Candida infection is a very common condition. Unfortunately, it is also a condition that is often overlooked and mistreated by doctors. You need to be aware that an alarming number of seemingly unrelated health conditions, from irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety, can be caused by Candida overgrowth. Therefore, if you find that you’re suffering from mysterious ailments that don’t seem to make sense, it could be that Candida is your culprit. Fortunately, there are some very simple tests that you can do at home to determine the likelihood of Candida infection in your body. Here are three of them:
Self-observation: Are you itchy?
Because a Candida overgrowth is so difficult for doctors to officially diagnose, your best course of action when it comes to the possibility of Candida infection is self-observation. Pay very close attention to what your body is telling you. A body infected by Candida overgrowth is generally an itchy body, especially around the genitals, around the scalp, and around the feet. Dedicate a period of at least two days to documenting all of the strange itches that cause you to impulsively scratch. Candida infection can cause you to itch anywhere on your body – including your ears, eyes, anus, hands, feet, scalp, and more – whether a rash is apparent or not. If you notice you’re very itchy, you can specifically ask your doctor for a formal test.
This will be difficult, but it is a great indicator of whether or not your body is too reliant on sugar. Candida feeds on sugar, so if you have a Candida infection, your body will have an extremely difficult time going without. By paying close attention to how your body reacts to a total sugar withdrawal, you can ascertain just how likely it is that you have an abundance of Candida in your system, screaming to be fed. This means going completely sugar-free–honey, fruits, and enriched grains count!
The Spit Test
This test may sound a little off-putting, but it is perhaps the simplest home test you can do to determine whether or not your system is overgrown with Candida. First thing in the morning, before you have anything to eat or drink, fill a clear glass cup with water and then spit in the water. Don’t stir or otherwise disturb the liquid in any way. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes and then inspect it. If you notice “strings” hanging from the saliva, or a pile of cloudy deposits at the bottom of the glass, then it is likely to have Candida overgrowth. Repeat the inspection every 15 minutes for an entire hour to get the clearest picture of your body’s Candida concentration.
As you can see, it’s not all that difficult to do some investigation work at home before you visit the doctor with health issues that may or may not be related to Candida infection. Just keep in mind that self-diagnosis is not a substitute for the care of a qualified physician.