Die-Off Reaction – On A Treatment Plan

I would appreciate, if you may read through 3 of the most important articles before engaging yourself in this site. How I Cured My Eczema NaturallyEczema Natural Approach & Why I Took These Supplement.

If you are one of those who had tried several protocols and not sure where you are heading. Perhaps, this particular article could provide the answers to your dark journey to Eczema Healing.

When we are on an eczema treatment, we embark ourself with a change of a lifestyle, adding supplements and intensified our cleansing regimen one after another. Usually the die-off are significants, when you follow a strict and a dicipline protocol. Die-ff reactions is thought to happen when toxins from dying pathogens such as: viruses, bacteria, parasites, candida, etc, overwhelm the body’s abilities to clear them out. These symptoms are often reported by many to feel very flu-like or cold-like. Your whole body is generally sluggish and it usually feels as if your body is working harder – almost fighting something.

While on a cleansing program, I experienced with almost all above symptoms, at a different interval. The die-off was rather mild and bearable. There were days when I were tired, and there were days I was depressed, and I had occasions headaches, muscle aches, eyes and muscle tweating that comes with  a series of brain fog. The skin rashes were mild, as long as these rashes remain as just rashes and it don’t seem to disfigure one’s beauty. I deem this as bearable.

I have to admit a fact that, I was on occasional fear, when my eyes were in pain and my facial expression tweated infrenquently. That was something really new to those other symptoms I experienced. I began to have doubts and questioning myself, “Am I doing it right, and am I going to have a stroke, soon?”, and “Will my eyes become blind”. All these doubts revolved the temptations to put this protocol all to a halt.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I know your body better than you do. But I am going to set the record straight on what is likely going on here. I was going through a “Die-Off Reactions” at a mild and gentle way.

To cause a die-off reaction, you need to actually make a very substantial change to your treatment plan, because remember, die-off is a situation in which the toxins in your body overwhelm the natural ability to clear them.  The changes that might cause die-off are usually: (Please memorise this important scenarios)

  • Switching from processed food to a real food diet (death of pathogens by starving)
  • Starting or increasing probiotic dosage (death of pathogens by good soldiers)
  • Starting or increasing dosage of antiparasitic, anti-yeast/candidas or antibiotic (death of pathogens by bombing)

In each of these scenarios, the change in treatment will cause substantial changes in gut flora and knock out a big portion of the bad guys. When that happens, they release toxins that need to be excreted by the body. So can you see how each of the major changes above actually causes a release of toxins?

Let’s look at another example:
Mary adds Omega3 oil as a supplementary aids, because she knows by consuming good fats could really help her health. Upon introduction, she starts getting an immediate increase in bowel movements from 2 to 5 a day. They are also looser than they’ve been in a long time. After checking around online she observes that this might just be die-off as a result of introducing more fat and a new food, so she continues eating them thinking that everything will get better soon if she could just push through this setback.

Can you see how she might think based on what she’s researched that she is making the correct choice for her health? Especially when she asks for help and hears back from people “oh don’t worry you will be fine, omega 3 oil are healthy it’s just temporary die-off.”  It’s likely all of us would keep pushing, never questioning whether or not it could be something else. However, if we thought this symptom change could mean a reaction, it would be easier to slow down or stop it altogether.

Why spend so much time on what’s really going on?
Because I hear the term die-off being thrown around way too much these days in situations that are unlikely to actually be die-off. And that’s important because making the correct change for your health is dependent upon the interpretation of what your body is actually trying to tell you.

Die-off Myths You Need to Know About

I want to set the record straight with some of the common comments we get that are not die-off.

MYTH 1: “I started [new supplement] and feel worse, I can’t believe I’m getting more die-off”

TRUTH: This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what your body is trying to communicate. Unless you added an anti-parasitic, anti-yeast, or antibacterial agent, I can almost guarantee that what you are experiencing is a reaction to the supplement. This reaction can be caused by any number of reasons, like the fillers in the supplement, the substance itself, or even the dosage.

MYTH 2: “I added this new food and my symptoms got worse, die-off usually happens when I add new foods”

TRUTH:  Not likely. Die-off may have happened when you initially switched to eating SCD, GAPS, or Paleo but it’s not happening now that you’ve been eating this way for a few weeks. If when adding a new food your symptoms get worse, then this is a sign that your body is saying, “Hey! Hold on, something isn’t right about this.” The truth is you could have introduced too much of the food too fast and need to slow down a bit or maybe your body isn’t ready to handle it yet and you should try again in a few weeks.

MYTH 3: “Out of nowhere my symptoms got worse, this must be another round of die-off”

TRUTH: The situation in which upon observing your journal and life you can’t see any specific changes but all of sudden you feel worse. This is not die-off out of the blue. You could have more underlying health problems to fix but if I had to guess it’s actually stress from your life that is overwhelming your body. In general, what it means is that you need rest and/or you’re having a reaction to your current lifestyle, treatment and thought patterns. Stress can be very harmful to our health if not managed regularly.

MYTH 4: “I have X pathogen (Candida, Parasites, Bacteria etc.) therefore I get die-off often”

TRUTH: This one is tough, because you could get die-off more often if you were constantly varying your antiparasitic, anti-yeast or antibiotic dosages. But, I’m not aware of any protocols that call for this so I’m guessing you’re not doing it. So what does this actually mean? It’s a great signal from your body for three things.

The first is that what you thought you killed or are killing is actually alive and doing fine. Parasites are the best example, as they have different life cycles and can lay dormant before springing back to life and triggering your symptoms all over again.

The second is that you’ve killed or suppressed the bad bugs but you haven’t dialed in your diet and supplements and are now reacting to them.

The third and most frustrating is that you actually have a secondary infection of some kind. It’s not very unusual that once your immune system is compromised that you could have picked up several kinds of bugs. In each of these last 3 cases what you’re experiencing is a reaction and not die-off.

Conclusion: Always put this in mind, when the die-off phase sets in and it’s unbearable, cut down your protocol.


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