I am sure we have all seen some popular websites or blogs, with the headline ’10 Telltale signs you have Candida” – bad breath, acid reflux, bloating, low sex drive, slow digestion ,etc., they are nearly two a penny if you google the word ‘Candida Symptoms’ – The big problem with this is that, although it maybe be a that you actually have Candida, however those very same symptoms you could have parasites, H-Pylori, parasites, SIBO and high levels of pathogenic bacteria. From a functional medicine perspective, which is what I adhere too myself as you need to test and not guess, as all these conditions require different approaches and slightly different diets. Case in point, my own experience. I thought I had Candida for years and tried all the supplements known to man and the strict diet. Only after I tested and worked with a functional medicine practioner did I find out that my symptoms were down to 2 parasites, and in fact, I didn’t have any Candida whatsoever. The other issue with these sites, is that the diet tips, which often recommend to eat these food/supplements for 14 days, or something similar. You can see where the problem is with this information
Stool testing is the most accurate testing in my opinion. The lab will check for Candida in your colon or lower intestines, and can usually determine the species of yeast, as well as which anti-microbial will be the most effective. If your body is suffering from unexplained symptoms or you have symptoms detailed above, Candidiasis may be the cause. One simple test cold accurately diagnose the problem and appropriate action can be taken to help. Taking this test is also useful for monitoring the success of any treatments and if the condition has been eradicated. When using a reputable company (I recommend Doctors data) not only does it give you a breakdown of the yeast that are problematic, but it also tests for parasites, pathogenic bacteria and which supplements will be most of effective. More importantly it will show the levels of good bacteria in your gut and you can tailor your treatment with these findings. Its really the Gold Standard when it comes to looking for Candida.
This will be done by checking your levels for antibodies called IgG, IgA, and IgM. This can easily be done through most medical labs, and high levels can clue you in to an overgrowth, however the problem with this method is that those antibodies don’t tell you whether there is a current problem or whether it’s just picking up on a past problem.
Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test
This fantastic test gives you markers of over 70 different parameters related to different by products from urine. For candida you are spefically looked for the by product called D-arabinitol. Out of range results could indicate an overgrowth, and the test can help you where the candida has overgrown. I recommend the Great Plains labatory for this test.
It’s controversial and not exactly scientific, however it’s a reasonably active marker for overgrowth. It needs to be done first thing in the morning before food or drink. Simply fill a clear glass with water and spit into it. It’s that easy. If the spit floats on the top and it’s still there an hour later, then the chances are that you do not have a yeast infection. However there are other things to look out for which may be signs of a yeast infection. If the spit stays on top of the water but it has tendrils or strands floating down from it then that is a positive sign for Candida. If the spit sinks, either to the middle section of the water or right to the very bottom, then these too are good indicators that something is amiss in your digestive tract. Also you might see that the spit causes the water to cloud or there are specks in the water where they have broken off from the main body of saliva. If this happens it is also not a good sign.
Chinese medicine tells us the a healthy tongue should be pink in colour. If there is a think white or yellow coating, this would indicate an imbalance of the digestive tract. And more specifically, the tip of the tongue represents the stomach, the front of the tongue as being the upper intestine and the back of the tongue as the or colon. If you have a thick coating, either back
or front and have the all too frequent symptoms, then it’s worth getting tested.
For me the best test is the comprehensive stool test, with Doctors Data being the preferred choice.