How not to die

There’s an assumption among much of the population that if you get a certain health condition, you might as well give up because there’s nothing you can do to change that. Because of that mindset, many people live with conditions and diseases that they don’t have to.

Having a condition doesn’t mean that your hands are tied when it comes to your health. It also doesn’t mean that you can reverse that health issue. In the book, How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, you can learn how to improve and take control of your health.

Studies have shown that the way you eat can have a significant impact on your health. By choosing to eat a diet that can keep health conditions at bay, you can improve your life and the book can show you how to do that.

Many people want to change their diet and they want to have a lifestyle that supports good health – but they just aren’t sure how. This book can show you how to make these changes and they’re a lot easier to make than you might think.

It was written by a physician who covers the main causes of disease as well as the ones that are most prevalent and affected by diet. You’ll learn how diseases like heart, lung or digestive cancers can be helped by changing your diet.

You’ll also discover how you can change the course of your health journey if you have a condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Even if you’re currently taking medications for one of those conditions, the diet and lifestyle advice given can often do more good for your body than traditional methods such as taking medication can.

There’s a reason that this works for thousands of users and can work for you as well. While many diets help you to lose weight, they don’t address the issues associated with the types of foods that you eat.

They don’t help you because they don’t give you the knowledge you need to overcome ongoing diseases. The book covers which foods you should have in your diet that will help you with your condition.

But it also lets you know which foods you need to stay away from because they can impact your particular health issue. By learning how to eat – as well as which lifestyle changes you need to make – you can add years to your life.

Along with an in depth look at the foods you should and shouldn’t eat, this 576-page book called How Not to Die also covers drinks as well as exercise for a total health makeover.

 

Vitamins are the biggest con of your life

Do you need to take a vitamin?

Gwyneth Paltrow seems to think the answer is yes. Her new Goop-branded monthly vitamin packs, which cost $90 each and sport names like “Why Am I So Effing Tired” and “High School Genes,” claim to deliver a number of health benefits, from energy-boosting to metabolism-speeding.

But there’s a problem.

Study after scientific study has found that taking vitamins does not result in any such wellness perks, suggesting that most of the nutrients inside either end up in the toilet or are flushed out of your body in other ways.

If taking vitamins improves our health, then we’d expect to see those benefits clearly in large, long-term, well-controlled studies. We haven’t.

A large recent review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine of 27 trials of vitamins (3 focused on multivitamins and 24 on single or paired ones) involving more than 400,000 people concluded that people who took them did not live longer, get fewer cases of heart disease, or get fewer cases of cancer than people who did not take vitamins. Another big, long-term study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association which divided nearly 6,000 men into groups and gave them either a placebo or one of 4 supplements touted for their brain-protecting abilities found no decreased prevalence of dementia among any of the supplement-taking groups.

Read on at this link

Breast Cancer Screening – The Essential Facts

Breast cancer screening is one of the most important ways to catch cancer early. If breast cancer can’t be prevented, early detection is the next best way to approach the threat of breast cancer. This involves breast cancer screening.

Breast cancer
Breast cancer is the result of abnormal cells forming a tumor in the breast. It can sometimes be found as a result of a woman conducting a self-examination of her breasts. It is recommended that all women do this once a month.

A tumor might also be discovered on a routine trip to the doctor. If a woman finds something suspicious, she should also go to the doctor. The doctor can conduct a clinical breast exam. Based on the findings o that exam, they may request further tests. One of them may be a screening of the breast known as a mammogram.

Mammograms
Mammograms use small amounts of radiation to scan breast tissue and determine if there is anything irregular that might indicate cancer is present. Keep in mind that there are many benign, that is, harmless reasons for a breast to change, such as cysts.

The benefit of screening is that if breast cancer is found early enough, it will have less chance to spread, and therefore be more curable. Early detection can lead to a better prognosis, or outcome. Therefore, in addition to confirming whether or not there might be a lump in the breast, mammograms are also used for regular screenings as part of breast cancer prevention.

Current screening guidelines
The current screening guidelines at the American Cancer society are as follows:

Women ages 40 to 44
They should be given the option to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms, which are x-rays of the breast, if they wish to do so. There is some risk involved with the radiation from x-rays, so some women may not wish to have a mammogram, in which case, they should consider other options.

