Why you can get that drunk or hungover feeling with candida…

Why you can get that drunk or hungover feeling with candida…

The symptoms of candida overgrowth and a hangover after drinking alcohol are so similar:

  • Brain fog / feeling spaced out. 
  • Memory issues
  • Poor concentration
  • Silly behaviour or ‘giddiness’
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Acetaldehyde is produced by candida overgrowth and this is responsible when you have a candida infection, candida detox and after alcohol consumption.

Exposure to acetaldehyde can also come from multiple chemical sensitivities including, exhaust fumes or pollution, smoking and high sugar foods.

Some people are able to clear this chemical, while some struggle to clear it through the detoxification pathways. 

Acetaldehydes are highly toxic and if they are not cleared, they can affect the brain (i.e. neurotoxin), nervous system and many other internal organs such as the thyroid, as well as damaging cells such as the red blood cells. This toxin can also cause a variety of symptoms discussed above.

I feel this toxin is certainly part of the picture for many clients I work with, including those with PANS.

A couple of tips on how to remove acetaldehydes:


For acetaldehyde to be broken down into harmless acetate, there is one particular enzyme that the body needs, molybdenum is one of the key players in this step. I see a deficiency of this mineral in many hair mineral tests. This mineral is also involved in sulfur clearance too. 

Vitamin B3 – research suggests that B3 might help to prevent the build-up of acetaldehyde. 

Alpha lipoic acid: has been found to bind to excess aldehydes, reduce aldehyde production and increase aldehyde excretion. Just a cautionary side note, Alpha lipoic acid can reduce heavy metals, so this may not be suitable for everyone. 

Vitamin B1 – Removal of acetaldehydes can be slowed due to poor vitamin B1 deficiency.  Acetaldehydes are also thought to deplete B1.

Magnesium – also needed to turn toxic acetaldehyde into harmless acetate.

Binders – in ‘some’ cases such as Biotoxin binder. Again, not suitable for everyone.