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Candida Recovery: What Are The Stages Of Candida Recovery?

August 13, 2019

Thanks for checking out the video. What are
the stages of Candida recovery? What are the milestones along the way that I’m going to
experience when I’m on my way to getting well? Well, there are various stages and they really
vary from patient to patient. Some patients believe you can’t get well from Candida unless
you have severe aggravation, die off, or what we call Herxheimer Reaction. That’s nonsense.
A small percentage of people have die off. It’s only a small percentage of the sensitive
or the ultrasensitive patients which I’ve spoken about. They’re the ones who primarily
get Herxheimer Reaction, but most people, 80 percent of people I deal with with Candida,
probably some are like you out there, is not generally going to get die off. Even people
with severe Candida when they make changes slowly and methodically, they will not get
die off. What are the changes? Generally, what we’re
going to experience once we start withdrawing certain foods from the diet, we’re going to
get fatigue. Now don’t confuse fatigue with die off. Some people get a mild headache or
tiredness and they’ll email me, “Eric, I’ve got die off.” Come on. Wake up to yourself.
That’s not die off. Die off is when you’re really, really sick. You can be in bed. You
can be incapacitated. I’ve had some patients that go to the hospital to the accident emergency
and almost need acute admission into a hospital bed for die off. That’s how bad it can get.
So die off is not something like fatigue or tiredness or a little bit of diarrhea or constipation. These are things that commonly occur when
you withdraw caffeine from the diet, a lot of alcohol, pizzas, donuts, bagels, tons of
sugar, all these sort of foods. When you slowly make diet changes many people make a diet
change too quick and they accelerate the change in their gut and that can create a problem.
If you follow my warm turkey approach, cold turkey is taking everything out straight away.
Warm turkey is doing a slow withdrawal of the bad foods; you’re not going to experience
a lot of problems. So the stages of Candida recovery really depend
on you, but generally they’ll be what I call a “wash out” period for a few weeks first.
So for two weeks, there could be some discomfort, some fatigue, and some sleeping problems.
It could be some itchy or scratchy skin on different parts of the body. It could be a
bit of flatulence or bloating or bowel change. These are all normal stages as your body is
on its way to recovery. What you’ll notice then is a sense of wellbeing.
You start feeling pretty good inside yourself. Punctuated by one or two days where you think
Wow. I’m feeling amazing. Now I call that the “window” of opportunity. That’s when your
health is starting to show. It’s like opening a window and everything’s beautiful out there,
but then the window shuts and you’re back inside again. What happens then is your body
will just give you a little bit of a show what it’s going to be like in the future,
but that door slams shut in your face generally because you stayed up late one night, you
ate the wrong food, so the danger period of recovery occurs when you’re starting to improve
in health. You can read about this in my book. I notice with a lot of patients they start
to get well and they make changes, and then they decelerate recovery. They go back down
once again. These are the things that you really need to be aware of because they are
basically hindrances. This is a stage that a lot of people have in recovery as well.
They make a partial improvement, then they step back; they get worse. And then usually
they learn from their experiences and then they make changes again and then they improve
again. These are common things that you’re going to find. You’ll read my articles. There’s one called
“No Smooth Sailing,” where I say that recovery from Candida is like trying to win the America’s
Cup for some people. They think it’s all going to be easy until they get out on the open
ocean and they get the storms that hit them. They get the broken mast. They get the people
on the boat they get sick and tired of them and want them to get the hell off the boat,
and that could be your family or friends. They’ve had enough of you complaining about
gas or bloating or whatever. There’s a lot of things to learn along the way to recovery,
but then you’re going to hit the destination and you’re going to sail through the storms
and you’re going to hit the port where you’re meant to be, and you’re going to feel pretty
awesome and that will come as well. Those are the end stages of recovery. Then
what you’ll find is the window stays open for a lot longer. Instead it stays open for
a whole week at times, but then you’re going to go to a wedding and you’re going to make
a dumb mistake. You’re going to have maybe three glasses of champagne and a bit piece
of cake and you’re going to go down again. You’re going to go into a tailspin and that
happens to everybody. They decelerate quickly and then I’ll get an email or a call and they’re
all depressed and I say, Well, how did you feel? Well, I felt awesome. I felt amazing,
but then such and such happened. I went to a bridal shower or I went to a wedding or
I went to hen’s night or I went to a party or whatever, Thanksgiving, and I felt like
crap two days later, because there was still a little bit to learn. That’s the terminal stage. When you get over
that, you pull your head in and make more improvements, the recovery is long term and
then eventually the window stays open permanently. And those are some stages of recovery. I hope
you sort of got some good information out of that bit of a talk. Thanks for your question.