Women age 45 to 54
They should get mammograms every year.

Women 55 and older
They should have every 2 years, or can continue yearly screenings if they wish if they are especially concerned, such as due to a history of breast cancer in the family.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health, and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html

These recommendations are based on the fact that most breast cancer cases are found in women over age 40 to 54, the years of perimenopause and menopause, that is, around the time a woman’s period’s stop and she goes through full menopause. Menopause is defined as periods having stopped for 1 year.

The Pros and Cons of Mammograms

There are a number of pros and cons to mammograms.

Pros
• Early detection of cancer
• A baseline to compare to with follow up tests

Cons
• Radiation exposure, which could lead to cancer rather than prevent it
• False negatives-cancer is present, but not reported, potentially leading to advanced breast cancer
• False positives-cancer is not present, but reported, leading to unnecessary treatment

The reason for these last 2 cons is that mammograms are fairly reliable diagnostic tests, but they have to be administered and interpreted by human beings, who can make mistakes.

It can be difficult given the nature of the varying sizes, shapes and density of some women’s breasts. The breast tissue is pressed between two glass plates, which can be uncomfortable. If a woman moves during the scan, her results may not be clear.

The machine also has to be calibrated correctly to get a clear result. Once the scan is taken, it has to be interpreted by a person. A newer radiologist may not have the skill compared to a more experienced one.

But it is generally safe and effective, and of great benefit to high risk women who have breast cancer in their family.

For the latest screening guidelines issued, visit: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/BrowseRec/Search?s=breast+cancer+screening

Preventing Breast Cancer Naturally

Breast cancer can be a terrifying thought for many women. Unlike most cancers, breast cancer can affect a woman psychologically and emotionally as well as physically, since it has a direct impact on her body image, and on her feelings about womanhood and sexuality.

One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in the USA in her lifetime, about 12%. One could look at it the other way and say 7 out of 8 women will not develop it, but if anything can be done to prevent cancer, it’s always a good idea to try to follow the guidelines so you don’t end up one of the unfortunate ones.

Genetic versus lifestyle factors
While it is true that breast cancer does have a genetic component, it is also true that any health issue can be affected by certain lifestyle factors. Therefore, it is possible to prevent breast cancer naturally by being pro-active about your health. Here are several of the best ways to warn off serious health issue and stay looking and feeling your best until well into your senior years.

Quit smoking
Smoking tobacco has been linked to nearly a dozen different types of cancer, not just lung cancer. Each cigarette contains about 400 different kinds of chemicals to the body, some of them toxic. If you smoke, quit. And invest all the money you’ve been spending on this habit on other things that will improve your health.

Quit drinking alcohol
Alcohol has also been linked to at least 7 different types of cancer. It is also linked with eating disorders, diabetes, and disinhibition, that is, a lack of control, and making poor choices about one’s health. Invest all the money you’ve been spending on alcohol on healthier food and drink.

Stop eating red meat
Red meat, especially if it has been charred, grilled or cooked until well done, has been associated with various cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. Stop eating red meat and swap salmon, tofu, kidney beans and legumes such as lentils instead. All of these are ‘super foods’ with a great deal of nutrition that are high in protein and fiber to help you feel full, and low in calories, to help you keep your weight down.

Avoid processed foods
Steer clear of anything you don’t cook yourself from scratch at home. In most cases, it will be filled with chemicals, additives and preservatives. Fast food and processed meats like sliced ham and turkey, and hot dogs, should definitely be off the menu.


If you are overweight, slim down to a healthy weight
Use the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
to determine your current BMI. If you are not at a healthy weight already, use the charts to determine what a healthy weight would be given your height and bone structure, and make that a target to aim for.

Add more plant-based foods to your diet
These foods are filling, low in calories in fat, and high in nutrition, especially if you aim for super foods such as broccoli, kale, spinach and sweet potatoes, and apples, berries and cranberries, such as dried raisins to satisfy your sweet tooth. Many people go vegetarian or vegan for health reasons.

Exercise more
A combination of low calorie foods and high levels of physical activity are sure to help you lose weight and keep it off. Consider a walking program of 10,000 steps a day. Wear a pedometer-every step counts. Add yoga twice a week for 30 minutes and you should stay lean and trim.

