In elementary school, we learn about symbiotic relationships: the lamprey that cleans debris off the shark; the bio-luminescent bacteria that attracts food for the anglerfish; the bees that pollinate the flowers. We tend to think of ourselves as autonomous beings, but — just as you are comprised of cells and genes — you are also comprised of microscopic organisms from your environment. Sometimes these trillions of microbes help us, such as the case of the one kilogram of intestinal “good” bacteria. Yet, other times, the parasites take advantage of their kindly hosts, causing them harm.
What Happens When Fungus Takes Over?
Candida has been a popular topic in the news lately. This particular yeast is more closely related to mold than it is to the yeast used in bread or beer-making. Candida occurs naturally on our skin and in our digestive tract, and is typically kept in balance by other beneficial bacteria in the body. However, if this balance gets disrupted, the yeast thrives.
An overabundance of yeast produces symptoms like:
– Bloating, cramping, constipation, or diarrhea: A parasitic infection can cause changes in gut fluids.
– Insomnia, poor concentration, and memory function: A fungal colony overgrowth creates internal chaos.
– Anxiety, depression, and irritability: Toxins from parasitic eggs and excrement can affect your mood.
– Cravings for sweets: Candida makes you crave sugar, which grows the colony and suppresses good bacteria.
– Fatigue, muscle aches, apathy, hunger, and iron deficiency: Yeast tends to steal nutrients your body needs.
According to Morinville News, “Prolonged yeast overgrowth may also surface as allergies, itching, skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, athlete’s foot, or toenail fungus. Women commonly experience vaginal and urinary tract infections.”
Who Is at Risk for Fungal Infection?
Risk factors for invasive Candidiasis include:
– Tropical beach vacations in warm climates
– Owning pets
– Having children who play in the dirt or sand a lot
– Using public restrooms
– Taking broad spectrum antibiotics
– Using steroid medication
– Eating a diet rich in simple carbohydrates
Do You Have Too Much Yeast in Your Body?
Fungal parasites can remain in our systems for many years, undetected. According to Dr. Oz, a simple saliva test can let you know if you have too much yeast in your body. Simply spit into a clear glass of water within 30 minutes of waking up. Build up lots of saliva, but do not clear your throat. Then, 15 minutes later, take a look.
The saliva should be floating on the surface of the water. If the saliva “sinks to the bottom of the glass like sediment” or “starts to hang down like a jellyfish,” then you may be seeing yeast colonies. A doctor can also take a cheek swab, run blood tests for yeast antibodies, and urine tests for yeast metabolites to confirm a diagnosis.
How Can You Get Rid of Fungus?
There are several steps you can take to limit the amount of yeast in your body:
– Reform your diet. Cut back on starches, sugars, and refined carbs. Eat more grains, fiber, vegetables, protein, and fermented foods.
– Take a probiotic supplement. Re-establish the colony of good bacteria in your body.
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