I would like to share a strange story that happened to me.
With some colleagues we had a drink at a local bar. Normally i don't drink any beer because of my candida. But i drunk two beers. 1 hour afterwards, it has been expected, i had to have a nap. Then, i craved for food, so i ate, i ate one pill of licorice, one pill of horopito, 4 pills of echinacea with my meal.
And strangely, i had no problem after eating, i felt better. And i also had other die-off effects than usual. I had lots of flatulence, and i wanted to vomit. That was a situation that was surprising. However i felt better in general in my body. i did it several times and i felt better and better in my body.
So now i wonder if a low carb diet is really good because the less i take high carb food, and the more it is slow to recover. Also the die-off reached a point where my liver was totally stressed and i had retention of fluids in my back.
Furthermore a german study proved that low carb diet will cause candidas to embed deeper into your intestinal wall.
Coming back to my story, the day after i felt a bit better. And now i m thinking about taking milk and beer at the same time than my plants. We know candida love beer,milk, Sugar and high carbs. I have the feeling high carbs, Sugar and wheat make the candida vulnerable to be easily killed by plants like poisonous food for rats. I wonder if a low carb diet doesn't create a protection process into the candida, and makes it more difficult to kill. So i have a theory about it. With a low carb diet and plants, i have the feeling, it only inhibits the candida, then the candida create a toxin because he is not happy and we don't feel effects from die-off but we see effects from candida producing toxins. Don't forget it happens already in nature. I think about the the algae blooms that turn red and produce lots of toxins under some conditions.
It was surprising for me to see the die-off after a meal using milk was different. I do have a bloating bowel, i do have spaceness. but extreme fatigue was gone, cold body was gone too.
I've thought about it before. Maybe we are all confusing die-off with candida releasing more toxins and vice versa, in some cases at least?
I do know one thing for sure. The candida diet has done a great job at blocking up my body, so now I am bloated, full of toxins and experiencing extreme fatigue. I can get a bowel movement about once a day, but that's nowhere near enough to get everything out. Laxatives don't even seem to work at all anymore.
Here's another thought. Many people who think they have candida may have something more serious like a virus or parasites. Maybe they never recover because they are indeed making things worse through the candida diet.
I remember reading an article which stated that a case of candida overgrowth can/should be taken care of within no longer than a few weeks. Unfortunately, it can be really hard to find out what the true problem is. Things have gotten extremely confusing.
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I think you have several good points. I have long said on this forum that I felt that many people mistake any bad feeling to be die-off when it is actually toxicity or an intolerance to something. Like, "I took such and such and 30 minutes later I had horrible die off". Nah.
I have never been of the mindset that the lower the carbs the better. The alternative nutritionist I went to when first diagnosed said to eat whole food sources for carbs, such as yams, legumes, squashes, which is what I did and have been doing. It seems that many who go the no/low carb route wind up in worse situations than those who don't do that.
I read of one gal who cured her candidiasis by consuming Guinness. Seriously. I tried but I seem to be intolerant of yeasts (can't do Kombucha either), but obvioulsy not everyone is. I however, can drink dry white wines without getting flared up. Go figure.