I've read all the posts I've found on here about Candida. I was wondering if anyone could share their "die off" experience and put it on a time line?
I began taking CulturelleGG on Saturday (2 Days ago), I am eating all the Garlic I can stomach (which means about 1-2 fresh cloves per day - yuck!), coconut oil, olive oil, I have eliminated ALL Sugar - no fruit, no breads, no dairy (Doesn't leave much to eat except Salad and Chicken). I am eating a few tomatoes - which is a no no on some candida diets and okay on others. Who really knows? I am also taking 4 2,000 mg Capryl capsules (2 in morning and 2 in evening). I am very REGULAR in terms of Bowel Movement - like punching a clock, but I did notice mild constipation in the middle of the first night and my bowel movements have been delayed now, some of which I attribute to cutting out carbs and fiber. I supplement Whey Protien, Vitamin C, Calcium/Magnesium, and 2 to 4 tablespoons per day of Organic Flax Seed. Enough about me.
Can anyone share their Candida die off experience? How long until you felt it was dying? Did you get ill effects from the die off and how long did they last? Basically I'm asking how long it took until you started to feel better, even a tiny bit? I have experienced nothing so far in terms of feeling better. I have less tenticles in the spit test in the morning (I do it every day now).
Although I self-diagnosed myself in April with candida, I felt better after eliminating those foods in about a week. I didn't notice any die-off reactions, I just woke up in the morning and didn't have the usual pains. I also took caprylic acid, grapefruit seed extract, berberine tablets, & oregano oil. I only took what was written on the bottles, the net info didn't give exact amounts. After 6 weeks, and my weight went from 110 lbs. to 103 lbs, people started whispering that something was wrong with me, even though I hadn't felt this good in 2 years. My co-workers thought I was a closet bulemic (I don't even know how to spell that word). So I began to search again for a dr. who believed in candida, and found one here in mid-Jersey. I'm in the process of testing with him, but have to wait to take the stool test as I had talked my primary into giving me a script for Nystatin, and that has to work out of my system. Anyway, I also eat brown rice cereal (like furina) in the AM, and brown rice pasta, which is a great filler. It tastes just as good as regular. Although wheat doesn't feed candida, it causes allergies for a lot of people and is best avoided. I still cook a lot of veggies, and eat beef and chicken as well, plus tuna salad with a tiny bit of mayo. The only dairy I can have (according to the strict diet I got from a book) is butter, so I really load up the veggies with it to make everything taste better. I haven't taken any more supplements because I want to see what my tests reveal. I take ultram for the pain, and ambien for sleep.
I go back to him 8/15, so won't have an update until then. He tested my blood for gluten intolerance, zinc, sed rate, and 6 vials worth of blood but I can't remember all the test names. I'll do the spit test tomorrow to see if it looks better. I had forgotten about that one. I know this didn't help you much, but it's feels better writing to people who feel crappy like me and are trying to heal themselves. Good luck!
I have done the diet twice now. The first time I did the diet for one month without fruit and then added only fruit. It took something in the order of 5 months for a yeast infection on my skin to clear. I had this infection for 15-20 years.
Apart from that I do feel better on the diet after a couple of weeks.
Edit: I'm not positive that the feeling better is due to less Candida, but probably for me just the diet itself.