The Candida saliva or spit test is a simple test that can be carried out at home and, proponents say, diagnose any form of Candida or yeast-related illness. These illnesses may be referred to simpy as Candida or variously as 'Candida-related Complex', Systemic Candidiasis, 'Candida Overgrowth' and the 'Yeast Syndrome'. It is recommended by a number of natural and alternative health care practitioners.
How the Test is Performed
The Candida spit test is very simple. Before going to bed at night, fill a clear glass with water and place it at your bedside. When you wake in the morning, before you do anything else, simply work up a bit of saliva and spit into the glass of water. It is said to be important that nothing enters your mouth or touches your lips before you do this. Sources recommending the test instruct us not to drink any water, brush our teeth or even kiss your partner. Look at how the saliva looks and then check again 2-3 times every 15 minutes.
Interpreting What You See
Proponents explain that the test should be interpreted as such:
Healthy saliva will be clear and float on top of the water. It will then begin to slowly dissolve into the water without any cloudiness and without sinking. There would normally be some bubbles or foam present.
If the test is suggestive of Candida-related illness then some or all of the following signs will be present:
- Strings traveling down to the bottom of the glass
- Cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass
- Cloudy specks suspended in the water
It is suggested that the more strings and cloudiness there are, and the faster this develops, the greater the Candida albicans overgrowth.
An Explanation of the Test?
There seems to be no legitimate explanation or rationale for the Candida spit test and many people report having taken the test and it been "negative" only to find that more reliable tests such as Candida antibody testing, gut fermentation profile, urinary organic acids, or a simple treatment trial reveal Candida may have been a problem after all. Reportedly people who are perfectly healthy frequently test "positive" as well, suggesting the test is not reliable.
The origins of the test are also sketchy. A number of sites on the web suggest that it was invented by (or at least heavily promoted by) Global Health Trax Inc. which sells the Threelac (and now Fivelac) probiotic products.
Everything considered it would be wise to do your own research and ask your health care provider if you have done this test and want to know what to make of your result.