About six weeks into GAPS, I took a single capsule of s boulardii, a friendly yeast which attacks and mops up candida. Oh my goodness…die-off, anyone?!? My body went into a state of acute agitation. I wanted to rip the skin off my own body. I was terrified. Happily, I recognized what was happening and swallowed two capsules of activated charcoal, then went for a walk in the fresh air. All was soon well.
Ever since that episode, I’ve been warning people to start with a miniscule dose of boulardii.
Fast forward a year and a half: I’ve continued doing GAPS this whole time and have now also committed to a three week course of s boulardii. Upon taking a full capsule, I experienced no problem. I’ve now taken one for each of the past three days, still with no noticeable impact. I will probably work up to two caps per day next week.
I like moments like these where we can see clearly how ill we were at the beginning of the program and how well our bodies are now. At the beginning of the journey, “two years” sounded like an impossibly long time. The fact is, I’ve been so happy on GAPS -no shortage of great food with no cravings- that as intense as some of the healing moments have felt, the 1.5 years on GAPS has felt like mere days (really).