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Do you experience gas and bloating, brain fog, muscle aches and pains, and fatigue? Did you know these symptoms might be caused by a very common yeast organism found in the human body called Candida albicans? Candida overgrowth is a condition that can lead to any number of symptoms and ailments. Although many Americans suffer from this widespread condition, it is often overlooked due to the refusal of mainstream medicine to fully acknowledge candida overgrowth as a cause of more serious health issues.

The Candida Self-Test

Print this page to answer each question below. If you score 3 or higher, there is a chance that you are suffering from candida overgrowth, or Candidiasis.

1. Do you experience regular fatigue and/or muscle aches and pains?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

2. Do you have food sensitivities or food allergies?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

3. Have you experienced nail fungus, athlete’s foot or jock itch?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

4. Do you have recurrent vaginal yeast overgrowth?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

5. Have you taken broad-spectrum antibiotics, even once in your life?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

6. Do you crave sugar?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

7. Do you commonly have gas and bloating?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

8. Do you crave bread, pasta, etc. (and similar foods made with refined white flour)?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

9. Have you taken birth control pills for 6 months or longer?
     
YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

10. Do you experience brain fog?

YES (   )  NO (   )  (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

Total Score  ____

STEPS TO ADDRESS CANDIDIASIS

1. IDENTIFY AND TREAT.
Use an effective, natural herbal cleansing formula to treat Candida and parasites.

2. CHANGE YOUR DIET.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, dairy products, sugar, and foods that are high in carbohydrates.

3. INCREASE FIBER INTAKE.
When adding more fiber to your diet, be sure to consume a healthy balance of approximately 75% insoluble fiber to 25% soluble (water-soluble) fiber.

4. REPLACE INTESTINAL FLORA.
Maintain a healthy bacteria balance in the digestive tract with a daily probiotic supplement that includes Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria.

5. AVOID RAW VEGETABLES.
Eat lightly steamed vegetables, fish, and lean protein.

6. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day (For example, a 120-pound person would require 60 ounces of water daily).

7. TRY COLON HYDROTHERAPY.
In contrast to a traditional enema, colon hydrotherapy involves repeated infusions of filtered, warm water into the colon to help tone the bowel and promote healthy elimination.

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Every person who eats food produces intestinal gas. In some individuals, gas can be excessive and embarrassing, causing abdominal bloating, frequent and excessive flatulence, or sharp, jabbing pains in the abdomen. Although it is caused by a variety of factors, it is ultimately the result of poor digestion. When one doesn’t have enough naturally occurring digestive enzymes, or eats foods that are difficult to digest, food is left in the colon in an undigested form. This undigested food is broken down by bad bacteria through a process of fermentation that then creates gas as a by-product.

Take the Gas & Bloating Self-Test

Print this page and answer each question below to see if you could be suffering from excessive gas & bloating. A score of 3 or higher indicates there is a strong possibility that you have excess gas and bloating and could benefit benefit from nutritional supplementation to help address the problem. 

1. Do you burp or belch uncontrollably after eating?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

2. Do you eat quickly and swallow your food without much chewing?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

3. Do you drink carbonated beverages?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

4. Do you experience excessive flatulence within 1 to 1½ hours after eating?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

5. Do some vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, garlic, onions, etc.) give you excessive flatulence?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

6. Does eating beans give you excessive gas?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

7. Do you take psyllium fiber as a supplemental fiber?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

8. Do you drink cold liquids with your meals?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

9. Do you commonly eat refined wheat products (pasta, crackers, bread, etc.) or dairy products?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

10. Have you had problems with Candida overgrowth (thrush, vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, etc.)?

YES ___  NO ___ (YES = 1 NO = 0)  _____

TOTAL SCORE _______

(A score of 3 or higher indicates you may be suffering from Gas & Bloating.)

Simple Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Gas & Bloating

  • Do not eat late at night. Stop eating between 6-7 p.m.
  • Exercise to help stimulate the passage of gas through the GI tract.
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet and Equal.
  • Avoid eating protein and starch at the same meal.
  • Eat fruit alone or thirty minutes before a meal.

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