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Regular readers of my site will know by now that there is no easy, quick and guaranteed way of checking for Candida yeast infection. However there are numerous tests you can do in the privacy of your own home which will give you some indication as to whether or not you have a Candida infection. By participating in the test above and working your way through the simple techniques and checks below, you can gain good insight as to whether or not your symptoms are caused by this opportunistic organism.
1. The Itch Test
Often there will be an increased level of itching which can appear on any part of the body when a yeast infection is present. Of course, itching is a normal sensory response and will happen regularly without an underlying health condition, but with a yeast infection this itching will occur more frequently. Try making a record of each time you itch over the course of 2 days and not only the frequency of itching but also where it occurs. Anal itching often becomes frequent and persistent with a yeast infection, but this is in addition to more subtle itching which can occur anywhere on the body. Also get someone to check your scalp for hidden rashes. You may itch your head more frequently but there could be a rash hiding in there which many clinicians may broadly diagnose as an allergy, eczema or psoriasis without looking for the root cause. Often patients receiving treatment for such conditions find that although it may reduce the itching and keep the rash under control, it never actually goes away.
Other areas to watch out for are genital itching or itching on hands and particularly feet. In fact, be more aware of itching which occurs in areas that are conducive to Candida and are generally dark, moist and warm.
2. Sugar Craving Test
One of the main indicators of a yeast infection is a craving for the sweet stuff. This is because yeasts, and Candida in particular, feed off sugars, and the more they get the more they want. You may always have had a sweet tooth, which incidentally could have been an indication that an overgrowth was brewing, but now even you have noticed it’s developed into a ‘must have’ craving.
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Often this can happen when you experience an aggravating factor. This can be in the form of something like recently prescribed antibiotics or corticosteriods. These are drugs which tip the balance between harmony of the microflora in the digestive tract and dominance by one particular strain. If you have noticed a recent surge in your cravings for sweet things, then see if you can track it back to one particular incident. Often however, as in the case where women have been taking oral contraceptives for prolonged periods, this craving gradually increases over time and is far more subtle. This makes my next test even more relevant and can help in locating just where the problem might lie and if your craving is actually an addiction.
Of course there is also an underlying problem which most everyone is subjected to, and that is the issue of sugars being added to food. Even if we don’t normally have a craving for sweet things the contemporary consumer is subjected to food filled with different kinds of sugar at the manufacturing stage and very often just to enhance the taste. This means that Candida, whether we like it or not, often gets an extra boost without us even considering it.
Trying my sugar craving test will go a long way to establishing if you have an overgrowth of Candida which is triggering those cravings. All you have to do is stay off the sweet stuff for 3 days. Sounds simple? Well, if it is then you probably don’t have a yeast overgrowth, however if it becomes problematic for you, then you quite likely do. When I talk of sweet stuff it isn’t simply the sugar in your coffee that you need to cut out. Sugars in sodas, chocolate and even fruits just have to go. This includes fruits in soft drinks, and even alcohol. It should go without saying that cookies, cakes and even health bars and breakfast cereals are a no-go area too. However, even when you cut back to what you might consider is a no-sugar diet, you will still be having indirect sugars through dairy products and even things like processed ham and other meats which often have sugar added. This goes to show that cutting sugar out of your diet completely is practically an impossibility today, but omitting the obvious ones and assessing the reaction of your body will help you establish whether you have a Candida overgrowth or not.
If you feel a little woozy or even queasy, then your body might likely be going into withdrawal. You also may feel so fatigued that you crash, you may develop a headache or feel increasingly short-tempered. These, unfortunately, are all signs that you are actually not craving sugar but are addicted to it.
Fortunately if you can stick to this test for 3 days then you should start to see improvements in your health at the end of it. If you do, then obviously starving those Candida organisms is the way to go in the future.
