Thursday happy hint- Candida- 5/5/16
Yes lets discuss CANDIDA or otherwise known as a yeast infection. There are approximately 154 types of Candida, some of which cause infections in fingernails or toenails, and vaginal infections in women as well as infections in the penile area in men. While others also cause problems within your body.
Yeast (Candida) is always present in your body. It even serves a valid function-to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens in your digestive tract. As long as you have a good acid/alkaline balance and a healthy population of beneficial bacteria in your system, the Candida are kept under control.
The problem arises, however, when Candida grows out of control. Then this relatively harmless yeast becomes a fungal monster that invades the rest of your body.
When Candida transforms from yeast to fungus, it penetrates the intestinal walls and makes them more porous, which allows the Candida, plus poorly digested food molecules, toxins and wastes to get into your bloodstream. This is called leaky gut syndrome and can lead to rashes, food intolerances, brain fog, skin/nail infections and infections in the genitourinary area in both men and women.
In addition, when yeast changes into fungus, two toxic substances-ethanol and acetaldehyde-are produced, which are harmful to your cells. They hamper your red blood cells’ ability to flow into capillaries, which can lead to migraines, muscle aches and fatigue. With white blood cells these toxins impair their ability to fight infection, which can cause allergies, slow healing, skin rashes and acne.
The important thing to note is that once Candida has manifested itself as an infection-whether it’s a vaginal yeast infection, skin rash, fungal toenail infection or any other- that is a sign that Candida are already out of control in your body. So this suggests whatever medicines you may be given by your doctor for the symptoms (fungal nail etc) are of limited benefit. They may clear up your symptoms for a time, but the underlying cause- yeast overgrowth- has not been addressed. And its only a matter of time before it rears its ugly head again.
How can you take control and help this issue?
Try to eat a balanced diet (Acid/Alkaline) certainly look at probiotics to increase and strengthen your good bacteria,
Candida yeast feed on SUGAR, PROCESSED FOOD, REFINED CARBOHYDRATES, and GLUTEN GRAINS and YEAST. So when you eliminate these foods from your diet you deprive Candida of the food sources it needs to multiply
How to Test for Candida at Home
The Candida Saliva Test
1. Fill a glass of water and place it by your bed before you go to sleep.
2. When you wake up in the morning, first thing. work up some saliva and spit into the glass of water. You must do this before anything else enters your mouth or touches your lips. So you can not kiss your partner, brush your teeth, drink water or eat anything before this test.
3. Take a look at your saliva in the glass immediately after you spit into the glass. Check again 3 minutes later, then every 15 minutes.
Healthy saliva will be clear and found floating on the top. Then it will slowly dissolve into the water without sinking or making the water cloudy. There may be some foam or bubbles present.
Candida saliva will have one or more of these three characteristics
- Cloudy specks suspended in the water
- Strings traveling down to the bottom of the glass
- Cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass.
- The more strings, cloudiness, etc, the more candida is present
Yeast infection caused by Candida is transferable via sexual intercourse, and if your partner has it as well you may be spreading it back and forth. Men often do not have symptoms of Candida overgrowth until it is very severe, but regardless of symptoms, men can still have Candida.
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