Candida Infestation: Treatment Blog, Part 3

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A Candida Infestation: What Exactly Am I Dealing With? Part 2
A Candida Infestation: The Blog, Part 4
Candida Blog Part 5: Symptom-free for Six months
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Some of you may know by now that I’ve been free of Candida symptoms for over two years. When I started the first Candida diet, which I found online, I began to keep a blog of the experience. That was back in 2010. I’m going to share part of that blog in this segment of my story of my experiences and research during a Candida albicans infestation.

Candida treatment Blog: 2010

After finally deciding that the symptoms I’ve been experiencing for far too long are actually being caused by a Candida albicans overgrowth, I decided to start a Candida diet today. It was quite easy to find one online, and it’s really very simple to follow, or so it seems. The one rule appears to be: No carbohydrates and no sugar. Of course, the real challenge is staying on the diet without thinking you’re too weak to continue living and to avoid being driven crazy by a boring diet. I’ve been on a low-carb diet before, so I already know that I’m not going to feel like being very active for the first few days until my system is able to adjust to this diet.

It’s 10 pm, and I’ve done well with the diet so far, I haven’t wavered once in two whole days. Wow. How do I feel? Like a dead frog. I knew this wouldn’t be fun, or easy, but judging from my past experience, hopefully it’ll start getting easier by tomorrow.

10/17/10: DIE-OFF, WHAT IS IT?
My third day on the carb and sugar-free Candida diet, and I really thought today would be easier. Maybe it would, but I’m experiencing something I wasn’t expecting. I feel like every ounce of energy has been drained from my body, but there’s more; there’s something that feels so unnatural about this that it really can’t be explained other than saying it feels somewhat like I’m coming down with a bad virus or the flu, but the feeling is really much worse than that. I’m also experiencing dizziness for some reason.

Today I read a description of what is called “die-off” symptoms, and I’m wondering if the third day on a Candida diet was too early to experience die-off symptoms; apparently not. I still have the same symptoms today.

“Die-Off” is the term used for something called the Herxheimer reaction. This is what occurs when the Candida albicans start dying because of whatever treatment you’re using at the time. As the Candida albicans are dying, they produce toxins at too rapid a rate for our bodies to process and eliminate. Patients report that these symptoms last anywhere from one day up to a week or two, or longer. For me, experiencing die-off this early into the diet must mean that I have an awful lot of the little Candida monsters in my system to begin with and, most importantly, that the diet is working, at least to some degree. Meanwhile, I’ll just hope that this feeling of illness will last no longer than another day or so. The symptoms that I’m experiencing are an achy body feeling, headache and fuzzy headedness, dizziness, a general sick feeling, diarrhea, and a complete lack of energy. I also have no appetite whatsoever; in fact, the idea of eating actually makes me feel worse somehow.

I’ve read that the possible symptoms of die-off are: headache, dizziness, foggy headedness, depression, eye floaters, anxiety, anger reactions, gas and bloating, flatulence, constipation or diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, general body aches, malaise, sore throat, exhaustion, need for more sleep, chills and/or sweating, skin breakout, and nausea. Hmm, looks like a match to me.

I noticed that “anger” is one of the possible symptoms, but you know what? I’m just too tired to be angry even if I had a reason, and I’ve not done a thing today but sit at this desk, answer the phone several times, and type on the computer a little.

I feel a little better today, but still not normal. I’ve researched various products that supposedly can help lessen the die-off symptoms, and peppermint tea is one of the items that were mentioned, so I’m heading to the store after work to get some.

The peppermint tea didn’t help a lot with the die-off symptoms to be honest, but so far I’ve managed to get through it without giving up.

It really seems like I’ve been on this Candida diet forever, but I have to say it has gotten a little easier although I still get weak and dizzy-headed as well as a feeling of nausea off and on. Maybe I’m feeling a little better because I’m getting used to the carb-free diet, or maybe it’s because I’m getting used to this hell. Now there’s a horrible thought.

During my research, I discovered something called Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate. Molybdenum is an essential mineral that the human body actually needs. I also read that it can help reduce a toxic affect on the body so I purchased a bottle of the pills. I’m taking 3 of the 250 mcg pills a day, and I feel fine as far as the die-off symptoms are concerned, although I still feel a little dizziness most of the time, and I’m still experiencing the Candida symptoms of course. But molybdenum is a supplement that anyone on a Candida treatment should not be without.

I’ve added garlic to my diet which I previously have not been eating, and I’ve added oregano oil as an antifungal. The die-off became apparent again when I started these two antifungals, so I found something called Candidate by Native Remedies and am now taking it along with the molybdenum amino acid chelate to lessen the die-off symptoms. This is helping tremendously, especially with the headaches and flu-like feelings which had returned. But the dizziness is still apparent. What the heck is this coming from?

I’m fairly certain that the way I contracted this Candida infestation was because of a fruit diet. Unfortunately I was completely blind to the fact that I was eating so much fructose everyday which now I’m know the Candida can exist on, plus it creates an alkaline environment in the intestines which is the perfect environment for Candida albicans to thrive. The problem is that, every Candida diet I’ve found contains a certain type or types of fruit and so does the one I have. So I figure, if whoever created this diet made a mistake with the fruit, then there are probably other foods on the diet that can sabotage my treatment as well. I’ve noticed after eating a meal consisting of only the foods on the diet that often within an hour or two I’ll experience my symptoms getting worse, and I’m not talking about die-off, but the Candida symptoms that I’ve had all along, so obviously I’m still eating something that’s feeding the Candida.

To be continued …

Part 4 can be found here.

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