Avoiding lots of chemicals in your personal care products, household cleaners and so on
Consider creating your own natural versions of these at home using pure Castile soap, lemon and other wholesome ingredients.

Avoid hormones
If you are of childbearing years, don’t take the birth control pill. If you are going through menopause, steer clear of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some cancers have a hormonal component.

https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/breast-cancer/

The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October, we start seeing pink everywhere. Women enroll in breast cancer walks, wear pink ribbons, and even the men get in on the act, with the National Football League wearing pink towels and sports shoes. October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness month. The question is, how aware are you of breast cancer?

What is it?

Breast cancer is the formation of cancerous cells in the breast. If it is not caught early, it can spread to the lymph nodes of the immune system and beyond to other parts of the body, including, lung, liver, bone and brain.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of key ways to prevent breast cancer, including:

• Breasts that are not the usual size, shape, and color
• A swelling or odd-looking bulging in the breast
• Dimpling or puckering of the skin
• An inverted nipple, that is, one which stick in rather than out
• A nipple that has changed location
• Redness, soreness, rash
• Peeling skin around the nipple

How can it be prevented?

• Adding more exercise and activity to your day
• Avoiding alcohol
• Not smoking cigarettes
• Not using hormonal contraceptives, but rather, other alternatives such as condoms, a diaphragm or IntraUterine Device (IUD)
• No childbirth
• A late first live birth, such as over the age of 30
• No breastfeeding
• Obesity, especially after menopause
• Not using hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms
• Avoiding getting too much radiation from X-rays or other diagnostic tests that use radiation
• Eating a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and high quality protein, such as salmon, tofu and kidney beans.
• Avoiding processed foods, red meat and cow milk that is not organic. Not eating charred or grilled red meat.
• Avoiding lots of chemicals in your personal care products, household cleaners and so on-consider making your own natural versions of these at home
Are there other things I can do to stay healthy in relation to breast cancer?
There are several other ways to stay on top of your breast cancer health.

Breast self-exam
The Know your Lemons campaign has become a huge success in getting women to become more breast cancer aware and learn how to give themselves exams.
https://www.worldwidebreastcancer.org/
Examine yourself regularly, such as once a month.

Regular doctor’s appointments
Regular doctor’s appointments are important for getting a clinical breast exam from your doctor to confirm anything you might find in your own self-exam, or pick up anything you might have missed.

Mammograms
Mammograms are a fairly reliable way to detect breast cancer, though they are not 100% fool-proof. Mammograms use small doses of radiation to scan the breasts for any irregularities or tumors. They do use radiation, so some people are concerned that mammograms might actually cause cancer.

Another issue is that these tests have to be administered by humans and assessed by them, which means there is room for human error. The machines have to be calibrated correctly and the test administered properly. Up to 25% of mammograms might result in recalls, which can be very upsetting.

There can also be false positives, leading to unneeded treatment, or false negatives, telling women they are in the clear when they actually have early grade cancer.

Genetic testing
Some breast cancer has a genetic component, that is, it runs in families. Get a BRCA test to determine whether you have the gene mutation that might make it more likely for you to develop cancer.

Be an advocate for women’s health. Share what you learn with the help of this free kit: https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/PDFs/OctoberNHOToolkit.pdf
and help women prevent breast cancer, or detect it early, when it is easier to treat it successfully.

The Importance of Early Detection with Breast Cancer

In many cases, the sooner a health problem is discovered, the more likely it is for the patient to have a better outcome or prognosis. This is certainly true of breast cancer. The earlier it is detected, the better the treatment and chance of a good outcome. The longer it has not been detected, the more chance it has to advance to the point where it can’t be treated effectively.

Detecting breast cancer early
There are a number of ways to detect breast cancer early.

Self-examination
Being breast cancer aware and checking your breasts once a month will help you establish a baseline of what is typical. Your breasts change throughout your monthly cycle, so check them a week before or week after your period. Report anything unusual to your doctor.

Clinical breast examination
Your doctor will have extensive experience in examining women for breast cancer. This exam should be part of your regular checkup. It might also be as part of a follow up visit with your doctor to confirm what you think you might have found during a self-exam.

