Candida has a profound impact on liver function, which often results in creating challenges for the body to deal effectively with die off when one is trying eradicate overgrowth, as evidenced by this question submitted by a site visitor:
I was curious to know your opinion on how to treat Candida if the liver is weak.
Unfortunately I’ve found antifungals, and therefore die off, too potent for my body to handle, especially as its taxing on the liver.
How would you proceed in this instance? Matthew
Yes, unfortunately, this is a common struggle and a frequent roadblock for recovery in people with severe Candida overgrowth and there isn’t an easy answer. The toxins Candida emits on a daily basis overload the liver, which is why it is weak. When one is going through die off, the amount of toxins can be, and often are, overwhelming.
Some people say you should push through it and force yourself to endure, but I disagree. Too much die off and overwhelming an already overtaxed liver is not a good thing. It will hinder your progress, damage the liver further and can completely incapacitate you. Most people are not able to permit themselves to be so non-functional as they must be able to perform daily commitments and responsibilities.
I recommend a couple of things. First, I suggest either cutting back on the dosage of the current antifungal and see if that provides enough relief to continue forward. If not, then try switching to a less aggressive antifungal. Each person responds differently to each antifungal, so it takes some trial and error to find what works for you.
Some people find significant relief by taking high doses of vitamin C, charcoal tablets and/or bentonite clay. These either help the body detox the toxins better or absorb them. One of the most effective and quick ways to find relief is with an enema. This will clean the toxins out right away. Other helpful steps are getting regular exercise like walking or rebounding.
Additionally, the primary factor that needs to be addressed is to try and support the liver and enhance liver functioning. Two nutrients I have found very helpful for my liver are pantethine and molybdenum. These nutrients help the liver to process acetaldehyde, one of the primary toxins from Candida, thus alleviating some of the congestion in the liver. This didn’t provide me with a complete answer, but very noticeable improvements.
Other crucial nutrients that are needed for enhancing detoxification of the liver are alpha-lipoic acid, glutathione, and milk thistle. Each of these assist the functioning of the liver’s detoxification pathways.
The brand and formula of glutathione one takes is very important. Most forms are not absorbed very effectively. Here is the one I recommend because it is believed to be the most absorbable on the market:
Some practitioners feel it is best to take n-acetyl cysteine instead of glutathione, because of the inabsorbability factor of glutathione. N-acetyl cysteine is metabolized by the body into glutathione more quickly and easily than glutathione itself. It is recommended that two to three times the amount of Vitamin C should be taken with n-acetyl cysteine
It’s important to keep in mind that overcoming Candida is a journey. There are many different factors that contribute to overgrowth and it takes time to put the puzzle together. Not everyone’s puzzle is the same. There are many “nails in the shoe,” so to speak, and they must be pulled out one at a time. A long-term and comprehensive approach, like Ive outlined in Candida Secrets, is usually required.
I always encourage people to listen to their body, be kind to themselves, and not push too hard or too fast.