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The Spit Test for Candida

This is an antedoctal home test that can be used to determine if fungus/yeast/candida is well established in your body it is called the Spit Test because it is based on, well, your spit. There are a few things that need to be done in advance to rule out it being dehydration or a dairy sensitivity. To establish that it is in fact yeast that is causing the saliva to test positive for candida, it would be useful to eliminate all dairy for 10 days before the test. And make sure you are not dehydrated – a good rule is 1 liter of water for every 50 lbs of body weight – this would be a good measure of water intake all the time and definitely for the 10 days prior to doing the Spit test.


Once you have eliminated dairy for 10 days and had adequate amounts of water for those same 10 days, the steps for the Spit test are as follows:


  • 1. First thing in the morning, before you eat, brush your teeth or drink anything fill a clear glass with room temperature water

  • 2. Work up dime sized saliva, and spit that saliva gently into the glass of water

  • 3. Leave the salive for 45 minutes and then check it for one of the following:

    • “String-like” formations coming down from the saliva at the top of the water

    • Cloudy salive sitting at the bottom of the cup

    • Opaque specks of salive in the middle of the cup


Any of these 3 signs indicate that there is most likely a candida overgrowth

When the candida goes away the spit changes. I have seen this in practice and although there is no scientific research behind this test, when clients have done the Spit test in conjunction with an Candida blood test – both tests come back with the same results. If your Spit Test tests positive for candida it would be a good time to visit your naturopathic doctor!

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