5 Home Tests To Detect A Yeast Infection

by Eric Bakker N.D. on February 17, 2012. Updated October 2, 2013

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Did You Know You Can Test For  A Yeast Infection At Home?

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By testing for candida in the privacy of your own home, you will not only become aware of your yeast problem, you will often start to learn about cause and effect. The most important thing you can do is to establish why you have developed a candida yeast infection in the first place, and more importantly – how you can avoid future problems by addressing the actual ongoing  or what we term “exciting”causes. Testing will allow you to know the severity of your problem and bring a new sense of awareness to your health problems.

Test # 1 – The Itch Test

Become much more acutely aware of your body for two days – do you have an itchy scalp, itchy eyes, and itchy patches anywhere in or on your body? Do your ears need a good scratch on the inside? Do your feet or toes itch? Write down when you need to itch ANY part of your body and when. You will be amazed at how often you touch your body without even being aware, particularly if you have a candida problem and are itchy. You become so used to itching your body that you actually become totally unaware of its presence. Does your anus itch? Do your feet or hands itch? Look for recurrent itching anywhere and record them for two days.

The lady in this picture has a typical candida skin itch which may be diagnosed as something like “eczema” or even “psoriasis” by some practitioners. Skillful questioning and case taking by the practitioner will illicit a more accurate diagnosis of candida yeast infection, particularly in cases in which the patient has not only an itchy skin and possibly a visible red rash, but in addition there may be other symptoms such as sweet cravings, toe nail fungus and a vaginal irritation. As usual, look at the entire picture. Do you have several symptoms indicative of a candida infection? Itching skin is a classic symptom, and can be often genital, hands, feet, scalp, around the ears or in any warm, moist and dark place of the body, these are the favourite “hideouts” of candida.

Test # 2 – The Craving Test

Become more aware of what you eat, but particularly what you LIKE to eat, how often and when. Those with a yeast infection, and especially a fungal overgrowth in their digestive tract may well crave sweet foods without even knowing it. Do you want something sweet routinely after your evening meal? Do you want something sweet between meals? We could even be referring to breads (especially the white refined supermarket variety) biscuits or cookies (any – they all contain sugar), chocolate bars (that small one you get when you fill your car), that sugar you put into your coffee several times a day, that donut you have a few times per week. Do you see what I’m getting at? Many of us enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but what we may be blissfully unaware of is that we are feeding a lot more than just ourselves – we are feeding a yeast population inside of screaming for food and attention.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people I speak to love sweet stuff and yet say to me “I don’t eat any sugar!” or I’ll hear: “I don’t have sugar in my coffee or tea” but then an hour later they have a cookie, or a soda drink, muesli bar or even a fruit drink which all contain sugar. These folk may even have a glass of wine or can of beer each night yet they “don’t have any added sugar” in their diet.

In the year 1900, the average person consumed less than one kilo of sugar in one year. And today, the average person consumes more than one and a half times their body weight in sugar. Is it any wonder we have a proliferation of these candida yeast bugs in our digestive systems? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we are busy feeding these bugs up several times a day.

Try this trick, eat NO sweet foods for three days and see how you feel. I am not talking about fruits and vegetables, but do avoid citrus like oranges and mandarins. Just keep away from these sugars or any foods or drinks containing them for three days: sugar and other quick-acting carbohydrates including sucrose, high-glucose corn syrup, fructose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, and galactose. Also avoid honey, molasses, maple syrup, maple sugar, and date sugar. Look at labels and packaging and STOP these foods for 72 hours.

Did you crash, develop a headache; feel tired or funny in any way? Then you were too dependent on sugar and may have an addiction here. This test will make a real candida sufferer feel terrible, they may literally feel like “climbing the wall” to get to their sugar fix on the other side. The point I am making here is the stronger the craving and withdrawal the bigger the problem and the more need for self-restraint with the offending food or drink. Try it, you may be quite surprised and know exactly what I mean.

Three days is all you need – but you have to be very strict and just focus on fresh vegetables, meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds and water. In Chinese medicine they say that a person either likes sweet or likes bitter foods, if you love sweet foods you are less inclined to like bitter and the other way around. Try eating more bitter foods such as endive, chicory, silverbeet, radicchio, cos lettuce (outer leaves), mustard greens, dandelion leaf, dandelion root coffee, grapefruit and olive oil. Swedish bitters or bitter herbal medicines like gymnema, gentian or any of the liver or gall bladders herbal medicines are also good to take for a few weeks. The more bitter foods you become to like the less sweet foods you will begin crave, that is my experience with patients in the clinic. And do you know what? Bitter foods stimulate digestion, improve bowel flora and allow your liver and gallbladder to function optimally. You will excrete more waste and toxins, burn more fat and kill more bad bugs in your digestive system as well. And isn’t that sweet…. pardon the pun.