If you want to give your digestive tract a helping hand along the way try eating foods which are more bitter. By stimulating the acidity of the stomach acid you actually increase the digestive processes of the gut and obtain more nutrients from your food. This makes up for the energy boosts you would normally get from sugar. Swedish bitters have long since been used as a digestive aid and are completely herbal. Another digestive bitter to look out for is genetian root which many people prefer to Swedish bitters. Eating fresh bitter vegetables such as endives and chicory are also known to stimulate the digestive processes and to kill off those sugar cravings.
3. Saliva Test or Spit Test
Although it is usually the subject of some debate I have found the saliva or spit test to be extremely effective in diagnosing patients with Candida overgrowth. The one rule you have to remember with this test is to try it first thing in the morning before you have anything to eat or drink, and even before you have brushed your teeth. Simply fill a clear glass with water and spit into it. It’s that easy. If the spit floats on the top and it’s still there an hour later, then the chances are that you do not have a yeast infection. However there are other things to look out for which may be signs of a yeast infection. If the spit stays on top of the water but it has tendrils or strands floating down from it then that is a positive sign for Candida. If the spit sinks, either to the middle section of the water or right to the very bottom, then these too are good indicators that something is amiss in your digestive tract. Also you might see that the spit causes the water to cloud or there are specks in the water where they have broken off from the main body of saliva. If this happens it is also not a good sign.
4. Smell Test
One thing which commonly arises with digestive dysfunction is the increase of unpleasant body odors. Even when people are exacting in their hygiene routines they often find that their body is emitting smells which are less than pleasant. These may come from many different regions. Some people find they have increased underarm perspiration even when they have not been performing energetically. Some people suffer from foot odor which emits a fusty or musty smell and is apparent even right after bathing. Others have increased smells from the genital region and in this case it is extremely important not to aggravate it by wearing hose, tight nylon underwear, or heavy tight pants such as jeans or coveralls. Where possible wear cotton and let as much air circulate as possible.
Many other people find they have bad breath even when teeth are in good condition and they brush and floss regularly. In some people it is so significant they actually refer to it as ‘bowel breath.’
Of course, one of the major issues when it comes to unpleasant odors is that of flatulence. Although this is a normal thing, particularly when the body is in a resting position at night-time, during the day continual farting is not. This is all the more distinctive when it is accompanied by unpleasant odors.
Belching can accompany or indicate Candida overgrowth but more often this type of gas manifests as indigestion or bloating. The real problem is increased flatulence which increases for no apparent reason or shortly after eating.
Many people, although embarrassed to discuss it, do notice a general increase of unpleasant odors emanating from their body when they suffer a Candida infection. It may not be something you wish to discuss openly, but it is worth noting that if you are becoming aware of unwarranted odors then investigating a Candida overgrowth might well be worth your while.
5. Tongue Test
Many of us are old enough to remember a time when one of the first things a clinician did when undertaking an examination was to ask the patient to stick out their tongue. Unfortunately this practice doesn’t seem to be as common today which is a shame since the tongue can reveal many underlying health issues.
When your digestive system is healthy your tongue looks healthy too and is generally a good pinkish color all over. However when the color of your tongue changes this is highly representative of digestive problems. Although contemporary clinicians should recognize this, it has been known for many centuries in Chinese medicine. If you see a coating on your tongue which can range from white to a yellow or brown shade, then you are looking at an imbalance of digestive flora. The Chinese interpret problems with the sides of the tongue as being indicative of liver health, the tip of the tongue represents the stomach, the front of the tongue as being the upper intestine and the back of the tongue as the large intestine or colon. In reality this usually proves to be absolutely correct and many people with a Candida infection will find either the front and, more usually, the back of the tongue are coated and discolored. If this is you then it is most certainly worth your while getting checked out for Candida overgrowth.
