Die-off is one of the side effects of treating gut infections too quickly. Let’s get one thing straight; I don’t deny die-off whatsoever. I’ve experienced severe die-off myself. I’ve had many patients with die-off. Luckily, die-off can be avoided in 99% of cases.
If you want to avoid any extreme reactions from treatment, the first thing to do is get a comprehensive stool analysis. Unless you understand what in your gut, it’s challenging to select the right treatment.
I’m not advocating everyone do stool testing, but I cannot tell you how many people out there have been incredibly disappointed that they didn’t have the test five or ten years earlier. Remember, a random stool test by your doctor is going to be pretty darn useless because it’s not comprehensive.
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You want to know if you have Candida, parasites, or a problem with low beneficial bacteria. Maybe you have a bacterial imbalance or large numbers of harmful bacteria in your gut. To me, it’s like anything in life; you need to have evidence before you act.
Provided you work with a good lab, a stool test is going to give you great information. It’s to cost you maybe three or four hundred bucks. In return, you’ve got the information you need to act and move forward.
Once you have your stool test results in hand, this is where preventing die-off becomes relevant. By having the right kind of information before you start treatment, you can avoid almost all die-off reactions. Die-off is the result of killing too much too soon. If you start very slowly and very cautiously, even with a hefty load of Candida, you can avoid significant side effects like die-off.
If you start to get symptoms of die-off, stop all treatment immediately, and take it very easy. Within three to five days, your body should slowly begin to come back to its baseline. It can take a week, but it will go back to normal. Then, when the dust has settled, do another stool test. (Although, you should wait two weeks if you’ve been taking probiotics.) Then, let’s see what is left after the dust has settled. Once you have an updated stool test, you can determine the correct approach going forward.