15 Ways to Prevent a Healing Crisis & Detox Symptoms

15 Ways to Prevent a Healing Crisis
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski authorDr. Donna Schwontkowski, DC
M.S. Nutrition & Herbology
Detoxification Expert

Causes | Symptoms | Prevention tips | Detox juice recipe

Hands down, the best way to prevent a healing crisis and detox symptoms is to address certain imbalances before you get started. Only then you can proceed cautiously with your body detox program.

Your Detox Checklist

In this article, we’ll review 15 things you must do (or stop doing) in order to prevent a healing crisis and detox symptoms.

Will also look into natural ways to support your detoxification pathways and organ of elimination using foods, supplements, herbs, and a detox juice recipe.

Healing Crisis Causes

What causes a healing crisis could be one of three things:

  1. Parasite die-off
  2. Candida die-off
  3. Toxin overload that your body can’t handle

If you kill too many parasites too fast, it’s called a parasite die-off. Your body gets overwhelmed with cleaning up the wreckage.

If you have candida overgrowth, the yeast are literally everywhere in your body – in the vaginal tract, in the GI tract, residing in different organs, and hanging out in stubborn biofilms that serve as their refuge caves.

A candida die-off occurs when you consume something that is extremely potent against Candida. Many of them die off at the same time. Their dead ‘yeast bodies’ have to be dealt with by the immune system scavenger cells, and it may take a few days to come up to par to deal with the huge numbers. Those few days are when you get detox symptoms.

Related: Parasite cleanse, candida cleanse.

What Does a Healing Crisis Feel Like?
Common Detox Symptoms

What Does a Healing Crisis Feel Like? Common Detox Symptoms Detox symptoms can affect your entire body and may include: Flu-like symptoms, fever Nausea Bloating "Brain fog" Muscle pain, joint pain Dizziness Headache Fatigue Chills Elevated heart rate Skin breakouts.

Detox symptoms can affect your entire body and may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms, fever
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • “Brain fog”
  • Muscle pain, joint pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Skin breakouts.

These are common when people don’t do detox right and parasite die-off and candida die-off occurs.

What Happens During A Healing Crisis

What happens inside your body when you have a healing crisis is similar to what happens in the nation when there’s been a disaster.

In the first few days, the initial rescue teams go in and take care of life-threatening situations. (This is equivalent to you adding some detox compounds initially).

Meanwhile, rescue organizations have to spend time organizing their efforts to get to the site where the relief is needed. Similarly,  your body has to step up its detoxification systems so the process can work more smoothly. During the wait, the rescued people are suffering for those first few days or week. Likewise, you experience detox symptoms.

In any disaster, the biggest blocks to quick relief are:

  • Trained staff are not ready to be deployed. (Equivalent to your immune system and your detoxification systems are not operating at full capacity because your nutritional status is not good enough)
  • The staff deployed have no equipment. (Equivalent to your body’s colon, liver, kidneys and skin unable to deal with toxin removal)
  • Another disaster happened somewhere else. (Your body has to battle systemic inflammation or a few different diseases simultaneously)

Do you see the parallels?

You may prevent, minimize or ease detox symptoms during candida cleanse, parasite cleanse, and overall body detox once these three issues are addressed first:

  1. Boost your vitamin / mineral status before starting.
  2. Decrease systemic inflammation easily without stirring up too much detox in the body.
  3. Increase your exit routes for the toxins. Especially the intestines, kidneys and liver who play a key role in toxin elimination.

When you do this, you avoid parasite die-offs and candida die-offs. This is important because if you do feel bad, you will not continue. And if you don’t continue your detox cleanse, then the toxins will win. So not only you will not get better, you may even get sicker.

Forget the Myth About Having a Healing Crisis

You don’t need to feel bad before you feel good! And whoever started that whole Herxheimer reaction philosophy had to be someone that had limited knowledge of the process![1]

No blame here, as there was very little information on the proper way to do detox cleanses 40-60 years ago, but things are different now! It’s known how to prevent candida die-off and parasite die-off symptoms

So think about this for a minute. What are you doing right now in your life – in your daily or weekly habits – that is contributing to your toxin loads or to inflammation in your body?

10 Ways to Avoid Detox Symptoms from Parasites and Candida

Here’s a list of common habits that may cause a healing crisis:

  1. Smoking

Even cutting down your cigarette smoking to half of what you normally do is an improvement. Not doing this means you can expect a Healing crisis.

  1. Drinking alcohol

Again, if you’re almost addicted, you could try cutting the amount down to half and make progress.

  1. Not drinking enough water

Even adding only two cups daily in the morning when you wake up makes your body smile. Water dissolves the toxins so they can be moved out of the body. Hydration is essential for proper kidney function.[2]
Not drinking enough water will cause a Healing crisis.

  1. Drinking 4 or more cups coffee a day

This one you have to be a bit careful about, and decrease the number of cups by only 1 cup every 4-5 days, or decrease the amount of coffee grounds you use by one-fourth. Cutting out coffee too fast will give you a headache and can contribute to a Healing crisis.

  1. Not eating enough fiber during the day

Adding an apple, a pear and ½ cup black beans every day will bump up your fiber by another 12-15 grams, which is significant! Fiber can bind to certain toxins and also supports healthy bowel movements. Leaving toxins in the body is one of the biggest reasons of a Healing Crisis.

  1. Not eating enough veggies each day

Almost every grocery store has ready-to-go salad ingredients calling out to you, “Choose me!” from the produce section. Adding a 1-quart salad to your daily meals adds only 3-4 minutes of food prep, yet it does more good for your body than you can imagine! These life-giving foods bind to toxins in your digestive tract and nourish your body with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

  1. Coming to grips with constipation

Cleansing your colon with ozonated magnesium oxides before the detox is especially helpful and you’ll feel more emotionally stable afterward and during your detox.