  • Reply Lewis Sayer March 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you youve been of much help to me 🙂

  • Reply David Ring III March 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    After Terminus, when the window is permanently open, what should one's diet look like? How much sugar & carbs should be consumed? Regularity of Intake of probiotics at that point?

  • Reply Enrique Plazola April 21, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Im on day 3 of the detox. My stomach has gotten much better. but the random pains in my groin area have returned. Is that normal?

  • Reply peeweecoco February 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    It's hard to make slow changes when you had no idea what Candida was, ended up with thrush (mouth) and the doc throws antifungals at it. You do have to stop sugar and carbs, coffee and the like to rid the mouth of thrush. And…. so you feel like crap because of it. When I start to feel better I will never incorporate those things back into my diet because this is miserable.

  • Reply Steven January 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Are you back to square one if you slip up on the diet?

  • Reply ERIEKE TROY April 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    can you take ACV & Baking Soda together for Candida

  • Reply zerothehero123 May 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you Eric for being such a great help! I'm learning so much and for the first time in my life feel that now is the turning point. Years of researching health and lifestyle and with the help of people like you I've finally found the hope to regain my vitality. I now understand that the entire foregoing 25 years of my life and everything that happened in them brought me to a point where "modern western" life literally was killing me. Though I'm lucky to live in a time where information like this is available for me to expand my knowledge and act upon. It all started years ago with a 15 year old boy thinking that health probably was the cure for depression. A lot of trial and error, and ups and downs, 10 years later I feel I'm "there". Not completely there yet, doubt I ever will be, but the sun is finally rising on the horizon. I will count you among the many names that have inspired and taught me so much like Dr Robert Glover and Gary Wilson. People who reach out into the world to share their wisdom and knowledge to help people heal. You truly are a saint and I'm forever grateful for your efforts. De groeten uit Nederland en al het beste!

  • Reply jenlopez May 24, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I can take a teaspoon of coconut oil and separately take a teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water and the next morning I'm dealing with nightmares and anxiety. I help the situation with coffee enemas (a couple per day if necessary ( I am on psych meds which I've withdrawn from in the past whenever I feel better) but I guess I've never eliminated the candida because eventually I fall backwards in a big way. When I do feel better, strangely I can take antifungals with almost no die off reaction but when I'm Acute like right now, I can't take hardly any antifungals.
    I can deal with the chills and the sweats but the anxiety at times can be crippling.
    I do believe that this time around my gut is in better shape. Previously, I would get anxiety from eating anything. Now my pulse elevates a bit after eating but I don't deal with anxiety from eating food. (I lost some weight but not as much as previously) and I'm slowly gaining it back.

  • Reply MR. D August 5, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Does rice is ok for candida?

  • Reply Voiderz October 6, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    why do you act like we all give up quickly

  • Reply KD2MGM October 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Eric, I've watched this particular video many times. Your analogy of the window is perfect. Thank you.

  • Reply Nitesh Amin November 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Aaron Voborny December 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I've been following you for the duration of my recovery. I got back from Europe in late September with a white tongue, cracked lips, anxiety, bloating, stinky farts, pain in my ears, brain fog, itchy everything and more. I officially started the diet on October 2nd and decided to stick with one program. Yours is the one I chose. I went through some pretty miserable waves and fluctuation during the first few weeks, but it slowly got better. The cracks on the corners of my lips took a whole 3 1/2 weeks to clear up. It kept getting better and then worse and then better. This was the point I realized I was in this for the long haul. I think somehow I may have developed a nut allergy to almonds. Every time I've eat almonds in excess (any more than 20-30 almonds in a day) I notice symptoms coming back. A little bit of almond milk doesn't bother me though, I think it's just the nuts. Finally after about 5 weeks in, my cracked lips went away for good. The "good" feelings have been lasting longer and longer. I am at the point where I can finally go for about a week or more at a time feeling amazing and waking up early in the morning has become extremely easy for me again. I will stay persistent until New Years, and probably beyond. I am very grateful for your existence in my life even if it's only been virtual. I am 23 years old, have a lot of goals in life that were being thwarted by those freaking aliens that were trying to populate my gut and you, good sir, have changed my life. I do have a couple questions for you though; When I come to that 3 month mark (which will be New Years) do you think it would be safe for me to drink a little bit of alcohol? What types are the safest and how much would you recommend NOT to exceed? Also, I enjoy weightlifting. Would it be safe after that 3 month mark to go ahead and add an organically-sourced whey protein supplement and creatine back into my diet? Would it be unwise to add those back in BEFORE the 3 month mark? Thanks again for all the good you've done for me and many others. High five!

  • Reply L. Hall December 17, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    L.Azure H.
    1 second ago
    I thought that just being a little fatigue is a ''form'' of die off! Maybe its not…. as you said. Good know. *Thank you!

