Candida overgrowth may cause mood changes, chronic fatigue, brain fog, sugar craving, bad breath, white coat on tongue, hormone imbalance, joint pain, loss of sex drive, chronic sinus, allergies, flatulence, bloating, urinary tract infection or weak immune system.
Candidiasis diagnosis is not an easy task however the Candida Questionnaires and DIY Candida Saliva Test may be useful tools for self-diagnosis. Further lab tests from your doctor will need to be done to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor may run the following tests:
- Blood test on Anti-Candida Antibodies – IgG, IgA, and IgM
- Stool Analysis over a few days as Candida does not show up in one single stool test
- Urine Tartaric Acid Test to detect tartaric acid
Do-It-Yourself Candida Saliva Test
1. When you get up in the morning and before you brush your teeth, eat or drink anything, fill a cleared glass with filtered or bottled water at room temperature.
2. Spit some saliva gently into a glass.
3. Come back every 15 minutes for the next hour and check for the following Candida signs:
- If you can see “Strings” (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top
- Cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass
- Or cloudy specks of saliva suspended in the water
These signs indicate a possible fungal overgrowth in the body. If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after an hour, you may be free of Candida and other fungal overgrowth.
A healthy immune system keeps Candida growth at bay. When the immune system is compromised, Candida can grow excessively and spread to places it does not belong to.
Notes: If you are dehydrated, have allergies or have recently eaten some dairy products, the Candida saliva test may likely be “positive” so make sure to keep yourself hydrated and avoid dairy products for a few days before the test to avoid inaccurate reading.
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- Burka Wild D, 2012, The Skin, Tongue and Nails Speak: Observational Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies, Unique Perspective Press, p58
The information contained in this article is provided for your general information only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment of any disease or disorder. If you suffer from any disorders or have any symptoms, please consult with your qualified practitioner before changing your diet or taking any supplements