So... What are the symptoms of Candida Albicans?
Are you experiencing 3 or more of these symptoms....?
Initially.. (often similar to IBS!)
- Lots of intestinal gas
- Bloating after eating (particularly wheat and sugar based foods)
- Food Cravings (particularly sugar foods and bread)
- Diahorrea and or constipation
- Vaginal Thrush (in women!)
Then as it spreads into the blood stream and the whole system and other symptoms become more apparent..
- Irregular or non-existant periods
- Headaches and migraraine
- aching joints and muscles
- lack of concentration and foggy brain
- constant tiredness even after a long nights sleep (can struggle to sleep even if feeling really tired)
- Weight issues (like trying to lose weight but unable to)
- dry flaky itchy scalp
- dry itchy skin (like psoriasis - doctors may have diagnosed this)
- recurrent cystitus
- itchy anus
- Onset of allergic reactions you have not had before (eg hayfever)
- bad breath and dry mouth (is back of toungue covered in a white film?)
There are many more symptoms but these are the most common and if you have 4 or more symptoms it is likely
you do have a candida yeast infection
Your next step is to try this test:
There is a very simple free test that you can do that can give you a basic indication that you could well have
candidasis. However, it does not always show the severity of the candidasis. It is called the Candida Spit test and is a test you can do in your own home.
- Before you put anything in your mouth, first thing in the morning fill a glass with bottled water that is at room
- Work up some saliva and spit it into the glass of water, then check it every 15 minutes for up to an hour.
- If you have problem you will see strings from the saliva travelling down into the water, or cloudy saliva
will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy particles can be seen within the body of the water.
- If there are none of these and the saliva is still floating after the hour you most probably have candida under control.
If you do show a positive test you will need to take action. Look carefully again at the list of symptoms and if you have number of them combined with a positive result in the test then there is every likelyhood that you have candidasis.
You need to realise that dealing with candida and
bringing it under control can be difficult to undertake depending on the severity of the overgrowth.
The first month is the hardest as you have to cope with candida die off and your own self control with the cravings. But do know that it is worth it as you will feel better than you
have in a long time.
Personally it took me 3 months to feel that way but then I haven't looked back in 10 years!
The next steps to take:
Read through everything here about the
helpful list of foods to avoid and alternatives to buy
, then make a conscious effort to set a date to start the cleansing process. By then
make sure you have gone shopping for all you need for the first 2 weeks or so. You need things on hand that you can
eat to make sure you don't eat the things you shouldn't! I did go on the diet by myself but would suggest if you can afford it you might want to
find a good natural nutritionalist
as they can really help.
I would also really sugggest you have a look at the
benefits of drinking Aloe Vera
and taking a good probiotic as from
personal experience this was the turning point in me being able to relax the diet which I didn't come across for 8 years!
Before taking aloe I had to stick very religiously to the diet. I did feel amazing but it did mean socialising and eating
out were difficult. Once you realise how good you feel and how the normal western diet is fraught with other implications
for health I am sure you will never look back. If you are not used to cooking then you might find it all a bit daunting but
do not worry! I will include some easy recipies and simple ideas and options that will help you.
Return to What is Candida Albicans? page
The Candida Diet - the basics
The Candida Diet - foods to avoid and alternatives
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