Mammography
Mammography uses small amounts of radiation to scan the breasts to try to detect any cell abnormalities, cysts or tumors. It can be part of a regular well-woman routine, along with other diagnostic tests. Or it might be recommended in order to follow up on something that might have been found during a manual breast exam.

Ultrasonography
Ultrasonography uses sound waves to bounce off the breast tissue. Any dense item such as a tumor will appear differently from the normal breast tissue.

Thermography
Thermography creates a heat profile of the breast. Tumors appear in different colors from the other parts of the breast.

MRI of the breast
MRI, that is, magnetic resonance imaging, uses a magnetic field to detect changes in the body such as tumors.

Biopsy
A biopsy is a test in which a sample of suspicious breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. It is usually drawn out of the breast using a fine needles. Depending on the results of the biopsy, other tests and further examinations will follow.


Blood tests
Blood tests can sometimes indicated cancerous activity in the body.

Lumpectomy or mastectomy
If a lump is found, the doctor might remove it, or the entire breast. This will usually depend on the size and appearance of the tumor. The tumor will then be examined to determine the stage of the cancer.

In addition to the tumor, the doctor might remove one or more lymph nodes from the chest and/or the underarm of the affected side to determine if the cancer has spread to these important parts of the immune system.

In some cases they might also take a sample of the liver to see if the cancer has spread that far.

Staging breast cancer
Once the doctor has conducted all the tests and ruled out a tumor, or found a tumor, they will stage the breast cancer, that is, classify it. This is usually done with the TNM classification system:

T=Tumor
N=Nodes
M=Metastasis, or spread to the liver or other organs.

If the tumor is small, has not affected the lymph nodes and has not spread elsewhere, it will be a Stage 0. If it is larger, and has gone to a number of nodes, it will be given different stages, up to Stage IV, which is a large tumor which has affected multiple lymph nodes and spread as well.

The treatments for Stage 0 will be much less extensive than for any other stage of cancer. There are some treatments for Stage IV breast cancer, but most of the time, the goal will not be to cure the cancer. Rather, it will be to try to stop it from spreading any further, and making the patient as comfortable as possible in the time they have remaining.

Therefore, if you have not been paying attention to your breast health, now is the time to start.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection.html

13 Simple Steps to Prevent Breast Cancer

Every Western woman has about a 1 in 8 (12%) chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime (as compared with Asian and African women, who have only a 4% chance), so most sensible women might wonder if there are steps they can take to prevent breast cancer.

New research is emerging all the time which points to important lifestyle changes a woman can make to lower her risk. While it is true that breast cancer does have a genetic component, with about 5% to 10% due to a faulty gene, it is also true that a healthy lifestyle can offset some of this risk. You are not doomed to have breast cancer, but it will be a good idea to learn as much as you can to try to stay healthy.

Look at your family tree
Having one or more close relative such a mother, sister or aunt with breast cancer might give you a clue you are more at risk because of your genes.

Get tested
There are simple and inexpensive tests to determine if you have a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, in which case, you would be more prone to breast cancer, and also ovarian cancer. Based on your results, you could then discuss the most logical treatment plan with your doctor.

Most breast cancers occur in women who have gone through menopause. Angelina Jolie made the decision to get tested in her mid-30s, and then have both breasts and her ovaries removed in order to try to prevent both of these cancers. Her mother had had both before she died at a young age, so Jolie decided to try to increase her chances of living a long, normal life in a rather radical way.

This is not a decision anyone would take lightly, but getting ‘pre-cancerous findings’ through screening tests made this seem like the logical personal choice for her.

Give yourself regular breast self-examinations
Learn how to give yourself a proper exam and do it once a month. Schedule 15 minutes on your calendar in the week before or the week after your period to give yourself the exam.

Enlist your partner’s help
Teacher your partner or spouse what to look for. In many cases, they have been the ones who noticed ‘something different’ that was worth checking out.


Follow up with your doctor
If you find anything of concern, go to your doctor for a follow up. They might determine there is nothing to worry about, or recommend further tests.

Go for mammograms
If your doctor suspects something might be forming, they will recommend a mammogram. Otherwise, all women should have mammograms according to the current suggested guidelines:

Women ages 40 to 44
Start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so and if they have a family history.

