How to Know if You Have a Yeast Infection.
Yeast overgrowth is one of the most difficult health issues to detect because of the small amount that is present in everyone. The best way to determine if you have yeast overgrowth is by taking a look at your lifestyle and diet.
Do you crave sweets and carbohydrates, experience constant illness, have a mental illness that doesn’t respond to medication, or generally feel "unwell?" Chances are you’re experiencing yeast overgrowth and need to make some changes to your diet.
Here are 32 signs that yeast may have moved in and is slowly taking over your body. If you suffer frequently from more than three of these, it may be time to learn more about yeast.
- Fungal infections on skin or nails
- Athlete’s foot
- Toenail fungus
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Burning eyes
- Lack of impulse control
- Poor concentration
- Brain fog
- ADD, ADHD
- Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ulcerative colitis or multiple sclerosis
- Mood swings
- Strong cravings for sugar or refined carbohydrates
- Eczema or psoriasis
- Seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal or rectal itching
The spit test - it sounds a little gross, but a spit test offers a really good analysis of what is going on inside your body and may show signs of a yeast overgrowth. The best time to take this test is as soon as you wake up and get out of bed.
How to do the spit test
- Gather as much spit as possible in your mouth.
- Spit into a clear glass with room temperature filtered water.
- Watch carefully.
The saliva will float at first. Watch to see if there are thin projections extending downward into the water after 15 minutes or so. They may look like hairs or strings. If this happens you may have a candida overgrowth problem. If your saliva is very cloudy and sinks to the bottom within a few minutes, or parts of the saliva slowly sink, yeast overgrowth is a possibility. The particles are yeast colonies which band together. If your spit is still floating after about an hour, it is likely that your yeast is under control.