Test # 3 – The Spit Test

Here is a saliva test you can easily do at home, some say it is not effective but I have found it to be very accurate for many with people who have a problem with yeast. While I have found a small percentage of people with candida issues who test negative with test, most with chronic infestations of yeast in their system will come up positive with this saliva test so give it a go.

First thing in the morning, before you put anything in your mouth, get a clear glass fill with water and work up a bit of saliva, then spit it into the glass of water.    Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour. If you have a problem with yeast, you will see strings (like legs) travelling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water.   If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you may well have no yeast problem. But do make sure you eat NOTHING before you do the spit test or you will not get the results you are looking for.

Test # 4 – The Smell Test

Do you know somebody with really bad smelling feet or shoes? Check your tongue in the mirror, is it always coated and your breath offensive? Poor smelling feet, armpits and bad body odor in general tells me you have a bad bacterial population in your digestive system as well as the around the periphery (the skin) of your body. This could be a key sign of dysbiosis or bacterial overgrowth in the small and large intestinal tract. Your breath should not smell “putrid” like the bottom of a bird cage in the morning, it should not be offensive.

You may have gum disease, but if your teeth and gums are fine then you may well have a bacterial or a yeast infection issue somewhere in your digestive system. I don’t generally always find those who have body odor to have a yeast infection problem, they may well need a good detox, but it spells the beginning an a yeasty overgrowth which could very easily become a candida problem. If you have lots of gas, burping, bloating and digestive discomfort you are probably fermenting bugs in your gut and producing gas as a by product and in this case my Permanent Yeast Solution program is well indicated, even more so if you can’t stop eating sweets or candies or drinking soda or fruit juice drinks.

Healthy people with great digestive systems and proper bowel flora generally have a clean pinkish tongue (look at you dog’s tongue), their breath is sweet smelling and they rarely have a bloating or gas problem. Healthy dogs hardly ever have gas, unless you feed them all those table scraps which they should not be having!

Can you say the same about your health, and do you pay much attention to these things? It is the subtle things that we tend to overlook with regards to our health but these are the markers of how our health really is. If we nip small things in the bud NOW (like gas, bloating, and indigestion for example) we can save ourselves plenty of misery as we age. One of my favourite sayings is: “If I’d know I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of my health”.

I believe that a yeast infectionn is most likely responsible for many more problems than it is given credit for, and by performing a regular awareness testing regime like the one I have mentioned above, regularly, you will soon be able to determine if you have a problem and correct a small one before it get’s pretty bad.

I have seen many hundreds of patients with bowel cancer over the past ten years in particular, and do you know what nearly all of them have told me? That they suffered from gas, bloating, irregular bowel motions at times, and paid little to no attention for many years to the trivial digestive complaints we all get from time to time. But in retrospect, they’d wished they had paid more attention to these signs and symptoms of an impending problem. And then one day they passed a bit of blood and the diagnosis quickly followed. It’s a shame that many don’t value real health…until they have a lack of it. And then it’s often too late.

Test # 5 – The Candia-5 Blood Test

CanDia5® Is the world’s first and only blood based professional home test for candidiasis. This accurate test utilizes just a small drop of whole blood taken from a finger stick to provide accurate diagnosis within 5 minutes. This is the test I recommend for physicians to use in their clinics, and for patients to use at home – it is simply brilliant and will tell you within minutes if you have a candida yeast infection. An especially useful test when used with the other 4 tests above.

CanDia5 is the only known test which can accurately detect the presence of not only candida albicans, but for antibodies of the four common candida species C.albicans, C.glabrata, C.tropicalis and C.parapsiloiss

You should be able to access this test through your health care professional, or simply do an online search for a supplier of this unique home test. It is inexpensive and very accurate – and you have your answer in minutes.

If any of the home tests are positive then CLICK HERE to read How and Why You Need to Eliminate That Candida Yeast Infection.

My book Candida Crusher is finally available, you can order it right now, you can get it through candidacrusher.com . Did you know there are in fact – 8 Home Tests, and even my Home Test Tracker© in my book? So, on this page you are only reading a part of the entire home testing protocol I outline in great detail in Candida Crusher! And guess what, nearly all these tests are free!

 

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