Generally, we want to limit die-off to what our body can process and move out. This means moving toward GAPS gradually, adding probiotics only after the initial stage of the diet’s die-off has passed, starting with tiny amounts of probiotics (including probiotic foods), for example, not more than 1/10th capsule of BioKult, and working up very slowly, etc.
Where acute die-off does occur, the following will make a big difference:
- rotated detox (die-off relief) baths
- avoiding probiotics and probiotic foods until feeling better
- staying hydrated (electrolytes, not just water)
- lots of rest
- fresh air (open windows or sit outdoors)
- gentle exercise (walking) in fresh air.
In extreme cases, where the die-off feels truly intolerable, activated charcoal (AC) can be considered. Purchase this from any health food store and follow the directions on the bottle. Because AC will absorb not only toxins but also nutrients, limit use to ‘as needed’.
Please do not underestimate the importance of these supports. During die-off, the body needs help to stay well. Think in threes: Three die-off relief baths; three hours of fresh air; three hours of rest in the daytime; 1-3 bowel movements; etc.