So let’s talk about Candida. Many of us suffer from daily symptoms of:
- Chronic Exhaustion
- Mental fog
- Recurring vaginal infections
- Skin rashes
I feel as though at some point we learn to accept that living with these conditions is the norm and we simply ignore it, but I am here to tell you that these symptoms are not necessary and we do not have to live this way. The answer to improving these symptoms and living a more energized, vibrant life may be easier than you think. The answer may lie in the fact that you have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans which is in fact, the most common of all yeast infections as 85% of Americans may have it. Candida can be found in the mouth, intestines and vagina. When an overgrowth occurs in the GI tract (intestines) it may lead to leaky gut and wreak havoc on our immune system.
There are a few simple ways you may test for this and they can even be done at home. The first test is a saliva test which you do over the course of six days and it involves:
- Spitting a dime size amount of saliva into a cup of water first thing every morning before eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.
- Be sure to check the water 2 or 3 times over the course of 45 minutes.
- If you have a candida yeast infection, you will see strings traveling down into the water from the top, OR cloudy specks with float in the water OR saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass. If there are no strings (legs) and the saliva is still floating after one hour, you are probably free of candida. The image below explains what to look for!
In combination with the saliva test, completing the written test from the link below is of utmost importance as this is the most effective means in determining if you suffer from Candida. So click below to get started now.
Questionnaire courtesy of www.candidafree.com
My goal as a Functional Nutrition Practitioner is to heal and touch as many people as possible and to help improve the quality of life in each and everyone of you. I look forward to connecting with you all and hope to help inspire you in improving your life! I offer a 30 day anti-fungal protocol so feel free to email me anytime for further information.
Health and Light,
FDN-P, AFNDP Member, BDSc