Women age 45 to 54
They should get mammograms every year.

Women 55 and older
They should have every 2 years, or can continue yearly screenings if they wish if they are especially concerned, such as due to a history of breast cancer in the family.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health, and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html

Stop smoking
This is one of the best things you can ever do for your health.

Stop drinking alcohol
It has been linked with several forms of cancer.

Stop eating red meat
It has been lined with several forms of cancer, especially if it is grilled or charred.

Eat a healthy plant-based diet
Going vegetarian or vegan has been shown to be protective against breast and other forms of cancer.

Watch your weight
Breast cancer is more common in obese women, especially those who have gone through menopause.

Work out more
Exercise is protective against most diseases and keeps the weight down.

Avoid hormones such as birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Some cancers thrive on hormonal activity.

Prevention is far better than a cure, so follow these simple steps to better breast health.

11 Tricks for Growing Your Hair Really, Really Long

Yes, you can get your hair to a mermaid-worthy length.

1. Remember that it can’t grow overnight.

Unless your scalp unleashes new strands like a Chia Pet, gaining new length is going to take time. “Hair typically only grows about a quarter of an inch — to a half an inch max — a month,” says celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend, who helped Ashley Olsen grow out her asymmetric bob to past her waist. “And that’s only if it is super-healthy and doesn’t have a ton of split ends.” The bottom line: practice patience.

2. Ironically, a scissor is your friend.
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Although getting regular trims to snip splits won’t make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. “If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims,” Townsend says, who suggests asking your stylist to take around just an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent extreme split ends before they start.

3. Use conditioner every time you shampoo.

“If your hair is wet, that means you have to condition it,” Townsend says. “Over time, from coloring and heat styling, strands start to get thinner at the bottom.” Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, “as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier,” he says…

Read on here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/a36065/tricks-for-growing-your-hair-really-really-long/

What Disorders Are Commonly Associated with Candida Infections?

Though candida is a microscopic organism located in your gut, when this fungus develops in your body at unnatural levels, symptoms can appear anywhere. This is why doctors sometimes have such a hard time diagnosing a candida overgrowth. One of the common symptoms of this yeast infection is a skin disorder. If you suffer from a skin problem of any kind, it could have candida overgrowth as its base contributor.

It is simple for even a very well-trained doctor to misdiagnose a skin condition. Your doctor, with nothing but your health and well-being at heart, recommends treatment of your skin problem. She fully believes that her treatment protocol will work. And, it may very well give you a break from the skin condition you have developed. However, this is like putting a Band-Aid on a cut that never goes away.

Since the underlying problem is not being treated, and only the symptom of the problem is, symptoms may clear up. However, since the nasty candida fungus working behind the scenes to create your skin condition has not been treated, you may be battling the problem for some time.

This is just one example of how an untreated or improperly treated candida overgrowth condition can lead to other problems. At first, your symptoms are minor. You may notice a white coating on your tongue or the roof of your mouth, a sign of oral thrush, one of many other candida-related symptoms. Fail to treat the yeast which is causing this condition, and serious disorders can develop.

Candida-Related Diseases and Disorders

Candida overgrowth is nothing more than an imbalance in your system. A person that eats too many processed foods filled with sugar develops an unhealthy nutritional imbalance. At first this may simply lead to adding a couple of pounds and feeling sluggish. If the diet is not addressed, simple symptoms can turn into huge health problems, such as diabetes, heart conditions and cancer.

Similarly, symptoms which at first seem merely bothersome are a sign that you need to get your candida overgrowth under control. If not, you could develop the following disorders, diseases and unfortunate health conditions.

* Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
* Celiac disease
* Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
* Chronic sinus problems
* Atropic dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions
* Leaky gut syndrome
* Ulcerative colitis
* Crohn’s disease
* Autism
* Adrenal fatigue
* Manic-depression
* ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
* Schizophrenia
* Any number of autoimmune disorders

Look at the incredibly diverse number of conditions that can develop from an overabundance of a simple yeast. The chameleon-like ability of candida to disguise itself as other problems often leads to misdiagnosis, as mentioned earlier.

This in turn can create a situation where the improper treatment for candida purging is employed. Symptoms are continually treated, the cause of those symptoms, a yeast infection, is not treated, and both doctor and patient are frustrated and concerned as more serious disorders like those just mentioned begin to develop.

