Candida

December 9, 2015

You might be wondering: What on earth is candida?

An imbalance in your gut flora can lead to an overgrowth of a yeast called candida (Candida albicans), a type of fungus that lives naturally within the human body and aids digestion and nutrient absorption.  When your candida levels are out of balance, the organism is kept in check by your good bacteria.  If your microflora is imbalanced, however, candida can becore destructive, breaking down the wall of the intestine and penetrating into the bloodstream, thereby releasing toxic by-products into your body that can cause a raft of debilitating symptoms.

If you have an autoimmune problem there’s a good chance you have an imbalance in your gut microflora and an overgrowth of yeast in your body.

 

Ten Common Candida Symptoms

  1. Chronic fatigue, lethargy, brain fog
  2. Muscle and joint pain and fibromyalgia
  3. Skin and nail fungal infections, athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
  4. Oral and vaginal thrush, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  5. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive disturbances, such as bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea, and new sensitivities to foods eaten regularly
  6. Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma and multiple sclerosis
  7. Inability to concentrate, disorientation, poor memory, lack of focus, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and headaches
  8. Skin and allergy problems such as sinusitis, itching, hay fever, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes and recurrent colds or tonsillitis
  9. Heart palpitations, irritability, mood swings and anxiety or depression
  10. Sugar and refined-carbohydrate cravings, sensitivities to chemicals and perfumes, alcohol intolerance and increased susceptibility to the side effects of medications.

 

Simple Yeast Test

A simple yeast test you can do that takes 15 minutes and all you need is a glass of water and a sample of your own saliva.

  1.  Within 30 minutes of waking up, fill a glass with water and spit into it. (make sure you do this before you rinse, spit, or eat or drink anything.
  2. Wait 15 minutes then check your result.
NORMAL – Your saliva floats on the surface
HIGH LEVELS OF YEAST – The glass is cloudy and your saliva sinks to the bottom like sediment.  If your saliva floats but has tiny strings hanging down into the water that makes it look like a jellyfish, or you see specks within the water, this could also mean you have too much yeast in your system.
If you’re worried about your yeast levels, its always best to visit your local integrative medical practitioner, who can take swabs, or blood, stool or urine samples to check your yeast overgrowth.

Candida and bad bacteria feed off sugar so its important to avoid sugar for a period of time to kill off the bad bacteria in your gut.

 

Reference: Heal your gut – Lee Holmes