A Herxheimer reaction or die-off can cause a wide range of symptoms that can manifest in the body from brain fog to skin conditions from the toxins released by an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast. There is a misconception that Candida only causes yeast infections. The truth is, that Candida can become systemic and rampant for a number of reasons, including taking prescription drugs, pH and hormone imbalance, stress and not making enough hydrochloric acid for digestion.
These little boogers know how to hide and evade the treatments that can cause them to die. So we have to be even craftier when tackling this issue. When I had systemic Candida, I had to stop eating meat for a year, because it blocked my body’s ability to break down the protein. Yes, the meat would sit inside of me for days, festering and causing me to become sick. It can develop into a very serious problem.
Candida is a yeast that normally resides in the gut in small amounts. A healthy balanced body keeps it at healthy levels. When Candida goes wild or when they die, they release up to 79 various toxins. The liver goes on overdrive trying to detox your body when this happens. Unfortunately, one of these toxins isn’t readily removed by the liver: acetaldehyde. This particular toxin stays in the body, and isn’t purged like the others. Acetaldehyde is serious trouble: it’s aneurotoxin that can damage brain cells, and wreak havoc on the immune, respiratory, and endocrine systems. When this occurs, skin issues are a common reaction, because an over taxed liver needs to put the overflow of toxins somewhere.
So when this happens, this is my recommended course of treatment.
- Get onto the Gaps diet. Check out this link
- Drink plenty of water
- Add lemon water to your daily routine
- Cut out all sugar and food sources that the Candida thrives on
- Add Bentonite clay to your daily diet and detox baths
- Take detox baths with Epson salt, EO’s, Bentonite Clay
- Add Molybdenum, an essential trace mineral. This addresses the acetaldehyde by turning it into a toxin the liver can expel
- Add recommended Herbs, Minerals and HAN Herbal Therapies
Here’s hoping none of you have to experience what I went through. It’s easy to fall into those traps, however with continued good, clean, healthy eating, probiotics, plenty of rest, you will remain in good health and pain-free.
Here’s to your good health!