Some call it an invisible epidemic. When Candida albicans, a family of yeastlike fungi that lives in our digestive tracts, multiplies out of control, it causes mysterious symptoms and serious health woes for women, men and children. Is it breeding in you?
-Skin problems: hives, scaling, athlete’s foot, jock itch, diaper rash, psoriasis, fungal nail infections -Muscular and nervous problems: aches or swelling in muscles or joints, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, paralysis -Itchy ears and nose; increased sensitivity to smells and chemical additives – Migraine headaches, brain fog or inability to concentrate -Gastrointestinal problems: constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn -Oral thrush, sore or itchy throat -Problems involving reproductive organs: PMS, urinary tract and vaginal infections, prostatitis, impotence -Respiratory problems, congestion, fevers -Depression, low-mood, fatigue or lethargy -Anxiety, recurring irritability -Slows down weight loss process making it sometimes impossible to lose weight.
Many candida specialists depend on questionnaires, such as the one below, to help patients identify symptoms that are potentially yeast-related. The following questionnaire is excerpted from The Yeast Connection, by William G. Crook, MD. A more detailed questionnaire can be found at www.yeastconnection.com.
-Have you taken repeated “rounds” of antibiotic drugs? -Have you been troubled by premenstrual tension, abdominal pain, menstrual problems, vaginitis, prostatitis, or loss of sexual interest? -Does exposure to tobacco, perfume and other chemical odors provoke moderate to severe symptoms? -Do you crave sugar, breads or alcoholic beverages? -Are you bothered by recurrent digestive symptoms? -Are you bothered by fatigue, depression, poor memory or “nerves”? -Are you bothered by hives, psoriasis, or other chronic skin rashes? -Have you ever taken birth control pills? -Are you bothered by headaches, muscle and joint pains, or incoordination? -Do you feel bad all over, yet the cause hasn’t been found?
If you answered YES to at least 2 of these you more than likely have Candida overgrowth.
First thing in the morning, spit in a clear glass of PURIFIED water. It must be purified water. Chemicals in tap water will conflict with results. If your saliva floats in a nice blob at the top then you most likely don’t have a candida issue. If it starts to sink in cloudy particles or string like ways then you definitely have candida overgrowth. The test isn’t 100% accurate, but it is a good start.
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