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Candida Spit Test

Candida Spit Test

The Candida spit test—also known as the Candida saliva test, candidiasis spit test, yeast spit test, or simply spit test—is a Candida saliva test that can be done at home by spitting into a glass of water and checking for specific visual signs of Candida overgrowth in the saliva-water mix. This method of a do it yourself Candida spit test has grown in popularity, but most health experts challenge the Candida spit test’s accuracy and do not consider it to be a valid test for Candida overgrowth.


What Is Candida?


Candida is a type of yeast or fungus that lives on and inside the human body. There are many different species of Candida, and some are more likely to affect our health than others. Small amounts of the Candida fungus typically exist on the skin, and inside the mouth, vagina, and gut. In small amounts, Candida are harmless and cause no symptoms. In fact, they may even play a necessary role in our body’s microbiome (the community of trillions of microorganisms that live on and inside the body, and that help to regulate our health and immunity).


What Is Candida Overgrowth?


Our body’s immune system, as well as the community of bacteria in the body, typically keep Candida populations under control. However, certain dietary and lifestyle factors may inhibit these natural defenses and may feed the Candida yeast, causing it to grow uncontrollably.


When Candida has grown out of control, it is known as candidiasis, or a Candida infection. Usually a Candida infection affects the mouth, throat, vagina, and gut, but if not treated, or if the population grows significantly out of control, it can lead to a more serious health condition called Invasive candidiasis which can affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and other parts of the body.


How to Do a Candida Spit Test


To do the Candida spit test:


  • Do the Candida spit test first thing in the morning, before you drink, eat, spit, brush your teeth or put anything in your mouth.
  • Spit into a clear glass of water at room temperature.
  • Observe the glass every 10-20 minutes for the following hour.

If you see any of the following signs, you got a positive Candida spit test, which, according to the Candida spit test, means you may have Candida overgrowth:


  • Strings or legs coming down from the saliva.
  • The saliva sinks to the bottom of the glass.
  • Clouds form in the water.


Accuracy of the Candida Spit Test


There is a lot of controversy over whether the Candida spit test is accurate or not. Most health authorities do not consider the Candida spit test to be accurate, and even say that the difference in saliva has nothing to do with Candida as some proclaim. The belief behind the Candida spit test comes from the idea that healthy saliva should float on the top of the glass. Typically, this method is not trusted when it comes to diagnosing a Candida infection, and most doctors prefer to take an entirely different approach of testing altogether.


Other Indications of Saliva Testing


While the Candida saliva test is generally seen as unreliable, the test may be able to reveal other underlying conditions. If you try the test and notice that you have any of the signs mentioned above, it may indicate food allergies, excess mucus production or dehydration. You can then look further into your diet, make some changes, redo the test and see if there are any improvements. Be aware, however, that these are also not accurate or reliable indicators, even though they may offer some support in diagnosing a condition.


Lab Testing of Saliva for Candida


While the controversial Candida spit test may not be beneficial, a Candida saliva test done in the lab may actually be beneficial for diagnosing a Candida infection in the mouth (oral candidiasis, oral thrush). In this saliva test, saliva samples are collected, cultured for candida species and then further analyzed in the lab.


More Reliable Tests for Candida


Most healthcare professionals prefer to rely on other tests to diagnose Candida. There are multiple factors to test for Candida overgrowth and yeast infection issues, such as:


  • Signs & Symptoms of Candida overgrowth or yeast infection
  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests such as candida stool test, saliva test, blood test, urine test, candida antibodies test, skin test, vaginal discharge test, and others.


Candida can be hard to diagnose. Laboratory tests are not always enough to identify the Candida overgrowth or its severity. Since Candida make up a part of the body’s natural microflora, it makes it even more difficult to determine whether the presence of Candida is an indication of infection or overgrowth. However, if a patient has multiple Candida overgrowth and yeast infection symptoms along with certain risks factors, it is usually a good indication to start the treatment for Candida overgrowth (link Candida protocol or article). 

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