raw, if you tolerate raw foods well.

The process of treating CRC doesn't necessarily yield linear results. The recovery process involves a complex spiral of steps - killing off yeast, clearing the by-products, strengthening the body, killing off more yeast, clearing the by-products, and so on. You can trust, however, that no matter what is happening, your body never stops working hard to cleanse, repair, and balance itself. But the improvement of our body functions doesn't follow an exact schedule and our organs are not always consistently successful in meeting the challenges that face them.

The organic nature of the healing process and the number of factors that can influence our healing ability can indeed make it difficult to determine the effectiveness of some of our efforts. The use of a detailed health diary and diet diary can help tremendously with the identification of patterns and responses.

Filling out the WholeApproach Questionnaire on a weekly basis is a wonderful method that you can use to track your progress as it will help you to distill all the improvements or setbacks of the last week. You can then look at your results in light of the specific dietary and supplement strategies you employed over the week. Did your actions and efforts lead to symptoms improvement, worsening of symptoms, or worsening of die-off symptoms?

In general, regardless of the tracking strategy you use, the more methodical your observations, the more likely you will be successful in extracting some certainties about the direction in which your health is moving. That said, be aware that you can make yourself feel nuts if you try too hard to make sense out of every phenomenon that occurs during treatment. Sometimes it's important to just accept what is happening without trying to understand it. The reduced pressure on you that comes from a relaxed, positive attitude may just facilitate some healing in itself.

Trying to elicit support from open-minded and supportive friends or family members can also be tremendously helpful for lifting emotional pressure and gaining objectivity about your healing process. If you do not have helpful support, be sure to visit your friends at the WholeApproach.com Forums regularly, as the support provided there will be crucial for your coping abilities until you're feeling better.

In the case of severe CRC, extreme sensitivity and immune weakness is common. In these cases it is crucial to remain aware of how your body is coping and be alert to conditions that may require immediate medical attention. Only you know deep down what's going on in your body. However, your natural health practitioners and the WholeApproach moderators are here to help you tune into what your body needs are right now. If you are really confused and you are doing this on your own (with just our help), you may need to find a practitioner you trust to help you with your assessment of your situation.

To Sum Up
Dealing with yeast die-off can be challenging and complex. To stay on track throughout your healing process, remember the following key points:
  • Once you have experienced die-off symptoms, manage your diet and anti-fungal product dosages in such a way that the symptoms stay manageable. Remember, it's important not to overwhelm your eliminative organs with toxins from dying yeast.
  • Die-off reactions can cause you to doubt your progress, and may also be confused with other health challenges. To improve your decision-making and ability to discern what is happening in your body, keep records of your dietary and supplement intake, other factors supporting or stressing you, and your responses to these variables.
  • If you experience a severe die-off symptom crisis, stop using anti-fungal agents, increase your water and vegetable intake and use Neutral Vitamin C Plus and a gentle herbal detoxification tea.
When you implement these strategies in combination with the WholeApproach Candida treatment protocol, you'll experience renewed health and vigor in the shortest possible time.

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Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Ideas

Posted by Nutrition Team on Sat, Mar 04, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Recommendations while on the WholeApproach Candida Diet using the WholeApproach Color-Coded Food Lists


by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

 

This is a list of a few of my favorite grain-free candida breakfast foods.  We often hear from our clients that they need help redesigning their approach to the first meal of the day so that they can incorporate the healing candida food recommendations outlined in thet Whole Approach Diet pages. There are many more amazing recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices.

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Candida Natural Product Protocol - the Candida Cleanse

Posted by Nutrition Team on Sat, Mar 04, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant

What are the Five Phases of the Whole Approach Protocol?

The Whole Approach Protocol is a five phase product protocol that has been successfully used for many years at the East West Clinic in Minnesota for the treatment of candidiasis (or yeast overgrowth). It has also been successful in helping thousands achieve better health.

 

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Tarilee’s Top Ten Ways to Energize during Candida Cleanse

Posted by Nutrition Team on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 04:21 PM

Tarilee’s Top Ten Ways to Energize your Body and Mind
by Tarilee Cornish, CNP

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn and winter bring about noticeable changes: fewer daylight hours resulting in less natural vitamin D; colder days leading to closed windows and more time indoors; local food sources change from green to starchy. Seasonal shifts can also have a profound effect on our energy levels.

Our diet changes from the cooling, energizing raw bounty to long-storing root veggies and squash with their comforting, warming energy. Colder temperatures can lead to cravings for richer “comfort” foods. The shift in our diet combined with reduced light and fresh air, usually results in slower thinking and reduced physical energy.

This is a very natural process that prepares us for the partial 'hibernation' of winter, insuring our bodies have a little extra stored fat for warmth. However, for most of us, the demands of our life do not decrease in the same way our available energy does. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to vitalize our mind and body. Here are ten sure ways to boost your mental acuity and physical energy.

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Glycemic Index and Candida - How Much Sugar are you Eating?

Posted by Nutrition Team on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

by Tarilee Cornish, CNP

Glycemic Index and Candida - How Much Sugar are you Eating?

Rather than count grams of carbohydrates, we can limit the down side of carbohydrates by preferring particular types of carbohydrates according to how they influence our blood sugar.

For years, we divided carbohydrate types into simple and complex, with the thought that complex carbohydrates were healthier. Though this division sorts out the least nutritious foods from the most nutritious foods, it is simplistic and it fails to give us an understanding of how those carbohydrates will function in our body.

