Die-Off effect is a very specifik symptom for a systemic Candida infection and occurs when the systemic rootforming Candida withdraws from an area that it has invaded in your body. Die-Off is when the Candida yeast cells are killed quickly and release large amounts of toxins into the bloodstream. So it’s a positive sign, but it has some nasty sideeffects. The withdrawal happens as a consequence of the fungi starving and the use of Candidakilling products and foods. The withdrawal is a slow process and can take place for days, weeks and years. In the meantime there can be periods where the withdrawal stands still and the situation is stabilized. Die-Off leads to massive fatigue and flu-like symptoms, which for many patients means that they need to rest a lot. The reason is the massive release of toxins from dying fungi and internal ulceration in the areas where the Candidaroots withdraws from. In these areas the body must form new bodycells which also is a stressfactor. Die-Off leads to massive tiredness as a result of adrenal fatigue and massive overload on the liver. Die-Off is an issue for you throughout the beginning and middle of your healingperiod (diseasestage 2 and 3). Especially in the beginning of the Candidadiet you will experience massive Die-Off effects with long periods of tiredness. The recovery in this period will go fast, because the fungi around the body is scrinking according to the new and significantly lower sugar intake caused by the Candidadiet. The total helingperiod can go on for years and there may be periods where there is no progress. Of course you may also experience relapses in your healing because you eat food that is allergenic or food with too much sugar, but as you move towards recovery, your episodes of Die-Off and other Candidarelated symptoms become fewer and farther between. Die-Off is in particular occuring during sleep and thats why a good, long sleep is extremely important for Candidapatients. During sleep there is a minimum of nutrient circulation in your gut and body due to the low energy consumption. The consequence is a minimum supply of sugar to the fungal infected tissue and therefore the fungus will starve and start its withdrawal. Conversely, at hard prolonged stress your body need lots of sugar in the intestine and around the body to fuel brain and muscles. This will fed the fungus in the gut and around the body with extra sugar, leading to a worsening of the systemic fungal infection.
There are some specific symptoms of Die-Off, ie when the fungi withdraws from the areas that it has invaded. The Die-Off process can easily be felt in the areas where the fungus pulls its roots back from, for example in the mouth, stomach, small and large intestine, bowel opening, skin, legs, etc. The very process by which the fungus withdraws its roots from an area it has invaded, can be felt like a buzzing, tingling and prickling feeling. It can for instance be felt if the fungus has spread its rootsystem from the intestines to the anus, legs or other limbs. The further away you get from the fungi origin in the gut the more likely it will be that it is here that the fungi will start its withdrawal. If there is not enough sugar in the food in the intestine, it would be these remote areas where the fungus starts withdrawing its roots from. Many patients will also experience the stinging and itching feeling at the anal opening and the area from the anal opening to the vagina/scrotum. In addition, many female patients also experience it in the vagina.
The withdrawal of the roots is a slow proces, and it can take hours and days for the roots to withdraw just a few centimeters. The process itself is both unpleasant and distracting. There will be an inner ulceration in the areas where the fungi withdraws from and where it previously had its roots. This tissue must be rebuild and reinvadet by body cells/tissues, which puts pressure on the immune system. Therefore, it is important to get plenty of rest and nutrients so the body can concentrate on getting better. On the surface of the gastrointestinal tract, the visual outcome of the withdrawal will appear as a dense net of punctiform wounds, where the dots/holes are the areas where roots previously sat and nourished on nutrients from the food that passed through in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also through these roots that food particles can penetrate and create the many allergic reactions. Immediately after the Die-Off, the area is particularly permabelt because of the holes/dots that emerge where the roots sat before. Therefore, you can be extra allergic to foodparticles in these periods. After a few days the wounds has healed up. The roots are quite small and have the same color as the surface of the gastrointestinal tract, so their presence is difficult to detect with the naked eye. However, they can be felt and there will be punctate wounds in these areas after the withdrawal of the roots. In addition to the roots you also often see white coatings of fungi in and around the rootnet on the surface of the gastrointestinal tract, for in stance in the mouth (under the tongue, gums, etc.), in the throat and intestine.
