Candida is a symbiotic yeast, which lives in us and on us, as part of our normal collection of microorganisms. It vies with numerous other microbes, but can become proliferous, causing a number of symptoms.
Some symptoms of Candida are: a good deal of fatigue and problems with concentration and short-term memory.
You may experience flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscle.You could have a problem with hyper-acidity/acid reflux. Chronic sinus problems are not uncommon if you have Candida and headaches including migraines may be part of your symptoms.
Also you will probably notice a brown colored mucus in the back of the throat, blisters in the mouth/tongue/throat, or a white coating to the tongue, especially the back part.
You may also suffer from mental emotional problems such as depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, recurring obsessive thoughts, personality changes, and mood swings
Now everyone that has several of these symptoms may not have Candida, but it is something to check on. I will share a Home test you can perform.
Simple Home Test For Candida
First, you need to know if you have a problem with Candida.
- You can try this simple home test to find out.
First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, fill a clear glass with room temperature water.
Work up a bit of saliva, then spit it into the glass of water. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour.
If you have a problem, you will see strings (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or "cloudy" saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water.
If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you probably have Candida under control, and have nothing to worry about.
The home test is a place to start. If you see strings or "cloudy" saliva that sinks, you need to work with a holistic medical doctor or a health professional to guide you in your diet and use of supplements to turn this problem around.
Your digestive tract is your first line of defense when it comes to your health. Getting guidance in this area will ease the burden on your immune system and restore balance to your digestive tract, leading to better health.
***Article written by Jeannie Crabtree C.Ac.
Better health often starts with addressing the health of the colon.