With the cheap availability of carbohydrate foods and years of promotional efforts to get people to eat lower fat, our society has been growing heavier from an over-indulgence in sweets and starches. The weight loss trend for the last decade or more has been to count carbohydrates and often to try to eliminate them. The body needs some carbohydrates, so this is an unhealthy approach. What we can do instead, is minimize the impact that carbohydrates have on our blood glucose levels.

It is now understood that foods that rapidly increase our blood sugar cause a corresponding surge in insulin, the body’s mechanism for lowering blood sugar. Insulin surges result in fat storage and compromise health in other ways as well. The “glycemic index” rates foods according to the speed at which they’re converted into sugars. The higher the glycemic index (GI) of a food, the faster it is converted into sugar.

One of the ways that eating low on the glycemic index can help our health is by preventing or lessening intense cravings for sugar and starch. This is perhaps due to a higher satiation effect from low glycemic foods.

Reducing high glycemic foods that spike blood sugar levels can also benefit those who suffer from candida overgrowth by minimizing the nourishment to yeast and fungus.

Other health risks that are reduced include: high blood triglyceride issues, candida overgrowth, obesity, immune suppression, high cholesterol. hypoglycemia, learning disabilities, food allergies, atherosclerosis, cancer, and fatigue. Recent studies suggest that insulin may be a cancer promoter while also stressing arterial health so lowering high glcyemic foods could also potentially lower our risk of cancer and heart disease.

There are many contradictory glycemic ratings for common foods, and I recommend you review some of the available lists and use them as a general guide. There are multiple online glycemic index (GI Index) resources.

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Candida Diet: Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 01:11 PM

Navigating Dietary Challenges with Systemic Candida

by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Many an impassioned healthy diet has been defeated when we are blindsided by persistent or powerful cravings. If we are not prepared for this inevitable experience, especially on a candida diet, a formidable craving can topple our resolve. Wisdom tells us that when we yield to temptation, temptation grows. This is definitely true of unhealthy food cravings.

Indulgence in misguided cravings such as those for sugar or excess starch will fuel more cravings. Once indulged craving can expand to the point that it becomes insatiable and can lead to binge eating. So we are well advised to choose our 'treat' foods carefully to include only those that we can exercise self control with while avoiding those that 'unhinge' us.

Many of today's common illnesses are related to dietary excess, including, Candida Related Complex (CRC), hypoglycemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, ADD, obesity and more. How do we prevent ourselves from over indulging? In the case of people with special dietary needs who feel restricted from eating their habitual choices, we can work to transform our relationship with our food to a healthy, nourishing one.

 

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Tarilee's Tips for Success - Candida Diet Plan

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 12:55 PM

by TL Cornish, CNP


Embarking on the learning adventure of a new healthy diet is the important first step towards understanding your body's health and nutritional requirements. The Whole Approach.com™ website is designed to support and inspire you on your journey toward the diet and lifestyle strategy that suits your individual needs. Just as each of us has a unique personality, health history, health challenges, and biochemical make up, we also have unique dietary needs. The information on our website will be invaluable to you both as a starting point as well as an ongoing reference.

The primary goal of an effective candida diet is to support healing and detoxification through a nutritionally-balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates. The ideal diet for CRC recovery reduces or eliminates hard-to-digest foods that stress the digestive system as well as allergens and toxins that suppress the immune and nervous systems.

Lifestyle considerations that will enhance your treatment program:

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Tarilee's Social Tips for Thriving on Candida Diet During the Holidays

Posted by Nutrition Team on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 03:07 PM

Tarilee’s Top Ten Social Tips for Thriving on a Therapeutic Diet

by T L Cornish CNP

Almost every culture in the world connects around food, especially during the Holidays. The experience of eating differently amidst the expectations, curiosity and confusion of those around you will almost certainly challenge your social graces at some point. But with a little preparation, you can reduce any related stress and thus preserve your success on your program.

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Ten Steps to Healthier Eating During a Candida Cleanse

Posted by Nutrition Team on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 02:41 PM

Real Food for a Change* - Tarilee's Top Ten Steps to Healthier Eating for Detoxification and Cleansing

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Recovery from almost any kind of health imbalance can be enhanced by a candida cleansing detoxification program. Though the colon cleansing, detoxification and immune supporting products sold by Whole Approach are important components of a wellness program, in most cases, dietary transformation will also be at the core of a successful and lasting recovery. The transition from an average diet to an optimum diet for healing and health maintenance is a journey of patience, self-observation and self-knowledge.  If your health condition is demanding change, now is the time to begin. 

Begin your healthy transition with consideration for your natural affinity for new habits. Do you like to change overnight or one small step at a time? Somewhere in between is likely best for most. In general, changes made mindfully and gradually will have lasting results. This Top Ten list will help you transition gradually to a diet that is optimal for you.

Remember to tune into the WholeApproach Support Forum for information, recipes and support. And if, at any point in your transitions, you need reassurance, you can reach for inspiration by reading the success stories of those who came before you in their own quest for a healthier relationship to food. 

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Candida Diet:The Indulgence of Good Health Through the Holidays

Posted by Nutrition Team on Tue, Nov 01, 2016 @ 09:38 AM

Loving ourselves through healthy choices

   By T L Cornish, CNP   

Mind your own wisdom

Cravings for unhealthy foods represent a significant challenge to our healthy path when we get together with family and friends who are less aware of, and less sensitive to, the health impacts of our food choices. When our new food habits are offered up (through togetherness) to the scrutiny of others, it can be difficult to know how to respond to questions or criticism. Without trying to change others around you, I encourage you to find your own tactful strength and to focus inwardly on your knowledge about which foods will have the greatest benefit to the quality of your time with loved ones. Is it the two minutes of bliss from indulging in a craving or is it the fun you will have because you feel so good from making self loving food choices.

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