The withdrawal from the small intestine and especially the stomach is often experienced as rather painful. In the stomach, it can often be felt like a very unpleasant oppressive, stinging feeling where the skin tightens when the fungus withdraws/shrinks. It can also be felt in the small intestine, where it feels oppressiv and as if the skin tightens. Die-Off effects may be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms such as headache, fever and neurological symptoms (see section on neurological symptoms).
Especially at the beginning of a course of treatment, you will experience massive Die-Off effects and massive fatigue because much of the fungi will die to adapt to the new limited sugar intake. Later, when the heling has progressed, the symptoms become weaker and less frequent.
The fatigue following the Die-Off is particularly overwhelming if the withdrawal occurs in the gastrointestinal region. There will be only limited fatigue if it happens for example in the mouth, vagina, bone or skin. The reason for this is that the intestine and stomach are so vital for the immune system and thus causing extra adrenal fatigue. In addition, the roots of Candidafungi are particularly dense here, giving more dramatic Die-Off effects and subsequent more ulceration and stress.
Basically, the rootforming Candida will always have its origin in the small intestine, the colon and the lower part of the stomach, where there are plenty of nutrients in the form of sugar from the food. From there it spread to the upper part of the stomach, anus, throat and mouth. From the gastrointestinal tract, it may send its rootsystem out to other parts of the body, such as the internal organs (lungs for instance), vagina, legs, skin and elsewhere. We are talking about one big coherent organism and it gets most of its nutrients (sugar) in the intestine and from here it can, through its roots, send out sugar to other parts of the body to where it has spread.
When dieoff then begins after you have started your Candidadiet, the fungus will withdraw its roots in a similar pattern, as it developed. In the small intestine, there is plenty of sugar from food, so it's the last place, it withdraws from. As heling progresses it will first withdraw from the skin, limbs etc, followed bye the internal organs. If the healing continues the Candidafungus will limit its spread in the upper part ot the stomach and the lower part of the colon, because most sugars have already been absorbed before faeces reaches the colon. After this there will be a withdrawal from the lower part of the stomach and the rest of the colon. The small intestine is the last place where you will find the Candida overgrowth. The complete heling process will go relatively fast for some patients, while for others it may take many years or even decades. Many patients never completely recover. Many patients will at some point in their heling process find that they can not move forward in their heling. Small progress will be followed by small setbacks caused by stress or eating forbidden foods. This process can go on for years.
Generally, the less an area of your stomach, intestines and body the Candidafungus covers, the less suppressed will your immune system be and the greater is your chance of getting cured or just getting a more normal life. Therefore, it is vital to your healing process, that the diagnosis is made as soon as possible. Many patients unfortunately go around for years without getting a correct diagnosis and during this period they feed and strengthen the Candidafungus even more. In the end it will just result in a longer healingperiod.
Relapse is when the Candidafungus reinvades an area that it earlier had withdrawn from or it may invade completely new areas in the body. Relapse occurs as a result of increased intake, allergenic products or stress. Even tiny amounts of the wrong food can cause a relapse. For patients on a Candidadiet relapse will normally mean that the Candidafungi very fast reinvades some of the areas that took days and weeks for it to withdraw from. The relapse typically occurs within a few seconds immediatly after eating forbidden foods. The relapse will for many patients feel like a slight tickling feeling when Candida roots reinvades tissue such as the anus opening, stomach, vacina, legs etc. After the reinvasion the long battle to get the Candidafungus to withdraw can start all over. All Candidapatients on a Candidadiet will during their healing experience relapses, for one reason or another, but generally for most patients there will be a slow and steady heling of the body and a withdrawal of the fungi.
For patients that are not treating their systemic Candida infection, but living with systemic Candidainfection in full eruption and eat lots of sugar and whatever they want, the fungus can be very widespread in the body. In this situation the body is constantly exposed to food and products that causes relapses. These patients live in the worst-case scenario and in this situation only an extra big amount of sugar or allergenic food can create a further deterioration of the situation. So these patients will typically not experience further relapses when eating small amounts of forbidden foods, because the fungus is already so widespread in the body. Large amounts of sugar, alcohol or antibiotics will however create a further deterioration of this state.