The simple answer is YES! Everyone has yeast in their body. The real question is how much of it?
Yeast AKA Candida
Everyone has yeast inside their bodies, but occasionally (and in more recent years frequently) people begin to have an unhealthy overgrowth of the yeast.
The yeast organisms are opportunistic so our bodies have to constantly keep the growth in-check and keep the yeast to a healthy balance. An overgrowth occurs when the environment in a body shifts to allow the yeast to grow quickly. Several things can allow for this to occur including:
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
There are a lot of symptoms that can be caused by a yeast overgrowth here are some common ones:
The Spit Test
The spit test is used as an indicator that someone may have Candida overgrowth. The test is simple and only takes seconds. This test does not have the capability of diagnosing someone with Candida overgrowth and is simply an indicator.
How to do the Spit Test:
The test is done first thing in the morning before you rinse your mouth, spit or put anything in your mouth.
1. Grab a clear glass and fill it with water.
2. Spit into the glass.
3. Wait for about 15 minutes.
4. Look for stringy, wisp-like projections that are migrating down from the top to the bottom of the glass, or cloudiness on the bottom of the glass. These are a positive sign for yeast overgrowth.
Here is a video demonstration:
If you think that Candida may be a problem for you can be diagnosed using one of the following tests:
1. Stool test: most accurate diagnosis, the lab will check for candid in your stool and determine a species of yeast which is responsible for the infection which can help with effective treatment.
2. Urine test: the lab tests for a waste product of candida overgrowth called D-arabinitol
3. Blood test: check for candida antibodies, but these can be negative when the stool and urine are positive
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