DIY 48 Second Test for Candida
You may have come across the topic of candida in various health and wellness forums. Candida is a form of fungus, and a very small amount of it lives in our bodies. In very small amounts, Candida is very helpful, as it aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. However, an overgrowth of this fungus / yeast is called Candida albicans. It is a serious health condition as Candida can proliferate throughout your digestive system. This compromises your immune and digestive system (causing liver and bowel dysfunction). An overgrowth of candida can also lead to skin rashes. Candida is caused by an opportunistic microflora which over proliferates in the body when the conditions are right, such as an acidic, damp and sugary environment.
Did you know that a Candida overgrowth can also be at the root of symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, food cravings, allergies, anxiety, depression and skin rashes in men and women of all ages, even babies?
The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keeps your candida levels in check. But several food products can cause the candida population to get out of hand. Are you consuming these?
Alcohol is produced by yeast fermentation. However, the alcohol content in beer rarely exceeds 6%, so there is often traces of live yeast which are left behind, even if the beer is clear and filtered. In fact, there is probably yeast in your beer unless it was pasteurized.
Candida Albicans need organic, carbon-based compounds to provide them with energy. They use this energy to grow and build their cell walls, which are comprised 80% of carbohydrates.
Just as eating lots of sugars can promote a Candida overgrowth, eating fewer sugars can slow down or reverse your Candida. A 2011 study found that carbohydrates were “indispensable” both for cellular growth and for the transition into fungal form. Depriving the Candida of its food source will slow its growth and prevent that transition from happening. A diet free of yeast and sugar will help your body to fight Candida infection. Avoid bread, alcohol, mushrooms and yeast spreads, as well as sugar in any form. (Hint – when checking ingredient lists, words ending in -ose, such as maltose, lactose and glucose, generally refer to forms of sugar).
The bad news is that we are eating more and more sugar every year. In fact it is estimated that Americans consumed more than three times the recommended amount of added sugar per day. A USDA study found that a typical American consumes a massive 30 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
Kombucha is brewed using a starter culture called a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for: Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. Did you catch that last word? YEAST? Kombucha is a culture specifically designed to promote the growth of yeast. Anyone trying to control yeasts and Candida in their system should avoid it.
There are several types of candidiasis:
- If it is in the mouth or throat, it is called oral candidiasis, oropharyngeal candidiasis, or thrush.
- If it affects the genital area, it is called a yeast infection. In women, it may be called a vulvovaginal yeast infection.
- If yeast infects the skin on a baby’s bottom area, it causes a diaper rash.
- If the infection enters your bloodstream, it is called invasive candidiasis or candidemia.
Always remember that symptoms depend on which part of the body is infected. But here are the most common manifestation of Candida Infection:
- Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
- Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
So how can we test for Candida overgrowth? Some of the most noted are through the blood test, stool testing and urine dysbiosis profile test. But our friend Christa Orecchio will teach us how to detect if we have a Candida Infection through a simple and convenient test! It is done by:
Step 1: Fill up a glass of water half way first thing in the morning without eating or drinking anything.
Step 2: Spit in the glass of water (about dime size)
Step 3: Watch it for 2-3 times (For over 45 minutes)
Does the spit sink to the bottom or grow legs into the glass of water? If it does, that means that you have candida overgrowth.
There are many ways to be Candida-free but effectively treating candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keeps them in check, and healing your gut so that candida growth can be controlled. Getting rid of the candida overgrowth primarily requires a change in diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours would be ideal.
Also, eliminating all fermented foods and reducing to only one cup a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from increasing in number. Using diet alone could take some time before the Candida is back under control. But it will free you from the symptoms that you are currently experiencing. Imagine waking up in the morning feeling energized, focused and revitalized!
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