How to Test for Candida at Home

A problem with candida occurs when there’s an imbalance in your body, because this form of yeast is present in all healthy humans. Depending on the location your symptoms may manifest as allergies, eczema, or headaches.
How to Test for Candida at Home
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Candida is a type of yeast or fungus, that’s found in all healthy people in certain quantities. While most people associate yeast with an infection, the fact of the matter is that it plays a very important role in your digestion and absorption of nutrients. In this article we’ll be looking at the test for candida that you can carry out easily at home.

When the amount of yeast in your body gets out of balance, it can release toxins into the bloodstream and cause a range of symptoms that affect your health in many different ways.

Quite often, problems occur when your healthy and normal levels of yeast are reduced as a result of antibiotic use, stress, or a diet that’s high in processed carbohydrates and refined sugar.

What are the symptoms of a yeast imbalance?

An abundance or lack of yeast creates an imbalance in the bacteria that contribute to several functions in our bodies. As a result, you might start to experience the following symptoms:

  • Food allergies
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Sugar cravings
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Bloating or constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • A thick, white coating on the tongue
  • Depression
  • Skin rashes, such as eczema
  • Acne
  • Immune disorders

See also: 6 Habits That Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections

Test for candida at home

A test for candida yeast infection
This test for candida has been around for some time, and, while its origin is unknown, it is believed to be very reliable.
  • Firstly, when you wake up in the morning, before you eat anything collect some saliva in your mouth. Then spit it into a glass with a little water.
  • After that, wait for up to 30 minutes to observe the changes that occur in the glass.
  • If you notice any strings of saliva that sink to the bottom of the glass, if the water turns cloudy, or if all the saliva falls to the bottom, then you could have a problem with your levels of candida.
  • If the saliva remains floating on top of the water’s surface, your yeast levels are likely in balance.

How does this test work?

Yeast is generated in your colon, but over time, as it multiplies, it begins to move through the digestive tract, reaching your small intestine, then the stomach, the esophagus, and eventually your mouth.

If you have an excess of yeast and it has reached your mouth, then it’s likely that your tongue will have a white coating that may even extend to the insides of your cheeks.

When you spit in the glass of water, it will sink because the presence of yeast will make it heavier than the water.

How to reduce yeast levels naturally?

Avoid the consumption of processed carbohydrates and refined sugars

A spoon with some sugar cubes.
These foods can worsen the growth of candida and cause it to spread throughout the body. Because of that, it’s best to keep these foods at a minimum until your symptoms improve.

If the craving for sweets overwhelms you, then try to choose fruits that have a low glycemic index.

Increase your consumption of antifungal foods

Natural antibiotic foods are some of the best options to fight high levels of candida without risking the side effects of prescription drugs.

Some recommended foods are:

  • Garlic and onions
  • Coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Lemons
  • Cayenne pepper

Take probiotic supplements

A bowl of plain yogurt.
Probiotics contain the good bacteria that reduce the impacts of a yeast imbalance. Among the probiotics you can take are:
  • Plain yogurt with live cultures
  • Fermented foods
  • Probiotic supplements in capsule, pill, or powder form

Read more: What are Probiotics Used For?

Reduce your stress

High levels of stress can have a negative effect on your blood sugar levels, which, in turn, directly contribute to the proliferation of yeast in the body. If the test for candida is positive, you should consider whether you are suffering from high stress and start finding ways to reduce it.

Support your body’s natural detox

Two glasses of cucumber juice.

Cleansing your body on a regular basis is an important way to remove excess yeast that has accumulated over time.

Getting rid of excess yeast requires a detox plan that includes some of the following foods:

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Beets
  • Dandelion
  • Algae
  • Artichokes
  • Turmeric
  • Apples

If your test for candida is positive and you have other symptoms of high levels of candida, it’s important to consult your doctor to identify the right way to restore your body’s natural balance.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.