This occurs because as many as 70% of all human beings in modern societies are affected by candida. That eyebrow-raising finding was reported by researchers at Rice University in Texas in the United States. Ask any random 10 individuals if they have some type of health problem, and odds are at least 7 of them will respond that they do.

In many cases their conditions, whether mild or extreme, can be linked back to a candida overgrowth.

Keeping your immune system strong is the key to foiling the candida fungus. This means steering clear of fast foods and processed foods, eating more natural foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries, and drinking lots of water. You also want to have a physical checkup every year, just to make sure that all your important health metrics are in line, and you are not contributing to a candida overgrowth.

Resources:

The candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus & Your Health – The 90-Day Program to Beat candida & Restore Vibrant Health available at https://www.amazon.com/candida-Cure-Program-Restore-Vibrant/dp/0977344614/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483024199&sr=1-1&keywords=candida

Candida Related Diseases

The Effects of Candida On Mental Health by William Crook, M.D.

How is Candida Diagnosed?

A candida overgrowth in your body can easily go overlooked. First, by the time you develop noticeable symptoms from a yeast infection, your body’s internal systems have been compromised for several days, weeks and in some cases, months. Secondly, Candida overgrowth very sneakily displays itself in symptoms that are related to a multitude of other health problems.

Because of both of those reasons, candida can lead to very serious health conditions. By the time it is noticed, or properly diagnosed, it has had a chance to do serious harm to your body in a number of ways. This is why it is so important that you diagnose a yeast infection early. How can you tell if you have candida, or some other condition? There are several candida testing processes to choose from.

The Spit Test

The spittle test should be employed immediately if you believe you have developed some type of yeast infection. It is extremely simple, you can perform it at home, and no medical professionals need to be involved. The candida spit test can tell you in an instant if there is the possibility you have developed a candida overgrowth. If you test positive, contact a physician and move on to the treatment phase.

The problem is that the spit test is very unreliable. Even so, you should perform this simple procedure at home if you believe you have experienced a candida outbreak. It only takes a few seconds, can be performed privately and discreetly, and is a good way to catch a yeast infection in its early stages.

Here is what you do.

As you can imagine from the name, you are going to observe your saliva. The first thing in the morning when you rise, spit into a glass full of clear, clean water, preferably at room temperature. You want to do this before you eat breakfast, drink your motivating “cuppa Joe”, or brush your teeth.

The idea is to get a picture of your saliva. Look at your saliva in the glass of water. Check every 20 minutes for the next hour for the following signs of candida.

* Legs or strings hanging down from your saliva.

* A collection of your spit at the bottom of the glass, with a heavy looking consistency.

* Specks and particles, cloudy and suspended somewhere in the middle of the water.

* Debris sinking to the bottom of the glass.

These could be signs that you have a candida overgrowth problem. However, further testing is required to support or refute this diagnosis.

Organic Acid Test

Problems with candida can be detected through an analysis of your urine. Specific waste products are created by the candida albicans fungus. The presence of these in your urine means there’s a good chance a candida overgrowth has occurred. You can perform this type of candida urine test at home, or consult your doctor.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Your stool can tell your doctor a lot about the level of health and well-being you enjoy. In some cases you can do this yourself at home, sending off stool samples to a testing company who will analyze them in the lab. In most cases, you will work with your doctor to provide him or her a stool sample which will then be checked.

This is a very reliable testing process, which identifies if you are deficient of any “good bacteria”, and if there are any inflammation markers or an overabundance of the candida albicans fungus, or other potentially problematic pathogenic microorganisms.

Candida Antibodies Test

Your immune system will attack a candida infestation one of three ways. Three different antibodies, IgG, IgA, and IgM, are produced to combat candida overgrowth and the yeast infections that result from that condition. A blood sample is taken, and though this is a quick and simple process, it is not quite as reliable as a stool analysis. However, this can provide a much more reliable diagnosis than the simple spit test.

Resources:

http://owndoc.com/candida-albicans/spit-test-candida-diagnosis-unreliable/

https://www.thecandidadiet.com/testingforcandida.htm

https://www.thecandidadiet.com/testingforcandida.htm#Lab

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