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Fungus Amongst Us?

Signs that you may have a fungual situation that needs addressing ASAP!


Fungus is stealth and quiet. It is always on the low-brow and can cause a massive array of other problems before it is properaly diagnosed. Often it slips in under a toe-nail or nail. Lying await and festering without obvious sympton until there is crisis.


Common Types of Fungal Infection


Aspergillus fungi is inhaled through the nose, mouth and can cause fever, cough and wheezing. In severe instances, this fungus can spread to other vital organs such as the brain, skin and/or bones.


Cryptococcus neoformans is another fungus found in the soil or in bird droppings. This fungus enters the body through the mouth or nostrils and may cause lung infections resulting in a cough or chest pain.


Histoplasma capsulatum is also a fungus that is commonly found in eastern and central United States in soil that contains bird and bat feces. When sporing, they can be inhaled and can cause flu-like symptoms, body aches, fever and cough.


Last but never least, is the fungus Candida albicans. We all have this one in our bodies but the difference is when it becomes imbalanced and takes over. When in balance our immune system keeps it in check. It can be devasting and difficult to rid. In fact, it can live under-the-radar for years underming ones wellness and health. But some obvious signs regarding this fungus are whitening on the tongue, re-occurent yeast infections for both female and males, Brainfog, lack-luster energy levels as well as digestive disorders which may facilitate leaky-gut when left untreated though not only. This fungus is akin to a stealth warrior. It can actually affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. Did you know that the overgrowth of yeast is considered to be one of the most prevalent, yet unrecognized conditions in the human body?


Here are some obvious signs that Candida may be overly present. If you a hand-ful of these symptoms, do the "Spit-test" and likewise seek the advise of a reliable practioner and/or physician.


  • Allegeries

  • Anxiety

  • Athlete’s Foot

  • Autoimmune dis-eases, dis-orders

  • Bloating

  • Burning Eyes

  • Brainfog

  • Chronic Bad Breath

  • Constipation

  • Chronic Fatique

  • Diarrhea

  • Depression

  • Dry mouth

  • Eczema or Psoriasis

  • Food Cravings (especially sugar, carbs, alcohol)

  • Fungal Infections (skin, nails or genitalia)

  • Genital Itchiness

  • Hairloss (patchy)

  • Headaches (frequent)

  • Heartburn (reoccuring)

  • Hyperactive

  • Joint pain

  • Numbness

  • Mood Swings

  • PMS

  • UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)


Spit-Testing

  • Gather your spit in the mouth

  • Spit into a clear glass with room-temperature filtered water

  • Observe carefully how it transforms


The saliva will float at first. Watch to see if there are thin projections extending downward into the water after 15 minutes or so. It 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, a 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. 1



The Downward Spiral


Candida can be linked to serious health problems. Once this fungus begins to thrive in the body, general health will spiral downward. The cravings for sugar and other foods that nourish the yeast will get stronger, and on and on it will go. Eventually, the immune system becomes so weak that the symptoms are no longer tolerable. Often physicians will prescribe antibiotics to treat the symptoms, thus killing-off the last of any friendly bacteria. When yeast is in this advanced state, depression and suicidal thoughts can be very common. 2



Candida To the Curb


According the National Candida Center, if you have symptons and your spit tests positive for yeast, you propably have an imbalance. The first step is re-balancing your diet.

Remember Hippocrates, proverb "we are what we eat and allow your food to be your medicine or poision".

First, eliminate all refined carbs, sugars, processed foods and start eating whole foods with a balanced common sense approach. Check the National Candida Center for further advice while also seeking professional counsel. Likewise, implement antifungal and pH neutural foods ASAP into your diet such as:


  • Aloe Vera Gel (juiced)

  • Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Organic Garlic

  • Organic Ginger (fresh or powdered)

  • Lemon juice (fresh)

  • Pumplin seeds

  • Flax seeds

  • Sesame seeds

  • Tumeric & Black pepper

  • Alkaline Diet (pH 7.4 +)


Remember your Gut is your second Brain as it not only governs much of the body's wellness and energy levels but is home to hundreds of millions of functional bacteria and alike as well as producing almost 80% of your body's happiness hormone, Seratonin but not only. The root causes of dis-ease or the three killings remain: Inflammation, Oxyidation and Glycation.


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