You may already
have an idea whether you have a candida yeast infection, but to be sure you may
want to be tested or review a symptom checklist. Candida testing through
your doctor is a complicated process, and the results are not conclusive.
Current Medical Tests:
- Stool Analysis:
Even though this test may show large amounts of Candida in the stool the fact
that Candida Albicans is a normal inhabitant of the digestive tract means that
the test must be interpreted quantitatively. In many instances Candida colonies
may adhere to the intestinal wall and result in false negative results.
Determining lactobacilli numbers in the stool is necessary for a reliable
- This test is not extremely accurate and false negatives results are fairly
- Looks at the relation between IgM (short-term) and IgG (long-term) anti-bodies.
With a severe case of Candida IgG should be higher than IgM.
- A good existing test is to look at the level
of yeast in the blood and compare it to the antibodies’ response. A weakened
antibody response indicates a weakened immune system, a common side effect
associated with Candida.
There are no unequivocal objective tests to verify the
existence of Candida infection. The above tests, plus skin tests, blood tests,
muscle testing and radionics are used to detect the presence of Candida, which is normally an inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract and skin even
among healthy people; so these tests have their many false positives and
Candida infection is a complex condition triggered by
more than one factor, which is what makes it very difficult to get under
control. This is one of the reasons why doctors still find this chronic
condition so hard to eliminate using prescription drugs and over-the-counters. Candida
infection, especially when it becomes systemic, is not limited to the area where
the symptoms occur.
The best advice I can give you is the self-diagnosis. Below
are two simple and easy (also free) tests you can take at home. Still to date the main source of
testing for candida is through a symptoms checklist and response to
Simple Candidiasis Tests
Here are two tests you can do at home yourself and get a
pretty accurate idea as to whether you are experiencing a problem with candida
1. Saliva Test
thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, get a clear glass
and fill with water. Work up a bit of saliva and then spit it into the glass of
water. Check the water within 2-3 minutes, then within every 15 minutes.
If you have a mild
candida yeast infection, you will see strings, like cloudy legs, traveling down
into the water from the saliva floating on the top. If you have a systemic
advanced case of Candida yeast infection, you will see your "cloudy"
saliva sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be
suspended in the water.
If there are no
strings, the water is as clear and the
saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you are probably candida
yeast infection free. The more strings and cloudiness there is and the faster
it develops, the greater the overgrowth.
Why does this test
work? Candida overgrowth begins in the colon. Over time, as the fungal yeast
multiplies it begins to migrate through the digestive tract, moving up into the
small intestine, then the stomach (bloating, indigestion), up the esophagus and
into the mouth. If it becomes strongly entrenched there you can see a white
film on your tongue and inside your cheeks. Once it has moved up to the mouth
and you spit into a glass of water the yeast will sink because it is heavier than
water. If there is no yeast it will float on top.
My recommendations come from my personal experience
overcoming this very challenging monster! Each program came with its own
success and challenges. Please email
me for guidance or questions and I can help you through the choices. For me
personally it was a combination of supplements and programs that has kept me healthy
and so happy.
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