Each person's symptoms are different. But in my experience any symptom you experience right after eating is a flare up usually. For instance, with my candida I am currently suffereing from alot of die off at this time because of a harsh diet. But if I were to eat some Sugar I would have a feeling come over me that is like an anxiety type thing, heart racing etc, followed by my face getting itchy and feeling like I am going to get a vaginal yeast infection and fuzzy white stuff appearing on my tongue and that annoygin fuzzy feeling of yeast in my throat. This is different from the die off. The die off consists of an incredible heavy fatigue feeling in my arms and legs, burning in my head ( which is both die off and flare up) and feeling like I am going to pass out if I do not drink tons of water, most likely because of toxins that need to be flushed out. The key for you is to maybe keep a diary of what you ate and how you felt etc and see if you can find a pattern to narrow down what might be causing the problem. I wound up on a super strict diet because everything I ate practically caused a problem. But I am getting substanbtially better, of course it has taken months uuuuggh.
Are you sure the reaction you get after eating Sugar is from Candida? The reason I'm asking is because I get that exact same feeling you describe after eating certain foods but I tested negative for candida. I tested positive for gluten intolerance but sometimes I still wonder about yeast. When I get that reaction it feels like I'm going to get a vaginal yeast infection although I never actually get one. My throat gets all fuzzy and my tongue gets white. I cough up a bunch of mucus and I cry alot. A couple hours later I'm feeling much better. It doesn't happen when I eat Sugar though and thats the main thing that feeds candida right? I can eat honey, jam, all fruits, even Cocoa Pebbles cereal and not have any reaction. It happened twice though when I ate gluten free bread and breakfast bars both from the same manufacturer. I've eaten other types of gluten free bread and not reacted that way. My tongue clears up after a couple days....the feeling really seems like it could be yeast but since it doesnt happen with sugar I'm thinking its more of an allergic reaction to something in the food. I also have leaky gut (I think) so it seems like some products just irritate my body or something.
I am 99.99% positive that I have candida. I had it before so I am somewhat familiar even though symptoms are different. Also, I am only eating broccoli cauliflower, chicken , eggs and gree tea no gluten there and I still have symptoms. I don't know what to make of all the wheat gluten allergy claims . The fact is that candida can cause you to have reactions to certain foods so how would one know if they have, gluten intolerance or yeast cause a gluten intolerance? Also, that fuzzy white stuff on the tongue is yeast., Feeling like a yeast infection is coming is yeast. And I get those symptoms , or I would get those symptoms when i ate something that caused the yeast to flare up. For instance , if I ate too many carrots or if I ate brown rice. I have not eaten anything with gluten in it in probably 6 months, don't you think my symptoms would be gone by now if I had a gluten problem. I am also confused about this so called testing for candida. How is it possible. In many of the books I read it says it is basically impossible. Since we all have yeast in our system the test would have to test for the level of candida or amount. Puzzling to me.
Currently I am living with pretty substantial die off. As I said, I had this before and I know what I have to do. I have a ridiculously harsh diet , plenty of garlic, Grapefruit-Seed-Extract , rest exercise and lots of water, probiotics. Nothing else. Each week my symptoms are lessening and changing, so what I am doing is effecting it.
I think yeast can cause gluten intolerance or vice versa. All I know is gluten Intolerance is genetic and I have the genes. I also have elevated antibodies towards gluten and I clearly can't tolerate even trace amounts of it. Gluten is known to cause autoimmune disease and I've had Graves Disease since 1999. Long before I'd ever even heard of Candida. I was already sick before I ever saw any sign of candida. On my candida diet I was only eating organic meat, eggs, veggies (not even carrots) and fish. I was still getting symptoms. Some were probably die-off...I think anyone who's sick with intestinal issues or leaky gut probably has overgrowth. Some symptoms were clearly not die-off though...especially when they were still coming long after I stopped all antifungals. Where was the gluten? It was in my supplements, my hair products, my lotion, my lipstick, my wooden spoons, on my hands after feeding my pets. It was literally everywhere. My health improved greatly after changing these products. Gluten was clearly the main issue. Candida was probably a result of a perpetually leaky gut caused by gluten damage and antibiotics taken during this critical time. It does make sense that the fuzzy white tongue and feeling of a yeast infection coming on is actually yeast. The thing that confuses me is that of ALL the things with Sugar I've eaten in the past month since going off my candida diet I havent experienced any reactions like that. I was eating snicker bars, cocoa pebbles, and all kinds of snacks. Then I eat one brand of gluten free flax bread and all of a sudden yeast is crawling up my throat? Other brands of gluten free bread dont do that to me. This brand had preservatives and emulsifiers that nothing else I eat have. Could it be that since I'm chemically sensitive and my body is trying to recover from damage that these kind of chemicals are causing a yeast reaction? I would think that yeast would much rather like to eat all of the Sugar than some plain old gluten free flax bread.
You say you don't know what to make of all the gluten allergy claims. I guess you can believe it or don't believe it. The fact is that gluten sensitivity can be accurately tested for and Candida overgrowth cannot. Research into human genes reveals that as many as 90 million Americans have genetic immune reactions to gluten. These antibodies are commonly found in people with unexplained illness or autoimmune diseases. With the exception of Diabetes many times autoimmune diseases are halted when gluten is removed from the diet. Gluten protein structure is alarmingly similar to the structure of our own body tissues. This is why it is very hazardous to our health when our immune system creates antibodies against gluten. Our tissues are attacked as well. This causes leaky gut, disease, bacterial overgrowth and even cancer. This is not speculation..we're not talking about some controversial spit test. This is real...its genetic...and its been proven. Celiac Disease is one form of gluten sensitivity but its been discovered that a larger portion of the population have the same antibodies w/out having Celiac Disease. These people are suffering the same consequences but will test negative for Celiac...therefore a huge amount of people are unaware of the cause of their illness. Given all the evidence regarding gluten I'm inclined to believe that candida is the lesser of the two evils....unless of course someday candida overgrowth can be PROVEN to exsist all on its own with no underlying cause. All other food sensitivities are secondary to Gluten Intolerance. These sensitivities are caused by leaky gut and can go away once the gut is healed...gluten intolerance on the other hand is life-long. Candida is not genetic or lifelong (if properly treated). If candida enters the bloodstream a healthy immune system will either neutralize it or destroy it in a short amount of time. It will do this w/out harming its own tissues in the process. Which do you think poses the greater risk? I rarely see anyone on these boards get cured from candida and that used to scare the heck out of me. On the other hand people who discover gluten as the root of their problems ALL seem to recover. Even those who, like me, were once bed-ridden or worse...on deaths doorstep...have fully recovered.
You can make of it what you will.