You may have heard mentions about candida, gut health and the anti-candida diet. But have you ever wondered what it’s all about? To put it simply, an imbalance in your gut flora (aka the good and bacteria in your gut) can lead to an overgrowth of candida.
Candida is basically a form of yeast that lives naturally within the human body and assists with digestion and nutrient absorption. When it is in balance candida levels of existence are kept in check by the good bacteria in your body. But if there is an imbalance of bacteria, candida can become destructive and cause a raft of symptoms. If you have an auto-immune problem there’s a good chance that you have an imbalance of flora in your gut and an overgrowth of candida in your body.
Here are some common candida symptoms
- Chronic fatigue and lethargy
- Muscle and joint pain
- Skin and nail fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
- Oral and vaginal thrush and urinary tract infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome and digestive disturbances such as bloating, gas, constipation or new sensitivities to foods you previously used to eat regularly
- Auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and psoriasis
- Inability to concentrate, disorientation, poor memory and headaches
- Skin and allergy problems such as sinusitis, itching, hayfever, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes and recurrent colds or tonsillitis
- Heart palpitations, irritability and mood swings
- Sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
- Sensitivities to chemicals and perfumes and alcohol intolerance
DIY candida test
Any of these symptoms starting to sound familiar? Here’s a simple DIY test that you can do to see whether candida has overgrown in your body. The test takes 15 minutes and all you need is a glass of water and your saliva.
Here´s how to do it: First thing in the morning place water into a glass and spit into it within 30 minutes of waking up. Make sure you do it first thing before you rinse, spit or eat or drink anything. It takes fifteen minutes for a result. A normal result will show that your saliva will float on the surface, but if the glass is cloudy and your saliva sinks to the bottom of the glass like sediment, you may be seeing colonies of yeast.
Also, if the saliva on top has tiny strings that start to hang down that may look like jelly fish, or you see specks floating in the middle of the glass, then this could also show you have too much yeast in your system. This is a quick test that you can do at home but if you are worried it is always best to visit your local integrative medical practitioner who will be able to do further testing for candida overgrowth.
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