Candida, a fungus that naturally lives in your mouth and intestines and whose job is to help with digestion and nutrient absorption, can easily turn into your worst enemy if overproduced. If this happens, candida starts breaking down the wall of your intestines and penetrating your bloodstream – and from there, it’s all downhill.
Candida overgrowth can cause leaky gut, candida infection and many other health issues, including even depression.
How to Test Yourself
The best way to find out if you have candida overgrowth is to either do a:
- Blood test,
- Urine testing, or
- Stool testing.
However, if for some reason you cannot/don’t want to do a lab test, there is a simple at-home technique that can tell you if you have candida overgrowth. Here is what you need to do:
- Before going to bed, take a glass of water and put it at your bedside.
- Immediately after waking up in the morning, spit into a glass.
- After 5 minutes, look in the glass: if the water is pretty clear and your saliva has remained on the surface, you’re good;
- If the water has become muddy or you see strings coming down from your saliva, it’s likely you have candida overgrowth.
To be sure you have candida overgrowth, check out some of the common symptoms:
- White coat on tongue
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive issues
- Cravings for bread and sweets
- Joint pain
- Chronic allergies
If you have candida overgrowth, here is what you can do to get rid of it naturally.
Get Rid of Candida Overgrowth
Candida feeds on sugar, so start by eliminating refined sugar completely as well as refined carbs. Add plenty of garlic, coconut and olive oil, turmeric, ginger, oregano and steamed vegetables. Also, drink plenty of water.
To help your body get rid of excess candida, prepare a mixture of teas and drink it twice a day. Use 50 g of wormwood, 50 g of walnut leaf, 100 g of ivy and 100 g of sage. Mix the herbs together and then take three tablespoons of the mixture and put it in boiling water (1/2 liter). Let the tea steep for an hour and consume.
To boost your immune system and help your body get rid of candida overgrowth, up your vitamin C intake. Eat/drink plenty of: cabbage, citrus fruits like lemons, dark leafy greens, broccoli, etc. Take also vitamin C supplements.