By Michelle Winicki
While many women are familiar with what a yeast infection is or what irregularity is, many times they aren’t aware of the potential true cause of these problems and possibly several others. What I want to share with you is a simple 5-minute test you can do right at home that will give you some idea if you suffer with a candida yeast overgrowth.
Here in a nutshell is what a candida yeast overgrowth is all about…
All of us, from the day we are born until the day we die have a sort of “war” going on in our intestinal tracts. On one side we have the bacteria-family. On the other we have the fungus-family. And while your initial thought probably is, “OK, our intestinal tracts are full of two bad guys”, the fact is much of the bacteria within our intestinal tract is friendly bacteria. It helps us digest our food and helps maintain a healthy immune system. The other key thing that it does is help limit the amount of candida yeast fungus that resides there.
Candida yeast is part of the fungus family, and while many confuse fungus and bacteria, thinking they are of the same ilk, nothing could be further from the truth. They are totally different organisms.
You know how grapes are turned into wine right? Basically they add yeast (a fungus) which eats the sugar within the grapes and poops out alcohol.
That’s basically what happens within our bodies. We consume carbohydrates in the way of sugars, the candida yeast fungus feeds on the sugar, it expels toxins into our bodies and we can potentially have an allergic reaction to those expelled toxins with the result being a yeast infection or food allergies or nail fungus or some unpleasant health challenge.
Now we all have some candida yeast fungus within our bodies, the question becomes “how much?” and can our bodies effectively handle it. Some can some can’t. However before you treat a candida yeast problem, you first need to figure out if you potentially have one, and this simple test can help with that.
When you awake in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit in into a clear glass of water. Within 10-15 minutes, look in the glass. Your saliva should disperse. But, if there are strings coming down from your saliva, or if the water turned cloudy, or if your saliva sank to the bottom, you may have an underlying candida yeast problem.
The spit test is just a simple guideline. But it’s a place to start for many women that struggle with chronic yeast infections or faced with constant irregularity.
Michelle has been assisting folks with their health for over 8 years, with an emphasis on candida yeast problems. Her website http://www.candidafitness.com/ has many articles for those who want more information on this health challenge. Michelle can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.