  • Reply L. Hall December 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    For gastrointestinal candida: Once candida is in the stool…. which stage is it? Does it happen AFTER its been killed in intestine or BEFORE? Do you have ''specific'' stages (not just how one feels). For example: 1. herbs -food 2. Effects on body. 3. candida dying. 4. Pooping it out. 5. feeling better… These are the stages I was looking for. Do you have another video on this?

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  • Reply alia yucel January 10, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Thank you so much you are the best..I really enjoy listening you and learned so much from you..been on strick diet for 3 weeks now and I am feeling quite good..but still my toung is not pink and still have a bit yeast infaction also water test that I do every morning is not looking right..just hoping it will soon..

  • Reply David Boni January 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Do you typically find many Candida patients that have Gastroparesis? It feels like my food never digests…

  • Reply Nailea Olivas February 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    You're a true badass for sharing all of these videos about candida and you are highly appreciated
    I had improved skin and nail and overall health after an intense die off and I felt so light and amazing then I had bread and grains and bam acne came back bloating and fatigue came back and I was sad and felt ashamed but now that I saw that this is normal and its part of the healing journey to get so caught up and excited about the end result that I just let go really fast but this all just reinforces my commitment so thank you!

  • Reply Sanad Rawashdeh June 25, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I like the Window example

  • Reply C Bacon July 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I've been on a no-sugar, no-grain, no-alcohol, no starchy veggie, very minimal fruit and dairy diet for over a year but have overgrowth and am currently on antibiotics for a skin infection. Should I incorporate the garlic, pau d'arco, probiotics, etc. while in the midst of the antibiotic or wait? Then what?

  • Reply Frank Douglas August 10, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I think i have candida. After over a decade of terrible diet and lots of alcohol and poor eating habits i think i developed a bad depression and anxiety. The bubble finally burst.

    For about 2.5 months i have been off alcohol caffeine and sugar and have been eating very healthy. Saw a nutritionist and now am taking probiotics.

    But i think they are giving me about a 2 hour window of panic and depression. Anyone else experience this?

  • Reply Ike Urban August 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Does Candida die off cause swollen lymph nodes?

  • Reply Kkoreatheempress AyHung September 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Hi thankyou so much for your information. I did just that with completely taking the necessary foods out. During my time of the month was the worst and that is how I compare my recovery every month how I am not in so much pain after my cycle. I take blackstrap molasses unsulfered to ease middle area, listen to healing music, as well as meditate, it all helps. I did try adding back a few things in my diet not knowing I shouldn't have. I'd have a few days of it expelling along with some achiness and pain. I've never been or allowed myself to be hospitalized. I drink my concoctions and deal with the pain while keeping a lovely smile, no one knows I'm in pain only when its severe like my monthly visit and that lasts the first 2 days. I used to get extreme severe pain post my monthly, I thought thats weird. After the tea drinking with the recommended herbs and the last boiled molasses I am revovering well and I continue. I plan to go to the mountains with my sister and a few other people this October 2018. I'm happy I made it this far. I would tell myself one day at a time. I no longer take over the counter medies or accpt them in the hospital. When I told one doctor bless her heart at the emergency room for a bruised/cracked rib that it aggravates my stomach to swelling/bloating she still had tylenol for pain reduction(blesd her heart).My healing journey started March 2016 what I thought was only an ulcer, then it was suggested IBS descibing my dancing moves on the thrown. My healing took off better March/April 2018 when excluded gluten foods. I was not where I was before this crap happened so now I know I have to take out my lovely mushrooms and squash. You are the best at giving information and tips. I enjoy learning cooking techniques all over again.

  • Reply Pieter VL October 12, 2018 at 8:38 am

    have changed my diet with 0 sugar and only slow carbs. took my first antifungal yesterday (800mg GSE). massive headache and blocked nose, dizzyness. this is miserable. But we need to do it!

  • Reply scp096 January 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    OMG so helpful! Now i will push on and gain success! Thank you!

  • Reply Michelle Blackman January 28, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    how long do these stages last?

  • Reply VORTEX March 21, 2019 at 10:33 am

    How about very bad anxiety?

  • Reply Christopher Register March 22, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Great job Eric. I’ve been watching all your videos and have bought and read your book. I was robbed at the age of 22 and now 37. What I learned from those times? An abundant amount of health from trial/error and wish I went down this route first. I bet we would have an interesting discussion today from all the symptoms and things I have went through.

    The opening of the window and shutting… I always told my docs I’m having these breakthroughs but they don’t last and can’t figure out how I’m making them happen etc. So can relate big time. Can’t wait till the window stays open… it’s been 15 years.

  • Reply Robin hood Trader May 6, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    your videos are amazing I have been able to understand my problem with Candida thank you so much

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