Candida is a widespread ailment facilitated by pretty much everything the typical North American eats and drinks. It shows up on doctors tests as a multitude of symptoms, and is treated with a wide array of prescriptions.  However, it doesn’t have to be that way, if you realize that it is actually causing the majority of your symptoms and that you can take effective action to rid your body of a candida infection. The healing starts with a simple at home candida spit test.

What is a candida infection?

Candida Albicans is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes. It is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when in proper levels in the body.

However, when it overproduces and you don’t treat it effectively, it will break down the walls of the intestinal lining and make its way into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing leaky gut syndrome which unleashes a whole other set of symptoms and complications.

Candida Overgrowth Syndrome is a term used when candida has grown out of control in your body and becomes a chronic health condition. Individuals that have never experienced a serious yeast infection can find they have developed new sensitivities, allergies or intolerances to many different types of foods, including dairy, eggs, corn and gluten.

You never want to let it get to that, because the clean up becomes a much longer and more frustrating process. That is why it is important to recognize it and take immediate action.

What can cause a candida infection?

The taking of antibiotics, birth control pills, and steroids, along with a diet high in sugar, yeast-containing foods, alcohol, gluten, dairy, caffeinated beverages, vinegar, and refined carbohydrates, can adversely affect the delicate balance of intestinal flora and cause a Candida overgrowth. If you have issues with heavy metals, this further complicates the problem as it repels the good bacteria that keeps the bad bacteria under control.

It is estimated that 80% of people are dealing with a candida overgrowth to various degrees, and the symptoms can present themselves as anything from arthritis to cancer, which is why it is so vitally important to recognize this terrible condition.

What are the symptoms?

There are a multitude of symptoms associated with Candida, which is what makes it the disease with many faces. However, here are some of the core symptoms you will likely face when battling a Candida overgrowth:

  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea

  • Concentration difficulties, poor memory, lack of focus, brain fog, or ADD/ADHD

  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and hives

    • Poor energy (chronic)

    • Serious joint or muscle pain, like arthritis or fibromylagia

    • Strong sugar or refined carbohydrate cravings

      • Skin and nail fungal infections, such as jock itch, athletes foot, or toenail fungus

      • Irritability, anxiety, depression, and mood swings

      • Yeast infections, rectal itching, or urinary tract infections

        • Bad seasonal allergies

        • Ear, nose, and throat problems

        • Excess weight gain

        These symptoms will become exacerbated when stress kicks in and/or the types of foods mentioned earlier are consumed.

        What is the candida spit test?

        There is a simple test that along with the symptoms above, can give you some initial insight into your current situation.  It’s called the “candida spit test”.

        First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, fill a clear glass with room temperature bottled 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. candida

        If you have a potential yeast 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.

        If the spit test and other symptoms (sinusitis, achy joints, brain fog, rashes in groin area, excessive gas and bloating, bad oral health, and excessive fat in the belly region to name a few) seem to indicate you have a serious candida overgrowth, then it’s time to seriously look at proven methods to remedy it.

        This is exactly what the THRIVE Academy was set up to do.

        How do you remedy a candida overgrowth?

        This type of infection requires you to refrain from refined carbohydrates and grains, starch, sugars, alcohol, yeast, vinegar (except apple cider vinegar), and other digestive disturbing foods.  A diet rich in greens, tart fruit, and anti-fungal foods and herbs such as garlic and Pau D’arco is extremely important. Building up your digestive system with enzymes, hydrochloric acid, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals will also be an important part of the process.

        Another very important factor to consider if you have Candida overgrowth is to ensure your home does not contain mold or airborne spores, as they will make it much more difficult to overcome the existing condition. It is estimated that 95% of homes have some sort of mold in their home, so getting your indoor air tested and installing an air purification system becomes crucial to remove the mold effectively and avoid the many debilitating diseases associated with mold, including cancer.

        Keep in mind that quick fixes like drugs and cheap supplements will only allow the condition to come back, IF you do not employ a Candida free lifestyle.

        SUPERHERO FILES: I have been living with and trying to manage symptoms from Crohn’s Disease for nearly three decades now and I am only 37 years old. Over the last 5-10 years issues with adrenal fatigue, candida, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, low energy and many more symptoms have also come into play. I had been on various immunosuppressants drugs, as well as various steroids for the better part of my life. I had tried several different roads to health such as naturopaths, “healthy eating” etc. I had mild successes, however my normal day to day still involved a lot of pain, discomfort, and highs and lows. The THRIVE Academy changed my life. Within weeks I noticed changes in the way I was feeling and how my body was reacting. My new “normal” is light years better than how I felt before. I am off all medications at this point and am confident that my body will continue to only improve. Thanks Derek!” – Erin O.

        Since this ailment can cause a lot of different symptoms, millions of people are placed on thousands of different prescriptions to treat the same problem.  None of these drugs can cure the problem, and it makes healing the body completely impossible. It takes a coordinated and natural approach to remove a candida overgrowth and optimize your health, and it all starts with finding out if you have an overgrowth.

        It is also very important to note that a strong nutritional/supplemental plan and personal support are CRITICAL, both which you can get in the THRIVE Academy. The intimate detail, experience, and daily expertise provided in this program is what makes it so lethal to a candida overgrowth, and many other digestive disorders.

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        Derek Henry

        Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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