6. Sound Test
Have you got Borborygmus? Not heard of it, well, it’s the medical term for the sound your stomach and intestines make when they gurgle and rumble. And, if you have an overgrowth of Candida then the odds are you are more than likely to be a sufferer. Under normal circumstances the human digestive system is very nearly silent. Yet when you suffer from digestive disturbance then your stomach will rumble and complain and will constantly try to embarrass you in public. But a rumbling stomach is more than simply embarrassing, it is an indication that your digestive function is dysfunctional and, quite likely, you have dysbiosis or an imbalance of digestive microflora. The noises that you hear are actually those of a fermentation process, and although you might think both the noises and the process are normal, they most certainly are not. Food in the digestive tract is normally degraded and pretty quickly, whereas fermentation is a slow process and one, which most people realize, makes gas. This is why many people with borborygmus will also suffer from excessive flatulence. Instead of the digestive system effectively degrading food quickly, it is disposing of it much more slowly and by way of fermentation. Add the sound test to your list of things to do and, although I recommend that you check and record on a weekly basis the progress of your stomach rumblings, if they start to improve a lot of people will notice the sound of silence much more quickly.
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Benjamin munene says
I was found with yeast infection early September 2015, I was first treated with ketakenazole and diazole but they didn’t end, I took a second test which tested positive again, I was given tinidazole and cyplofloxin but still in the third test they are positive, I have allot of problems with my stomach, headaches, muscle aching joint aching, feeling weak, fatigue and lack of conscious, what can I do to eliminate the yeast out of my body. please help me.
Well, I still struggle with the stuff but there have been a few major break throughs where I experienced no symptoms, had extreme energy, great moods and no rashes. It is at these points where I feel that maybe I got too confident, went off the regimen and thus allowed the candida to “regroup.” I am not currently in that mode but go carefully and deliberately because, in my experience, when you strong arm the candida and kill them too wantonly, the herxheimer reaction that you experience can be borderline debilitating. However, despite its unpleasantness, this is actually a good thing as it lets you know that the protocol that you are using is actually working. This “die-off” of the yeast creates immediate release of toxins which overwhelm the liver and immune system. It will wear off from anywhere between hours and days. It actually feels quite like a hangover as I imagine the two conditions are very similar in nature. Anyhow, here is the protocol that I have found to put major dents in my candida;
Fresh oregano in cooking
Fresh rosemary in cooking
turmeric and black pepper together in cooking
garlic, the fresher the better
apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s especially)
eschewing sugar and most carbohydrate aside from tubers (I don’t eat many legumes as a rule)
minimal to no alcohol
full fat organic or even better, grass fed yogurt.
real and basic sauerkraut (do not cook it)
home cultured vegetables (fermented)
This is all off the top of my head but if you incorporate these items into your weekly regimen, I believe that you will see the results that I did. Remember though, stick to it and follow through. Good luck.
Sherry Kopack says
In my case, I have had GERD for many years and a year ago was diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. I also have fungus in my esophagus which is the candida overgrowth. My esophagus hurts whenever I consume turmeric, garlic, peppermint, apple cider vinegar, etc. Is there anything I can do to kill off this candida overgrowth that doesn’t hurt my esophagus? I also read that the grapefruit seed extract causes heartburn. Is there anyone else out there who has this same problem?
The one thing you can do with apple cider vinegar is mix it in a bit of water with baking soda as they both work very well together. It is easier for the stomach to digest and the baking soda helps with Uric Acid, so it is easy on the stomach when it is absorbed together. The two of them combined together almost act like a home made Alka-Seltzer.
It is high in sodium, so make sure you do not take too much a day; maybe check to see how long something like this can be taken for. I do not take it everyday. You should be able to Google something on it. Also, make sure you buy Aluminum free baking soda. I use Bob’s Red Mill Premium Quality Baking Soda.
If you have Candida it is best to stay away from all processed foods, sugars, but I am sure you already know this. There is also a lot of information on Candida. I am also dealing with it as well.
Has anyone been tested for everything even fungus and negative and still feel dizzy and burning after eating. My spit test is definitely positive with about 1/8 inch of sand like stuff on bottom. I don’t know if I’m experiencing die off or what but this is awful. I feel like I could vomit at any time and forget things starting to wonder if I have a brain tumor.
Do some research on the herxheimer reaction. I felt the same way I thought I was going to die until I learned about the Herx effect and how to control it. Good luck to you.
We have done a comprehensive video on topic of Herx reaction/effect that you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr3AzDtzI4c