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Yeast Infections (AKA Candida) - What They Are and How to Test For Them

Jun 12, 2008
There are billions and billions of organisms (known collectively as flora) in your lower intestine, or bowels, that help us digest food and serve other functions as well. There are many different strains of these organisms, over 100, in fact. Candida just happens to be the most well-known of these. There are also a number of different strains of candida. The most insidious of them is candida albicans. Let's oversimplify a minute and divide all of the flora into two camps, the 'bad guys' and the 'good guys'.

All of these various strains of bacteria and other organisms are necessary for a healthy, functioning body. But, if some strains of these organisms increase in numbers and others diminish in numbers, an imbalance is created in your bowel flora. If this condition becomes chronic (or long-term), the medical term for it is Bowel Dysbiosis. Candida is just the 'poster child' for dysbiosis (remember, the most famous one).

The numbers of these 'bad guys' (including candida) grow very, very large and give off many toxins. They're reproducing, living, excreting waste and dying in your system. (TMI - too much information? Sorry.) Since there are billions and billions of them, you can see why they can wreak so much havoc!

Meanwhile, the 'good guys', which are necessary for good digestion and absorption of nutrients from food, greatly drop in numbers. As things get worse, symptoms develop such as heartburn, gas, bloating, anal itching and vaginitis, much of it from the toxins generated.

The toxins accumulate faster than your body can eliminate them. And as they do, your body defenses weaken. As that happens, candida and other organisms like bacteria can infect other body areas, causing athlete's foot, jock itch, skin and nail infections, fatigue, depression, depression, headaches, low energy, and many other symptoms.

The Candida "Spit Test"

This test is simple but it's not perfect. Still, the price is right. And there is no definitive blood test for candida. When you get up in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit in into a clear glass of water. Within 1-30 minutes, check the glass. The saliva should disperse since saliva is water-soluble. You might have a yeast concern if you see:

- strings coming down from your saliva
- water turning cloudy
- specks or flecks suspended in the water
- your saliva sinks to the bottom

Something Else to Be Concerned About

Because both bowel dysbiosis and candida irritate the bowel lining, they can create a condition known by the colorful term "Leaky Gut Syndrome" (literally, holes in the intestine). After Leaky Gut has developed, the stage is set for other invasions. This allows toxins that should stay in the intestine to penetrate the protective barrier of the gut, allowing both food and chemical sensitivities to come into play. In addition, large undigested proteins and fats can find their way into your blood supply and go anywhere your blood goes. This can contribute to things like high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. Details on Leaky Gut will have to wait for another article.
About the Author
George L Jackson is a holistic wellness practitioner who uses innovative tools to heal people with challenging health issues. Want relief from Candida? Here's everything you need to know -simple, cheap and fast! Get your FREE report, The Candida Fix now at: http://www.stopcandidafast.com/
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