Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Die-Off - The Basics

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What is Die-Off?

Die-Off is a lot like Detox, though detox is more of a universal word and can be used in reference to any number of toxins being released from your body. Die-Off specifically, is in reference to the body's dying off of a Yeast called Candida. When Candida dies it can actually release up to 79 different toxins into our bodies. These toxins can cause an array of symptoms.

What is Candida?

Candida is a yeast found in every person's body. When in small numbers Candida is harmless, but when in large numbers, can be detrimental to your health. Candida thrives beautifully in unhealthy bodies who's digestive system isn't working properly and who's diets are made primarily up of refined sugars and carbohydrates. These foods (unnatural in nature!) feed Candida because our bodies can't digest them properly. It also thrives well in body's consistently exposed to chemicals and environmental toxins. These toxins destroy beneficial bacteria. With the lack of beneficial bacteria, we have nothing to combat the bad. But one of the biggest culprits to Candida overgrowth is Antibiotics. Candida manages to survive Antibiotics while all the beneficial bacteria is destroyed.

Signs & Symptoms of Die-Off 

Something to keep in mind. When Candida is a problem and causing symptoms already, what often happens is an exaggeration of those symptoms. For instance, my son has some problems with OCD. When he is having die-off, these symptoms get worse. Other symptoms include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Headache, fatigue, dizziness
  • Swollen glands
  • Bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Increased joint or muscle pain
  • Elevated heart rate, heart palpitations, chest tightness
  • Chills, cold feeling in your extremities
  • Body itchiness, hives or rashes
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Skin breakouts
  • Recurring vaginal, prostate and sinus infections
  • brain fog
  • poor concentration
  • fatigue
  • sore throat and thrush
  • anxiety, depression, irritability
  • crankiness and mood swings
  • feeling sick all over
  • intense cravings for sweets and carbohydrates
  • cravings for alcohol
  • intoxicated (yeast puts off alcohol)
Some of these symptoms can also be associated with Yeast trying to attach itself to other parts of your body. As the yeast in your body is being threatened it will attempt to attach itself to locations in which aren't as in threat as say, you're gut. In cases in which you are fighting Candida with diet, you may have a lot of symptoms such as a soar throat, thrush, sinus infections, skin breakouts, vaginal or rectal itching or infections and even muscle and joint pain. That is why Candida is often referred to as "opportunistic." If there is a will there is a way!!!

How to Cope with Die-Off

There are many ways to cope with die-off, but one thing most important to do is get plenty of rest. And especially control your die-off. Don't let it get out of control. If you are taking probiotics, let up on your dose for a period of time and then try introducing more at a later date. You don't need to be a super hero! And NEVER eat sugar, refine carbohydrates, or starches. All these feed Candida. If you are in the middle of killing the yeast off and feeding it at the same time, imagine the amount of toxins that can be released into your body.
  • Coffee Enemas or Colonics
  • Bentonite Clay 
  • Charcoal
Is Die-Off Safe?

When done responsibly Die-Off is completely safe. It's a part of detox and as our bodies begin to heal and learn how to naturally detoxify itself again, it will happen all on it's own naturally. Toxins from our environments or foods won't stand a chance in a healthy well functioning body! But when done irresponsibly, Die-Off can be detrimental to your health. But if it's NOT done, can be even more detrimental to your health!


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