  1. Never addressed any potential vitamin or mineral deficiencies if you have been pregnant

Babies eat up your own body’s nutrients. Your body sees the developing fetus as the #1 priority and will rob all your nutrient stores to fulfill this priority. This is why moms can easily lose teeth during and shortly after pregnancy. The calcium goes for the baby!

The antidote here is to take a multivitamin at double the regular dose.
There’s only one precaution in this: stay at 15 mg iron/day if you’re female (and 9 mg/day if you’re male). Also, keep the calcium <2300 mg daily for females and <1200 for males.

  1. Eating foods you are allergic to or sensitive to

Cut them out and you’ll be amazed at how good you will feel. They can increase systemic inflammation and take a toll on your immune system.

  1. Eating GMO foods

Eat more high-quality, non-GMO and non-commercial farmed protein, which supports your liver’s detoxification function.

Can you prepare for your cleanse by stopping a few of the things on your list, or changing to the new suggestions? Sure!

How many of them can you do in the two weeks prior to your candida or parasite cleanse? Since many of these can be done simultaneously, you could even choose 4 or five of them and not have to worry about any reactions. Instead you’ll just feel better and better.

Or you could take a longer period of time – say three weeks to initiate these changes if you feel you need more time. These changes are so positive that they are some of the best prep you could do for your cleanse. Yes, this slows down your cleansing goals but actually what you’re doing is concentrating on the overall picture of health and steadily making progress BEFORE CLEANSING.

4 Ways to Prevent Candida Die-Off, Parasite Die-Off and a Healing Crisis

Now that we covered the basics, the next thing to know is what to actually do to prevent and decrease any possibility of having a Healing Crisis. This can be thought of as a phase 2. It’s before you start any antiparasitic agent, antifungal agent, and liver cleanse.

Here’s the list:

  1. Activated charcoal tablets

Taking two charcoal tablets a few hours before bed with a large 12 ounce glass of water goes a long way to suck up toxins and inflammation in your body. It works better than turmeric for most people.

Charcoal is so good at absorbing toxins that it’s good enough to use for blood poisoning. Imagine what it will do for those who have candida. Parasites also are absorbed and deactivated with charcoal in the body.

Active Charcoal can prevent the absorption of other supplements. Always take it on an empty stomach by itself.

It may lead to constipation, so always make sure you drink enough water. Cleansing your colon with ozonated magnesium oxides may help to prevent constipation and support the toxin elimination throughout normal bowel movements.

  1. Liposomal Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best detoxification methods to do. Not only is it detoxifying but it’s also a potent natural anti-aging agent. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, too.

Taking 1 teaspoon of liposomal vitamin C in ½ cup pineapple juice twice daily gives you over 2000 mg extra per day. It increases your energy levels too. Liposomal delivery system offers higher absorption compared to traditional vitamin C supplements.[3]

  1. Sauna sessions

A sauna session is only about 15 minutes long but it does much to open up your pores. Toxins are eliminated through your pores. Using an infrared sauna is good because you slip into the 120 degrees Fahrenheit sauna with a towel and washcloth to soak up the sweat. You’ll notice smells come out of your skin; these are toxins. Doing a sauna session three times a week is helpful not only for detoxification but also strengthens your heart and makes your skin glow.

  1. Sulforaphane

This amazing supplement turns on all the body’s detox pathways. The problem is that many of them have been turned off by exposure to glyphosate, the pesticide on just about every food these days. Glyphosate is even used on some crops to speed up the dehydration process after harvesting. Only one capsule 30 mg is needed daily.

  1. Glutathione

Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants and cellular detoxifiers found in every cell in the body. It has the ability to neutralize and bind to water-soluble toxins, so they are marked or targeted to be removed by the body and in the liver.[4]

You Can Use Juice To Stay Away from A Healing Crisis, Too

The Healing Crisis Detox Juice recipe: A special juice recipe you can make that may help you prevent healing crisis and detox symptoms. Drinking 12 ounces of this juice can also help you detox gently before you start your parasite or candida cleanse.

And here’s a special juice you can make that is loaded with antioxidants. Drinking 12 ounces of this juice can also help you detox gently before you start your parasite or candida cleanse.

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Tomato Veggie Internal Detox Nutritional Drink

A special juice recipe you can make that may help you prevent healing crisis and detox symptoms. Drinking 12 ounces of this juice can also help you detox gently before you start your parasite or candida cleanse.
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Juice
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Healing Crisis Detox Juice Recipe
Servings: 1 people
Author: Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, DC


  • 2 large heritage tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 4 ribs celery
  • 1 handful kale
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup ice
  • pinch celtic salt
  • pinch pepper


  • Juice all ingredients.
  • Add a pinch of celtic salt and pinch of pepper.
  • Pour over ice.
  • Add a celery rib for garnish. Enjoy!

Enjoy the Benefits Of Safe Cleansing Without a Healing Crisis

Avoiding a Healing Crisis when doing a Parasite or Candida cleanse is easy these days. Make it an experiment and see what works for you. Keep a journal so you can use the information in the future, too.


  1. The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction: revisited.
  2. National Kidney foundation, 6 Tips To Be “Water Wise” for Healthy Kidneys
  3. Liposomal-encapsulated Ascorbic Acid: Influence on Vitamin C Bioavailability and Capacity to Protect Against Ischemia–Reperfusion Injury
  4. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Glutathione! Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND, Editor in Chief.